If there's one thing we hate about online gaming, its lag. We're tired of pulling a trigger in Call of Duty:World at War, and then watching the gun fire five seconds later. Likewise, we hate it when adrenaline-fueled matches in Halo 3 play out like slide-shows.
If you're feeling just as frustrated with lag, then check out these five tips to help you reduce or eliminate lag, and make online gaming more stable and enjoyable.
1. Shut down PC downloads and sharing apps
File-sharing programs such as BitTorrent are infamous for eating up bandwidth, and will guarantee you a choppy online gaming experience on your game system. Big downloads, such as TV shows or movies, will also slow down your online game. If you're playing online, try to limit any PC internet use beyond simple web browsing or email.
2. Cable beats ADSL
There's a reason a DSL connection costs less than cable internet: it's slower and less stable. DSL is fine for speedy web browsing, but cable reigns supreme for online gaming. Cable internet is also relatively inexpensive if you're already a cable TV subscriber - ask your provider for package deals.
3. With Wi-Fi, placement is everything
Your wireless router has a limited range, and consoles can be pretty picky about that signal (especially if the Wi-Fi has to go through a wall). Try to place your console close to your router to get the best results. If you're still seeing a strong signal, yet experiencing lag, try changing your game system's location in the room, or flipping it horizontally or vertically.
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