Plants vs. Zombies: Battle for Neighborville uses very little internet data, so you can play the game on a mobile hotspot or fixed wireless connection. While playing online games doesn’t use as much data as many people assume, downloading and updating games can eat through your limited data plan. Here’s how much data it takes to play, download, and use Plants vs. Zombies.
How much data does playing Plants vs. Zombies use?
Plants vs. Zombies uses less than 10 MB of data per hour. There are about 1,000 MB in 1 GB, so the game eats through your data plan at a rate of about 0.01 GB per hour – not bad. For tips on how to use less data playing the game, scroll to the end of the post.
What’s the Plants vs. Zombies download size?
While playing Plants vs. Zombies doesn’t use much data, downloading it does. File size is the total space the game takes up on your hard drive, while download size is how much internet data you use downloading the game. Downloads are saved in archive formats like “.zip” or “.rar,” which are about half of unpacked file size. Here’s are the game’s file and download sizes:
|Platform||File size||Estimated download size|
|Microsoft Windows||<15 GB||<7GB|
|Playstation 4||12.79 GB||6 GB|
|Xbox One||14.83 GB||7 GB|
How big are Plants vs. Zombies updates?
Plants vs. Zombies updates can be up to 10 GB. If you need to save data, turn off auto-updates in your console settings and manually update the game instead. For the most up-to-date information about game updates and patches, see the Plants vs. Zombies Update Notes.
How can you reduce your Plants vs. Zombies data use?
If you play Plants vs. Zombies on a limited data plan, you may want to keep your data use as low as possible. Here are a few things you can do to use less data while playing the game:
Play on an emptier server. The more players in a game, the more online data like voice chat, player locations, and stats your local network has to share with other players. To save data, play on emptier community servers or choose game modes with fewer maximum players. For example, you’ll use less data playing in the Battle Arena than in team modes like Turf Takeover.
Pick the slowest server. Almost all game servers have a tick rate of either 64 or 128 Hz. A 64 tick server refreshes the game 64 times a second, or approximately once every 15 milliseconds. A 128 tick server refreshes the game 128 times a second, or once every 8 milliseconds – it also uses about twice as much data. Play on community servers with lower tick rates to save data.
Reduce your client update rate. The client update rate is how many times per second your computer or console can process the updates it gets from your game server, regardless of whether you’re on a 64 or 128 tick server. You can limit your client update rate in your computer settings to keep data use low even when you’re playing on a 128 tick game server.
Play Plants vs Zombies without voice chat. Voice chat can use another 60 MB of data per hour. Unfortunately, Electronic Arts doesn’t make it easy to turn off voice chat for Plants vs. Zombies and you’ll need to disconnect your microphone or disable VoIP in your game settings.
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