Friday, October 06, 2006

Read It - The End Of Online Game Lag?

Well this is good news! It seems that a company has started to build a fiber optic web on top of the existing internet which is going to be targetted at online gaming in the hopes of practically eliminating lag. The only catch is that it won't be free but that isn't surprising I guess. Here's a bit from the article

"How much faster is it? Using a ping command which is a network diagnostic utility, it would take you around 80-100 milliseconds for your ping to travel from the east coast to the west coast and back on today's Internet. Using the dedicated GameRail fiber optic network, pings around 30ms are seen. When you consider light travels 1000 miles every 8-10ms on a fiber optic line, the fastest this could possibly be with no hops is 25ms. So this is a very significant speed increase."

Read the entire article here.

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