How to improve your online gaming setup

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As many of us are currently stuck at home, face-to-face multiplayer gaming sessions can get a bit tricky. Thankfully the wonderful world of online gaming is here to keep us entertained and connected with our friends in these unusual times. But no matter whether you’re a pro streamer or just logging on for a casual FIFA game, there’s one little word that every online gamer fears – lag. During times of high traffic, slow internet can spoil your fun and the worst part is, there’s usually not much you can do about it.

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As many of us are currently stuck at home, face-to-face multiplayer gaming sessions can get a bit tricky. Thankfully the wonderful world of online gaming is here to keep us entertained and connected with our friends in these unusual times. But no matter whether you’re a pro streamer or just logging on for a casual FIFA game, there’s one little word that every online gamer fears – lag. During times of high traffic, slow internet can spoil your fun and the worst part is, there’s usually not much you can do about it.

That’s not to say that you should admit defeat, however. After all, what kind of gamer gives up in the face of a little challenge? Here are some tips and tricks that may help you solve your online gaming woes. Want more games to play between online sessions? Here are some awesome games to play while you’re stuck inside.

Switch to a gaming headset

Audio is a crucial part of succeeding in online games. Whether it’s for listening out for enemy footsteps or communicating via voice chat, a proper gaming headset can often mean the difference between victory and defeat.

Get wired

If your games are suffering from slow internet, then your first port of call should be to investigate setting up a wired connection. If your console or PC is running from WiFi, you may be able to dramatically improve your speeds by connecting directly to the router using an ethernet cable. Most modern consoles support wired connections, including the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. If your console or PC is too far from the router to connect via ethernet, you can also experiment with powerline adaptors, but the effectiveness of these devices will depend on the wiring in your home.

Move your router

This may sound obvious, but the positioning of your router can make a big difference to your speeds. If you’re getting a weak signal, try moving your router to a position closer to the centre of your home, or if that’s not an option, try using a WiFi range extender. Objects placed between your router and your device can affect the signal as well. Opening the doors between rooms could make all the difference when it comes to strengthening your signal. And don’t place it on the floor, not least because you might step on it, and that won’t be fun.

Monitor program bandwidth

Having other internet-hungry programs running from your connection will, of course, slow down speeds. If you’re on a gaming PC, you can configure how much bandwidth certain applications can use or simply close the program entirely, freeing up more of your precious bandwidth for gaming. This is relatively easy to do, and would probably have a higher success rate than asking your other half to stop watching Netflix in the next room.

Top up your online subscription

There’s nothing quite as annoying as settling in for an online gaming session and realising your online subscription has expired. To avoid getting caught out, why not grab some top up cards to get you online in no time at all? Top up your PlayStation Plus, Xbox Live Gold, or Nintendo Online memberships at GAME and you’ll get a digital code delivered to your inbox almost instantly! Now that’s modern convenience.

If you’re experiencing internet-related gripes, try out all these tips before you give tech support a call. If it’s your gear that’s letting you down, you can always improve your setup with the latest gaming accessories from GAME.

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