How to Fix High Ping & Lag in Street Fighter 6
Street Fighter 6 comes with a more improved net code and online experience compared to previous games in the series. Although, server issues still appear every now and then. This will be especially noticeable if you are experiencing a sudden influx of lag on a usually stable connection. Another sign of server issues is if you are having problems signing into the game.
Its worth checking the status of the servers before we make any changes to settings or your network setup. We have linked the official Street Fighter Twitter bellow. They post regular updates on server status and maintenance. If there are server issues, its up to the game developers to resolve the problems.
Stability is Key: Why Wired Connections Beat WiFi for Street Fighter 6 Lag
Lag spikes and packet loss are common issues when gaming online over WiFi. In a game like Street Fighter 6, where every frame counts, you can’t afford to have an unstable connection.
A wireless (WiFi) connection is not ideal for online gaming. The connection quality and strength are subject to interreference. If the connection from your router to your games console or PC has to travel through walls or doors, the connect strength will be weakened. If the distance between your router and games console and PC is significant, your connection will be slower, and have a higher chance of packet loss.
The most important thing for gaming online is the stability of your connection. It’s a common misconception that connection speed is the thing that determines whether you lag or not. We have a whole video covering why connection speed is not important for online gaming if you’d like to learn more.
A wired (ethernet) connection is the best option for online gaming because it provides a much more stable connection that WiFi. Ethernet cables also do not face interreference from distance or objects blocking the connection.
The only thing that could be an issue with an ethernet cable is running a physical cable between your router and games console or PC. There is a solution to this, and its called Powerline Adapters. This piece of tech carries an ethernet connection across your home existing electrical wiring. This even works over large distances. By connecting an adapter to your router and the other adapter to your games console or PC, a connection between them will be established.
Just as wired connection is better for gaming, wired peripherals are always the best option. Whether its a controller or a fight stick, a wired version will provide more accurate inputs compared to a wireless version.
Wireless peripherals can face interference from other Bluetooth devices, which could lead to packet loss as we previously mentioned. A stable connection from a wired controller/ fight stick is crucial for the best gameplay.
Optimizing Street Fighter 6 Gameplay: DumaOS Guide to Fix High Ping and Stuttering
Geo-Filter: Your Solution to Low Ping in Street Fighter 6
There are 2 main reasons why you will be lagging when playing Street Fighter 6 online – connecting to far away players and congestion on your network. DumaOS is a set of powerful features that directly solve both of these issues, and we’re about to tell you how.
Geo-Filter is a powerful tool that ensures you only connect to players that are local to your location. This means all of your matches will have low ping which is ideal for the best gameplay. Geo-Filter works by creating a filter radius around your home location. All connection to players outside of this radius will be blocked.
Usually, we would mention the games server locations here so you know the best servers to include within your filter. Although, as Street Fighter 6 connects you directly to other players, its harder to know the ideal Geo-Filter setup for the best connection. We would recommend setting your filter to around 2000km for Street Fighter 6.
Prioritizing Gaming Traffic: How QoS and Congestion Control Enhance Gameplay
Gaming on a busy network is a common occurrence, and can lead to choppy and slow gameplay. Bandwidth intensive activities like streaming video and downloads can ruin your gaming session. As these activities use so much bandwidth, they will slow down your gaming traffic.
QoS can completely eliminate congestion on your network. It does this by giving your gaming traffic the VIP treatment so nothing will slow it down. Bandwidth Allocation allows you to control how your bandwidth is shared on your network. By dragging the sliders towards gaming, your gaming traffic will be prioritized.
Gaming traffic doesn’t require much bandwidth for smooth online gameplay. Stability is much more important than bandwidth speeds when it comes to gaming. Actives like streaming and downloading use a huge amount of bandwidth. This causes your gaming traffic to be delayed. We’ve made a whole video explaining this if you like to learn more here.
Congestion Control in QoS can eliminate this issue from your network. By reducing the total available bandwidth on the network, you can create a fast lane for smaller traffic, like gaming. This fast lane can be set to Auto-Enable whenever gaming traffic is detected on your network. This means when you aren’t gaming, your network will its full bandwidth capabilities.
Thanks for Reading
Whether you used our networking tips or DumaOS, you should notice an improvement to your connection. If you are interested in learning more about the other powerful features in DumaOS, you can check them out here.
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