As the release dates for the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 get closer, it makes sense to take a look at both next-generation video game systems from a bandwidth requirement standpoint. After all, it would be a shame to shell out for a new system only to have your Internet connection choke on any new requirements.


Expect Most of the New Bandwidth Requirements to be Similar to Those for the Xbox 360 and PS3

While the new video game systems from Sony and Microsoft contain generally better graphics and unique gameplay features, especially when considering the Kinect and PlayStation Move controllers, the bandwidth requirements for the new systems are pretty much similar to the previous generation’s PS3 and Xbox 360. Game downloads might be slightly larger, but if you already have a pretty robust Internet connection, you should be good to go for the Xbox One and PlayStation 4.

One slight difference requiring more bandwidth would be with streamed online gaming, which is different from playing a previously downloaded game online. Still, most gamers’ Internet connections should handle that extra bandwidth with no problem.

Don’t Forget Watching Movies and Other Home Entertainment

Remember that both Sony and Microsoft — especially the latter — are positioning their video game machines as the centerpiece of a home entertainment system. This means streaming movies, TV shows, and other media content. So take into account these other use-cases when considering the ultimate bandwidth requirements of the Xbox One and PlayStation 4. If you don’t currently own a PS3 or Xbox 360 or don’t connect either device to the Internet, make sure your Internet connection can handle the additional horsepower required by streaming movies and TV shows — and games — before considering a purchase of a new system (check your internet performance with a speed test to find out).

Ultimately, if your house already sports a fast Internet connection, these new video game systems won’t stress out your connection any more than the existing generation of game hardware. So when the Xbox One and PS4 hit the market — game on!

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