How much internet data does Dragon Nest use?
Playing a massively multiplayer game like Dragon Nest on a mobile data or fixed mobile data connection can eat through internet data. Let’s take a closer look at just how much data it takes to download, update, and play Dragon Nest on Microsoft Windows. Of course, the easiest way to game on a mobile data connection is to switch to an unlimited plan without a monthly limit.
Dragon Nest file size
While the download size won’t be as big as the unpacked file size, it still takes much more internet data to download Dragon Nest than it does to play it. That’s because the file includes a lot of data, like graphics, that you only need to download once. Once the initial download is out of the way, you’ll be able to adjust your graphic settings without having any effect on data use.
Dragon Nest updates and patches
The developer Eyedentity Games frequently releases updates and patches for Dragon Nest, which you can keep track of in the update notices. The largest game updates are around 2 GB. If a large update or patch will push your data use over your monthly limit, turn off auto-updates and only manually install updates and patches when you know you have data available.
Dragon Nest data use
Dragon Nest usually uses less than 20 MB of data per hour of gameplay, which is pretty low for a massively multiplayer online game. The exact amount of data you’ll end up using playing the game depends on the number of players in the game at that time, your frame rate, the tick rate of your server, and whether or not you simultaneously use a voice chat application:
- The more players in the game, the more online data (e.g. chats, location, and stats) your local network has to share with these other players’ networks. While you don’t have much control over how many people are playing Dragon Nest at any given time, if you play when the game has less traffic, you’ll use less data. Also, joining restricted modes like Rumble could save you data.
- A higher frame rate refreshes the game more often, which makes it run faster. A lower frame rate saves you data, but makes it harder for you to react quickly in the game. To use less data, lower your frame rate (measured in FPS) in your game settings. To change this setting, you’ll first need to disable vertical synch (V-Synch).
- A 128-tick server, which refreshes the game 128 times every second, uses about twice as much data as a 64-tick server, which refreshes the game 64 times every second. To use less data, play on a 64-tick server when possible.
- Voice chat apps use a lot of data. A Facetime Audio call, for example, uses up to 60 MB of data per hour of chat. Dragon Nest doesn’t have a native voice chat, but you’ll use more data if you simultaneously run an app like Facetime Audio or Zoom.
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