Best DNS Servers for PS4 (PS5/Xbox One/Xbox X): We have several articles on this site covering the question of which DNS servers are best to use in online games, but the reality about this is that there is not a single pair of DNS servers that everyone around the world could use that would always give better results.
Unfortunately, networking is not that simple and there are so many factors that come into play with servers like location, traffic demands and so on. In short, it depends on where you are in the world which DNS servers you should use for gaming.
In this article we want to produce a specific guide for players in World, in which DNS servers can be the best ones to use. Each country ideally needs its own article on the subject, as the “best” DNS servers for players in the US or UK may not be the best for players, as they are so geographically distant.
Here’s a quick overview of the first DNS servers to try for Xbox gamers:
- Google DNS: Primary 8.8.8 Secondary 126.96.36.199
- Cloudflare: Primary 188.8.131.52 Secondary 184.108.40.206
- São Paulo: 54.94,175,250, 220.127.116.11, 18.104.22.168, 186,237.202.26
- Rio de Janeiro: 200,185,113,202, 189,42,239.34
- Fortaleza: 22.214.171.124, 126.96.36.199
The general process would be to test the speed of your current default DNS servers with your gaming console/PC, and then test those other servers one by one to see if there is any consistent (not just one-time) improvement in speed.
Once again, even with these specific servers in World, there won’t be a single answer that works for everyone, since the network is so complex and variable.
Some users may benefit from using one of these manual DNS servers; others may get the best performance from their default DNS servers automatically assigned by their provider.
Let’s look at the issue in more detail, first going through the most obvious global DNS servers that players around the world can try, and then moving on to the more localized ones in World.
Testing Global DNS Servers for Gaming
Let’s first cover the most global free DNS servers you can test for games. The best bet is the Google DNS servers (Primary 188.8.131.52, Secondary 184.108.40.206) as they have servers all over the world, so they may also work as well for some users as they work for other users around the world. world. There are also some other global DNS server options to try.
We’ve covered the steps below to manually change your DNS servers for PS4, but the general process is the same for all game consoles – find your Connection Settings, switch to Manual/Custom Setup, go through all the settings as they are until you arrive to DNS Settings, then change to Manual, enter the desired DNS server pair and finish the configuration.
Here are the steps to do this:
- Go to Settings …. Network …… configure the Internet connection
- Choose Wi-Fi or LAN depending on your connection. Plug into your router and use wire if wifi doesn’t work.
- Select Custom setting
- Run through all settings as is, without changing them, until you get to DNS settings
- For DNS settings, switch to manual
- Input these servers from Google DNS: Primary: 220.127.116.11 Secondary: 18.104.22.168
- You can also use other DNS servers for free; here are two common pairs:
- Cloudflare DNS – Primary 22.214.171.124 Secondary 126.96.36.199
- OpenDNS – Primary 188.8.131.52 Secondary 184.108.40.206
- Quad9 DNS : Primary 220.127.116.11 Secondary 18.104.22.168
- FreeDNS : Primary 22.214.171.124 Secondary 126.96.36.199
- UltraDNS: Primary 188.8.131.52 Secondary 184.108.40.206
- If one pair doesn’t work, try another pair.
- If you are already using your own custom pair of DNS servers and are getting this error then try switching to another pair of manual servers, or switching back over to automatic DNS settings.
- See below for a demo video on how to do this.
Using these global DNS servers may or may not work for gamers. Google has servers all over the world, so it’s worth a try.
Manually find your own optimal DNS servers with “DNS Benchmark”.
Another even more advanced and personalized way to find an ideal pair of DNS servers for your location is to download and run the free DNS Benchmark tool .
This is special software designed to test hundreds of different DNS servers to find the best servers for you in your current location.
Here are the steps to run this test:
- Download the Benchmark DNS tool to a PC/laptop.
- DO NOT run the quick test as it is biased towards US users. Brazilian users must run the full test, which takes about 30 minutes, but will find more suitable servers.
- Make sure your network is relatively uncongested and not under heavy use when you run the test.
- The program will test loads from different servers, finally choosing an ideal pair for you for your location.
- Test these on your game console to see if there is any speed improvement.
This is the most personalized way to find DNS servers, as the DNS Benchmark Tool will find a totally unique pair of servers for you at your current location, instead of a predefined pair, defined as with the suggestions above.
For example, this test might make Google’s Primary DNS your first, and a completely unknown server your Secondary, or a mix of any of the above servers based on your location.
Or you can even bring up the default servers designated by your ISP as the best, in which case they are doing a good job for you.
Does changing DNS servers make any difference in online gaming?
Let’s move on to the often-debated question of whether changing DNS servers makes a difference even for games.
This issue is not well understood, as people who discuss it often confuse the issues of speed/bandwidth and latency/ping, which are two completely different things that need to be properly distinguished so that DNS settings can be viewed in the proper context.
In simple terms, speed/bandwidth refers to the download/upload speeds you can get from your game console, which has important implications for file downloading and streaming.
To a small extent it can affect games, but only to a certain acceptable minimum – you can generally play online quite comfortably, even with a download speed of a few Mbps on your Internet service.
Upload speeds are also important if you host a lot of sessions online, upload content to YouTube or other streaming platforms, or use SharePlay or other sharing services heavily.
A good minimum acceptable loading speed for online games is something like 300Kb/sec, which most connections currently have. Session hosts, streamers and loaders benefit from more.
Latency/ping , however, is actually the most important metric for gamers, and it determines not the amount of data sent, but the speed of sending between devices. This determines whether or not you have latency – a high ping value in terms of milliseconds means that data is taking a long time to be sent to and from your device, which is when you have ping, with players jumping across the screen.
It’s the metric players need to pay attention to when making settings changes to try to optimize their online experience. Players may have very “fast” internet in terms of their package speed, but may still struggle to play properly online if their ping is high.
So, when making changes to DNS settings, it’s really the ping that players should pay attention to more than speeds. Does changing DNS settings really influence ping?
We’ve covered this elsewhere in our detailed post on the topic – the short answer is that it doesn’t actually seem to affect ping when rigorously and repeatedly tested.
Here’s a quick rundown on what DNS settings can and can’t do for gamers:
- Changing the DNS server can sometimes improve the download/upload speed. Useful for downloaders and streamers, and also if your current tested speeds are far below what your internet package is capable of.
- There is no evidence that DNS settings actually change to improve latency/ping when properly tested.
- covering the topic in detail, including videos of it being fully tested.
- When you make any configuration changes in online games, it’s important to repeatedly test the changes to ensure they produce a permanent improvement in bandwidth and not a one-time boost that doesn’t repeat itself.
Therefore, players looking to test different DNS servers should be realistic about what they can get out of these changes. Faster speeds are entirely possible if that’s what you need, but latency or ping needs to be addressed separately for online gaming.