If you’re a hardcore gamer like me, or even just a causal gamer, you hate lag. Whether it be FPS (frames per second) lag or internet lag, we gamers hate it. I mean, who likes running around, but teleporting everywhere. Typically that’d be an advantage, but, while teleporting, you can’t shoot anyone, and the guys on the other side, your enemy, will instantly kill you. There’s lag in all types of games, not just shooters, but MMORPG’s, MOBA’s, etc. But, that can all be fixed. If you follow all our steps, improving your FPS can be a real easy task.
According to Wikipedia:
In online gaming, lag is a noticeable delay between the action of players and the reaction of the server. Although lag may be caused by high latency, it may also occur due to insufficient processing power in the client and/or server.
The tolerance for lag depends heavily on the type of game. For instance, a strategy game or a turn-based gamewith a low pace may have a high threshold or even be mostly unaffected by high delays, whereas a twitch gameplay game such as a first-person shooter with a considerably higher pace may require significantly lower delay to be able to provide satisfying gameplay. But, the specific characteristic of the game matter. For example, fast chess is a turn-based game that is fast action and may not tolerate high lag. And, some twitch games can be designed such that only events that impact the outcome of the game introduce lag, allowing for fast local response most of the time.
- Wikipedia ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lag_(online_gaming) )
Here are a few tips to reduce FPS lag:
- Keep your computer clean, in tip-top shape. Run all your programs dedicated to cleaning your computer before you start up your game. If you have time, reboot after you do so. Check out a few of our own articles on how to do that here: Speeding Up Your Computer Without Downloads
- Use programs that already came with your computer, like the disk and registry cleaner, before you start your game up.
- When starting your game, run a program to boost your PC, or manually close down programs that your computer is not using. You will greatly see a difference here. Closing down programs that you don’t use will increase your available RAM, therefore increasing your FPS. Here’s a Squidoo article, check out #3: Top 5 Downloads To Speed Up Your Computer
- Check your settings in-game. If you’re playing FPS games, you really want high FPS in order to move your mouse around easily. To do so, check out the game’s settings. There are some games that, by default, will have the settings maxed out. If you’re lagging a lot, you might want to turn down some settings. If you notice that your game is still slow, turn it down even more. In some cases, for those with older computers, you’ll need to play on the lowest settings. What’s the use of good graphics when you can’t even play it, right?
Here are a few tools you can use to help follow our guide:
GameBooster - a MUST for low FPS gamers