Best gaming VPN services of 2024

Best gaming VPN services
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The best gaming VPN services is the only way we'll get our Boss moment — for the uncultured, that's a Metal Gear Solid 3 reference, where The Boss describes the view from space as a world without borders.

Whether you're jumping out of a flying party bus or looking to yeet folks in the latest multiplayer frenzy, you need a great VPN service that'll give all the perks of being anonymous while remaining at a low ping rate. Well, forget all that research because we put together a list of the best gaming VPN services for you.

The reasons why you should use a VPN are long, but it's all about access and protection. But what's the difference between the best VPN services and the best gaming VPN service? Well, the lists might look the same, but we are prioritizing gaming here over everything else. In fact, one of the top five reasons to start using a VPN is if you're a gamer. Speaking of protecting yourself, 34 Google Chrome Extensions may steal your credit card info — delete 'em before you're toast.

You not only get access to other regions for multiplayer, but you get protection. For streamers, it can hide their IP address and private information from prying eyes. In those heated (and salty) multiplayer games, distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks run rampant, and a VPN can help prevent gamers, pro or amateur, from being vulnerable to these attacks. It's a dangerous world out there, so protect yourself.

The best VPN for gaming 2024

NordVPN Best Gaming VPN

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The best overall VPN for gaming

Specifications

Works on: Windows, Mac, Android, iOS, Linux, PlayStation, Xbox, Nintendo Switch, routers
24/7 support: Yes
Trial period: 30 days
Number of servers: 5,432
Server locations: 81
Countries: 59
Maximum devices supported: 6

Reasons to buy

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 Fastest VPN servers 
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 Stable connections throughout 
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 NordLynx protocol 
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 Gaming console support  

Reasons to avoid

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 Fewer countries 

If a VPN service can actually improve internet speeds, what competitive gamer wouldn’t opt for it? NordVPN is known for offering ultra-fast speeds, and it definitely delivered in our tests.

It has multiple servers in all the essential countries, and each one, whether it’s in the U.S., Hong Kong, or the other 57 countries gamers can connect to, delivers amazing and reliable connection speeds. Sure, it may not have the most countries to connect to, but it has the most popular regions any gamer would need.

NordVPN also claims its VPN service can avoid bandwidth throttling by hiding data traffic, which means less lag when gaming. I measured a ping rate of 6ms when playing Valorant so that claim is true. NordVPN also has an incredible amount of servers to connect to, meaning if one doesn’t seem to be doing online gaming justice, it’s easy to jump on another one. NordVPN also gives users the complete rundown of the best ways to set up a VPN for any console, whether it be PC, PS5, Xbox Series X or Nintendo Switch.

See our full NordVPN review

ExpressVPN Best Gaming VPN

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Incredibly fast VPN for gaming

Specifications

Works on: Windows, Mac, Android, iOS, Linux, PlayStation, Xbox, Nintendo Switch, routers
24/7 support: Yes
Trial period: 30 days
Number of servers: 3,000+
Server locations: 160
Countries: 94
Maximum devices supported: 5

Reasons to buy

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Best servers with reliable connections
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Lightway protocol for speed and security
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Incredibly helpful support for gaming
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MediaStreamer service  

Reasons to avoid

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Pricier than most  

ExpressVPN has pretty much everything going for it: more than enough servers, amazing connection speeds, a brilliant user interface for easy navigation, and an exclusive MediaStreamer service specifically designed to make streaming better on consoles (although sacrificing the security of a VPN).

Now, thanks to its in-house Lightway security protocol, everything just got faster, which is great news for gamers. With access to 160 locations in 94 countries, gamers will get the low ping rate they are looking for in neighboring countries, stable connections, and, thanks to its plentiful amount of servers, traffic slowing down speeds won’t be an issue. If I can play Google Stadia using a VPN without a stutter then the VPN is doing a fine job.

ExpressVPN is also extremely easy to set up. There’s support on its main page to help gamers set up the ExpressVPN app on routers so they can connect to a VPN via their consoles. The only real drawback is ExpressVPN’s price, being a tad more expensive than others that may achieve the same internet speeds or have a greater number of servers. Still, gamers can’t go wrong with this service.

See our full ExpressVPN review

CyberGhost best gaming VPN

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An all-round VPN for gaming

Specifications

Works on: Windows, Mac, Android, iOS, Linux, Playstation, Xbox, Chrome, Firefox, Android TV, SmartTV, routers
24/7 support: Yes
Trial period: 45 days
Number of servers: 6,900+
Server locations: 110+
Countries: 90
Maximum devices supported: 7

Reasons to buy

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Huge amount of servers  
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Strong server connections 
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Long list of countries 

Reasons to avoid

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Inconsistent server speeds 
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Can be pricey 

In terms of numbers, CyberGhost blasts the competition away. The number of devices it works on? Everything. Amount of servers? A whopping 6,900 (and growing). The countries available? A nice 90. It even has a 45-day trial period for annual subscriptions, which is a smidgen longer than ExpressVPN’s and NordVPN’s 30-day money-back guarantee.

It’s a premium service that, unless you opt for its three-year annual plan, comes at a bit of a premium price. It’s a tad disappointing that some servers aren’t as speedy as others on this list. While this isn’t an issue for looking to access the PlayStation Store in different regions, or simply to play a single-player game, it can slow down internet speeds to the point where I lost connection in a game of Overwatch.

Although, the ability to easily navigate through its thousands of servers means if one isn’t offering consistent speeds, the next one definitely could. If you want it all, CyberGhost won’t disappoint. 

See our full CyberGhost VPN review

IPVanish best gaming vpns

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A fantastic VPN choice for gamers

Specifications

Works on: Windows, Mac, Android, iOS, Linux, FireTV, PlayStation, Xbox, routers
24/7 support: Yes
Trial period: 30 days
Number of servers: 1,600+
Server locations: 75
Countries: 94
Maximum devices supported: Unlimited

Reasons to buy

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 Unlimited device connections 
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 Excellent internet speeds  
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 Stable servers  
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 Attractive “gamer” user interface 

Reasons to avoid

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 Pricey monthly plan
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 Limited amount of servers 

IPVanish wasn’t made with gamers in mind, but its user interface’s cool black and green (akin to Razer) certainly says otherwise. It even shows a constant graph of your internet speed.

However, the most attractive feature IPVanish offers is letting users sort the VPN’s servers by ping rate. Looking for the best server offering below 50ms? IPVanish sorts that out easily, and it delivers on those below 50ms ping rates, too. The user interface may not be to everyone’s taste, especially on iOS and Android devices, as it isn’t the easiest to navigate around compared to other VPN services. However, a bit of exploring will sort that.

Whether connecting to the U.S. or Germany, my connection never dipped out and speeds were consistently fast. That being said, with there being fewer servers and a lot of countries, users might run into problems if a country’s server isn’t working. Fewer servers mean more chances of higher traffic on a single server that will cause slower internet speeds.

That being said, its unlimited connections (just like Surfshark) are a major win in our books, making IPVanish a fantastic option for those with a substantial number of gaming devices, or anyone looking to start up a fairly lengthy LAN party session. 
See our full IPVanish review

Surfshark best gaming VPN

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The best gaming VPN for LAN parties

Specifications

Works on: Windows, Mac, Android, iOS, Linux, PlayStation, Xbox
24/7 support: Yes
Trial period: 30 days
Number of servers: 3,200+
Server locations: 100+
Countries: 65
Maximum devices supported: Unlimited

Reasons to buy

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Unlimited simultaneous connections 
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Attractive annual pricing 
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Plentiful security options 

Reasons to avoid

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Connection dips 

If there are multiple gamers in one household, look no further than Surfshark. With just one account every PC, router, console, smartphone, you name it,  can use a VPN. What’s more, it all comes at one of the best prices a VPN service can offer. That’s attractive for those who often throw LAN parties.

From hiding your IP address in messaging apps like Discord and protecting gamers from DDoS attacks to bypassing otherwise region-locked content or deals, Surfshark wants to be your go-to VPN for gaming.

The only downside of Surfshark is its speed and connection stability, which is an essential feature for gamers. That’s not to say Surfshark’s internet speeds aren’t fast, as gamers will still get low ping rates below 50ms and high download speeds, but some country’s servers can be unreliably slow and can be prone to connection dips. More often than not though, you’ll be able to one-shot players without a hitch.

See our full Surfshark VPN review

How we test VPNs

In order to test each VPN, we used speedtest.net, which measures the ping rate, download speeds, and upload speeds of our internet while connecting to a server. The lower the ping, the less lag there is while gaming online. Ideally, a ping rate measuring 50 milliseconds or below is good for playing multiplayer games, which all of the VPN services below got results in. Keep in mind, the further away a VPN server is from your real location, the slower the internet speeds. For example, while I have an average ping of 6ms in the U.K., connecting to servers in Australia means my ping rate is more likely to shoot up over 300ms. 

Darragh Murphy
Editor

Darragh Murphy is fascinated by all things bizarre, which usually leads to assorted coverage varying from washing machines designed for AirPods to the mischievous world of cyberattacks. Whether it's connecting Scar from The Lion King to two-factor authentication or turning his love for gadgets into a fabricated rap battle from 8 Mile, he believes there’s always a quirky spin to be made. With a Master’s degree in Magazine Journalism from The University of Sheffield, along with short stints at Kerrang! and Exposed Magazine, Darragh started his career writing about the tech industry at Time Out Dubai and ShortList Dubai, covering everything from the latest iPhone models and Huawei laptops to massive Esports events in the Middle East. Now, he can be found proudly diving into gaming, gadgets, and letting readers know the joys of docking stations for Laptop Mag.  

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