Each gaming test performs its measurement in two phases. The first phase carries out a brief latency measurement to each of the game’s global gaming servers, in order to find the server with the lowest latency to the client. The second phase then carries out a fuller latency measurement to the server found in phase one. When possible the test uses a game-specific UDP protocol to carry out its measurements, with a fall back of ten ICMP echo packets. The test can also record the number of hops to the server.
Measurements for all tests
- The IP address of the server.
- The region and datacenter name, if available, of the server.
- The average, minimum and maximum and standard deviation of round-trip latency time.
- Jitter, the variation in latency of a burst of small packets.
- The number of packets sent and received, allowing packet loss to be calculated.
Good internet performance is critical for gaming
Beyond downloading your 100GB game, gamers need fast latency and low packet loss to stay competitive when gaming online. Gaming servers are spread out all over the world, but the physical distance and performance to each of them is unique to every gamer.
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