How to Fix Lag & High Ping in Overwatch 2
If you are dealing with a sudden influx of lag when playing Overwatch 2, its worth checking the server status before we make any changes to settings. If there are server issues on the games end then your connection will be negatively affected.
Unfortunately, server issues can only be resolved by the game developers. On the bright side, you know its the server issue causing your lag, rather than an issue with you network. You can check the server status of Overwatch 2 with these links:
If the server status is all good, we can move onto some tips to optimize your network and improve your connection.
Using a Wired Connection
If you are experiencing lag spikes and stutters, it could be due to packet loss, which is a common issue when gaming over a WiFi connection. This is due to the signals your router sends to your PC/ console facing interference or being weakened. Things such as the signals having to travel through walls and doors will will impact your connection quality. Also, if the signals have to travel a long distance to your PC/ console then the signal strength will be reduced.
A wired (ethernet) connection is always best when gaming online. This ensures a stable connection that won’t be interfered with.
Stability is the most important thing when it comes to having a good connection in game. Gaming does not need a huge amount of bandwidth, so the speed of your connection isn’t that important. You can learn more about why internet speed doesn’t matter for gaming here.
In some homes, the distance between your router and PC/ console is the reason why an ethernet cable isn’t an option. If that is the case, you could consider Powerline Adapters. This piece of tech carries an ethernet connection through your homes existing electrical wiring. This allows for an ethernet connection to be established across rooms/ floors in a house.
Open NAT Type
The matchmaking process in Overwatch 2 is based on three factors: your skill level (SBMM), your wait time to find a game and your location.
If you are restricted by NAT type you may end up waiting a long time to find a game. If the game is struggling to find a nearby lobby at your skill level and you’ve been waiting a long time for a match, your location becomes less important. This may result you being connected to a far away, high-ping game.
Being connected to a far away server or host will cause a large increase in ping. The further the data has to travel, the longer it will take, and this is why your inputs may feel delayed and your ping is much higher in some games.
If you’re a DumaOS user, you don’t need to open your NAT type as UPnP (Universal Plug and Play) will automatically do this for you.
Check out our write up on Open NAT type and Port Forwarding here.
Below are the required ports for Overwatch 2 for each console:
|TCP:||1119, 3724, 6113|
|UDP:||3478-3479, 5060, 5062, 6250, 12000-64000|
|TCP:||1119, 1935, 3478-3480, 3724, 6113|
|UDP:||3074, 3478-3479, 5060, 5062, 6250, 12000-64000|
|TCP:||1119, 3074, 3724, 6113|
|UDP:||88, 500, 3074, 3478-3479, 3544, 4500, 5060, 5062, 6250, 12000-64000|
|TCP:||1119, 3724, 6113, 6667, 12400, 28910, 29900-29901, 29920|
DumaOS is a set of powerful features that completely crush lag. If you take Overwatch 2 seriously, or just hate lag, you’ll be interested in what DumaOS can do for your connection.
Geo-Filter is the first feature that will help eliminate high ping when gaming online. Geo-Filter creates a filter radius around your home location. Connection to servers outside of the radius will be blocked. This means you will only connect to local, and lower ping servers every single game.
Ping Heatmap is another feature in DumaOS, that supports Geo-Filter. Select Overwatch 2 from the drop down list in Ping Heatmap to see the server locations and the ping you will have in-game if you were to connect to them. With this information you can make your Geo-Filter radius as accurate as possible for the best servers.
When gaming on a busy network its common for your ping in-game to be inconsistent. Which will result in stuttering gameplay – not ideal in a competitive match. DumaOS can solve this issue as well with its powerful QoS (Quality of Service) feature.
QoS allows you to prioritize your gaming traffic. This means other activities like streaming or downloading on your network won’t ruin your gaming session. Using Bandwidth Allocation, you can drag more bandwidth towards Gaming, ensuring the traffic will always be at the front of the queue. You can also prioritize whole devices on your network, so any activity on your PC/ console will come before mobile or smart tv traffic.
Gaming only requires a small amount of bandwidth for smooth gameplay as long as the connection is stable and consistent. Activities such a streaming and downloading use a huge amount of your available bandwidth. This will often cause your gaming traffic to suffer because of congestion on your network . Using Congestion Control, we can reserve some of the available bandwidth on your network. This will then act as a fast lane specifically for gaming traffic. Meaning even when your network is busy, nothing will slow your gaming traffic down.
Thanks for Reading
Whether you used our suggested networking tips or DumaOS, you should have noticed an improvement to your connection. If you would like to learn more about the powerful features mentioned in this blog and what else DumaOS can do for you network, click here.
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