SpaceX Starlink 20ms latency is designed to run online games, claims Musk

SpaceX's affordable satellite-powered high-speed internet could offer a great way to enjoy your favorite games online when it launches.


Elon Musk has spoken about his low-earth orbit (LEO) internet service as it prepares for beta access in terms of how you might benefit from the new high-speed internet connection as a gamer.

Musk stated that Starlink's 20ms latency is designed to run "real-time, competitive video games." He also stated that Version 2, at a lower altitude, "could be as lows 8ms latency." This means if you need faster internet to better your online gaming connection, Starlink could very well be a great option. Better than simply getting internet in rural communities or hard-to-service places, you could be fragging online every night with it as well. 

If that sounds interesting to you (and it very well might, because most of our ISPs are certifiably garbage, at least where I am), SpaceX will be opening up its beta very soon, around late summer or early fall.

Starlink is said to allow about a gigabit per second connection speeds, which is a step above older satellite setups. In comparison, satellite internet provider HughesNet only offers a paltry download speed of 25Mbps and an abysmal upload speed of 3Mbps. It isn't clear what kind of upload you can expect from Starlink.

The service is said to cost around $80 per month, with rollouts in the US and Canada first, then going global. It looks like your ISP is about to have to grapple with some serious competition. Stay tuned to Shacknews for additional updates. 

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    June 15, 2020 12:58 PM

    Brittany Vincent posted a new article, SpaceX Starlink 20ms latency is designed to run online games, claims Musk

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      June 15, 2020 1:03 PM

      kind of crazy how fast this came together. i thought this was a super long term thing like hyperloop

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        June 15, 2020 1:09 PM

        Apparently less regulations to get thousands of satellites beeming internet to your living room than build an underground tunnel.

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      June 15, 2020 1:21 PM

      I'm definitely interested in seeing some real world reviews of this.

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      June 15, 2020 1:24 PM

      Expecting near global coverage by next year. WOW

    • G D mercury ultra mega
      June 15, 2020 1:43 PM

      It has been said that the biggest hurdle right now for SpaceX is to get the cost down on making the user terminals for Starlink. That probably means they will be expensive. I expect at least 1000 USD or maybe even up to 5000 USD initially. However, the service is probably not going to be that expensive. Will probably be based on a price per Gbit up and down loaded as the limit of the Starlink network is its capacity to transmit data in a given area and that capacity will be shared by everyone using Starlink in that area.

      Fuuuuck that. 1-5k for the terminals?

      from the comments here

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      June 15, 2020 2:05 PM

      ask that dumbass about his solar rooftops

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        June 15, 2020 2:16 PM

        lol Tesla.

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        June 15, 2020 8:58 PM

        Are they bad?

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          June 16, 2020 5:42 AM

          Last I read they weren't getting them out in any kind of numbers, were significantly more expensive and less efficient than traditional solar panels (in the 5figures range more expensive and around 80% as effective). Apparently he wants to get a lot more teams together to take care of the delivery issue, which hopefully means they can bring costs down with economies of scale, but they still have to figure out the efficiency issue.

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            June 16, 2020 7:04 AM

            80% is not bad in my opinion, if it were the same cost. You can cover a greater area and it looks more normal.

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              June 16, 2020 7:05 AM

              Yeah, you're paying for aesthetics. They just really need to get the costs down and installations up.

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            June 16, 2020 7:38 AM

            I talked to a specialist when I bought my Tesla last summer and at the time he said, “It doesn’t make sense for most people to get one right now.” He told me about the costs involved and that their installation reach was limited.

            But that changed around fall 2019, I believe. I’m sure they still don’t have a ton of installations but I’m pretty sure there was a leap in tech and a big drop in price. When is the last time you checked in on that?

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      June 15, 2020 2:23 PM

      I had satellite internet for awhile with 600-700ms latency. It was surprising how many games were playable. Diablo, Warframe, GTA Online, lots more. Most of them had problems, but nothing too bad. Anything competitive didn't work, obviously, but co-op was pretty good.

      One bad example was Borderlands 2. It was awful because the bullets were all server side (apparently). You'd have to wait over a second for any weapon to respond.

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      June 15, 2020 2:34 PM

      How well this works is key to fulfilling my dream of becoming a hermit.

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      June 15, 2020 3:04 PM

      keep us updated!

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      June 15, 2020 5:29 PM

      The long range tier will be made available first followed by the performance tier shortly after, 5 years later the enticing and affordable $35[-k]- tier will be available.

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      June 15, 2020 6:01 PM

      Oh man... off grid living is almost a reality for me!

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        June 15, 2020 6:32 PM

        It will be here too. I am in a prime fishing paradise in northern Minnesota in the middle of a massive forest, yet gig fiber is being installed all over the place to the cabins on the lakes around here.

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        June 15, 2020 7:48 PM

        I'm not sure you know what off the grid means!

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      June 15, 2020 7:46 PM

      not holding my breath on this becoming some competitive enough to replace a landline re: price, latency, or speed

      • G D mercury ultra mega
        June 15, 2020 8:03 PM

        It's not meant to be a solution for city folk. But it's a breath of fresh air for those of us with poor internet offerings.

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          June 15, 2020 9:27 PM

          oh sure, but the messaging the past few days has folks thinking this is magic for all.

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