For those who enjoy online
games, nothing puts the fun to a complete stop than lag.
Dealing with lag is nearly
impossible. A lag-filled game is an unplayable one, often leading to very slow
reaction and mistimed moments. In online games, this can be the cause of many
losses. Not just for you, but for your entire team as well – and nobody wants
that. But what can you do? Aside from the obvious internet connection upgrade, you can try a few things to remedy the
Check Background Programs
Many programs do automatic updates as long as you have a
connection to the internet. Antivirus, games, launchers; these updates can be
as small as a few megabytes or as large as fifty gigabytes. Game updates for
instance have a habit of eating a chunk of your bandwidth when downloading.
Many of these updates also do not mention it beforehand. When you feel like
your connection starts getting sluggish, try checking if you have any game
launchers open. Check to see if your PC started any downloads. The Task bar at the bottom of your screen
can often show which programs are currently active.
Updates are not only limited
to your main computer. Phones, laptops, or other game consoles connected to the
same WIFI can also drain resources. When you have limited internet speeds,
turning off these devices’ connections can help keeping the resources on your
Check System Requirements
Lag can also happen despite a
healthy internet connection. This is due to the computer not being able to
handle the game. The most common suspect of this is the graphics card, but other hardware can also be at fault.
If upgrading is not an option
at the moment, lowering the video
settings can help prevent lag. Lag can often come from resource-intensive
visual effects. Lowering the settings can make these effects minimal, giving
your PC a shot at making it work. Video settings are not the only ones you
should watch out. Decreasing the draw
distance, as well as added effects like shadow, light rays, weather effects, and even grass volume can help.
Check for Mods
If lowering graphics settings
is not enough, you can always try checking online for mods. Mods are fantastic third party additions that can change the
way you play a game. Mods can range from adding characters, entire missions,
and what you need – a way to tone down graphics even more. While this may end
up making your game look very unappealing, the decrease in visuals can help
your hardware keep up.
In the end, it is a matter of
priority. Would you rather have a fast game, or a good-looking one? For most,
the answer is simple. Online competitive games can do without the flash, but
for single player, a bit of sluggish action is understandable for a beautiful
view. When it comes to lag, it can be a very frustrating experience. You cannot
expect to be at the top of your game while dealing with lag.
Take care of it as soon as
possible to ensure a hassle-free gaming experience.