Many people who are considering signing up for satellite internet service ask about online gaming. Does satellite internet technology offer the speed and bandwidth requirements needed to accommodate the data-heavy operations of online games like World of Warcraft, Call of Duty or even XBox Live?
While some satellite internet service providers claim that their service can handle the demands of online gaming, others are more honest about the capabilities of current satellite technology. Walter Cummins of Calera, a Satellite Internet service provider spoke candidly with me about the difficulties of online gaming with satellite internet access. “Some games work fine with satellite internet. People who enjoy playing games on Facebook or basic PC card games like Solitaire will not have a problem. Unfortunately, satellite technology can not consistently meet the demands of more complex “twitch” games right now, but our technology is improving all the time. In a couple years, online gaming capabilities here at Calera will improve considerably to meet the needs of the modern web user.” Cummins went on to say that all satellite internet technology falters when it comes to online gaming, so ISPs who claim that their satellite service works with online gaming are letting “marketing tactics” get in the way of the facts.