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Xbox Series X|S launch: Internet providers in UK experience record broadband use

Published: 17:21, 12 November 2020
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UK's leading internet providers say they've seen record demand on November 10, the launch day of Microsoft's new console Xbox Series X|S. Big releases such as Call of Duty Black Ops Cold War and Valhalla helped break the record.

Tuesday was a pretty big day for UK's biggest broadband providers as the demand for internet traffic was bigger than ever before, thanks to the Xbox Series X|S launch, the release of Assassin's Creed Valhalla and a start of pre-load for Activision's mammoth Call of Duty Black Ops Cold War.

BBC reports that BT, Virgin Media, TalkTalk, Vodafone, City Fibre and Zen Internet said they had all coped with the enormous spike this week, which had a couple of major game releases.

Activision released a huge update for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare and Warzone, which introduced some new modes and reduced the overall game file size. On top of this, a pre-load for Call of Duty Black Ops Cold War officially kicked off on both Xbox and PlayStation. The game weights up to 130 GB, which is certainly a massive download.

Destiny 2 update, which is around 65 GB took another big chunk of internet traffic while Valhalla took 60 GB. It is worth mentioning that even players who purchased physical copies of the game had to download day one update.

"BT said broadband traffic peaked at 18 terabits per second (Tbps) - equivalent to delivering about 1,510 hours of high-definition video every second. That compared with the previous record of 17.5Tbps it reported on an evening when it had experienced high demand for both streaming football and video games," it's written in the report.

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And while this may seem pretty substantial, BT spokeswoman said that this is still comfortably within the network's capacity which is certainly good news since another massive week is just around the corner. Of course, we're talking about PS5's UK launch, which is set for November 19, 2020. 

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