Report: Some gamers face 6 week wait to download PS5 games

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In the midst of a second lockdown, Sony’s PlayStation 5 is about to launch and provide millions of gamers with something new to play as the nation is forced to stay at home.

For gamers who haven’t yet ordered physical copies of a game, they’ll have to download these from the PlayStation store. But, with files on the larger side, fluctuating broadband speeds means some gamers will have to wait longer than others; a lot longer.

The UK’s fastest average broadband speed, in Livingston, is 182.55Mbps, meaning gamers living there will be able to download the PS5’s biggest game file, Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales Ultimate Edition at 105GB, in around one hour and twenty-two minutes. However, gamers with the slowest average speed, found in York at just 0.22Mbps, will have to wait an estimated 1,139 hours to download the same game — that’s more than 6.5 weeks.

The news isn’t so bad for gamers in most regions of the UK; the national average download speed is 22.37Mbps, which means it will take an estimated, and comparatively short, 11 hours 12 minutes.


Estimated download times for PS5 release titles

Game

File Size

Slowest speed in UK (0.22Mbps) est download time

UK average broadband speed (22.37Mbps) est download time

Fastest speed in the UK (182.55Mbps) est download time

Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales

50GB

542hrs

5hrs 20mins

39mins

Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales Ultimate Edition

105GB

1,139hrs

11hrs 12mins

1hr 22mins

Demon’s Souls

66GB

716hrs

7hrs 2mins

51mins

Sackboy: A Big Adventure

31GB

336hrs

3hrs 18mins

24mins

Nick Baker, Broadband Expert at Uswitch.com comments: “With the launch of the PlayStation 5 this week, there’s about to be a lot of keen gamers downloading and installing some exciting new games. As well as the time taken to download the game, broadband speed also plays an important part in the overall gaming experience. A minimum speed of 3Mbps is needed to play games online with the PS5, but it’s recommended that speeds of 50-100Mbps will provide the optimal gaming experience. After all, nobody wants to blame lag for losing one too many lives.”


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