As the BBC has learned, the launch of the Xbox Series consoles, as well as several important digital releases and updates, led to record Internet traffic consumption in the UK last Tuesday. Major providers like BT, Virgin Media, TalkTalk, Vodafone and others have simultaneously reported a massive surge.
BT, for example, reported 18 terabits of data per second – the equivalent of 1,500 hours of HD video. Other carriers reported slightly lower volumes, with 108 petabytes for Virgin Media and 6.8 terabytes for TalkTalk.
Such numbers are hardly surprising given the scale of the launches and updates on November 10:
- Xbox Series launch – console update out of the box
- Modern Warfare and Warzone Update – 65GB
- Black Ops Cold War Preload – 130GB
- Destiny 2’s Beyond the World Preload – Approx. 65GB (+ Live Event Preload)
- Assassin’s Creed Valhalla Release – 60GB + 8GB Day One Patch
Providers in a conversation with the BBC noted that they expect something similar to the launch of the PlayStation 5, which will appear in the UK on November 19.