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Virgin Media’s new ‘Gamer’ broadband is insanely fast

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Virgin Media is about to launch a new broadband tier that’s designed and marketed specifically for online gamers.

The new tier is called ‘Vivid 200 Gamer’, and offers exceptionally high download speeds of up to 200Mbps, and upload speeds of up to 20Mbps. It’s available as an add-on to Virgin Media’s current top broadband package, and outranks every other tier in terms of upload speed.

Virgin Media says it designed the new tier in collaboration with a number of gaming organisations, including Gfinity, a leading eSports group in the UK. The connection is set to be totally unlimited, which means there won’t be an issue with download caps either – pwn away, folks.

Vivid 200 Gamer takes our leading ultrafast broadband to boss-mode levels,” said Gregor McNeil, MD of Consumer at Virgin Media. “We understand the frustrations when it comes to lag, disconnects and bandwidth issues, so right fro the start we wanted to design a tier that builds on our superior connectivity to give gamers and streamers what they need.”

The new Vivid 200 Gamer package, which launches on September 1, costs an additional £5 per month on top of the existing Vivid 200 tariff – that normally offers download speeds of 200Mbps and upload speeds of 12Mbps.

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Virgin Media hopes that the boosted upload speeds will woo online gamers who want to livestream their gameplay on video services like YouTube or Twitch. It’s not a bad ploy, either; last year, Twitch users streamed an incredible 241 billion minutes of video, which amounts of around 459,000 years of footage. What’s more, recent Ofcom research has shown that 41% of internet users have played games online, and 23% play weekly – a figure that rises to 39% among 16-24 year olds.

Unfortunately, it’s not clear exactly how much of a boost in play performance Virgin Media’s new package will offer non-streaming gamers. After all, there’s no increase in download speeds which, at 200Mbps, are already high enough to support all gaming requirements. The real issues for gamers involves latency (delay in the transfer of data), which is largely out of a network provider’s control: high latency can be the result of distances between servers, routers, and a number of other external factors.

Still, if you want to livestream footage, having better upload speeds is no bad thing. You can pick up the new Vivid 200 Gamer add-on starting tomorrow.

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Bugblatter

August 31, 2016, 4:27 pm

What download caps? VM throttles connection speed if you download more than they think you should. Will this new tier still have throttling?

Paul

August 31, 2016, 4:45 pm

lol they should be fined for their service in my area where the speed drops to less then 10mbps during prime time.

There is a reason Vermin use the term "Upto"

Paul

August 31, 2016, 4:49 pm

oh and gaming doesnt require such high band width

PatchW

September 2, 2016, 8:29 am

So did you actually review this service, or are you simply re-copying their press release?

Virgin have always had huge problems with network instability, random latency and packet drops, and they won't investigate until it's catastrophic but it is exactly these kinds of small inconsistencies that impact online games.

My guess is that nothing here actually caters to gamers. No-one needs this bandwidth to 'game', it's not bandwidth (once you're past a few Mbps each way) that matters, its the network quality thats important and Virgin just don't provide that service.

Nayem Reza

October 26, 2016, 11:24 am

VM have not throttled downstream for the last few years. This new package increases the upload speed to 20Mbps and removes upstream throttling.

Bugblatter

October 26, 2016, 2:19 pm

Yes you're right, I remember re-reading their info on throttling fairly recently and being surprised at that change. I didn't realise it had changed so long ago though.

I guess my slow speeds were down to contention then, although thankfully it's improved recently.

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