Under the right circumstances, a VPN can actually reduce your ping by helping you avoid complications along the way. Whether the problem is ISP-related, a matter of congested networks, or game net code that hasn't been optimized, a VPN can create a more direct connection, lowering your ping.
While you can visit other data centers with your existing characters at will, playing on other data centers can cause problems even beyond lag. Connecting to a VPN server can help smooth out the issues when you're playing with people far away. Given that FFXIV’s community is global, it can help a lot.
FFXIV does not expose your IP address to other players, thankfully. However, they can still find it on some VoIP apps and other means of communication. Routing your internet traffic through a VPN hides your IP address, preventing DDoS attacks.
Some ISPs have a habit of throttling traffic to gaming services and servers. They could be doing other things with their limited time on Earth, but here we are. Well, VPN encryption makes it so that your ISP and local network administrators can't see or selectively throttle game traffic.
Final Fantasy XIV is, frankly, one of the greatest entries in the whole Final Fantasy franchise, and a sprawling MMORPG to boot. Despite a pretty rough launch, necessitating a full reboot of the game 3 years after release, FFXIV is beloved by fans and critics alike.
It has all the usual MMO things to start with: quests, dungeons, raids, myriad monsters to slay, and challenges galore. There’s even a moderately active PVP scene, and also some people speed running little parkour challenges throughout the world.
But the big thing? The thing that sucks you in and makes you play? That’s the story. FFXIV has a story longer than many other single player entries in the Final Fantasy series, with drama, tragedy, comedy, and high stakes. You’ll get to know your companion characters very well over literally hundreds of hours of story content, and it’s worth every minute.
Ping is the time it takes for a signal to go from your PC to the game servers and back. The higher your ping, the longer it will take for you to see what effect your inputs have in game. The lower it is, the smoother the gameplay.
While solo questing and story content can be comparatively easy for the most part, there are times when you need to move and stay moving. Boss mechanics often have narrow windows of time when you can react, and move your character to safety. This only gets worse as you run the dungeons and trials on higher and higher difficulty levels.
In those circumstances, a high ping means you die. And don’t even get me started on what it means for the PVP modes.
If you’re having trouble with lag getting you killed, PIA VPN can help with this. By creating a more direct connection to the game servers, you can bypass a lot of the things that cause lag, like badly configured servers, overcrowded networks, and more.
Whether you’re dodging blows from your fellow players or world-shattering attacks from a dungeon boss, you need a VPN that can keep up with your reaction times. And that’s PIA.
With VPN servers in 91 countries, you can always find one that’s close to the data center on which you want to play. You'll need that to get the best possible speed, and keep lag to a bare minimum.
Want to run the latest dungeon while catching up on your favorite streaming shows, all while your family listens to Spotify in the next room? It's all good, because PIA's NextGen 10-Gbps servers can handle all of that, and more.
PIA hides your IP address when you route your internet traffic through our network, making it harder for you to be targeted by DDoS attacks. And if someone attacks the server? Built-in DDoS mitigation means your connection won't even lag.
PIA's industry-standard encryption hides everything that goes between your home network and the VPN server. This means your ISP can't single out game-related traffic in order to throttle it, or even block it for that matter. Play what you like.
You won't have to restart that boss fight, or that story quest, because your connection got cut off by a data cap. PIA doesn't put any limits on your questing, role playing, crafting, or anything else you want to do.
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FFXIV is one of those rare MMOs that manages to preserve the complexity of the PC MMO experience, while also working quite well on console. Well, PIA works well on both too, whether you’re using Windows, Mac, Linux, or PlayStation.
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Absolutely! In fact, it’s often recommended for a variety of reasons: to hide your IP address for better security, better connections for playing with people halfway around the world, and more. A VPN will also encrypt all data that goes between your home network and the VPN server, so your ISP or local network admin can’t selectively throttle your game traffic.
It’s also allowed, meaning the FFXIV Terms of Service don’t prohibit using a VPN while playing, so you’re good to go on that front. Just remember to play fair, whether you’re using a VPN or not.
PIA is the best gaming VPN. With 10-Gbps servers in 91 countries, you’ll be able to get a fast, stable connection to FFXIV’s servers with no fuss. That’s beside the industry-standard encryption, support for gaming on PC, consoles, and even smartphones, and a whole host of convenient features for staying safe and playing with friends around the world.
The fact that PIA won’t make you lag, and can even sometimes reduce your ping, will help a lot in high level dungeons, trials, and PVP. Don’t get caught standing in the fire, and mash that quicktime event button fast enough!
As of January 25th, 2022, the answer is a resounding YES! The Oceania Data Center has been a boon to Australians and New Zealanders alike, at least the ones that didn’t already have established accounts in other regions.
However, due to low player population and reported bot problems, some have elected to stay on more populated NA or Japanese servers. If that’s your choice, a gaming VPN can help a lot in establishing a stable connection to the servers, and can even potentially reduce your lag.
That there are not, at present, any hard numbers on this topic. If you or someone you know has run a study about this, please let us know.
We can say that PIA makes a great streaming VPN. The 10-Gbps network can easily accommodate playing a game while streaming, or even streaming to multiple platforms at once. Split tunneling will also let you play the game on the VPN network, and stream through your normal connection if you like.
Again, we have to go with PIA. In addition to our fast, secure, and worldwide network, PIA lets you hide your IP address, and mitigates DDoS attacks. We’ve even got a really fancy DNS-based ad blocker, and you can connect an unlimited number of devices at once if you want.
But don’t take our word for it. You can try PIA risk-free on any plan with our 30-day money-back guarantee, just to make sure it works for you. You can get started for as little as for one month, or pay per month on the three-year plan.
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