At round 11 am PST at this time, Steam’s complete bandwidth utilization greater than doubled to 23.5 Tbps because of the shock launch of Halo Infinite’s free-to-play multiplayer. The sudden spike wasn’t only a line on a graph: After I began the obtain, Steam might solely ship round 78 KB/s over my high-speed fiber connection. The Steam shopper estimated that it could take me three days to obtain Halo Infinite’s 23.7 GB multiplayer package deal at that fee.
Others at PC Gamer had been likewise caught downloading Halo Infinite via a cocktail straw, and quite a lot of followers on Twitter have lamented the gradual obtain. I additionally noticed somebody who occurred to be downloading a totally different sport on Steam on the time complain, like a poor shopper who’d been shoved right into a 2003 GameStop midnight launch line whereas searching for a used copy of Luigi’s Mansion.
However Steam hasn’t fallen over but. In case you’re struggling to obtain Halo Infinite on Steam, strive pausing and restarting the obtain.
After I restarted the obtain, Steam hit its regular fee and Halo Infinite made it to my SSD in a couple of minutes. After I tried to obtain a distinct sport after that, it went again to a trickle of bytes. Pausing and restarting a number of extra occasions as soon as once more mounted it. (You can too strive getting Halo Infinite via the Microsoft Retailer, in fact.)
23.5 Tbps is a giant spike on Steam, however not irregular for a launch. On September 28, the day New World launched, Steam’s world bandwidth utilization peaked at 24.1 Tbps (if this web page archive (opens in new tab) is right). New World’s obtain dimension is 14GB larger than Halo Infinite multiplayer, so every particular person would’ve spent longer downloading it.
Steam’s bandwidth utilization is trending again all the way down to regular ranges now, in keeping with Valve’s reporting web page (opens in new tab).
On the time of writing, Halo Infinite has 139,461 concurrent gamers on Steam, placing it slightly below New World for energetic gamers. (Replace: It peaked at 272,586.)
Relatedly, we just lately reminisced concerning the worst web connections we have ever had, and a minimum of we aren’t within the 56kb/s days. (Although I in all probability nonetheless have a pile of AOL floppy disks someplace.)