How do I play my game over the Internet?
Internet gaming can be a great way to pass the time, chat with friends, and even make some new ones. There are a wide variety of games that connect players to each other over the Internet. However, if you'd like to get into online gaming, there are a few things to consider. The following sections describe what is required for playing games over the Internet.
Does my PC meet the minimum requirements?
This question is pretty straightforward: if your computer can't run the game in the first place, you can't play it online. To determine whether or not your machine can run a game, you can look up the hardware requirements online or use a utility such as CanIRunIt.
Does the game support multiplayer?
Before playing a game over the Internet, you must first determine whether or not the game includes a multiplayer option. For example, World of Warcraft (an MMORPG) most certainly does, whereas a story-driven game, such as Fallout 4, does not. Some games, like the Call of Duty series, are both; they have a single player campaign and multiplayer mode.
Is my Internet connection fast enough?
All modern games not only require a broadband connection but one that is fast enough to keep your gaming experience smooth and lag free. While many games will work well enough with a connection with 3 Mbps, we recommend a connection speed of at least 5-6 Mbps.
How do I get into a game?
This process varies from game to game, but is usually similar; you create an account an use an in-game client or service to start up a match.
- Boot up your game and sign into your account.
- Locate the multiplayer option on the start screen.
- Choose your preferred settings (i.e., 5v5 or 10v10 player match), and you're on your way.