So picture the scene:
You are standing face to face with an opponent as the circle closes in.
You are the last two left on the battlefield and as you pop around the corner you see him run into a room.
There are no alternative exits, you have him cornered. So you set up your aim and wait for them to pop back out. They do so and you both begin shooting and you’re confident you got the jump on them, surely you’ll get the chicken dinner.
Then suddenly you find yourself dead on the floor, shouting expletives and wondering how this could have possibly happened.
Well, we have the answer.
It was a lag…
There is a phenomenon within PUBG that causes lag through a dip in frame rate. The drop in FPS causes lower vertical recoil and therefore lowers your rate of fire. This is only really relevant for assault rifles and submachine guns but considering how popular these two weapon types are, a lot of players will be affected by this phenomenon.
You may be thinking, how do I stop this from ruining my chances of winning? Well, thankfully we have come up with a number of helpful tips and tricks that will improve performance, prevent lag when shooting and ensure that when you’re locked in a point blank battle, that you have the best chance of coming out on top. So here is our guide to reducing lag when shooting in PUBG.
How do I Know If I’m Lagging In PUBG?
The easiest way to establish if you’re prone to a drop in frame rate is through checking your ping. You can access this in game through looking at the local leader board which will show your current ping. If your ping is exceeding 100ms then it is likely that you could suffer from lag, especially when more things are happening on screen such as firefights with other players.
It can be more obvious than this as well and you may be able to assess this in open play. If you are suffering from lag, you’ll witness strange things going on such as enemies running in place before randomly teleporting hundreds of yards in a flash. Or alternatively, you may even notice bullet decals flying across the map and stalling in the air. If these or any other strange visual effects are happening, there is a very good chance that you could have an issue with lag.
9 Ways To Deal With Lag In PUBG
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. 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 you lagging behind your competition 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.
Play On The Ideal Server
While PUBG will automatically try and match you with a server that is best for you, it’s not a perfect system and it can get it wrong sometimes. There are a plethora of PUBG servers located across the globe and often, if you are constantly suffering from lag it’s due to a poor choice of server. So be sure to check where you are connecting to and browse the various options to see if there is a better option. As a rule of thumb, if you find a server that is geographically closer to you than another, it’s probably the better choice.
Keep Up To Date
Another thing that can cause lag when shooting in PUBG is not keeping up to date with the games most recent version. If you run an older version of PUBG there is potential to lag behind those that are playing a more optimised patch. It’s really easy to ensure you are running the most up to date version. All you have to do is check for updates by right-clicking on the game within your library on Steam. So do yourself a favour and ensure that you are using the latest update when running 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.
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.
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 laggy gunfights.
Adjust Your Screen
Another factor that can cause 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, 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.
Change Your Refresh Rate
One common issue that can be causing your display to be janky is the wrong refresh rate setting. This relates to the number of images that your monitor produces a second. 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. 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.
Shoot For The Stars
When you get into a firefight in an intense game like PUBG, you want to give yourself the best fighting chance of coming out on top. However, even if you’ve tactically set up and got the advantage in terms of position over your opponent, lag can have you taking a dirt nap through no fault of your own. So with all the above tips and tricks, you should be able to negate any chance of a high ping during matches and make sure that you are winning all the battles that you deserve to. So make sure you’re set up as well as you possibly can be and fire with confidence.