Do you love gaming online but suffer from connection issues that put you at a disadvantage? Outfox could be the perfect solution to your connection troubles. It could even make enough of a difference to tip the scales in your favor!
All online gamers know that every millisecond counts and could mean the difference between victory and defeat. This is especially true in highly competitive games like Rocket League or PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds. Outfox claims that it optimizes your gaming connection to ensure the fastest speeds and best experience possible. Can Outfox deliver on this huge promise? Let’s find out!
Outfox is currently straight out of the alpha testing stage and has been in beta for a few months. The great thing about public testing is that Outfox offers a 14-day free trial (with no credit card information required!) for gamers to properly test out the service for themselves.
Once your 14 day trial is up, you can upgrade with a valid credit card for $9.95 a month. There don’t seem to be any discounts for signing up for an annual subscription.
One important thing to remember regarding Outfox is that they are created by the same folks behind VyprVPN. The parent company, Golden Frog, has been a big player in the VPN and cybersecurity industry for many years. The backing of such a large, reputable company does help to temper any initial doubts regarding Outfox’s service.
Another thing to keep in mind if you sign up to Outfox is that auto-renewal is activated by default. However, you can cancel an Outfox subscription via the built-in Control Panel.
Outfox Video Review
While BestVPN.com has yet to put together its own video review of the service, the Outfox team has put together a brief video taking you through the main points of the service:
What does Outfox do?
Online gamers have been battling the effects of “lag” and disconnection issues for years, with an unimaginable number of boss fights and 1v1’s ruined by a bad connection. This is where where Outfox steps in with its optimized gaming network.
At it’s core, Outfox reroutes your gaming traffic through a dedicated network of servers around the globe. This means that if you are living in an area where a game server is far away (Brazilians playing on North American League of Legends servers comes to mind), Outfox takes your data and reroutes your traffic through one of its high-quality servers. Sending your gaming traffic through a high-quality Outfox server improves the connection between your PC and the game you are playing.
An important (and neccasary) feature of Outfox is that the service only jumps into action when it detects a faster connection. This will keep your connection consistent and ensures you have the best possible performance when gaming online.
The improvement between PC and game server occurs as Outfox lowers your latency (how much time occurse between responses on a network) and creates a smoother online gaming experience that could make the difference in defeating your opponents.
What games does Outfox support?
Even with Outfox being in beta, the service already boasts an impressive list of games that are supported by the software. It’s clear that the Outfox team is working on adding support for the most popular games first. Some of the games covered include:
League of Legends
Heroes of the Storm
Rainbow 6 Siege
Where are Outfox servers located?
Outfox has a pretty sizeable server network that will only keep growing as the service expands. Some major cities covered by Outfox include:
You might’ve encountered the term DDOS (distributed denial-of-service) attack before as a way of temporarily making a connection unavailable. Online gaming is especially sensitive to these attacks, as a spiteful opponent could use a DDOS attack to block your connection and win by forfeit. This practice is commonplace during tournaments.
Since Outfox is such a new service, there is no DDOS protection built into the Outfox client. Hopefully this will change in the future as the Outfox team keeps developing and adding features to the service.
The Outfox Website
The Outfox website has a sleek, modern feel. The user control panel is easy to access and manage, making the user experience fantastic.
Those looking to chat or gain more insight on Outfox can sign up to the official Outfox forums.
Whether it’s a VPN provider or a game optimizing service such as Outfox, the availability and quality of customer support is always important. Luckily, Outfox ticks most of the right customer service boxes, offering 24/7 email and live chat support in addition to a technical support forum and a growing Outfox FAQ.
To get a better idea of how Outfox support performs, I conducted a basic test of both Outfox’s live chat and email support. Testing live chat was smooth and I instantly recieved an answer to my question regarding future game support. Email was likewise a flawless preformance from Outfox as I only had to wait 5 minutes (!) to get an answer to my email question.
Overall, Outfox seems to get everything right when it comes to customer service. I recieved near-instant replies that adequately answered my questions on both Outfox live chat and email.
Signing up for Outfox is easy and can be done in just a few minutes. Simply visit the Outfox website and click on the “Start a free trial” button to get your 14-day trial started. All you need is an email address and password to get your account going.
The Outfox control panel is where users can manage their Outfox account. You can add or cancel a subscription and easily change your password from this interface.
Once you have signed up, downloading and installing the Outfox client is about as easy as it gets. Installing the 75 MB client is a breeze and takes just a few minutes from beginning to end.
Testing Online Games with Outfox
After going over Outfox’s surface details, it’s time to take a deeper dive into what Outfox is really about. So I ran a number of game tests while connected to Outfox’s service. My control point for internet speed was a relatively poor (but stable) 15 Mbps down/2 Mbps up.
It is also worth mentioning that I ran these tests from Budapest, Hungary and connected to North American (and sometimes Asia and South American) servers. I also selected the “Fastest Server” option in the Outfox client settings.
Overwatch using Outfox
With Overwatch being a fast-paced online shooter and also one of the most popular online games out there, I was hoping to see a big improvement to my connection when using Outfox. Unfortunately, Outfox was not able to improve my connection to Overwatch NA servers, as you can see in the image below.
I also gave Overwatch’s Asian servers a try to see if Outfox would jump into action. Again, no luck!
Rocket League using Gamefox
Following my Overwatch tests I hopped on Steam and booted up Rocket League. Anyone who has played Rocket League online will know that a split second of lag can be the difference between scoring and getting dunked on by some high-flying pro. Unfortunately, just like with Overwatch, I was not able to improve my connection to Rocket League servers in North America and South America.
I am connected to NA East Rocket League servers in the above image. As you can see, Outfox was not able to improve my connection.
I tried connecting to South American servers to see if Outfox would finally kick in and start doing it’s magic. Still nothing!
Heroes of the Storm using Gamefox
Another game I decided to try with Gamefox was Heroes of the Storm. Connecting to North American HOTS servers usually means about 140~ ping, a number I was hoping to improve with Gamefox. Unfortunately, just like Rocket League and Overwatch, Gamefox was not used when connected to HOTS, with the client showing my regular connection as a better option.
As you can see, I failed to see any improvement in my connection while using Gamefox’s service. This could simply be chalked up to a strong connection (I have a hard time considering 15/2 Mbps as “strong”!) or even worse, point to a insufficient server network.
Another possibility is that my ISP was simply routing my traffic efficiently in the first place, meaning that Outfox couldn’t help me. This might not be the case everywhere in the world: so if you tend to suffer from problems when gaming you may want to try out the free trial to see if it works wonders. If it works well for you, we would love to hear about your experiences in the comments section below.
Outfox Review: Conclusion
Awesome 24/7 customer support
14-day free trial
Most popular games supported
I wasn’t so sure about:
Only Windows client
No money-back guarantee
No connection improvement with games tested
Unfortunately, as you can see in my test results, I wasn’t able to improve my connection while using Gamefox. For a service that advertises itself as “The Ultimate Optimized Gaming Network”, I was disappointed with the lack of improvement, especially when connected to North American servers. It’s also worth mentioning that Outfox doesn’t offer the same privacy and security benefits of a Gaming VPN.
That being said, Outfox seems like a great idea on paper, especially with the recent rise of global e-sports and online gaming. The promise of further improvements and updates to the service make Gamefox a service worth keeping an eye on for the future.
Have you given Outfox’s 14-day free trial a spin? What do you think? Leave any comments or questions you might have below!