Best Xfinity Plan For Gaming, Streaming, One Person, Family & Work From Home

Throughout this guide, I’ll go in-depth with the best plans for various use cases and individuals. You’ll also find every available Xfinity Internet plan and what internet speeds best serve specific tasks in each scenario.

I have always had difficulty finding a good internet plan to fit my needs. To help you find the best Xfinity plan, I’ve compiled information to help you make a decision.

To find you a great internet plan, I’ll cover the following points:

Keep reading and find an ideal internet plan.

Best Xfinity Internet Plans

  1. Best for gaming: Performance/Connect More  (100/10 Mbps)
  2. Best for Streaming: Performance/Connect More
  3. Best for one person: Performance Starter/Connect (50/10 Mbps)
  4. Best for a family of 3 low-bandwidth tasks: Performance/Connect More
  5. Best for a family of 3 high-bandwidth tasks: Gigabit (1200/35)
  6. Best for work from home: Performance/Connect More
  7. Best for work from home (multiple users): Fast/Performance Pro (300/10)
  8. Best for existing Xfinity customers: Performance/Connect More

Xfinity Internet Plans You Can Choose From

Before diving into plans for specific regions, here are Xfinity plans you can get anywhere in the country:

TierDownload SpeedsUpload Speed (Mbps)Upload Speed (Mbps)Price
*Internet Essentials50101.0$25
*Internet Essentials Pro100151.7$40
Xfinity Prepaid Internet505010$45 every 30 days

This table compares the prices and speeds of Internet Essentials, Internet Essentials Pro, and Xfinity Prepaid Internet plans.

* You have to qualify for Internet Essentials (and Pro). You can find more information in the post I wrote for that specific plan.

Xfinity Internet Plans: Central Division

Here are the Comcast Xfinity Internet plans available to anyone within the internet service provider’s Central Division:

TierDownload Speed (Mbps)Upload Speed (Mbps)Upload Speed (Mbps)Price: New Customer Promo. (Rounded)
Connect50101.0$25
Connect More100101.0$40
Fast300101.0$50
Superfast600202.0$50
Ultrafast900202.0$60
Gigabit Extra1,200354.0$70
Gigabit Pro3,0003,000357$300

This table compares the internet speeds and prices among all of Xfinity’s internet plans in their Central division.

Xfinity Comcast Internet Plans: Western Division

Here are what plans you’ll find in Comcast’s Western Division:

TierDownload Speed (Mbps)Upload Speed (Mbps)Upload Speed (Mbps)Price: New Customer Promo. (Rounded)
Connect50101.0$20
Connect More100101.0$40
Fast300101.0$50
Superfast600202.0$60
Ultrafast900202.0$70
Gigabit1,200354.0$80
Gigabit Pro3,0003,000357$300

This table compares the upload and download speeds, along with the pricing, of Xfinity Comcast’s internet plans in their Western Division.

Comcast Xfinity Internet Plans: Northeastern Division

And here are the internet-only plans you’ll find when residing within Xfinity’s Northeastern Division:

TierDownload Speed (Mbps)Upload Speed (Mbps)Upload Speed (Mbps)Price: New Customer Promo. (Rounded)
Performance Starter50101.0$65
Performance100101.0$84
Performance Pro300101.0$30
Blast!600202.0$60
Extreme Pro900202.0$70
Gigabit1,200354.0$80
Gigabit Pro3,0003,000357$300

This table compares the pricing and download and upload speeds for Xfinity Comcast’s internet-only plans in their Northeastern Division.

#1 Best Xfinity Plan For Gaming

Xfinity’s best plan for gaming is Performance/Connect More. It has 100 Mbps download and 10 Mbps upload speeds. Both are ideal speeds for gaming since you won’t need much.

Unless you’re competitive gaming online, you won’t need much speed. Because you’re not uploading or downloading much while gaming. And the 50 Mbps speed requirements you’ll see below prepare you for any potential network speed bottlenecks.

Whether you’re gaming on a console or PC. Latency (or ping) matters more.

With 100 Mbps download speeds, you can even accommodate having multiple users or devices simultaneously running internet tasks. Here’s an example.

You could have a child streaming Disney+ in 4K resolution in one room. And you could competitively game in another room.

I don’t recommend livestreaming while gaming at these speeds. I’ll cover details on that under the ‘Streaming’ section.

Ping refers to the time it takes for data to transmit from your device to a server. And it’s measured in milliseconds (ms). So the closer the server, the less ping you’ll have.

And you want fewer milliseconds.

Anyway, let’s look at what you’d need speeds for.

What Is a Good Internet Speed for Online Gaming?

Some recommended download and upload speeds for online gaming (and other tasks while gaming):

TaskDownload Speed (Mbps)Upload Speed (Mbps)
Competitive Gaming5010
Casual Gaming (PC)3.00.5
Web Surfing2.01.0
Online Gaming While Streaming24.59.24 (with speed buffer)

This table shows recommended internet speeds for online gaming.

See. 100 Mbps can get you far. Later, when you see the streaming section, you’ll notice that you can watch a 1080p video on one screen while playing World of Warcraft on another game.

Without affecting your network.

What Is a Good Internet Speed for Console Gaming?

Here are internet speeds you’ll want to aim for when console gaming (by console) [1]:

TaskDownload Speed (Mbps)Upload Speed (Mbps)
Xbox One3.0.05–3.0
Nintendo Switch3.0.05–3.0
PlayStation 55.0.05–3.0

This table shows recommended internet speeds for console gaming.

You won’t need much speed for online gaming with consoles. You upload almost nothing. Excellent since Comcast Xfinity doesn’t have the best upload speed on virtually all their plans.

And again, ping rate and latency are your best friends when gaming online.

What Is a Good Internet Speed for Cloud Gaming?

Cloud gaming services will have different internet speed requirements. Here are some examples [2, 3]:

TaskDownload Speed (Mbps)Upload Speed (Mbps)
GEFORCE NOW15: 720p
25: 1080p
40: 4K
Unspecified
Shadow155.0
Amazon Luna10Unspecified
Xbox Cloud Gaming20Unspecified
PlayStation Now*5.0Unspecified

This table shows recommended internet speeds for using cloud gaming services.

* I have seen complaints regarding performance issues with 5 Mbps download speeds. I recommend using Xbox Cloud Gaming as a benchmark. Aim for 20 Mbps for an optimal experience.

Almost all these services don’t list the required upload speeds to use their cloud gaming services. Except Shadow. I recommend using it as a benchmark.

Otherwise, upload speed won’t matter much with cloud gaming. Unless you’re using services like PS Remote Play. Sony recommends 5 Mbps upload speeds for this feature [4].

I didn’t list this, but most cloud gaming service providers recommend less than 80 milliseconds (ms) of latency to game. 40 ms or less for the best experience. You can only improve your ping by playing on servers close to your home.

You could try to achieve this by using a VPN or something like ExitLag. Based on my experience, I’ve noticed SOME improvement with my latency when using these tools.




#2 Best Xfinity Plan For Streaming

Xfinity’s Performance/Connect More internet-only plan will suffice for streaming 1080p and 720p resolution content on most streaming platforms. With over five devices.

It’s a 100 Mbps download and 10 Mbps upload speed plan. And the ability to accommodate over five devices streaming these platforms (buffer-free) simultaneously accounts for numerous situations.

However:

If your home has over four devices that stream 4K content at the same time, I recommend a different plan. The Performance Pro/Fast internet-only plan with the Unlimited Data add-on option.

The add-on option costs an additional $30 a month, but you will need it.

Xfinity has a 1.2 terabyte (TB) data cap. And once you pass it, you’ll have to pay an additional $10 per 50 gigabytes (GB) of data they automatically add to your account.

And you can only watch around 60 hours of 4K content before exceeding the bandwidth cap.

Not much content if you have that many devices streaming 4K.

Homes with aspiring live streamers will want Blast!/Superfast (600/20). Since livestreaming demands more upload speed, you’ll need to ensure your home has enough bandwidth for others to perform online tasks.

If one person live streams while others only do stuff online that doesn’t require much upload speed, you can get away with the 100/10 plan.

What Is a Good Internet Speed for Streaming?

Most streaming services have similar download speed requirements. Some of them include:

TaskDownload Speed (Mbps)Upload Speed (Mbps)
Netflix3.0: 720p
5.0: 1080p
25: 4K UHD
NA
Disney+5.0: 1080p
25: 4K UHD
NA
Hulu3.0: Hulu’s Streaming Library
8.0: live streams16: 4K UHD
NA
Peacock TV3.0: 1080pNA
Spotify2.00.5
YouTube2.5: 720p
5.0: 1080p
20: 4K UHD
NA

This table shows recommended internet speeds for using streaming services at varying resolutions.

What Is a Good Internet Speed for Livestreaming?

Recommended speeds for various tasks when livestreaming include the following:

TaskDownload Speed (Mbps)Upload Speed (Mbps)
*Livestreaming on Twitch720p 60 FPS: 4.5Video: 2.5–4
Audio: 1.6
YouTube Livestreaming720p 60 FPS: 4.04.0 video
0.1 audio
Web Surfing2.01.0
Online Gaming While Livestreaming24.59.24 (with speed buffer)

This table shows recommended internet speeds for livestreaming.

* When livestreaming on platforms like Twitch, you’ll want to add a 35–40% speed buffer to the speeds you’ll need. To account for potential fluctuations.




#3 Best Xfinity Plan For One Person

Performance Starter/Connect should suffice for a home with one person. It has 50 Mbps download speeds and 10 Mbps upload speeds. And the internet-only plan will suffice for almost all online tasks.

With a single device.

However, you’ll need to consider when you have people over. Unless they’re using their smartphone’s data for everything, they’ll also start using your bandwidth.

If you frequently have people over, go for Performance/Connect More. It’s 100/10 Mbps and will account for almost any scenario you could encounter.

Unless:

You frequently download AND upload files. Then you may as well pay the $300 per month for Gigabit Pro. If you want quick downloads and uploads.

What Is a Good Internet Speed for One Person?

A single person, or one device, will want to aim for these internet speeds when doing typical online activities:

TaskDownload Speed (Mbps)Upload Speed (Mbps)
Web Surfing2.01.0
Spotify2.00.5
Zoom Video ConferencesGroup calling 1080p: 3.8
1:1 calling 1080p: 3.8
Group calling 1080p: 3.8
1:1 calling 1080p: 3.8
Netflix3.0: 720p
5.0: 1080p
25: 4K UHD
NA
Casual Gaming (PC)3.00.5

This table shows recommended internet speeds for a home with a single device.




#4 Best Xfinity Plan for a Family

A family of three will want the Connect More/Performance internet-only plan (100/10). It can handle most internet tasks a family this size will throw at it. However, if your family watches a lot of 4K content, you’ll want to consider the Unlimited Internet add-on.

Because you’ll exceed your data cap quickly at that rate.

Content I’ve found suggests the average American household has 2.6 people (I’ll round to three) [5]. Thus, why I’ve chosen three to represent my scenario.

If you have a family of five, or have people over, the 300/10 Mbps internet plan does great with most online tasks.

But:

You’ll need an upgrade if your home continually runs security cameras while running higher-bandwidth tasks like streaming 4K.

Since Xfinity uses asymmetric internet (different upload and download speeds), you must upgrade to the Gigabit plan. If you don’t use an excessive number of security cameras in your home yet have many people watching 4K, you’ll want the 300/20 Mbps plan.

What Is a Good Internet Speed for a Family?

A family of three will want to go for these download and upload speeds for uninterrupted online activities [6]:

TaskDownload Speed (Mbps)Upload Speed (Mbps)
3 Devices Running ZoomGroup calling 1080p: 11.4
1:1 calling 1080p: 11.4
Group calling 1080p: 11.4
1:1 calling 1080p: 11.4
5 Devices Running Spotify102.5
5 Devices Running Netflix15.0: 720p
25.0: 1080p
125: 4K UHD
NA
3 PCs Casually Gaming9.01.5
1 Ring Doorbell2.02.0
5 Nest Cameras1080p: 201080p: 20
This table shows recommended internet speeds for a household with a family of three.



#5 Best Xfinity Plan For Work From Home

Most remote workers will do fine with the 100/10 Mbps internet-only plan (Performance/Connect More). It’ll ensure your network can accommodate most tasks you’ll need to perform throughout your work day.

Meanwhile, it prepares your home for whether someone else has the day off or a day away from school. Because they’ll want to use the internet too.

Meanwhile, get Gigabit Extra if you’re a video editor or someone who continually downloads and uploads files. 6,000 Mbps seems overkill, but 6 Gbps upload speeds beat the horrendous asynchronous speeds you’ll find with every other Xfinity plan.

Would you want to upload massive video files with 35 Mbps upload speeds (from Gigabit) all day, every day?

Didn’t think so. IF you have the budget, that’s my recommendation.

What Is a Good Internet Speed for Working From Home?

Here are some good internet speeds for remote workers based on common tasks you’ll do throughout a work day:

TaskDownload Speed (Mbps)Upload Speed (Mbps)
Zoom Video ConferencesGroup calling 1080p: 3.8
1:1 calling 1080p: 3.8
Group calling 1080p: 3.8
1:1 calling 1080p: 3.8
Web Surfing2.01.0
Reading/Sending Emails1.01.0
File Downloads10NA
Google Voice (VoIP)0.50.5

This table presents recommended internet speeds for specific work-from-home tasks.

These speeds will vary significantly depending on your career. For instance, a graphic designer or video editor will need more download and upload speeds than a ghostwriter. Since they’ll upload and download large file sizes constantly.

Meanwhile, a ghostwriter’s day may involve Zooming clients, browsing the internet for research, and possibly uploading images to emails for clients.

The above table also only accounts for a single device. So if you have multiple people at home, or many devices running tasks, you’ll need to account for those speeds when selecting an internet plan.

Here’s an example. I run two laptops simultaneously throughout my work day and have these tasks running:

  • Skype (background data): less than 1 Mbps
  • Synergy: software to share my mouse and keyboard between devices and uses less than 1 Mbps
  • YouTube running in the background (140p resolution): less than 1 Mbps
  • VPN with Split Tunneling enabled: my task manager says 0 Mbps, but it’s probably more
  • 10–20 simultaneous browser tabs between Chrome, Brave Browser, and Firefox: I guess less than 1 Mbps

I have 100 Mbps internet speeds and don’t have any issues. Likely overkill and contradictory to everything I’ve said, but SOMETIMES I deal with large file sizes.




#6 Best Xfinity Plan For Existing Customers

The best Xfinity internet-only plan for existing customers is Internet Essentials Plus. If you qualify for it. Because you’ll get 100 Mbps download speeds for only $40 per month.

You’ll have to qualify by participating in a government program like Food Stamps.

The Connect More/Performance internet-only package is your second-best option if you don’t qualify. 100/10 Mbps (download and upload) will suffice in most scenarios. And you can accommodate homes with four light internet users.

Or two heavy users.

And the price after your contract expires.

You’ll see a 40–53% increase in price with Performance/Connect More. Compare that to Connect/Performance Starter’s 65–86% increase in price.

If your household has five or more light internet users, go for the Performance Pro/Fast internet-only plan.




Conclusion

The Xfinity Internet plan you subscribe to will vary based on what tasks you’ll need it for and how many users will simultaneously use your network. Don’t get an internet plan because it’s fast.

Only get a plan that has speeds you’ll actually use. Meanwhile, don’t cheap out on internet. Otherwise, your work, or other online activities, will suffer performance-wise.

If none of these Xfinity Internet plans work within your use cases, I have a backup plan. We’ve compiled a list (and details) on every Comcast Xfinity Internet plan. Check it out and see what you like.

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