Satellite Internet lets users enjoy fast video streaming speeds and music downloading—and it’s also good for Internet gaming. You probably have some questions about gaming using HughesNet Internet in San Bernardino County, so let’s get started.
Subscribers to HughesNet Internet in San Bernardino County can use the service for more than video streaming and listening to music—they can also play online games. However, there are some technological limits. Without further ado, here are some of the more common questions we get about gaming via satellite Internet.
How does satellite Internet work?
The satellite Internet provider sends a signal to a satellite that’s chilling out in space. Once the signal is picked up by that satellite, it gets directed to your home satellite receiver—a small dish attached near or on your roof. The majority of the people utilizing this type of Internet live in rural, remote areas where it’s extremely difficult to get Internet that relies on cables. For online gamers in rural areas, satellite service is most likely their only option.
Can you play multi-player, non-real-time games online?
Yes, you can! Most multi-player games, also called turn-based games, are not affected by latency (high ping), so you don’t need to worry about delay in Internet responsiveness. Casual games like Facebook games and online board games are good to go on satellite Internet, but if you have any question, it’s always a good idea to make sure your Internet speed supports a particular game.
Can you explain real-time online games?
Simply put, real-time online games are played one player against another at the same time through the Internet—thus, they happen in real time. Examples of real-time games include Battlefield and Call of Duty. Unfortunately, at present, there are many real-time games and multi-player games requiring real-time connections that cannot be played over any satellite Internet. These games move fast and players expect immediate responses from one another.
What is the issue with real-time multi-player online games?
While satellite Internet is a fantastic service option for streaming and downloading data like movies, TV shows and music, it does not perform the same for online games. The reason is that a satellite signal has to travel 45,000 miles back and forth from your dish to the satellite to deliver data. There’s a fraction-of-a-second delay in Internet response to reach your video game console.
This delay is not noticeable when you’re searching the Internet or downloading something. But during real-time multi-player games, it creates game latency, which results in lag for other players in the game. This is why high pinging players are booted from real-time multi-player games.
If you have more questions about satellite Internet and gaming or would like to clarify information you read here, please don’t hesitate to give a call to the team at JDS Systems. We are your local, trusted and reliable service provider of HughesNet Internet in San Bernardino County. Contact us anytime to learn more about how we can help you get the most enjoyment out of your Internet service!