A good DNS servers is essential for gaming online, this article will go over listing the Best Gaming DNS Servers you can use for your Xbox One, PS4 and Nintendo Switch and how to use them.
DNS is an acronym for Domain Name System. We don’t really need to go into detail about it but what a Domain Name System’s Server, or Name Servers as they’re often referred to, does is essentially convert IP address to domain names. This is important as servers are hosted on IP address, which aren’t that easy to recognize as simple domain names.
A faster DNS server yields many benefits that include
- Faster page loads due to low query times
- Security with DNS based firewalls and phishing protection
- Parental Control
- Servers closer to your location geographically will improve your Internet speed
- An overall reliable connection
- Reduce Ping, Packet loss and Jitter, which is essential for Gaming
So in short having a good DNS server can do tons for your Internet experience, so you should definately consider changing from your ISP’s default one. After all, most DNS Servers are free. For Gamers, having a good Gaming DNS Servers will help you connect to games quicker, get better connections to host, get higher download speeds and an overall better gaming experience.
How to change your DNS Server
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Best Gaming Servers for your Xbox One, PS4 & Nintendo Switch
Below are the Best Gaming DNS Servers for your Xbox One, PS4 and Nintendo Switch. Do note each server has their own advantages and disadvantages so you may have to try them out to see what works best for you. Some are designed more towards speed while the others help completely lock down security on your network.
Google Public DNS Server for Xbox One, PS4 & Nintendo Switch
Google DNS Server is the most popular DNS Server in the world, with almost 50% of users who prefer using custom DNS Servers favoring it. In most cases Google DNS would help you boost the online capabilities of your Xbox One, PS4 and Nintendo Switch without much tinkering around. You can use Google’s Public DNS using the IPs below:
DNS Preferred Server: 126.96.36.199
DNS Secondary Server: 188.8.131.52
OpenDNS for Xbox One, PS4 & Nintendo Switch
OpenDNS is a Cloud focused DNS Server ran by Cisco, making it one of the most efficient DNS Servers on the list focusing on Security with zero downtime. You can give OpenDNS a go using the IPs below:
DNS Preferred Server: 184.108.40.206
DNS Secondary Server: 220.127.116.11
Cloudflare DNS for Xbox One, PS4 & Nintendo Switch
Cloudflare’s 18.104.22.168 DNS is the world’s faster DNS and my personal recommendation as for me at least its proven to be faster than Google’s DNS Server which I was using for years. Cloudflare also provides millions of websites CDNs so connecting to them is much faster as compared to the other DNS Servers listed.
Try Cloudflare DNS using the following IPs:
DNS Preferred Server: 22.214.171.124
DNS Secondary Server: 126.96.36.199
Comodo Secure DNS for Xbox One, PS4 & Nintendo Switch
Comodo, who you may recognize from seeing their domain security certificates everywhere, run a very secure and dependable DNS Server. You can try the Comodo Secure DNS by using the IPs below:
DNS Preferred Server: 188.8.131.52
DNS Secondary Server: 184.108.40.206
Level3 for Xbox One, PS4 & Nintendo Switch
Level3 has a massive network of servers all around the world that make them a good recommendation for a speedy DNS Server. They can be access using the following IPs:
DNS Preferred Server: 220.127.116.11
DNS Secondary Server: 18.104.22.168
Norton DNS Server for Xbox One, PS4 & Nintendo Switch
Makers of the popular Anti-Virus Norton’s ConnectSafe DNS Server is one of the most secure servers out there, making you safe from hacks and phishing. You it via the following IPs:
DNS Preferred Server: 22.214.171.124
DNS Secondary Server: 126.96.36.199
Those were all my recommendations for the Best Gaming DNS Servers you can use on your Xbox One, PS4 and Nintendo Switch. As I mentioned earlier finding the ideal fit for you may require some testing because of your location and ISP.
How to find the Fastest Gaming DNS Server for your Connection
You can do this using a tool called DNS Benchmark on your PC. The tool compares different DNS Servers from its list, which you can add to of course, and run a benchmark to find the fastest DNS Server for your connection.
As you can see in the screenshot above, Cloudflare’s secondary DNS was the fastest for me followed by Google. For some reason Cloudflare’s primary address is blocked by my home ISP, so this is a good tool to check for that as well. So for this I’m using Cloudflare’s 188.8.131.52 as my primary and Google’s 184.108.40.206 as my secondary, getting the best of both worlds.
Give them a try and let me know the one that works the best for you in the comments below.
The address listed in the article contain IPv4 Address since not all DNS Server providers have IPv6, if you would like me to update the article with the latter addresses do comment below.