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  • Can you download and play at the same time?

    Is this possible? For example, while I'm downloading the Crysis demo could I have a game running, say TF2, BF2142 (or any other game)?

    Does another application running affect the download?
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    Re: Can you download and play at the same time?

    I haven't noticed any issues downloading via HTTP and gaming at the same time normally. Now, downloading something via Steam and trying to game... that's another story.

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    • #3
      Re: Can you download and play at the same time?

      When I used to play WoW (taking a bit of a break), I would listen to my local radio station via the web at the same time. It's not quite the same as downloading a file, but it is constantly streaming data from an outside source. I never had any problems.
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      • #4
        Re: Can you download and play at the same time?

        probably depends on your connection speed



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        • #5
          Re: Can you download and play at the same time?

          Yes and no. If your bandwidth is solid and the packetrate isn't too much, you can do whatever you want.

          However, Steam won't download while you play, which is really rotten since I'd like to play Game A while Game B updates. Turds.

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          • #6
            Re: Can you download and play at the same time?

            Give it a shot! If you lag in game, then it's affecting your gaming. Although, it should be ok.

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            • #7
              Re: Can you download and play at the same time?

              Torrents yes. HTTP, no.
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              • #8
                Re: Can you download and play at the same time?

                I think Torrents would be no. Depending on what's being seeded and how many connections are used, it could be really taxing on a connection. Giving up a lot of upload bandwidth for Torrents can affect gaming.

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                • #9
                  Re: Can you download and play at the same time?

                  Torrents are fine unless you have more than 5-7(depending on upload speeds). Http should be fine as well but may lag more.

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                  • #10
                    Re: Can you download and play at the same time?

                    I can't. I don't have enough bandwidth to go around for that.
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                    • #11
                      Re: Can you download and play at the same time?

                      I've found that the biggest problem with "downloading" is not really the down, but the up.

                      When you're using a tool such as bittorrent where you're (hopefully) constantly UPLOADING data back out it tends to be much more detrimental to your ping/lag than just downloading. Most broadband providers give you a much faster down connection than they do up, so when you're using the upload it'll start to hurt you much faster than if you were, say, just downloading a flat file via port 80.

                      I can stream net radio (down) and play and only get about +50 to ping.
                      If I'm in a torrent it completely cripples me.

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                      • #12
                        Re: Can you download and play at the same time?

                        If you use some download manager, you can limit the speed so that it doesn't max out your connection, allowing you to play online games just fine.

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                        • #13
                          Re: Can you download and play at the same time?

                          Well yeah, most clients do let you throttle your upspeed, but that's bad and makes you a very inconsiderate copyright infringer.

                          :p

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                          • #14
                            Re: Can you download and play at the same time?

                            Bandwidth is the main limitation which will cause a problem while you are downloading. There are also other considerations such as memory use and disk I/O which could affect game performance. With most types of download, you can control the amount of your bandwidth which is taken up. Find the magic number which allows you to game without taking a performance hit and set it there.

                            I almost always just download stuff when the gaming is done.
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