If you like online gaming but you think it’s just too hard with a rural nbn™ connection, we’ve got great news for you. We’ve got plenty of content coming to help you figure it all out.
While you will never completely remove the high lag factor from your satellite Internet gaming experience, you may be able to improve it by tweaking a few settings on your computer and/or within your game.
And just before we get into those tweaks, there’s one more thing I want to strongly emphasise: Satellite internet is not your friend for first-person shooter games and we encourage you to give them a miss unless you play offline.
So here are some of those helpful tweaks for PC gamers:
Downgrading your graphics settings can help with some lag.
It’s worth checking out the manufacturer’s sites for the specifics on both of these products.
Monitors and TVs also have a game mode which will help reduce that nasty input-lag. You might need to experiment a little depending on your set-up.
If you’re gaming from a PC, Windows 10 already offers better game performance and faster frame rates, but Game Mode is an extra special optimisation setting to speed things up.
If you’re serious, the expense of an SSD could be worth it to reduce your game load times.
Turns out, this wee little bit of hardware can get your game load time down to 2-3 seconds. This accounts for some of your computer’s lag, not for the Internet lag but it’s still a helpful functionality.
Navigate to the Performance Options in your computer’s settings and untick all the unnecessary visual effects.
Make sure you tick the ‘adjust for best performance’ option and then navigate to the ‘Advanced’ tab to ensure the settings are applied to all programs.
Windows visual effects settings options
Your frame rate is referred to as Frames Per Second (FPS) and should be set to hover between 60 and 144.
It’s a delicate balance between having your FPS too low and ending-up with stuttering scenes that don’t render well at all or having your FPS too high and slowing down your game to unplayable.
Anti-aliasing is the functionality that smooths out all the jagged edges of your graphics, removing all the pixelation.
The problem is that this functionality slows down your computer and in turn, slows down your game.
Turn it off to speed things up a bit.
This post is just a slice of what SkyMesh recommends for those rural Australians in the nbn™ satellite internet footprint who like to play video games. There is a lot more information, recommendations and, importantly, context to be found in The Definitive Guide to Online Gaming with Sky Muster™