Data usage on video games

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all i hear about is data usage for internet usage on the computer. what about data usage for playstation 4/xbox 1? i assume im using date while connected to the ps4/xb1 while not even doing anything.. what are the stats on ps4/xb1 usage while using satellite internet? thanks
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Elijah Jackson

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Matt F, Viasat Official Rep

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Hi Elijah,

The actual usage varies depending on the specific game, any programs or updates your console is running behind the scenes, how your specific console is reaching the servers it needs to hit in order to function, and many other factors that we can't control on our end. You are correct, though: If your console is connected to the internet -- even if it's powered off or you're playing a single-player game -- it could be using data. As you probably know, consoles send a lot of data back and forth to the manufacturer (as well as game manufacturers such as EA) and it's not always obvious when it's happening.

The best advice: Schedule your system updates and DLC downloads for the Free Zone if you have it, and disconnect the console from the internet when you don't need it. Hope that helps! Exede Matt
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Xbox uses some data to load all the adds on the home screen, as far as playing the game it don't really use any unless you are playing the online portion or downloading in game updates. Other option is you can remove the gateway address from the network settings and you will still have local network access if you use it as a media extender but it won't have internet access until to put the gateway address back in.

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