The greatest nemesis of all gamers is not the last boss they need to defeat in-game, it’s the one that annoys them every day and we all know it by its name “lag”. Lag is the reason for so many deaths in games and so many explosive outbursts with copious amounts of curse words in real life.
Lags are connection and communication issues that happen in-game. They come in the form of glitches and connection loss resulting in their characters to move in unexpected ways or sometimes not register movement. Thus, appearing to be teleporting or moving weirdly in the game. Just a single second of lag can cause devastating consequences. It can mean losing the game entirely if you’re playing online games such as Overwatch, League of Legends, or Fortnite. However, for such a common problem for many players (especially competitive online players), many gamers are still clueless on how to avoid lag.
In this article, you’ll learn how to reduce lag and improve your gaming performance. Now, there are many reasons for slow gaming connections, the following are some of the most common ways you can beat lag.
Check the Game’s Server
There’s nothing you can do when the problem is in the game’s own server. It could be that there are so many players playing at the same time causing the game to get overloaded. Most of the time, you can check this by Googling the game’s server status.
Other times, your ping can go high if you’re connecting to a server that’s not recommended for your location. For example, a gamer in Europe using Asia’s server will experience extremely high ping. In order to enjoy a fast connection in game, make sure you’re using the nearest server to you.
Upgrade your Machine
Most lags are caused by hardware problems and they can be the hardest to solve since you’ll have to (most likely) buy new parts. A slow game connection might mean your CPU is too weak for the game. It could be that your system just isn’t built for the game or for gaming at all. Sometimes, it could be that your CPU is old and overheats too easily. You can check your CPU by using the Windows Performance Monitor.
There are also times when it can also be caused by graphics lag, and in this case you’ll need a new and more powerful graphic card. Most people purchase games without looking at the game’s requirements first. This results in many games being played on computers that can’t handle them. A slowdown in graphics will make your computer produce frames that aren’t enough for your game to make everything nice and smooth. Graphic lag can be recognized when you see a reduction in the responsiveness of your controls.
Outdated drives can also affect your game connection. This is why it’s very important to update your drivers, especially on Windows devices.
Boost your Internet Connection
A slow internet connection can also cause lag spikes. Most people connect to the Internet using one channel that’s being run by a wired, Wi-Fi, or LTE connection. The games you play are sending data packets back and forth between the server and device. If you have unstable lines and weak signals due to your location, you’ll most likely suffer from a slow game connection.
Sometimes, lag can also be caused by applications you’re downloading in the background. If your connection isn’t too good, then you can’t play online games and watch youtube videos at the same time without experiencing some form of lag.
Fix your Router
If you don’t think the problem is with your connection, then the problem must be with your router. You want your computer to be closest to your router in order not to lose “packets” during games.
Packet loss happens when data sent over your network doesn’t reach its goal, thereby resulting in lag. You can remedy this either by moving your laptop near your router or connecting your computer directly to your gaming routers using an Ethernet cable.
You can also check the wires between your router and wall box to make sure they’re plugged in fully. Sometimes, poor connection can be caused by loose wires and tightening them is all it takes to solve the problem.
Close Running Programs
Sometimes slow gaming connections can also be improved by simply closing programs or applications running in the background. By closing open applications, you can reduce the load on your computer. Closing programs also helps minimize the overall bandwidth that is being consumed by your machine.
Remove Viruses Infecting your Computer
Today, a PC virus, malware, or spyware can easily cause lagging issues. If your computer is slow, you should try running an antivirus program to scan your files. A simple check can save your PC and get it back to its most optimal state. Once you’re done, check if your computer is still lagging.