When it comes to online gaming, nothing can be more frustrating than dealing with a game that takes ages to load and that lags always. In fact, lag has been the leading killer of online games for close to two decades.
You may think of buying a stronger internet connection, but that’s not necessary. There is an easier and cheaper way to effectively solve the problem – simply apply the following tricks and you will have an uninterrupted online gaming experience.
Use a wired connection
A wired connection is normally faster compared to a wireless (Wi-Fi) one. Wi-Fi is often predisposed to a lot of interference. However, this does not mean that you should not enjoy your online games over a wireless connection. The additional latency is mostly minimal, and many gamers are okay with that. Be that as it may, to eliminate the uncertainties, it is advisable to plug it in.
Minimize the Number of Internet Users
When so many people are logged on and using Wi-Fi at the same time the connection can be painfully slow. You probably have had this experience when trying to use Wi-Fi at a café. Therefore, it is advisable to minimize the number of users on your network.
If someone is downloading heavy files or streaming HD video via the same network, performance will be seriously affected. Simply get them off the network, at least for the time being.
Update Your Graphics Driver
If you realize that your online game is beginning to look patchy, then you should consider updating your graphics driver – the software that allows your computer’s operating system to communicate with the graphics card. It is imperative that you keep your graphics driver up-to-date to ensure that your computer properly displays graphics such as images and texts.
Updating the graphics driver is a quite easy task. For Windows 7 and 8, you should first find out which graphics card you’re using before updating the graphics driver. Here’s the procedure:
Open the Device Manager. This can be found by pressing the Windows key on the start menu and then typing “Device Manager” in the search bar.
On the Device Manager page, under the Display Adapters tab, you will find the graphics card’s manufacturer as well as the particular model you are using. You can then visit the manufacturer’s website for the latest update.
If you are running windows 10, you don’t need to follow these steps as the graphics drivers will update automatically.
With Mac, however, it is not possible to upgrade the graphics driver, unless you are installing a completely new version of the operating system.
Disable Applications That You aren’t Using
If all the above tricks are not effective, you should try to disable unnecessary applications in order to stop the game lag. Applications that launch when a computer starts up normally use memory and slow down the CPU. Likewise, a high-resolution game can put stress on your CPU and gobble memory.
If you have windows, consider using programs such as CCleaner to deactivate start-up applications. Conversely, if you have a Mac, you need to simply open a finder window and then click on the “Applications” folder in the sidebar. Afterwards, right-click on the application you want to disable and select “Move to Trash.”
Once you have performed this easy task, the lag should stop, making your online game to run more smoothly.
The last thing an online gaming aficionado wants to deal with is a game that keeps on lagging. To solve this problem, and have a better gaming experience, you just need to follow the above simple tips.