How much data does Battlefield V use?
In Battlefield V, squads of 4 players compete in multiplayer games that span a variety of modes and warmaps. Like other first-person shooters, Battlefield V refreshes many times per second so that players can respond quickly to what’s happening in the game. Because the game includes multiple players and refreshes often, playing it uses a decent amount of mobile data.
If you’re gaming on a limited 4G LTE connection, you might need to monitor your data use to keep it below your monthly data cap. Here’s how much mobile data you use downloading, updating, and playing Battlefield V on your PC, Playstation 4, or Xbox One:
How much data do you use downloading Battlefield V?
Game downloads typically use much more data than playing the game. Sometimes, the hour you spend downloading a new game onto your console uses as much data as years of gameplay. Also, the download size of a game tends to increases with each patch and update. These are the download sizes for the standard edition of Battlefield V as of March 2019:
|PC||50 GB (file size, download will be less)|
|Playstation 4||34.1 GB|
|Xbox One||46.92 GB|
Afraid your data plan won’t support the game download? To preserve mobile data, purchase the disk, instead of the download, and install the game offline.
How much data do you use updating Battlefield V?
So far, EA/DICE have released three updates to Battlefield V (a fourth is expected in the next two weeks). The most recent update had a download size of 1.5 GB on PC, 350 MB on Playstation 4, and 500 MB on Xbox One.
If you’re worried about using too much data on updates, keep yourself from going over your monthly data limit by turning off auto-updates and then manually updating the game when you know you have GBs to spare (at the beginning of the month, for example).
How much data do you use playing Battlefield V?
Battlefield V uses about 150 MB per hour on a full, 64-player server, but the exact amount of mobile data you use playing the game depends on the number of players in your game, your frame rate, and the tickrate of the server you’re on:
- The number of players in the game has a huge effect on how much data you use playing Battlefield V. The more players in a game, the more data your internet network needs to exchange with other players’ networks. This data includes information like the current location and stats of each player. EA/DICE plan to release Firestorm, a battle royale mode for Battlefield V, later this year. The new mode will include up to 64 players in one game (16 squads of 4 players). If you play Firestorm, you’ll use significantly more data than if you play other multiplayer modes.
- A higher frame rate refreshes the game more often, so you exchange more up-to-date data with other players in the game. A lower frame rate will save you data, but also negatively affect your performance since it makes it harder for you to react quickly in the game. In Battlefield V, V-Synch locs your frame rate at 60 fps. To change your frame rate, turn off V-Synch and adjust it manually.
- The server tickrate also affects your data use. 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.
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