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We Pick the Best, Low-Lag VPN for Gaming

We Pick the Best, Low-Lag VPN for Gaming
From IGN - May 21, 2017
By josh norem

Virtual Private Networks (VPNs) are an easy way to help hide your online activity from prying eyes, and though the technology has been around for a long time, it's received renewed interest lately thanks to recent legislation. But which is the best VPN? And what if you want to use it for gaming? To figure out which VPN service is the best in 2017, IGN is completing deep dive reviews of the most popular services to help you figure out which is the best VPN app. Also, were not focusing on free VPNs here - only paid options (but stay tuned for more on that!).

We wrote a beginner's guide to VPNs and why you should use one here, so go read that first if you are not up to speed. The short version? A VPN passes all your network traffic through its own encrypted connection no matter where you are, ensuring no one else, including your ISP, can see what you are doing online. There's a lot of nuance here - like whether the VPN itself is keeping a log of your activities - but that's the gist of it.

Though VPNs are great for security and privacy, at the end of the day they are rerouting your web traffic through their own servers, which impacts upload and download speeds as well as latency - a big drawback for gamers. This does not mean gaming is automatically a high-ping lagfest, because if the game's server is close to the VPN's server then all is fine. Gamers using a VPN will also be able to connect to multiplayer servers in Korea or other territories that are sometimes closed off to them, and in some instances can even do so with much better ping. Gaming on a VPN also protects gamers from DDoS attacks. Finally, using a VPN will let gamers purchase and play games not yet released in their own country, although all gamers should remember this may violate a game or service's Terms of Service.

We tested these VPN services by connecting to game servers both near and far, and examining how it affected our ping and download/upload speeds. We also took into account the number of servers the VPN offers, how easy it was to use, and price.

We have also created a simple comparison chart for the best VPN services, allowing you to easily see basic pricing and features. Keep in mind all the VPNs in this chart have more features than are listed here, so this is just a very basic summary.

Given all of these factors, there was a clearly superior service, and it is:

Private Internet Access - The Best Gaming VPN

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Private Internet Access is the best example of function over form as it features a rather crude interface but offered the best performance of all the VPNs we tested, has over 2,000 servers, and is quite affordable too. We also like that it offers a few extra features such as the ability to block ads automatically and a kill switch to terminate your Internet connection if the VPN drops. It's not much to look at but who cares? It's fast and affordable, and wo not interfere with your gaming much, if at all.

Private Internet Access is offered in three pricing tiers, listed below:

$3.33 per month billed annually ($39.95 a year)

$5.99 per month billed every six months ($35.95 per six months)

$6.95 per month billed monthly

IPVanish VPN - Best Interface

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IPVanish delivered excellent performance and has a slick, informative interface, though you will end up paying a bit more for that fancy UI. It's worth it though as you can see how busy individual servers are before connecting, and even filter them by latency. It even lets you cycle your IP address periodically for increased protection. We really liked IPVanish overall and it's high on our list for sure.

If you'd like to give IPVanish a spin, it offers three pricing tiers for you to check out:

$7.99 a month billed monthly

$7.19 a month billed every 3 months($21.57 every 3 months)

$5.19 billed annually($62.31 annually)

KeepSolid VPN Unlimited - Cheapest Gaming VPN

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If you are just looking for the least expensive VPN, look no further than KeepSolid VPN Unlimited. It even offers a lifetime subscription, making it insanely cheap depending on your age. It can be used on up to five devices, and offers a simple and easy to use interface.

If you want to try KeepSolid it offers monthly, annual, or lifetime subscriptions:

$6.29 a month billed monthly

VyprVPN - The Fastest VPN

PureVPN - A Great Overall VPN

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