Let’s be honest, we have all been there. You’re sitting there playing your favourite online game and you’ve reached the stage where the last few players battle it out for the crown. You have a player in your sights and you are just about to pull the trigger. You sense your moment and pull the trigger and then nothing. For a moment the game misses a beat and then your gun eventually rattles off a shot when the opponent has already run off to safety. Now the enemy knows where you are and are closing in on your position fast, then before you know it, what was once a great position ends with a loss.
It’s a devastating occurrence that can really ruin a gaming session when playing online. You may think that it might have been down to your timing, your opponent’s evasive manoeuvres or simply bad luck but we can assure you, there are more nefarious powers at play here. You have been subject to a little thing called input lag.
What is Input Lag?
Input lag is a phenomenon that happens within both single player and online games depending on the context of your particular situation. It is when you press a button on your controller, keyboard, mouse or other accessory and the action on screen doesn’t happen instantly.
The lag can last for fractions of a second or it can last for seconds at a time in extreme situations, which as you can imagine, makes the game almost unplayable.
This issue can be caused for a number of reasons that can relate to hardware issues, connectivity issues, network issues or display issues. However, if you want a simple explanation, its because your frames per second are higher than they should be. This may seem like a very technical and mind-boggling problem but in reality, most scenarios can be remedied quite simply.
How To Prevent Input Lag in PUBG
We have taken the time to come up with a number of helpful tips and tricks you can use to make sure input lag never bothers you again and you can make sure that all your actions happen in real-time when playing.
So here is our guide to preventing input lag in PUBG.
Use Cables Instead Of Wireless
While wireless connections can look more aesthetic and avoid the possibility of tangled wires, they aren’t necessarily the best option for performance. When using wireless mice and keyboards, for example, you will notice that there is a significant input delay when playing matches. So if possible, dump your wireless mouse and keyboard when playing games and prioritise a cabled setup.
This also translates to your internet connection too. While wifi in most cases is a perfectly fine connection for online gaming, it’s a fact that a LAN connection will always provide a smoother, faster connection and therefore a lower ping when playing PUBG. So if you have a setup that will allow for it, get a LAN cable and link up directly to your router to ensure that you are achieving the best performance possible.
Change Your Refresh Rate
One common issue that can be causing input delay is the wrong refresh rate setting. This relates to the number of images that your monitor produces a second. If your monitor is unable to render and produce the frame as quick as you need to, it means that no matter how quick you pull the trigger, you are likely to miss your target. Of course, PUBG is capable of running at 60FPS consistently but if you have your monitor set at 50HZ, you are stopping it from achieving max potential display quality.
How to change your refresh rate to solve PUBG Input Lag
Thankfully, this is an easy fix. Here is a quick step by step guide on how to find out your monitor’s refresh rate.
- When on your desktop screen, right-click and on the drop-down menu, select display settings
- Once in the display menu, locate and select the advanced setting option.
- This will take you to a screen where your display settings are shown in full detail, including your refresh rate.
Check Your Gear
As little as we like to admit it, things do break and wear and tear can lead to poor performance. It’s a poor builder that blames his tools but in some cases, it’s your gear that’s stopping you from succeeding. So be sure to check that all the inputs on your controller are still fully functional, that there aren’t any jammed triggers or electrical connections out of place.
If there is a breakdown in communication then you may need to grab yourself a new mouse or controller.
Adjust Your Settings
As much as we all want to play PUBG with the best graphical settings that we possibly can, it’s not always possible for our humble little PC’s.
If you are playing at settings that are asking too much of your system, it will ultimately lead to performance issues. Your PC will be so busy trying to render and process all the graphically splendour of the PUBG landscapes that performance will almost definitely take a hit. Which means that if you’re aiming a shot, you’ll probably miss because the game prioritized making a tree look super realistic.
If you find that you are lagging behind your opposition and all your connections seem to be in order, consider experimenting with your visual settings.
The biggest contributing factor is usually your resolution so initially try and lower it to a more manageable setting and see if this helps you in the heat of battle. If so, then it’s likely the culprit behind all those missed shots and input delays.
Don’t Overload The Network
This can be a tricky one to navigate, especially if you live in a packed household with a number of people who use the internet. You may have roommates watching Netflix, doing online research or playing games of their own. Whatever they use the network for, it uses precious bandwidth that will prevent you from getting the smoothest, fastest connection possible. Therefore, your FPS shoots up and you no longer have instant input times. So if you can, try and play at times where there is less traffic on the network.
If there isn’t really a lull in the network use in your house, you can alter the settings on your router to your advantage. If you access the router settings you can select certain tasks and give them preferential treatment over others, meaning that no matter what is happening in your home, your gaming session will be the last thing to be affected. This will mean you have the lowest ping possible, lower the chances of a drop in frame rate and up your chances of picking up a chicken dinner.
Here is a quick guide on how to set priority in your router settings:
- Open up your browser of choice and in the search bar enter your manufacturers default IP address. You’ll find this on the manual that came with the router or on the router itself.
- This will allow you to sign in to your account. So enter your username and password associated with the router.
- Once you have logged in go to wireless settings and scroll until you see the option ‘Change Quality of service (QoS) settings and select this.
- You’ll then want to select ‘set QOS priority rule’ and from the list of programmes listed select the PUBG application.
- Once you tick the PUBG application, set this programme to have the ‘highest’ priority. Then once you’ve done this, select apply and reboot the router.
- Launch PUBG and check if this has helped improve your connection.
Manage Your Programmes
One issue that can really slow down your games performance and have your input times slow way down is other programmes and software running in the background. The easiest way to deal with this issue is to open up your task manager, go to the running programmes and end the tasks that are unnecessary when playing PUBG. This should improve performance and make the game run at a smoother rate of FPS.
A prime suspect that may be slowing down the computer without you knowing is the anti-virus software and its associated firewalls. This filters and controls the network traffic for your computer and due to this, it may be stifling PUBG from achieving a smooth connection to the online servers. So be sure to check the settings of your anti-virus and adjust as needed to ensure top-level performance.
Adjust Your Screen
Another factor that can cause input lag that many players won’t even be aware of is down to your window size. If you play the game in full-screen mode, you give the game the best chance of playing at an optimum level of performance. However, if you play with a window that is minimized, borderless, you run the risk of choppy frame rates and poor performance. Admittedly, you do get a much more clean and crisp visual presentation but this may be costing you valuable kills and chicken dinners. So we would urge you to play in full screen where possible.
Disable Power saving Settings
Another issue that can cause input lag is the power saving settings on your computer or monitor. If you happen to have an Eco-friendly approach to power usage then that’s great and more power to you. However, if you use these settings when playing PUBG you can see an input lag of up to 10ms or possibly 20ms if you also use ambient screen dimming settings. So be sure to access you power settings within the control panel and ensure that you are using your full power output at least when you are playing PUBG.
Audio Affects Input Lag
Surprisingly, your audio settings can also cause input lag when playing PUBG as well. If you are using the monitor’s speakers as opposed to separate speakers, you will witness an input lag of up to 8ms. This is due to the added strain that this audio output will put on the monitor and therefore the resources it can use for display purposes are lessened. So if you have a set of separate speakers laying around, be sure to use these and allow your monitor to work at an optimum level.
Improve Your Reaction Time
In a game of fine margins where every millisecond counts more than any other, it’s vital that your reaction times are reflected by your controller, mouse or keyboard. When you are in situations where one fast and precise move can be the difference between winning and losing you need to be able to rely on your gear.
So with this set of hints and tips, we hope you can remedy any lag issues you are having within PUBG and get back to collecting chicken dinners in great numbers.