South Africa finally gets local Rocket League servers

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Rocket League is one of the few big PlayStation Plus success stories. Psyonix rocket-powered car football game launched as part of the instant game collection, but went on to gather such momentum that it’s since launched as a paid game on just about every other platform imaginable.

On most of those platforms, players are even able to play against friends and foes on other platforms. It’s absurdly popular, both as a casual game, and as a competitive title, or esport. Unfortunately for those of us in South Africa, as fun as it is we’ve always been hamstrung by the lack of proximity of its servers. There’s always been between 200 and 300ms of lag, making playing the game competitively a bit of a nightmare.

That changed today. Psyonix has launched local servers for Rocket League as part of a today’s great new update.

We’ve tested it, and we now get pings between 4-8ms on fibre, and around 20ms from JHB on other connections. Meanwhile, our friends in the fair Cape have pings of between 20 and 50ms – which is far, far better.

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That said, local servers always come with caveats. It does mean that there’s a smaller pool of players, which does mean that it can sometime take longer to get into games – especially in less common modes. It also means that you’re likely to be playing regularly with that same smaller pool, which doesn’t really help with skills development. Still, it makes for a much, much better experience.

Last Updated: November 10, 2017


Geoffrey Tim

Editor. I’m old, grumpy and more than just a little cynical. One day, I found myself in possession of a NES, and a copy of Super Mario Bros 3. It was that game that made me realise that games were more than just toys to idly while away time – they were capable of being masterpieces. I’m here now, looking for more of those masterpieces.

  • 4-8ms on my Vumatel Fibre.. man I need to get back into this game now as I SUCK but it’s so much better now

    • Guild

      ok. Need to play some rocket league again

  • Jannie Theron

    Launching on switch the 14th as well

  • Hammersteyn


  • Magoo


  • AWWW YUSS!!!


  • Time for the Critical hit Rocket League Championship v2!

    • Alien Emperor Trevor

      TUBA rides again!

  • Admiral Chief


    Time to install again

  • Craig “CrAiGiSh” Dodd

    AWESOME !!!

    Will probably fire up the game again and see what the local servers are like.

    PUBG … you next 😀

  • VampyreSquirrel

    *installs on laptop* I’m READY!

  • Matthew Figueira

    Holy hell I think I need to play this again 😀 great news!

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