Why Online Console Gaming Continues to Thrive Thanks to Verizon Fios

With Verizon Fios Gigabit Connection, online console gaming is better than ever before.

This article is sponsored by Verizon.

Gaming has always been a communal experience. All the way back to the days of arcades, friends and strangers have been getting together to play video games, whether it be competitively or as a team. Not much has changed about that communal aspect in the decades since arcades ruled the industry, but the venue certainly has.

Nowadays, gamers are spending less time at arcades and more time playing online, connected with friends through the power of reliable ISPs like our personal favorite, the lightning fast Fios Gigabit Connection from Verizon — which is currently offering a deal that gets you internet speeds of up to 940/880 Mbps for $79.99/month with Auto Pay plus taxes, equipment charges, and other fees, as well as a Xbox Live Gold subscription for a year and a choice between two games (while supplies last), all with no annual contract.

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If you play tons of online games on consoles, then you know that faster internet is pretty much synonymous with gaming culture, and Verizon’s Fios Gigabit Connection is quickly separating itself from the competition as one of the few providers of ultra-high-speed internet, thanks to its fiber optic network that allows its connection speeds to far outrace traditional cable internet providers. That means that cable internet, with its typical 25 to 100 Mbps connections, is a thing of the past. Verizon Fios Gigabit connection can hit speeds of 940/880 Mbps!

For those who have already been blessed with Fios Gigabit Connection, you know that you can play online blockbusters like Destiny, Warframe, Call of Duty’s new Blackout battle royale mode, Fortnite, and PUBG at high visual capacity with virtually no lag time. Fios Gigabit Connection allows you to keep on gaming and winning with less worrying about things like graphics drops or ping rates.

If you’re still on the fence about upgrading your internet to Fios Gigabit Connection, consider how faster internet has become the main ingredient in the evolution of the gaming industry since the ‘90s. Even before players were buying into the convenience of living room consoles for their online gaming, gamers were strapped to their desk chairs, blasting each other away on PC shooter titles like Quake and Team Fortress or adventuring in Neverwinter Nights, EverQuest, and Ultima Online, three of the most popular subscription-based MMORPGs of the ‘90s.

In the case of Neverwinter Nights specifically, one of the forefathers of current MMOs like World of Warcraft, the game wouldn’t even exist if it weren’t for AOL and its innovative online portal that connected millions of users in the early days of the World Wide Web. AOL helped develop and hosted the game on its platform for its subscribers, allowing Dungeons & Dragons fans to leave the tabletop days behind and play with other fans all over the world. Yes, an internet service provider was behind one of the earliest iterations of the MMO genre. You better thank AOL next time you log onto World of Warcraft for a dungeon run.

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As internet connection speeds continued to improve over the years, so did online games. In 1999, EverQuest became the first truly 3D MMORPG, thanks in part to the faster internet speeds that allowed the graphics to render to its millions of subscribers. That same year, the world welcomed the first version of online competitive shooter Counter-Strike, born as a Half-Life mod and destined to become one of the leading esports in the world. Today, Counter-Strike is the subject of tournaments with million-dollar prize pools and at the top echelon of the almost-billion dollar esports industry. Yeah, you can give ISPs a nod for the birth of the esports scene, too.

While online console games had been around in one form or the other since the ‘80s, innovations like Atari’s GameLine, Intellivision’s PlayCable, and the Sega MegaNet paled in comparison to Phantasy Star Online, the first online RPG for consoles. Sega even launched its own internet service, Sega NetLink, so that players could connect to the game’s servers through the Dreamcast.

Better, faster broadband connections opened the floodgates for both Microsoft’s Xbox Live and the PlayStation Network, the online video game platforms we enjoy on consoles today. These services have brought the convenience of a one-stop shop for all things digital, including multiplayer gaming, shopping, and video streaming. Gamers these days can even enjoy seamless jump-in-jump-out multiplayer to build a fireteam in Destiny or go on heists in GTA Online.

So you see, faster internet continues to bolster the ever-changing landscape of gaming. What is to come in the era of gig-speed internet? The future, brought to you by services like Verizon Fios. Don’t get left behind.