What is a good internet speed for gaming?

Are you a prolific gamer or are you new to the game, literally? Either way, we all know ‘lag’ isn’t a good thing when you’re on a kill streak in Call of Duty, or when you’re deep into Fortnite Battle Royale.

10 January 2023

This leaves many people wondering what exactly is good internet speed for gaming. But first, for the ultimate experience, there are four crucial things to be aware of: download speed, upload speed, lag and ping. These can help you determine the best internet package for your needs. 


Download speed

This refers to the amount of data your internet can download at once. This is how quickly the game graphics and video arrives on your TV or computer screen. A download speed of 25 Mbps is considered ‘good’ for most internet activities, but we recommend having at least 40 Mbps if there are multiple people in your house streaming or playing at the same time. 


Upload speed

This is important because games are interactive and you need data to travel from your device to the remote server when playing. But the upload speed required for gaming is actually quite low, compared to the download speed. 

You can read more about download and upload speed in our recent blog and why they are both as important as each other. 


Ping rate

This is also known as latency, and it shows how quickly your actions appear on your screen. In other words, the ping rate is how long it takes for you to press the button on your controller to actually shoot the bad guy in the game. 



This is the result of a high ping rate and shows that your internet connection isn’t strong enough for your gameplay. A build-up of lag could cause your game to freeze or quit unexpectedly. Not ideal!


BeFibre Elite for best gaming experience 

With everything above considered, it’s essential that you have the speed needed to keep your game moving as quickly as you do. Console manufacturers all recommend different speeds when using their devices, but this isn’t taking into consideration that the rest of your household is probably online too.  That’s why the BeFibre Elite package offers an average speed of a whopping 900 Mbps, which is up to 13x faster than your current broadband provider. It’s perfect for those looking for seamless and undisrupted gaming experiences – without affecting mum streaming Coronation Street on catch-up, or your sister watching the latest true crime documentary and googling the details as she goes. No more team losses because your screen has frozen!

This means you don’t have to worry about what other people are doing in their rooms, they can go ahead and stream all day long or listen to their favourite songs on Spotify. It’s not going to interfere with your gaming session. 

So, sit back and relax whilst you enter your postcode to check if BeFibre is available in your area, here.


All references to how many times faster our broadband service is, depends on you being able to access ‘superfast’ type broadband services of 70Mbps (or less) and selecting one of our packages at the advertised speed. Speeds shown may be affected based on the placement of the router in your property or the device you are using.


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