EE offers full fibre broadband with a unique ‘Game Mode’ feature, plus console bundles where you can spread the cost over 24 months.

Whether you’re an avid gamer or someone who just likes to game from time to time, it’s worth thinking about how to choose the best broadband service for gaming. This includes choosing a low-latency connection to give you the most responsive experience with the smoothest possible gameplay. It’s also important to look at the reliability of your service, along with the speeds available and the quality of your Wi-Fi.

In this article, you can find out the top things to look out for when you choose a broadband service for gaming. We’ll also look at the latest gaming broadband deals from EE, as well as their console bundles that will allow you to pay over 24 months.

Gaming Broadband: What To Look For

If you often play multiplayer games online, there are four important things to look for when you choose a home broadband provider.

1. Get the lowest possible latency connection.

When you’re playing games online, the latency of your connection will make a significant difference to the quality of gameplay. Sometimes referred to as the lag or ping, this measures the amount of time taken for your device to get a response from the game server. This affects everything you do within the game. If you have a laggy connection, it can be ‘game over’ before you even see what’s happening.

According to Ofcom’s latest home broadband performance report, full fibre (FTTP) technology gives the most responsive experience and the lowest latency broadband connection. With full fibre technology, the typical latency (lag) is about 7ms. This compares to around 11ms for fibre-to-the-cabinet (FTTC) broadband, around 14ms for cable broadband, and 24ms for copper broadband (ADSL).

If you’re on EE broadband, there’s also an exclusive Game Mode feature that aims to reduce the lag even more when you’re gaming. As part of that, there’s a ‘Ping Optimiser’ feature which they claim gives an average ping reduction of 83% when you’re playing games online. There’s also a Geo Filter feature that helps you to find the best quality servers.

2. Look for a reliable broadband connection.

The reliability of your broadband connection is another important factor to consider. This is affected by the amount of interference on your line, as well as the amount of congestion on the network.

On a broadband connection that’s less reliable, you’ll experience something called ‘jitter’. This is where the latency of your connection fluctuates and changes over time. As a result, you’ll get a choppy experience when you’re playing games online, and there can be artefacts such as other players seemingly disappearing and re-appearing in another place. In more extreme situations, you can lose your connection to the server, or your entire broadband connection can go down.

Once again, it’s best to choose a full fibre (FTTP) connection if you’re looking for maximum reliability. That’s because full fibre does away with older copper technology, which is susceptible to noise and interference. In addition, because there’s a dedicated fibre optic cable that goes all the way into your home, you’ll see less of a slowdown when you’re gaming at peak times.

3. Download speeds are important, as well.

Although it shouldn’t be your overriding concern, it’s worth looking at the download speed of your connection as well.

Typically, you’ll need about 3Mbps for online gaming, where the game is installed locally on your device. This increases to about 25Mbps for cloud-based gaming (such as Xbox Cloud Gaming).

For this reason, it isn’t always necessary to choose the fastest available service. It is, however, worth thinking about two things:

  • Normally, you’ll need to share your broadband connection with other users and devices inside your household. For this reason, it’s worth choosing a faster package if you’re in a busy home with lots of connected devices. For instance, if you were to choose a 300Mbps full fibre connection, it would allow you to stream in ultra HD quality and to play cloud-based games on up to 12 devices at the same time.
  • If you’re downloading games from the internet, a faster download speed means you won’t need to wait for as long. For instance, a 50GB game would take approximately 3 hours and 20 minutes to download on a regular 36Mbps fibre connection. In contrast, you’ll only need to wait for 24 minutes if you’re downloading it on a 300Mbps full fibre connection.

4. Make sure you have good quality WiFi.

Finally, the performance of your home WiFi network is another important consideration. You’ll want to have strong Wi-Fi throughout your home, so you can play online games reliably, whichever room you’re in.

If you’re an EE home broadband customer, you’ll get their latest Smart Hub Plus router. This supports the latest WiFi 6 technology, for better speed and coverage. If you like, you can add Smart WiFi for a guaranteed WiFi signal in every room of your home. It uses mesh WiFi boosters to extend the range of your home network, and there’s a £100 money-back guarantee if you’re unable to get WiFi in every room.

EE Gaming Broadband Deals

At the moment, we’d recommend Full Fibre 300 if you’re looking for the best gaming broadband deal on EE. It’s available for just £34.99 per month and is powered by the latest full fibre (FTTP) technology for lower latency and improved reliability:

ServiceAverage SpeedContract LengthUpfront PriceMonthly Price
(may rise during contract)
EE Full Fibre 300
300Mbps download24 month contract£0£34.99/month

This plan is available in around 12.5 million UK homes, with access to EE’s full fibre network. To see whether it’s available where you live, enter your postcode on EE’s website.

For even faster download speeds and inclusive access to the Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, you could consider upgrading to EE’s Full Fibre 500 or Full Fibre Gigabit plans. You’ll get 6 months of inclusive Game Pass Ultimate on Full Fibre 500, and 12 months on the Full Fibre Gigabit plan.

The Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscription gives you access to more than 100 high-quality games, including Starfield, Forza Horizon 5, and Halo Infinite. You’ll be able to play them on a range of devices, including on your Xbox, PC or direct from the cloud.

ServiceAverage SpeedContract LengthUpfront PriceMonthly Price
(may rise during contract)
EE Full Fibre Gigabit
900Mbps download24 month contract£0£49.99/month
EE Full Fibre 500
500Mbps download24 month contract£31.99£49.99/month

EE Gaming Bundles

As well as offering broadband plans for gaming, EE offers a range of console bundles. This allows you to get the latest gaming hardware, together with some inclusive games and data passes from EE. What’s more, you can spread out the cost over 24 months, making it a more affordable option than paying in one go.

At the time of writing, you can get the PS5, the Xbox Series S & X, the Meta Quest 3, and the Nintendo Switch OLED on gaming bundles from EE.

Depending on the bundle you choose, there might be different games included, or there might be an inclusive subscription to the Xbox Game Pass Ultimate or the PlayStation Plus Extra service. If you’re an EE mobile customer, you’ll also get the Video Data Pass and the Gamer’s Data Pass included. This will allow you to stream and play games on your mobile phone, without it counting towards your download limit.

If you’re not an EE mobile customer, it’s still possible to buy a console and games from EE. However, you won’t get the additional benefits such as data passes from EE.

More Information

For more information about EE’s broadband for gaming and console bundles, please see the EE Game website.

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