The last patch of Fallout 76 has a size of more than 47 GB. From video games to 4K streaming videos, everything online gets bigger and bigger. However, Comcast's 1TB limit does not change, and some smaller ISPs are even worse.
00 GB Downloads for Modern Games
Modern console and PC games are huge! Sure, 47 GB for a single patch is plenty of space, but that's just the tip of the iceberg.
Red Dead Redemption 2 on Xbox One requires a download of 88.57 GB. The PC version of Middle-earth: Shadow of War has a capacity of 97.7 GB. Final Fantasy XV: Windows Edition requires a download of 75 GB. This is without the 4K texture packet. These big games often get big patches too.
Modern games have a download size of almost 100 GB. With a bandwidth limit of 1TB (1000GB), that's about ten major video games per month, assuming you're buying and downloading digitally-and assuming that you're not doing anything else with your connection.
7 GB per hour for 4K streaming
Netflix says that its 4K streaming consumes about 7GB per hour and per device. The standard, high-quality 1080p streaming is up to 3 GB per hour.
That's almost 143 hours per month for 4K streaming. That sounds like a lot. However, for a 30-day month, this is less than 5 hours of video streaming per day. This is still enough, but you assume that you are an individual who does not do anything else with your internet connection.
If we focus on digital streaming and 4K, these 1TB bandwidth limitations will not be the case. 8K is emerging on the horizon and more bandwidth will be needed.
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11 GB per hour for streaming video games
Streaming video games offer a lot of potential. Imagine being able to perform a challenging game on any device that is lying around without heat, battery life or performance issues.
Google's Project Stream beta works very well, but it requires a minimum connection speed of 25 Mbps. At 25 Mbps, this is 11.25 GB of data transferred per hour.
That's about 89 hours of game streaming before you reach the bandwidth limit. In other words, it's less than 3 hours a day, assuming a month of 30 days. Once again, assume that you are the only person using the connection, and you are only doing stream games.
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1 TB + per month with a smarthome camera
Some smarthome devices can also consume a lot of bandwidth. This is especially true for Wi-Fi cameras.
Let's say you have a Nest camera with a Nest Aware subscription. Your camera automatically uploads a video stream to Nest's servers around the clock. At a high quality setting, the maximum bandwidth is 4 Mbps.
That's 43.2 GB per day. Assuming a month of 30 days, you have exceeded your 1 TB bandwidth limit and have uploaded nearly 1300 GB of data from a single surveillance camera.
But surely you can minimize the quality setting. Suppose you go all the way down to Low, which is a maximum of 0.8 Mbps. That's over 250GB per month – more than a quarter of your bandwidth limit. That's enough for uploading low quality videos from a camera and nothing else.
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Data Caps withhold technology
Video games, online videos and everything else gets bigger and with higher resolution. Devices use more and more data – look at cameras that are connected to the Internet. Combine some of the above-mentioned applications – especially if there are several people living in your home – and you can easily break your 1TB bandwidth limit.
It does not get worse when you grow up! Modern games are huge and full of high-resolution textures and high-fidelity sounds. 4K streams provide amazingly high-definition video. Streaming game services are a marvel of technology – you can play a game with all the remote work, and it works pretty well. And almost everyone can have an always-on camera that transfers high-definition video to a remote server. That's pretty cool.
But ISPs do not keep up. Comcast Xfinity rolled out its 1TB limit in 2016, and since then Comcast has forced more customers to do so. Other large ISPs such as AT & T, CenturyLink, and Cox have their own 1TB data caps. Here is a detailed list of ISP data caps in the US.
We are confident that the 5G Internet at home can make a difference if it creates competition. The only real option I live in is Comcast Xfinity. Therefore Comcast does not have to improve its service of course. Maybe 5G helps? There is no guarantee, but we do not see anything else on the horizon that could improve things.
In any case, something has to change. Everything can not just consume more and more data, while ISPs do not increase their volume limits.
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