What Hardware Do You Need to Play Online Casino Games?

by Tim | May 28, 2021

What Hardware Do You Need to Play Online Casino Games?

Whether you’re already an experienced casino gamer or you’re just testing the waters, it’s essential that you have the right equipment if you want the best experience when you play casino games.

We’re going to take a look at the different types of hardware you’ll need to enjoy casino games on your PC, as well as the best gaming phone for an excellent mobile casino experience.

 

Internet access

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Of course, the cornerstone of any experience when playing at an online casino is the online part. You have to ensure that your internet connection allows you to play how you want. No matter how great your PC or phone is, if your line can’t handle online casino games, you’re going to have a less than satisfactory experience. 

Your router is the first piece of equipment that you need to consider, along with the service it connects to. A stable internet connection is the be-all and end-all of online gaming, and you need to make sure that your router supports this. First things first: check your internet speed to see how it’s performing. There are plenty of free online websites that can help you do this.

Not everyone has complete control over their connections. You could be renting a place that has internet service provision included and may be unable to switch internet service providers (ISPs). You may only have access to one ISP in your area, or you have many ISPs but they’re all poor. You may also have to rely on a mobile provider with sketchy coverage in your area. Unfortunately, in these cases, a hardware change won’t improve your connection issues.

Luckily, ISP providers and internet connectivity as a whole have come leaps and bounds over the past couple of years, and so most people won’t struggle to get a good connection. If you do indeed have control over your online situation at home, then the most important hardware device to consider is your router. 

There is a massive range of routers to choose from, but probably the most important thing to consider is whether the device can provide a stable internet connection throughout your entire home. Keep in mind that you should also consider how many people in your household are going to be using the internet at any one time, and how much bandwidth this is going to require.

If you don’t take these factors into consideration, you could end up with a really poor internet experience. For example, you could purchase a router that gives you ridiculously fast internet speeds and connection when you’re in the same room, but it slows down and becomes unstable in other rooms. 

If you happen to be a little bit more savvy when it comes to digital equipment, you‘ll be able to prioritise how your home handles internet traffic, but if not, there’s always professional support you can call on.

The most important thing to look out for when buying a router is a device that supports 5GHz/AC1200 Wi-Fi. Keep in mind that your router only does some of the work, and it needs to be paired up with a really good internet connection to ensure it works at its optimal levels. 

 

PC hardware

A person typing on a keyboard.

If you’re sorted with a stable internet connection and you’re ready to take the next step, then you’ll have to consider your computer hardware. Now, it’s not all that important to know your AMD from Intel or a CPU from a GPU, unless you’re really into tech stuff. Most modern computers are able to handle online casino games, but there are a couple of factors to consider if you’re buying a PC specifically for casino games.

These are the most important things to look for, or ask for, when you’re buying a PC for online gaming:

  • A minimum of a quad-core processor
  • A minimum of 8 gigabytes (GB) of RAM – 4GB will normally do, but if you want a seamless gaming experience, 8GB is the way to go
  • Integrated graphics or entry-level stand-alone graphics card
  • SSD card as its primary storage device.

Mobile hardware

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If you’re after playing games from the best mobile casinos, then it’s your mobile hardware you’re going to have to think about. There are tonnes of things to keep in mind, but at the end of the day, most modern smartphones already have the capability to seamlessly run mobile casino games such as online blackjack and online roulette

Having said that mobile slot games and casinos don’t need much more than the general hardware that comes with new phones these days, the top smartphones for online phone games – and casino gaming in particular – released in the past year or so include:

  • Galaxy Note 8
  • Apple iPhone 11 Pro
  • ASUS ROG Phone II.

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