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How to Reduce Lag in Apex Legends
What is Lag?
Lag is made up of 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 gaming data) to get from your PC to a game server and back. The lower the ping, the faster you can react to new situations such as a new enemy squad you run into around a corner.
Jitter is the fluctuation of latency over time. High jitter gives you unpredictable performance and can make it hard to know when to shoot and when to dodge an enemy’s shot.
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 Apex Legends, you want to achieve the lowest of all three, for the lowest lag and most responsive and accurate gameplay.
Switch to Ethernet
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.
Adjust Your Rig Setup
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 Apex Legends’ suggested minimum system requirements
- Keep Windows up to date
- Update your drivers
- Fine-tune your in-game settings to find the “sweet spot” for performance vs visuals
Haste fixes Apex Legends lag issues, providing gamers with a faster, more stable internet connection to their game.
Haste Pro constructs up to four redundant paths across a gaming tuned network to unite at the point of the Apex Legends game server, creating a super fast, super stable connection that 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.
Not sure you are ready to try Haste Pro yet? Start with Haste Free! Haste Free is an alternative to your default network connection. Run a pre game check to see how both Haste Pro and Haste Free can help you defeat lag in Apex Legends!