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To rent, or not to rent?
ARK Server Hosting usually requires on average around 3-4GB of RAM with no mods (Up to 8-10GB+ of RAM with mods). Raising with use, you will likely find hosting yourself to be tricky to do unless you have plenty of RAM to utilize or your dedicated server machine. Itself the ARK: Survival Evolved game has a minimum specified 8GB RAM amount to run. So you would need some hefty RAM to cover both the dedicated server and game client, and with the 16GB PC becoming more standard most you will likely want to find a hosting service to do the hosting for you.
Removing the need for you to leave your computer on 24 hours a day, seven days a week and saves the cost of electricity as well! This is where Game Server Providers come in!
Released on the 2nd June 2015, ARK: Survival Evolved took the world by storm with its unique survival experience that many have since tried to replicate. With it came unofficial ARK Server Hosting servers hosted by players or rented from game server hosts like those listed on this site. Whilst game server hosting is not a new concept it certainly became a main stream game for many game server hosts becoming one of the mos popular game servers for many if not most providers. With over 30,000 unofficial game servers on one main server listing site alone and rising there is certainly a need for hosts to provide them as not everyone wants to use their own PC to host the server itself.
The big question here and why you are here is what should you be looking for in a game server provider (GSP) and who should you pick so we hope to guild you through the process.
It is always important to remember that not everything comes down to price. With hosts lowering prices to be the most competitive and grab your sale this does not mean you get the best support or solution for your needs so always be sure to look around.
At the end of the day we have your time, your money and your best interests at heart when it comes to picking your ARK Server Hosting.
"Price is what you pay. Value is what you get." - Warren Buffett
Since it’s release in 2015 ARK: Survival Evolved has spread its wings from its Early Access release on PC, using the Steam client. Linux, Microsoft Windows, macOS, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Android/iOS, Nintendo Switch have all since joined the party, and now the game has versions on all.
If you have the Steam version, you require an ARK Server Hosting provider running the Steam version of the server. Likewise, if you have a PS4 or XBOX game, you need servers for that platform. XBOX/PS4 can not join Steam servers and vice versa.
A common confusion is the Microsoft Store version has its own server and server browser. But it has an exception to other servers in that it allows for crossplay between the Xbox and Microsoft store version. PC/Microsoft store versions of ARK: Survival Evolved can not join Steam servers either, although both are physically on PC.
If you’re seeking iOS or Android server for your mobile version of ARK: Survival Evolved then your pretty much going with Nitrado simply because they are the only provider currently supplying these.
Location, Location and Location!
The most common rule of thumb when seeking ARK Server Hosting is to pick a host that has a location near your physical location. The further away, the longer it takes for your game to send commands to the server, and for it to come back to your PC. So overall closer is always better! If the server is just for yourself and a couple of friends and you’re all in the UK. Picking a server in Australia is generally going to end in tears. London would be ideal or somewhere in North Europe such as France/Germany/Netherlands or similar.
If your a community host and have people from all over the world, this is where it gets fun! As you probably already know, it is impossible to make everyone happy when it comes to location. You need to find a place that is an ideal distance for the majority of your players as not to impact their gameplay.
We could talk about latency, server locations, and what impacts your connection in immense depth, but this will be for another article!
Slots are simply the number of players you can have using your ARK Server Hosting at the same time. If your a small group of friends then a 10 slot server will generally be more than suitable. If your looking to grow a community then you will likely be wanting more slots to do so. More slots usually mean a higher cost for the package.
Some providers simply provide a higher slot count as standard with the lowest slot count being around the 30 slot mark and is rare to find a provider giving 10 slot servers. If you do your likely find the cost is similar to other providers providing more slots as default.