Best answer: You can get away with some really slow internet speeds on the PlayStation 4, around 3 Mbps for download and an upload speed of 1Mbps, but it's the ping you need to watch out for. Keep it below 150ms and you should be fine. Speed matters If any of you are PC players as well as console players you will know that most games have a minimum system requirements list, and in that list is the minimum connection speed you can have to run the online services of the game. PlayStation games are a little different, the console itself has the minimum requirement and all the games must meet that minimum to be allowed onto the PlayStation platform. Sony's minimum requirement is pretty low. All you need is a download speed of 3Mbps and an upload speed of just 1Mbps. This really is very low by today's internet standards — the average US internet speed is now 19Mps — so any game should run fine if you have an average internet speed. As you can see from the picture below, even … [Read more...] about What internet speeds do you need to play PlayStation 4 online?
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Latin America Facebook Twitter Flipboard Email Enlarge this image Cuba's telecom monopoly is rolling out broad Internet access for mobile phone users this week. Here, a woman uses her smartphone to surf the Internet in Havana. Desmond Boylan/AP hide caption toggle caption Desmond Boylan/AP Cuba's telecom monopoly is rolling out broad Internet access for mobile phone users this week. Here, a woman uses her smartphone to surf the Internet in Havana. Desmond Boylan/AP Cuba's state telephone company will allow mobile phone customers to use the Internet via a new 3G network, starting on Thursday. But as with previous tech advances in the island nation, only those who can afford it will be able to take advantage of the access — which remains under the control of the autocratic government. Phones have emerged as a key method of accessing the Internet in Cuba. After all, it was only 10 years ago that the Castro government lifted its ban that prohibited … [Read more...] about Cuba Extends Internet To Mobile Phones, Promising New Access
Facebook is adding another subsea cable system to its roster — the social network giant is partnering with telecom infrastructure operator GlobeNet to build a new link between Brazil and Argentina. GlobeNet, which offers a range of infrastructure services across the Americas underpinned by more than 23,500 kilometers (14,200 miles) of submarine cabling, first announced its latest project back in May, however Facebook’s involvement was not known at the time. The 2,500 km (1,553 miles) cable, which will be known as “Malbec,” will connect Argentina’s capital Buenos Aires with São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro in Brazil, with an additional branch reaching the Brazilian city of Porto Alegre. The cable will be co-owned by GlobeNet and Facebook. On the surface, Malbec is designed to better connect Brazil with Argentina, however within the context of GlobeNet’s broader subsea cable infrastructure, it will in fact serve to improve connectivity … [Read more...] about Facebook is building a 1,553-mile subsea cable to boost internet speeds in Argentina
Comcast customers will see a boost in internet speeds, but there's a catch: they'll have to pay for both internet and TV service, the Houston Chronicle reports. Comcast announced last week that it would be increasing the speeds of its Xfinity Internet service packages for millions of customers in Houston and the Oregon and southwest Washington areas. It said their download speeds would increase by 30 to 40 percent.But only customers who bundle internet with cable TV and other services, and who have the company's latest X1 hardware, will have access to free speed increases. Eligible customers will see some significant changes, though. Those with 60Mbps Internet download speeds will now experience 150Mbps, customers who currently have 150Mbps will have 250Mbps, and 250Mbps subscribers are being upgraded to either 400Mbps or 1Gbps, depending on the package.Comcast boosted speeds for certain customers in January, but that wasn't restricted to people who bundle internet with cable … [Read more...] about Comcast is boosting internet speeds, but not for cord-cutters
Italy's internet turned thrirty on Friday. Photo:Scott Beale/Flickr On April 29th 1986, Italy became the fourth European country to connect to the internet. Thirty years on, it has the slowest speeds in the EU. Prime Minister Matteo Renzi was just 11 years old when boffins at Pisa University sent a stream of data - travelling at mere bits per second - to Roaring Creek, Pennsylvania. With it, they ushered in a new era: Italy had connected to the internet for the first time. Averaging a measly 8.73 Mbps, Italy's internet speeds are the second lowest in the EU. When it comes to the coverage of ultra-fast broadband - access to speeds of more than 100 Mbps - things are even worse. In the ultra-fast standings, Italy is dead last in Europe, with just one fifth of all its households capable of navigating at speeds which the rest of Europe takes for granted. Not only are sluggish speeds a bugbear for citizens, who increasingly consume digital media online, critics also … [Read more...] about Italy’s internet is 30 years old. But is it finally speeding up?