Lag can make or break a game and can render the games you have the most fun playing and competing at simply not enjoyable. Lag is a problem many gamers face, and unfortunately most are unaware that there are several factors that they have control of to reduce lag! Here are a few easy steps that may improve your connection performance, and reduce lag in World of Tanks.
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, sometimes referred to as stuttering, 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.
While driving around trying to explode your foes in World of Tanks, having the lowest ping, jitter and packet loss is the best road to success.
Tip: You can see your Ping, Jitter and Packet-loss for World of Tanks by using Haste Check and/or Post Game Recap in the Haste Client!
WiFi = Lag
An unfortunate reality in the online gaming world which most users are unaware of: WiFi is detrimental to gaming.
WiFi was never intended for gaming and 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.
To get the most responsive and accurate gameplay, always start with a hard-wired Ethernet connection. 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 frames per second (FPS) is below 30, 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 frame-rate possible:
- Make sure your computer meets the game’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 is new network technology that can reduce lag, jitter and packet loss in World of Tanks and many other competitive multiplayer games.
Haste relies on its patent-pending network software to give your game the best possible connection. Using multipathing to connect your PC to the game servers, Haste reduces packet loss, jitter and ping. Our custom network infrastructure is monitored in real-time, meaning the more you use Haste, the more Haste will learn about your connection to ensure you have the best available routes.