Now that ‘Multiplayer Online Battle Arena (MOBA)’ and server-based games are the norm in today’s gaming industry, internet connection is having a major impact on gamers’ experiences. May it be the constant lags, ping spikes, or frequent disconnections, gamers tend to whine about it in social media. Although a number of ISP’s are concerned about it and they do try to resolve such issues as soon as they can, Cox communications on the other hand offer something different.
With a payment of $15 per month, Cox communications will provide subscribers an upgraded internet service called ‘Cox Elite Gamer’. It is said that the service will optimize the users’ connection between them and the gaming servers. The ISP states that the program will seek out the fastest and smoothest path to a server, which essentially will improve the user’s gaming experience by reducing the lag up to 34% and 55% minimized spikes, and 45% less jitter.
As a gamer, competitive or not, this kind of offer will likely grab your attention. It is somewhat rather expensive, but it would also mean that you’d have the chance to enjoy the game at its full potential. The question now is, ‘Will it actually reduce the lags and spikes?’.
How will Cox improve your connection?
If you’re familiar with apps like reducethelag, wtfast, and kill ping, you might already have a better understanding on how Cox is planning on improving gamers’ experience. In fact, the Cox Elite Gamer service is their own branded version of WTFast. The way it works is by routing your connection to a dedicated network that is supposed to have shorter and smoother path to the game’s server.
Cox communications has this to say in this matter,
“[the service] routes your game activity through a dedicated gaming network to provide a reduced latency path between your computer and the game servers of select online games.”
Having tried one of these apps before, I have to say that it was indeed helpful and it resolved any ping deficiencies on my end. The thing is, it wasn’t always helpful. Most of the time it was, but there were also times that it wasn’t. You have to understand that the service does not increase your internet speed nor prioritize your connection. It simply routes you to a different network that will give your connection a much easier path.
Is it worth buying the service?
All the popular apps that claims to reduce the lags and spikes seems to be doing well for themselves, and it has been around for a decent amount of time now. That would mean people are still subscribing to these types of services, which would then mean that it might be worth it.
Moreover, the price for the service isn’t actually based from nothing or out of greed, it was actually based on the subscription prices that are offered in WTFast’s page.For a single PC subscription, it costs around $10 per month, and Cox Elite Gamer offers $15 per month for two simultaneous PC access. Though you should be warned, Cox will require you to sign a 2-year agreement for the service and there’s a high chance that the price will increase.
As a casual gamer, it might not be much of an investment, but for competitive gamers such as myself, I do believe it is worth it. That is if you do have the money for it. $15 is not a spare change, and a lot of people would love to spend that kind of money on something much more important.
That being said, it’s up to you if you could actually afford it. To be honest, an app similar to this saved me a lot of ‘rages’ and ‘frustrations’ from gaming, but only for a short time because it was rather expensive. You would also have to take note that not all games are covered by Cox Elite Gamer service. If you are truly interested in this service, you can learn more about it here.