For years I've been able to blame my poor kill/death ratio in games like Call of Duty on bad lag, yeah that moment when you Australian internet connection is so bad that your screen jumps and out seemingly nowhere your enemy dispatches you and all you have as proof is the replay over.. and over. Well it turns out that one internet provider has developed a fix, which means we might actually have to start getting good at these games.
Optus is putting the Australian PC gaming community front and centre with the launch of Game PathTM, designed to improve the gaming experience for serious PC gamers by routing traffic over the most optimal internet path available, designed to reduce lag and provide an overall smoother PC gaming connection.
With COVID-19 lockdown, there has been a significant leap in gaming popularity with some global telcos reporting that gaming internet traffic is up 75% since quarantine came into effect.
Game PathTM is designed to meet those demands for the increasing number of Australians looking for faster internet. This will be especially beneficial in quick-paced PC games such as Call of Duty: Warzone, League of Legends and Overwatch to name a few.
Optus research* shows that lag is the enemy of PC gamers, with over 50% of hardcore gamers stating that it is the key pain-point when gaming. Lag can be created because networks are complex and there are so many routes available for gaming traffic. Game PathTM analyses these routes and finds the fastest path to the game server and routes the traffic down that path. This is particularly effective when gaming servers are located overseas, and this is where gamers will see the biggest improvements.
A premium product like this is offered at a fairly reasonable $10 add-on initially to Optus NBN customers, and perfect for people who game regularly on international servers, the Windows 10 application is designed to reduce lag and spikes, resulting in a faster, smoother connection when playing online with Optus data showing Game PathTM can reduce lag on average by 30%, That 30% could save your virtual life in any number of games.
VP, TV, Content & Product Development, Clive Dickens said, “Optus is already ranked as #1 for NBN download speeds by the ACCC for the last four quarters. Game Path will add another dimension to our Optus NBN service offering for serious gamers by addressing lag and going a long way to reduce it where it occurs – outside of the home on the open internet.”
Optus Game PathTM brand ambassador, Laymen Gaming said, ‘If you're playing games online, the very last thing you ever want to experience is lag. There's nothing more frustrating than your KD dropping due to packet loss, or your raid leader replacing you because your connection just can't keep up. Having a strong, reliable internet connection is just as important as having the latest graphics card or next gen console, which is why we use Optus. Game Path means we never need to worry about our internet giving out at crucial moments. We can just play, win, repeat.”
More information on Game PathTM available from next week at optus.com.au/gamepath