Overwatch patch will take the average Aussie nearly 3 hours to download

Brodie Fogg 24 May 2016

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Another day, another sad story for Australian broadband customers. Unfortunately, today's news hits gamers hard.

Those purchasing their day one copy of Overwatch today must be pretty psyched to enter the fray with Blizzard's 21 playable heroes for some multiplayer shooter madness. However, for most Australian players the wait isn't over. If you've already booted up Overwatch on PS4, you would have noticed that there's a 9.6GB day one patch that needs to be installed before joining the action. The news isn't as bad on Xbox One, with just a 3.1GB patch, but that's still considerable.

That might not mean much to those connected to the NBN. With speeds of 25Mbps, a 9.6GB patch would take you less than an hour to download. However, for most Australian broadband users, the wait will be about three times that. According to Akamai's 2015 Q4 report, the average broadband user in Australia can expect speeds of 8.2Mbps per second. That would clock the average download duration for Overwatch's Day One 9.6GB patch on PS4 at 2 hours and 47 minutes, and on Xbox One at 54 minutes. Add that to the six-minute install time and you can expect to endure nearly three hours of waiting before jumping in to the PS4 version of the game.

It's certainly not uncommon these days for a game to have a patch on the day of release. Uncharted 4: A Thief's End and Doom both had 5GB and 5.7GB patches to download on the day of release. However, those games' single player campaigns could be started without waiting for the patch to download completely.

Overwatch is a multiplayer-only game, meaning most Aussies will be waiting well into the night to get their first round in. To upgrade your broadband plan, check out our comparison of all the plans on the market. We also have the internet's only list of all the install sizes for the PS4, and for the XBO.

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