Optus announces Game Path, a lag-killing PC gaming tool

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Shortly after Telstra announced a new gaming optimisation tool for NBN users, Optus has announced its own ‘Game Path’ service. It’s intended to be a “secret weapon” for fighting lag, and an exclusive service for Optus NBN customers who are interested in spending a little bit more money to get optimal gaming performance. If you’d like to see what Optus’ new service has to offer, read on below.

Optus Game Path: What is it?

Optus’ Game Path application is a traffic routing system, designed to improve Optus customers’ online traffic when communicating with gaming servers. Put simply, the Optus Game Path finds the optimal route to the servers to send and receive information, like finding an empty backroad while all the traffic is congested on the freeway.

The Game Path tool is a $10 per month add-on for your Optus plan, and comes in the form of a Windows application which you can download from the Optus website. It’s supposed to reduce lag spikes and give you a smoother connection, with Optus projecting that it can reduce lag by 30%.

This isn’t something particularly new, as MyRepublic has been offering a similar service since it arrived in Australia, focused on routing gaming traffic through optimal servers. It’s pretty big to see a telco like Optus get in on this though, on top of Telstra’s Game Optimiser announcement in September.

But the service from Optus has a lot to offer if you’re a PC gamer. It tracks network performance from a dashboard, has the ability to optimise your servers with an A.I, and is all wrapped up in a nice looking application, which displays your installed games. Optus has also compiled some interesting statistics on games that are played with the Game Path service, which you can find here.

The teal telco says games traffic has gone up by 75% since the virus quarantine began, so the demand for this kind of service is certainly present. Optus also says the market for this kind of application exists, with 50% of hardcore gamers naming lag as a key “pain-point” for gaming.

Optus' Game Path service, portrayed on a computer

NBN plans for gamers

Optus isn’t your only pick for good gaming, and while the Optus Game Path is a great idea for a service, you might find a better plan for your needs elsewhere – especially if you prefer console gaming such as Xbox or PlayStation. Below we’ve compiled a table of some NBN plans worth considering if you play lots of games, including plans with NBN 250 and NBN 1000 speeds.

Cheap NBN plans compared

Not every gamer needs the fastest internet, and some people like it cheaper. The following table shows a selection of published unlimited NBN 25 and NBN 50 plans on Canstar Blue’s database, listed in order of standard monthly cost, from the lowest to highest. Use our comparison tool to see plans from a range of other providers. This is a selection of products with links to a referral partner.

NBN 50 & NBN 100 plans compared

If you’d like your gaming experience to have a little extra kick, these plans will do the job. The following table shows a selection of published unlimited NBN 50 and NBN 100 plans on Canstar Blue’s database, listed in order of standard monthly cost, from the lowest to highest. Use our comparison tool to see plans from a range of other providers. This is a selection of products with links to a referral partner.

NBN 250 & NBN 1000 plans compared

If you want an NBN plan with some serious power, an Ultra fast NBN plan is for you – albeit more expensive. The following table shows a selection of published unlimited NBN 250 and NBN 1000 plans on Canstar Blue’s database, listed in order of standard monthly cost, from the lowest to highest. Use our comparison tool to see plans from a range of other providers. This is a selection of products with links to a referral partner.

Brand Features Max Data**/billing period Advertised Cost^^/billing period
MyRepublic Logo

Unlimited NBN Superfast – Flexi

  • NBN 250/25Mbps speed
  • Optional WiFi hub+ modem for $69 upfront plus $10 P&H

min. cost $109 over one month

UnlimitedMax Data**/billing period $109Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
MyRepublic Logo

Gamer Pro Superfast – Flexi

  • NBN 250/25Mbps speed
  • Optional WiFi hub+ modem for $69 upfront plus $10 P&H

min. cost $119 over one month

UnlimitedMax Data**/billing period $119Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
Kogan Logo

Platinum Unlimited

  • Home Superfast Speed (NBN 250/25)
  • Modem available for $69 upfront
  • Special offer: $116.90 per month for the first 6 months, then $128.90 per month ongoing. Terms apply, offer available until withdrawn.

min. cost $128.90 for first month

UnlimitedMax Data**/billing period $128.90Advertised Cost^^/billing period Go To Site

Power User

  • Home Superfast Speed (NBN 250/25)
  • Optional modem from $149 ($15 P&H)

min. cost $129 over first month

UnlimitedMax Data**/billing period $129Advertised Cost^^/billing period Go To Site
Telstra Logo

Superfast NBN

  • Superfast Speed (NBN 250)
  • Typical evening speed: 215Mbps
  • $216 modem (free when you stay connected for 24 months)
  • Special offer: $99 connection fee waived (online only)
  • Special offer: 3 months free BINGE Standard. Redeem by 18/01/2021
  • Unlimited local, national & mobile calls included

min. cost $3,459 over 24 months

UnlimitedMax Data**/billing period $140Advertised Cost^^/billing period Go To Site
Kogan Logo

Diamond Unlimited

  • Home Ultrafast Speed (NBN 1000/50)
  • Modem available for $69 upfront
  • Special offer: $134.90 per month for the first 6 months, then $148.90 per month ongoing. Terms apply, offer available until withdrawn.

min. cost $148.90 for first month

UnlimitedMax Data**/billing period $148.90Advertised Cost^^/billing period Go To Site

Power House

  • Home Ultrafast Speed (NBN 1000/50)
  • Optional modem from $149 ($15 P&H)

min. cost $149 over first month

UnlimitedMax Data**/billing period $149Advertised Cost^^/billing period Go To Site
Telstra Logo

Ultrafast NBN

  • Ultrafast Speed (NBN 1000)
  • Typical evening speed: 250Mbps
  • $216 modem (free when you stay connected for 24 months)
  • Special offer: $99 connection fee waived (online only)
  • Special offer: 3 months free BINGE Standard. Redeem by 18/01/2021
  • Unlimited local, national & mobile calls included

min. cost $4,419 over 24 months

UnlimitedMax Data**/billing period $180Advertised Cost^^/billing period Go To Site
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How can I get the Optus Game Path?

The Optus Game Path is only available on “eligible” Optus NBN plans for $10 per month, and will be available starting on October 12. Eligible Optus customers will be able to start a free one-month trial, provided you’re on an Optus NBN plan. If you’re interested in picking up an Optus plan for this service, you can check them out below.

Optus plans start at $75 per month for unlimited data without a contract, with a $252 modem and a $99 setup fee. If you stay connected for 36 months, you can get the modem for free. All Optus plans come with Optus Sport included and a variety of home phone plans. You can also pick up a Fetch TV to couple with your plan.

The following table shows a selection of published Optus NBN plans on Canstar Blue’s database, listed in order of standard monthly cost, from the lowest to highest, and then by alphabetical order of provider. Use our comparison tool above to see plans from a range of other providers.

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