Yes, Viasat allows Xbox live games to be played off its internet.
Xbox live is an online multiplayer gaming digital service that allows people to interact with each other through games online. Playing games on xbox live does not take up a significant amount of data on your plan. For example, it would take someone around 42 rounds of Fortnite online to use about 1 Gb of data. For someone who plays online games multiple hours every day, that will take a large chunk out of your data plan and you will need to take that into consideration when choosing a plan. What uses the most data when it comes to gaming online through xbox live though is the amount of data that is used for downloading games for the first time. Before a game can be played on xbox it needs to be downloaded and depending on the game that is to be played it could use between 20-30 Gbs. It is important to take this into account as well when deciding on a plan to choose. Playing games on xbox live will use more data than playing xbox games that don’t need the live feature. For example, playing tetris offline will use a smaller amount of data compared to Fortnite.
Can You Play Xbox Live With Viasat Internet?
Are you moving away from the city and worried Xbox Live will be nothing but a fond memory?
Don’t get depressed just yet – Viasat Internet is high-speed internet beamed directly to your home from our satellites in space. It gives you a fast internet connection, no matter where you live.
We know what you’re thinking: Satellite internet doesn’t have a great reputation in the gaming community. But satellite service providers have made impressive progress in 2020 regarding the technology’s drawbacks. The FCC recommends speeds of at least 4 Mbps for gaming, and Viasat goes up to 100 Mbps. That rivals cable internet!
So, the good news is yes, you CAN play Xbox Live with Viasat Internet.
Unfortunately, there’s a caveat: It depends on the game.
The problem is latency (aka ping rate), which is how long it takes for packets of data to leave your gaming device and return. A “terrestrial” internet connection will always have a lower latency rate than a satellite connection because a satellite internet signal must travel from your device to space – about 22,300 miles! – and back.
We’ll do the math for you: If the speed of light is 186,000 miles per second and Viasat’s internet satellites orbit 22,300 miles above Earth, you'll experience at least 500 milliseconds – half of a second – of latency (aka lag when referring to gaming).
Half of a second doesn’t sound like a lot, but anyone who plays shooting games, sports games, some racing games, and MMORPGs knows half of a second delay could easily result in a missed touchdown, car wreck, or your character’s death. Therefore, those games aren’t great options for satellite internet. We also don’t recommend competitive gaming on a satellite internet connection.
So, which Xbox Live games ARE suitable for satellite internet?
The online version of board games
Other turn-based games
We’d love to say that using satellite internet for Xbox Live is just as good as any other internet connection, but unfortunately, that’s not (yet) the case. Still, when the question is “To game or not to game,” the answer is always to game – no matter how you have to do it!