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The world of gaming has changed drastically over time. Wasn’t it only last week when groups of friends would go to the arcade and play Pac-Man and Space Invaders? And it feels like just yesterday when you would see kids flaunting their newest Nintendo Game Boy devices, which moved to Nintendo DS, and now, we have Nintendo Switches! Of course, while it feels like these changes happened in a matter of days or weeks, it was actually a lot more time than that!

No doubt, it was the best pastime and mode of entertainment with family and friends. However, today, gaming is not just a hobby or a pastime, rather it has become an occupation for many people. You see streamers and gamers spending their entire day and sometimes, even more playing all sorts of games. You see big-time game tournaments and competitions being hosted around the world. And although this isn’t the Olympics, these tournaments are pretty grand!

Gamers from around the world practice and perfect their skills to be a part of these competitions. Some examples of big-time tournaments are: Call of Duty Championship, Counter Strike: Global Offensive Major Championships, eSports World Convention, etc. And if there’s one thing that gamers absolutely cannot miss out on, it’s a speedy and reliable internet connection.

Internet is one of the most important factors in gaming considering international tournaments, championships, etc. So, what should a gamer be looking for in an internet package? What are the criteria for a good gaming internet? This is what we will be discussing today but not only this. We will be assessing TDS internet deals to see if it is a good option for gamers or not?

 

Gaming internet requirements

A high-resolution image or video would require more data to download and the same applies to gaming. You can’t expect to enjoy heavy gaming without the proper speed. Similarly, besides speed, there are a few other things that need to be checked for an internet plan. Keep reading to know what these are:

Download Speed

The download speed required for each game is different. The download speed affects your gaming such that you won’t be able to enjoy seamless gaming or you might face a lot of glitches and poor-quality graphics. So, you need to make sure you have the right speed for the right game. Naturally, if you play more than one game, you can’t just keep changing your speed every time. Instead, you’ll have to decide on a speed that is sufficient enough to power all the games individually.

Going for the highest internet speed is also not the right approach as you could be wasting your money on the speed you don’t need. Therefore, you will have to sit down and make a note of the games you play, and the speed they require. Don’t forget to include anything else like if there are other people that will be using the internet when you are gaming and how much would they need.

Upload Speed

Just like download speed, upload speed is necessary to ensure that the response time between your controller/keyboard/mouse and your game is little to none. If there is a longer response time than usual, then you can imagine how that could affect your game, especially if you are playing an intense fighting game.

If you also like to live-stream your game, a good upload speed is exactly what you need! You cannot expect to be gaming and streaming simultaneously with a small upload speed plan. Thus, having a good upload speed also matters a lot.

Latency/Ping time

Latency or ping is used to refer to the time taken by your computer to send and receive data from point A to point B and then back. The lower the latency or ping time, the faster your message is sent and received and the faster your game progresses. But, if the latency or ping time is higher, it means your game will also progress slowly. This is a gamer’s worst nightmare. Under no circumstances, can a gamer risk this.

So, what do you do? It’s simple. You check the connection type of the internet plans. Latency is linked to the connection type of the internet so, ideally, you would want to go with a Fiber internet connection as it has the lowest latency level.

  • Fiber – between 10 to 15 ms
  • Cable – between 15 to 27 ms
  • DSL – between 24 to 42 ms
  • Satellite internet – between 594 and 612 ms

Packet Loss

The reason we prioritize reliability of an internet connection is due to the potential risk of packet loss. Due to a bad internet connection, your screen might hang or your audio and video could be distorted. This is all caused by packet loss. To avoid this problem completely, ensure that the internet connection type is extremely reliable by checking online and reading through ratings and reviews.

 

We have attached a table below with some popular games and their download times with different internet speeds so you can get an idea of how things work.

Game Names Game Size Download time with 10 Mbps connection Download time with 25 Mbps connection Download time with 50 Mbps connection Download time with 100 Mbps connection
League of Legends 9 GB 2 hours About 48 minutes About 24 minutes About 12 minutes
Counter Strike: Global Offensive 15 GB 3+ hours 1+ hours About 40 minutes About 20 minutes
Fortnite 26 GB 5+ hours 2+ hours 1+ hours About 30 minutes
Call of Duty: Vanguard 61 GB 13+ hours 5+ hours 2+ hours 1+ hours
Grand Theft Auto V 95 GB 21+ hours 8+ hours 4+ hours 2+ hours

 

 

TDS Internet plans

Having gone over the necessary information and criteria for a rating or judging an internet plan, we can move to TDS internet plans. In the table attached below, we have detailed the internet packages and their download and upload speeds. For TDS Broadband DSL, the upload speed is not known and you can find out by contacting TDS themselves through their official page or this number: 1-844-343-1172.

However, we recommend TDS Broadband Fiber packages for gaming, seeing as each package has different download and upload speeds that can go well with your games. Fiber, as we had mentioned before, is also a very reliable connection with the lowest latency or ping time, so TDS Broadband Fiber is definitely a good option for gaming!

Internet Service Connection type Internet Package Download Speed Upload Speed
TDS Broadband DSL Lite 1 Mbps

Speed availability depends on location.

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Express 5 Mbps

Speed availability depends on location.

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Turbo 15 Mbps

Speed availability depends on location.

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Mach 25 Mbps

Speed availability depends on location.

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TDS Broadband Fiber Fiber Extreme25 25 Mbps

Speed availability depends on location.

5 Mbps

Speed availability depends on location.

Extreme50 50 Mbps

Speed availability depends on location.

50 Mbps

Speed availability depends on location.

Extreme100 100 Mbps

Speed availability depends on location.

100 Mbps

Speed availability depends on location.

Extreme300 300 Mbps

Speed availability depends on location.

300 Mbps

Speed availability depends on location.

Extreme600 600 Mbps

Speed availability depends on location.

400 Mbps

Speed availability depends on location.

1 GIG 1000 Mbps

Speed availability depends on location.

400 Mbps

Speed availability depends on location.

 

To end things off

And so, we have discussed and successfully determined that TDS Broadband Fiber is indeed a good gaming internet option! Now, the only thing you need to do is pick up the phone and call TDS to get your internet plan now!

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