Xbox Series X|S launch factored into record-breaking UK broadband usage

By Sean Carey,
Some of the largest broadband providers in the UK have revealed that they saw record data usage on Tuesday, the same day the Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S launched.

Broadband usage UK Xbox Series X|S

As reported by the BBC, the likes of BT, Virgin Media, TalkTalk, Vodafone, and several other internet providers all saw massive spikes in internet traffic on the day of the Xbox Series X|S launch. BT said that traffic peaked at 18Tbps terabits per second, beating out the previous record of 17.5Tbps. Virgin Media said 108 petabytes of data were consumed, which was a figure 30% higher than its average figure last month. Vodafone also said that Tuesday's peak was 8% higher than its previous record, which was on the night of the Champions League final back in August.

The BBC says the increase in demand was primarily down to gamers downloading large files and cites 130GB pre-downloads for Call of Duty Black Ops Cold War, 65GB updates for both Destiny 2 and Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, and the launch of Assassin's Creed Valhalla as contributing factors to the record-breaking data use. Of course, everyone setting up their Xbox Series X|S consoles and downloading their favourite games would have also played a role too.

The PS5 is set to launch in a week's time in the UK, and Openreach, who provides the network infrastructure to many of the UK's internet service providers, is expecting another jump in traffic on November 19th when Sony's console gets released to the public.

Thanks to ClassierPompano for the news tip.
Sean Carey
Written by Sean Carey
Hey, I’m Sean! I joined both TrueAchievements and TrueTrophies as a staff writer in 2019. I’m a big fan of the Metal Gear Solid series and love a good narrative adventure. Most evenings you’ll find me failing to get a win in Call of Duty: Warzone.