PS4 And Xbox One Pose Major Problems For Internet Providers

As Sony's Playstation 4 launched midnight today in the UK, there are some potential pitfalls that mean consumers might not get the most out of their systems unless they carefully consider their home network.

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allformats1360d ago

Internet providers have been rubbing consumers too long.

While Japan gives 1000 Megabits to its consumers... We're here freaking struggling with 10....

black0o1360d ago

dude i'd gve my 1st born for ur ISP .. i'm stack with 2Mb :(

Kayant1360d ago

Looooool damn same here even though am quoted to supposed to be having 20MB most I have gotten is 2.

0ut1awed1360d ago (Edited 1360d ago )


You do realize that there is a difference in bits and bytes right? There are 8 bits in a byte.

Anything involving networking including advertised networking speeds are shown in MegaBITS. Now everything you see on your physical devices like a hard drive or cell phone are measured in megaBYTES. That includes the download speed shown in your browser and applications like steam.

So with your advertised 20 megabit per sec internet you should be averaging a 2.5 megabyte per a sec download speed.

Overall I agree about internet speeds though. Most of the current ISPs need to be dethroned big time. Here's hoping google fiber spreads faster than wildfire.

Pogmathoin1360d ago

Yeah, will be switching to Bell Vibe internet here in Canada in January, better be a blistering fast as they claim, got 10 Mb right now, do not think I ever reached it..

SolidStoner1359d ago (Edited 1359d ago )

Here in Latvia we have 500Mb no problem..... but its a small country, no huge investment here :)

on the sad note we will only get PS4 next year.. we cant even register our country.. have to wait..

and Japan gets PS4 only February 22, 2014! So you all should be happy!! ;)

MazzingerZ1359d ago

Scandinavia does just fine

UltimateMaster1359d ago

The US is the country that pays the most for their bandwidth in the world, more than twice the second country and the tendency keeps having higher prices for lower bandwidth caps.

Dakriz1359d ago

Lol I have over 100 and I dont use more than 15 at a time lol

P0werVR1359d ago

Finally a point made. This will give a rise in demand for faster internet speeds and who better prepared than Microsoft. It seems as if they knew this transition will happen.

You have Google Fiber lighting the fire under the arses of Major ISPs becoming a major threat as there services catches on. But on top of that all, you have the FCC pushing for fiber in every state by 2015. Probably only in the "lucrative regions".

Xbox One, future proof?! Yes!!!

itBourne1359d ago (Edited 1359d ago )

Yeh, in my tiny ass town its $70 for 10 megs down and only 1 meg up. Like wtf, I cant even stream. Phone companies fuck you over too, I do not even use internet on my phone yet they force you to have it, you do not get a choice. Even if I did use it, $40 for 2 gigs a month, wtf is that, I could burn through that in 1 day.

The copper mine here had a fiber optics line ran all the way to town, but... its only for them = /

andrewsqual1359d ago

@0ut1awed Don't Google own Wildfire too ;)

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komp1360d ago

Some in the UK are still stuck on 3-4mb down and 500kb upload speed (DSL)...

Ripsta7th1360d ago

Damm can you even play a single online match?? It would take days to download a couple gigs like that

Smoey1360d ago

I live in the middle-of-nowhere in the UK and I get 75mbs. Thanks BT!

MrDead1359d ago

I'm on 60mb with Virgin which I'm happy with, I'm sure they are pairing up with Sony to offer a 200mb connection

dantesparda1359d ago

8-10mb down/~800k up, Boston, Version DSL, cant get fiber optic yet (FIOS) and i dont want to pay almost double or more to Comcast to get faster speeds

kingPoS1359d ago (Edited 1359d ago )

I'm in the same boat.

@Ripsta7th; I can play online on 3Mb just fine, it's just huge downloads and patches that take all day to finish. If RCN were in my area I'd sign up up a heartbeat. #**k Concast! and they're mandatory contracts.

Gateway MT6706 2008

SheenuTheLegend1359d ago

dont even talk about india ...
Paying 30dollars per month for 1mbps
and the cap is 15gb
people there is a bad bad world out here

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boeso1360d ago

I guess you guys would laugh at 300kbps actual speed?

kingPoS1359d ago

I feel ya bro, I feel ya!

Gateway MT6706 2008

Sodeadly1231359d ago

Weak sauce bro. I've got 100kb max download and like 20 upload. It took me like 4 straight days to download blacklight retribution on my pc.

RandomGamer1359d ago

I get like 650-800 kbps ..... I use to get max 150 kbps which I had for like 8 years so I know your pain.

Also drives me up the wall people complaining about like 5-10 mb speeds .I would probably kill for that kind of speed .

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sprinterboy1359d ago

10, get 120mb myself in the UK, all for £35 per month :) not having a go but most gamers moan about there speed but are not Willing to pay for it. here in the UK they give free broadband with there tv package and they wonder why it's crap lol. Seriously the consumer needs to wise up, ifs like anything in life you get what you pay for

SilentNegotiator1359d ago

The USA is waaaaaaay bigger than Japan and has a lot of gaps in population. It's no surprise that Japan had it easy in setting up the latest wiring.

There are certainly AREAS where you can get great internet in the US, but because the population is generally so much less dense, it doesn't make as much financial sense for companies to deal with installing the latest.

deecee331359d ago (Edited 1359d ago )


Gotta agree. Given that (in the US) most ISPs are also cable providers I just can't be sad for them. They make you buy a ton of what you don't want to get what you do want

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mandf1360d ago

That's why digital downloads aren't the future.

Fireseed1360d ago

Google Fiber says otherwise...

denero11359d ago

they're fighting google fiber with all of their fiber O.o

dantesparda1359d ago (Edited 1359d ago )

Im not sure exactly how much it costs, but its like 1 billions dollars (or more!) to wire a city.