It’s a common situation. You come home, super excited to play your newest purchase or your favourite game, only to load it up and discover a patch needs downloading. Not just any patch either, but a few gigs worth of data. So you sit and wait for your internet to complete said download, maybe read that paperweight of a book you’ve been holding back on. Or worse, curse to the high heavens that you don’t have enough data left for the month to download it.
Modern gaming, am I right? Gone are the days of just popping that cartridge in and playing within second, especially given ‘next-gen’ hardware requires an instant installation to the hard drive. The day one patch is a real killer too and though it’s easy to say ‘be patient’, that’s not the point here. The real story behind this issue isn’t downloading patches per se, but the internet itself.
According to a recent international report by Akamai Technologies, Australia ranks as the 44th country in the world in terms of average internet connection speed per user at 6.9Mbps (Megabits per second). That’s in comparison to South Korea, the top country in the world at 25.3Mbps, or our neighbours Singapore at 12.2Mbps. And that’s just an average, with most households in ‘the sticks’ or outside city areas getting at little as 1Mbps.