The best broadband plans for gaming in Australia

These are the essential things to consider to get the best Internet plan for online gaming.

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Top pick: our favourite internet plan for gaming

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MyRepublic NBN Gamer Pro Premium

MyRepublic's Gamer Pro plan isn't cheap at $99.95/month for 12 months, but it's jam-packed with value.

The plan comes with an 83Mbps typical evening speed (higher than the Premium category average), unlimited data, an enhanced network for custom routing and latency tracking, a bonus Corsair gaming keyboard and our exclusive $50 account credit coupon.

  • 83 Mbps
    Typical evening speed
  • Unlimited data
  • $99.95 per month
    Min. total cost of $1,210.4 for the first month
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Gaming on the NBN

With the NBN rolling out to more and more homes across Australia, you'll likely be able to access high-speed internet sooner rather than later. That means you'll need to decide which NBN plan type to sign up for: Basic (nbn12), Standard (nbn25), Standard Plus (nbn50) or Premium (nbn100). To clarify, those numbers refer to the maximum theoretical speed of each tier. Basic plans support a maximum of 12Mbps (and aren't recommended for any decent amount of internet usage) and Premium plans go up to 100Mbps. However, these are absolute maximum speeds, and the typical user shouldn't realistically expect these speeds, especially during evening peak traffic hours. For a more detailed breakdown of practical and theoretical speeds, check out our comprehensive guide to the NBN speed tiers.

From a gaming perspective, you'll generally want the fastest plan with a good amount of data these days. However, the right tier for you does depend on what kinds of games you play, how quickly you move from one game to the next and in what format you typically buy your games.

How fast does my connection need to be?

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With games getting so big, the time between clicking the buy button and actually playing your purchase can be agonisingly long, especially if you don't shell out for a suitably fast connection. Current NBN connections range from Basic (nbn12) with typical evening speeds of 9Mbps to Premium (nbn100) with typical evening speeds of 80Mbps, making for a wide variety of distinct experiences. It's important to remember that these figures are averages only, and in practice your connection speed might be significantly lower.

How much data do I need?

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When sizing up data caps, the first thing to look for is excess data charges. Fortunately, most plans nowadays will simply “throttle” or “shape” your connection if you go over your cap, meaning your download speed will drop to a crawl, but you won't have to fork over an extra thousand dollars in overage charges at the end of the month. Still, be sure to read the fine print before signing up.

How low does my ping need to be?

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Fast download speeds are good and all, but they don't mean much if you find yourself getting constantly gunned down in Call of Duty thanks to a high ping. For those unfamiliar with the term, ping is a measure of how long data takes to travel from your console or PC to a game's server. The higher the ping, the longer it takes for an online game to register your input, resulting in instances where your perfectly lined-up shot misses its mark or an enemy appears to shoot you through a solid wall.

High-speed, unlimited plans

Taking all these factors into consideration, here are some of the best broadband plans to get your game on. Please note your personal circumstances when considering these recommended plans, as connection quality and speeds are dependent on multiple factors including location, local infrastructure, your home network and cabling, and network congestion.

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