If you don’t have access to cable or fiber internet, you might be forced to play Divinity: Original Sin 2 on a cellphone tether or mobile hotspot. While online gaming doesn’t use as much data as you might think, downloading and updating games can slowly eat away at your limited mobile data plan. Here’s how much data it takes to play, download, and update Divinity: Original Sin 2.
Divinity: Original Sin 2 uses around 30 MB of data per hour you play the game. Because there are about 1,000 MB in every GB, the game eats through your data plan at a rate of 0.03 GB per hour. That means to use just 1 GB of data, you’ll need to play the game for more than 30 hours.
Downloading The Divinity: Original Sin 2 uses more data than actually playing the game. Here’s the file size and estimated download size for the game on all compatible platforms:
|Platform||File size||Estimated download size|
|Microsoft Windows||<60 GB||<30 GB|
|Playstation 4||19.67 GB||10 GB|
|Xbox One||27.32 GB||14 GB|
|Nintendo Switch||11.8 GB||6 GB|
It’s usually easy to find the file size of games, but developers often don’t disclose the download size – even though the two are different. While file size is the space the game takes up on your hard drive, download size is the internet data it takes to download the game onto your device.
So where are we getting the estimated download sizes above? Well, almost all game downloads are “packed” in archive formats like “.zip” or “.rar,” which make them smaller and download faster. As a very loose rule, these files are about half the size of unpacked files.
Divinity: Original Sin 2 patches can be around 1 GB – and major updates are even bigger. If you’re short on data, you might want to turn off auto-updates to avoid any surprises. You can always download updates, patches, and hotfixes on your time when you have more data. For the most up-to-date information about game updates, see the Divinity: Original Sin 2 Updates.
Are you still worried about exceeding your monthly data cap? If you have a very limited data plan, there are ways you can reduce your data use when you play Divinity: Original Sin 2:
Play with fewer teammates. More players mean your local network needs to use more data sharing information like location and stats with other clients on the same server. To save data when you play Divinity: Original Sin 2, join emptier servers with fewer teammates.
Pick the slower server. Game servers typically have a tick rate of 128 or 64 Hz. 128 tick servers refresh the game twice as often as 64 tick servers. These faster servers provide a better gaming experience (since changes register faster and movement seems more fluid), but use twice as much data. To reduce your data use, play on a 64 tick server when possible.
Limit your client update rate. Your client update rate is how many times per second your computer or console can process updates it receives from the game server, regardless of whether it’s a 64 or 128 tick server. Limit the client update rate in your computer settings to artificially limit your data use when, for example, you’re playing on a 128 tick game server.
Play without voice chat. Divinity: Original Sin 2 doesn’t have a native voice chat option, but some players use third-party options to talk with teammates. If you use a voice chat app like Discord while you play online games, you’ll end up using another 60 MB of data per hour.
Rural gamers who don’t have access to wired internet connections like cable or fiber often get stuck playing Divinity: Original Sin 2 on a cellphone tether or mobile hotspot. These connections aren’t ideal for gaming, since they’re slow and usually come with limited mobile internet plans.
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