How many players can I host with my plan?

We allow unlimited slots on all plans, however the actual amount of players your server can run is dependant on the amount of RAM your server has.

On average, most servers will be able to host roughly 20 players for every 1GB of RAM. However, the actual amount of of players your server can run will depend on the amount of plugins you're using, the size and amount of worlds as well any any other modifications you have made.

We do allow unlimited player slots on all servers, so you can set your player slots beyond this. However we don't suggest raising the limit beyond our recommendations as it could cause a server crash if too many players are on the server at once. However, it can be useful if you are very experienced and understand how to optimise your server for your specific use case.

Server Type Suggested Players Per 1GB RAM
Vanilla 18
Craftbukkit 18
Spigot 20
Forge & Mod Packs 10-15 (Depending heavily on the amount of mods)
Minecraft: Pocket Edition 20

How does this compare to other hosts?
As the amount of players that can fit on a server directly correlates to memory - these recommendations apply regardless of which host you're using. 1GB of RAM is still 1GB of RAM wherever you go.

However, our servers are very powerful and can run hundreds of players in a single plan if you have sufficient memory. Many other hosts will reach other bottlenecks such as lack of CPU or disk speed - this means that even if you purchase a large enough plan with one of our competitors, their servers won't be able to handle a large player count. With Shockbyte, your server will always be able to grow and support the amount of players you need. Our performance in these areas is significantly more powerful than our competitors. For example, we're the only host than runs NVMe SSDs, which are 6x faster than regular SATA SSDs and over 25x faster than HDDs. This means the disk speed of our servers is at least 6x faster than all of our competitors - that really is an incredible difference.

It is generally recommended to allocate 1GB of RAM, plus an additional 1GB of RAM for every 500 players. Please keep in mind that additional plugins may impact the amount needed in your case.

Mitchell Smith

Managing Director @ Shockbyte

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