Watching anime in front of the television is gradually becoming a thing of the past. With today’s innovation called the Internet, you can watch your favorite anime anytime, anywhere you want. Most people, however, would ask what the system requirements for watching videos online are. Below is a checklist of the system requirements for you to watch anime online.
Memory – Your computer’s memory will serve as the storage space for the compressed video before it is decompressed and viewed. Such compressed video stored in the Random Access Memory (RAM) of your computer is in the form of buffer which determines how smooth the video will play. Although there is no real system requirement when it comes to memory, the general rule of thumb is that, the more RAM space you have, the more information you can store in it. For most operating systems, 4GB of memory should be enough to store compressed video when watching online.
Processor r This is an important part of your computer when it comes to watching videos online. The speed of the processor affects the speed of decompressing the compressed video which will determine the quality of the playback. For PC users, the recommended speed of processor for watching videos online is 1.2 GHz. Mac users, on the other hand, must have a processor with a speed of 1.83 GHz.
Browser r Aside from checking your memory and processor, you also have to check your browser. There are different browsers you can use depending on your operating system. You can have more than one browser installed in your system, but you will have to use only one when watching a video. PC users can choose among latest versions of Chrome, Firefox, and Internet Explorer, while Mac users can choose between Safari and Opera.
Internet Connection r All the other system requirements will not suffice unless you have the recommended Internet connection speed. Also known as pipeline, Internet connection speed can be determined by the bandwidth. You must check on the actual bandwidth of your system, not what your Internet provider advertises. In order to watch an online content with a pleasing resolution and without any delay, your computer must consistently have at least 2Mbps bandwidth.
Take note that such recommended speed is applicable only to cable and DSL connections. Online streaming is hardly possible with dial-up connection, as the video content transfer takes forever to complete. If you have a wireless connection, it will be best if you connect your system to your router or modem via Ethernet or USB cable. Before you watch anime online, check who else is using the internet connection. Their activity is likely to affect your streaming as they are also using up a portion of the bandwidth.