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How to Reduce Lag in Fortnite
Fortnite is an odd game where you as a player can literally turn into a bush. Players can buy the “PVE Campaign”, and/or they can choose the more popular free “PVP Battle Royale” version. This article applies to both versions of Fortnite, as both are susceptible to lag.
If you enjoy battle royal and creative building games, then you just struck a [diamond?] in Fortnite. The game brings the excitement-factor of choosing a spot to land and looting from battle royale games [okay, some themes feel heavily borrowed from PUBG, but imitation is the best compliment, right?], but then tosses in a side of “build what you want” from games like Minecraft or Roblox.
A battle royale game where you can build a house. What an amazing time to be alive!
What is lag?
Lag is the term used to describe impaired computer functionality often associated with network performance. There are three important factors to your connection: ping (latency), jitter and packet loss
Ping (latency) is a measurement of the time it takes a packet (piece of data) to get from one device to another, such as from your PC to a game server, or vice-versa.
Jitter is the fluctuation of latency over time (standard deviation); high jitter gives you unpredictable performance and can really mess with your aim.
Packet Loss is the percentage of packets that don’t arrive at their destination within a certain amount of time. Some “lost” packets are really just slow, but so slow they get ignored by the game server. When packets are lost, your commands may be ignored. When packet loss is especially high, you risk rubber-banding or the possibility of being disconnected mid-game.
In a game such as Fortnite, you want to achieve the lowest of all three for the most responsive and accurate gameplay.
Tip: You can see your Ping, Jitter and Packet-loss for Fortnite by using Haste Check and/or Post Game Recap in the Haste Client!
Switch to Ethernet
It’s really quite simple, and a number of game companies have been preaching this for some time now: Get off of WiFi while gaming!
WiFi was never intended for gaming, as there are many variables that can cause disruption, leading to packet loss and higher ping. You can read more about why WiFi is killing your gaming success here.
If hard-wiring an Ethernet cable isn’t possible (or practical), then your next best solution is a powerline ethernet kit.
Tune your rig
A healthy running computer is essential to gaming performance.
If your FPS (frames per second) is below 30fps, you will struggle keeping up with other players running at 60fps or higher. Do what you can to increase your FPS!
Here’s a checklist to achieve the best framerate possible:
- Make sure your computer meets Fortnite’s suggested system requirements
- Keep Windows updated
- Update your drivers
- Fine-tune your in-game settings to find the “sweet spot” for performance vs visuals
Haste fixes lag in Fortnite, providing gamers with a faster, more stable internet connection to their game. Haste’s superior connection reduces common network problems such as stuttering, disconnects, rubber banding and other issues associated with high ping, jitter and packet loss. You can read more about Haste’s technology here.
There’s no better time to try Haste to see how it stabilizes your connection to the game servers, lowers your ping and might even help you pull off the rocket meme!