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Online gamers need more from their broadband than the average user. The packages here are ideal for gamers, with fast upload and download speeds, low contention ratios and high or no-limit usage allowances.

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Virgin Media SuperFibre 50 Broadband & Calls

Unlimited fibre optic broadband & unlimited weekend calls to landlines and Virgin Mobile numbers.

uSwitch exclusive: NOW ONLY £5 FOR 12 MONTHS Even faster 50Mbps SuperFibre broadband speeds + FREE Super Hub & FREE QuickStart self-install!

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Save £168
up to* 50Mb speed
unlimited downloads
12 month contract
price £5.00 /month
+ £17.99 line rental

£5.00

+ £17.99 line rental
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BT Infinity 2 Unlimited Broadband & Calls

Super-fast fibre broadband with unlimited weekend calls. Access BT Wi-Fi in over 5 million BT hotspots.

Online exclusive: Get a FREE BT Home Hub 5 plus 50GB cloud storage & online security + FREE BT Sport pack and £50 prepaid card!

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Free BT HomeHub 5
up to* 76Mb speed
unlimited downloads
12 month contract
price £25.00 /month
+ £17.99 line rental

£25.00

+ £17.99 line rental
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Virgin Media Vivid 100 Broadband & Phone

Super-fast 100Mbps fibre optic broadband with unlimited weekend calls to landlines and Virgin mobile numbers.

Online exclusive: Now get 6 months discounted broadband, great for busy households plus FREE QuickStart self-install & a FREE router!

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Save £66!
up to* 100Mb speed
unlimited downloads
12 month contract
price £13.00 /month
+ £17.99 line rental

£13.00

+ £17.99 line rental
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TalkTalk Large Fibre Broadband

Perfect for large households with download speeds up to 76Mb faster than the UK average and unlimited download allowance.

Super fast fibre broadband from TalkTalk with speeds up to 76Mb plus get a FREE wireless router!

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12 Months Discount
up to* 76Mb speed
unlimited downloads
18 month contract
price £10.00 /month
+ £17.70 line rental

£10.00

+ £17.70 line rental
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Sky Fibre Unlimited

Unlimited browsing and downloading with no monthly usage cap. Free Sky Hub router. With Sky WiFi usage the The Cloud.

Online offer: Superfast unlimited fibre broadband ONLY £10 FOR 12 MONTHS + FREE Sky Hub & unlimited Sky WiFi on-the-go with The Cloud!

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Only £10
up to* 38Mb speed
unlimited downloads
12 month contract
price £10.00 /month
+ £17.40 line rental

£10.00

+ £17.40 line rental
Buy now 0800 151 2876
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Virgin Media SuperFibre 50 Broadband Only

SuperFibre broadband with up to* 50Mbps speeds & unlimited downloads. Typically installed in 7 days.

Enjoy speeds up to 50Mbps + get a FREE Virgin Media Super Hub & FREE QuickStart self-install + no phone line means NO MONTHLY LINE RENTAL CHARGE!

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Free Wireless Router
up to* 50Mb speed
unlimited downloads
12 month contract
price £30.25 /month

£30.25

Buy now 0808 168 8217
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TalkTalk Medium Fibre Broadband

Superfast Fibre broadband with speeds 5x faster than the UK average plus pay as you talk calls.

Online only: SUPERFAST UNLIMITED FIBRE BROADBAND FREE FOR 12 MONTHS plus get a FREE Super Router & online security with HomeSafe!

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12 Months Free
up to* 38Mb speed
unlimited downloads
18 month contract
price FREE /month
+ £17.70 line rental

FREE

+ £17.70 line rental
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Plusnet Unlimited Fibre Broadband

Unlimited fibre broadband with free wireless router. Free activation. Free UK-based customer support.

Plusnet Hub One & free activation (worth £50). Unlimited Super fast Fibre Broadband. Broadband FREE for 6 months!

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Broadband FREE for 6 months
up to* 38Mb speed
unlimited downloads
18 month contract
price FREE /month
+ £16.99 line rental

FREE

+ £16.99 line rental
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TalkTalk Essentials TV, Fibre Broadband & Phone

Broadband 5X faster than the UK average plus evening & weekend calls. Pause & rewind live TV + 7 day catch up.

Online only: 12 months FREE broadband & 12 months HALF PRICE essentials TV + get a FREE YouView box (worth £149) & FREE Super Router + Talk2Go App!

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12 Months Free Broadband
up to* 38Mb speed
unlimited downloads
18 month contract
price £5.00 /month
+ £17.70 line rental

£5.00

+ £17.70 line rental
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Virgin Media Vivid 100 Broadband Only

Super-fast Vivid 100 fibre optic broadband with unlimited downloads, perfect for busy households.

10x faster than regular broadband, perfect for streaming & browsing plus get a FREE Super Hub!

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Free Super Hub Wireless Router
up to* 100Mb speed
unlimited downloads
12 month contract
price £35.25 /month

£35.25

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*The "up to" speed displayed in Mb is the maximum possible speed you are likely to receive for this product. The actual speed you will get depends on your cabling, your area and (with non-fibre optic products) time of day and how far you are from the telephone exchange. Most providers will tell you the likely speed you will receive when you begin your online sign up - this may differ from the speed displayed in the table.

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Broadband deals explained

In recent years, internet gaming has increased in popularity exponentially. This guide will take you through a few things to take into consideration to ensure you get the very best online gaming experience. And maybe even you give you an advantage against the competition.

Choosing gaming broadband:

  • Speed- Obviously, you are looking for the fastest broadband connection possible.
  • Download allowance- Download limits are soon reached when gaming intensively, so if you‘re a high internet user you might prefer an unlimited package.
  • Low latency - Latency refers to the time it takes for a press on your joypad to register in the game you're playing.
  • No throttle - Because gaming is a bandwidth heavy activity, some ISPs will slow down your connection. Try and find one that doesn't use traffic shaping.
  • Low contention ratio If lots of people are using broadband from the same exchange as you, you'll get a slower connection and suffer from lag while you're gaming. To ensure that doesn't happen look around for a broadband provider with a low contention ratio.
  • Freebies - Some providers, such as Virgin Media, offer extra incentives for gamers.

Gaming broadband ISPs

The following broadband providers excel in offering great-value gaming broadband packages:

  • BT's fibre broadband Infinity products are fantastic for online gaming, offering speeds of up to 76Mbps in most parts of the UK and low latency rates to ensure minimum lag between the moment you press your controlpad and the moment the command is registered. If you're lucky to be in area covered by BT's pure-fibre network, you can sign up for 330Mbps broadband and really supercharge your gaming.
  • Virgin Media's super fast fibre optic broadband packages minimise 'ping' to provide customers with the smoothest gaming experience possible. The top of the range Virgin Media broadband product offers 152Mbps.
  • TalkTalk's cable broadband offers comparable speeds in line with BT Infinity.
  • PlusNet offer excellent support for gamers using their PlusNet Pro package, which prioritises gaming traffic to ensure your experience isn't compromised.

Gaming consoles and broadband:

  • PS4, PSP, PS3, Wii or Nintendo 3DS - Pretty simple to connect too and these three have wireless capability - just make sure your wireless router is compatible.
  • Xbox One - This also supports wireless broadband, so it's very easy to connect.
  • Xbox 360- You're going to need to buy a wireless adapter, or connect directly to a modem.
  • Playstation 2, or Xbox, or older- You may have to buy additional hardware such as a network adaptor.

Note:

  • Some internet games require subscription payments even after you have bought the game. Mostly these are MMORPGs (Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Games) such as the hugely popular World of Warcraft. This is because when you play these games you involve yourself in a community that needs maintenance, the cost of which is covered by your subs.

However, if you just want to race someone on the other side of the world on Mario Kart DS, then your DS will connect immediately through a wireless network straight out of the box and there's no need to pay a penny.

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