Fallout 76 The latest patch is over 47GB in size. From video games to 4K streaming video, everything online is getting bigger. However, Comcast's 1TB data cabinet does not change, and some smaller ISPs are even worse.
100 GB Downloads for Modern Games
Modern console and PC games are huge! Sure, 47 GB for a single patch is a lot of space, but it's just the tip of the iceberg.
Red Dead Redemption 2 on Xbox One requires a 88.57 GB download. The PC version of Middle-earth: Shadow of War is 97.7 GB. Final Fantasy XV: Windows Edition requires a 75GB download, and it's without the 4K texture package. These big games often get big patches.
Modern games approach 100GB in download size. With a bandwidth of 1TB (1000GB), it's about ten big video games a month if you buy and download them digitally – and it's assumed you're not doing anything else with your connection.
7GB per hour for 4K streaming
Netflix says its 4K streaming uses about 7GB per hour, per device. Standard 1080p high quality streaming is up to 3GB per hour.
For 4K streaming, it's almost 143 hours a month. It sounds like a lot. But, with a 30-day month, it's under 5 hours of streaming video a day. It may still be enough, but it assumes you are the only person who does nothing else with your internet connection.
If we move towards digital streaming and 4K, the 1TB bandwidth cards will not only cut it.
11 GB per hour for video game streaming
11 GB per hour for video game streaming
Streaming video games have great potential. Imagine being able to play a challenging game on which device you've been lying without heat, battery life or performance issues.
Google Project Stream beta works very well, but it requires a connection with the minimum speed of 25 Mbps to work. At a sustainable 25 Mbps, it's 11.25 GB data transfer per hour.
It's about 89 hours of games before you hit the bandwidth. In other words, it is less than 3 hours a day, assuming a 30-day month. Again, you assume that you are the only person using the connection, and all you ever do is stream play.
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1 TB + per month from a Smarthome camera
Some smarthome devices can also use a lot of bandwidth. This is especially true for Wi-Fi cameras.
Let's say you have a Nest Cam with a Nest Aware subscription. Your camera automatically uploads a video stream to NEST's servers, 24/7. In a high quality environment, Nest says that the maximum bandwidth is 4 Mbps.
It's 43.2 GB per day. If you take a 30-day month, you've crossed your 1TB bandwidth and uploaded almost 1300GB of data just from a single security camera.
But you can lower the quality setting. Let's say you go all the way down to Low, which stops at most 0.8 Mbps. It's over 250GB per month, more than a quarter of your bandwidth. And it's all about uploading low quality video from a camera and not doing anything else.
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Data Capsules are Hold Techniques Back
Video games, online videos and everything else get bigger and higher resolution. Devices use more and more data – watch Internet-enabled cameras. Combine some of the above applications, especially if more people live in your home – and you'll be able to blow easily through your 1TB bandwidth cap.
Things that grow up are not necessarily bad! Modern games are huge and filled with high-resolution textures and high-quality sounds. 4K streams offer amazing high definition video. Streaming game services are a wonder of technology. You can play a game with all work done at a distance, and it works quite well. And almost everyone can have an always-on camera that streams high definition video to a remote server. It's pretty cool.
But ISPs do not stop. Comcast Xfinity rolled out its 1TB cap in 2016, and all Comcast has done since then it's on multiple customers. Other major Internet service providers like AT & T, CenturyLink and Cox have their own 1TB data packets. Here is a detailed list of ISP data screens in the United States.
We're Hopeful 5G Homes The Internet can change things by introducing some competition. The only real option I have where I live is Comcast Xfinity, so obviously, Comcast does not need to improve its service. Maybe 5G can help? There is no guarantee, but we do not see anything else on the horizon that will improve things.
Anything has to change. Everything can not only continue to consume more and more data, while Internet service providers refuse to increase their data caps.
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