Thursday, December 15, 2011

How much bandwidth does gaming use?

Video showing Modern Warfare 3 in game data usage:

Watch in Youtube - Gaming Bandwidth Usage and MW3 - Monitored by Pepwave Routing Hardware

There is a common misconception that 'gaming' uses a ton of bandwidth and users like 3G/4G wireless customers can't game because of bandwidth constraints. If you watch the video above using Pepwave's bandwidth monitoring features you'll find that some games don't use much data at all!

In our tests with MW3 we found the game used approximately 30MB per hour, which translates into the following for tiered wireless customers:

5GB account = 170 hours @ 30MB/hr
10GB account = 340 hours @ 30MB/hr

For reference you can find out more about data usage here - "What does 5GB Get Me?"

For more information about gaming visit - "Can I play the PS3/360/Wii with 3G or 4G?"