How to Reduce Lag While Playing Online PC Games

By Techwalla Contributor

The worst thing that can happen when you are playing online games is lag. Imagine you are in the middle of a massive battle, about to take out the whole enemy team with a perfectly aimed rocket and then your computer lags. Do not cause your team to lose because your computer is lagging. Here are some tips on how to get rid of lag while playing online PC games.

Step 1

Start out by searching online for the proper settings for the online PC game that you are playing. You can tweak your computer's settings to run better with the video game that you are playing. Read what other players have done to minimize lag with the video game that you are playing and see if it helps reduce lag on your computer.

Step 2

Close out of any other program that could be causing lag on your video game. Many large programs or other online applications like the internet or any instant message programs could cause your computer to lag while playing video games online. Close out of all of these programs to help reduce the lag while playing your online PC game.

Step 3

If you are running off of a network, turn off any other systems that are running on the same network. Having multiple computers or game systems running off of the same network could cause your computer to lag.

Step 4

Make sure that your computer is capable of running the game that you are playing. Many people purchase video games without looking at the system requirements. You want your computer to have better specs than listed on the system requirements. You can find the system requirements for each video game listed on the back of the video game box before you purchase it.

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