Lag Fix Guide for Destiny

Posted by Test Engineer at Netduma
17 Jan

Top 10 Tips to fix Destiny Lag

There’s nothing worse than Destiny lag. Whether you’re battling it out in the Crucible, blazing through a Raid or sweating it out in the Trials of Osiris, lag can give you a disadvantage against other players, making the game experience a whole lot less enjoyable.

This guide will cover the best ways to fix Destiny lag using the tools at your disposal.

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1. Check Server Status
2. System Requirements
3. Wifi vs Wired
4. Wired Controller vs Wireless Controller
5. Monitor vs TV
6. Lower your Base Ping
7. Distance
8. Bandwidth and Local Congestion
9. Open NAT
10. Internet Service Provider

1. Check Server Status

Occasionally the game servers themselves will be at fault so this is the first thing to check. Fortunately Bungie keep players informed through Twitter and their website.

What you need to do:

A. Check the status of your online network:

Xbox Live Status
Playstation Network Status

B. Check the status of the Destiny server:

Bungie Server Status Page
Bungie Twitter

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2. System Requirements

If your console’s hard drive is full of games/applications it can run sluggishly.

What you need to do:

A. Delete some of the games/applications on your hard drive to free up space.

B. Replacing the built in hard drives with SSDs (a much faster storage device than traditional hard drives) can rapidly speed up loading times. A Google search will throw up several options. Though this can be expensive and is not for everyone.

3. Wifi vs Wired

wired vs wifi gaming netduma

Playing over Wifi can cause your game’s data, which is sent in ‘packets’, to be dropped (packet loss) or delayed, (latency).  Either of these will disrupt your online gaming experience. On the other hand, Ethernet uses a physical cable to connect your router to your PS4, Xbox One or PC. This direct link means nothing can disrupt your connection, ensuring smoother gaming. Find out more here.

What you need to do:

If you are playing wirelessly, switch to wired connection. Connect an Ethernet cable from your console to your router. If the two are far apart you can buy long Ethernet cables (some are as long as 100 metres) to link the two.

If you can’t run a cable between them then look into Powerline adapters, which is a very clever gadget that allows you to use your home’s electrical wiring to transport an Ethernet connection around your household. Just plug one end into a plug socket near your router and the other in a socket near your console and you’re good to go. Check them out:

Powerline Adapters (Amazon UK)
Powerline Adapters (Amazon US)

B. If you can’t avoid playing wirelessly then there are a few things you can do to improve it’s reliability:

– Connect to your router’s 2.4GHz frequency instead of 5GHz as it is more stable. All wireless routers have a 2.4GHz frequency. If you are not sure which frequency you are connected to then check your router’s WiFi settings.

– Use a WiFi analyser to find the least congested channel in your area and then change to that in your router’s WiFi settings. How to find the least congested channel in your area.

If you’re already playing wired then you may want to switch out your Ethernet cables as they can degrade and become faulty over time.

4. Wired Controller vs Wireless Controller

Did you know playing with a wireless controller can cause input lag? This is the delay between you pressing a button and the console responding. It’s often caused by interference from other wireless devices in the vicinity. That’s why Esports pros always use wired controllers.

What you need to do:

Use a wired controller. If you have the budget, you may want to invest in a custom controller e.g. a Scuf.

5. Monitor vs TV

TVs render much more slowly than monitors, so whilst the idea of a widescreen TV may seem like a good idea, it’s actually one of the biggest mistakes you can make for gaming.

What you need to do:

A. Get a monitor that has, at the very least, a 60Hz refresh rate. It will also need a low response time, 1-2ms is ideal. That’s the delay between the action being executed and being shown on your screen. Here are some recommended monitors:

BenQ XL2411Z
See what our community thinks is the best monitor to use for gaming

B. If you’re only able to use a TV see if it has a ‘Gaming mode’. Monitors usually also have this setting as well.

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6. Lower your Base Ping

Your ‘Base Ping’ is a measure of the time it takes for you to reach the nearest Internet server to your home. If you live in a remote area, such as the countryside, your base ping will probably be higher than someone who lives in a city. Base ping matters because it is a delay that you always have when gaming. For example, if you have a base ping of 30ms then your game ping will never be lower than 30ms. So having a high base ping will mean you will always be experiencing some Destiny lag.

What you need to do:

A. We recommend using a program called Ping Plotter or utilising the internet diagnostics on the Netduma router to find out the quality of your internet connection. If your base ping is lower than 30ms then you’re fine, otherwise it’s worth contacting your internet service provider to see if they are able to resolve this. Just remember that there may be nothing they can do if you live in a remote location.


7. Distance

Now we reach the NUMBER ONE cause of Destiny lag – the distance from your home to the server / host of your game. Every time you enter a Destiny lobby or playlist you are connecting to a server or host somewhere in the world. Destiny uses a mixture of dedicated servers and player to player hosts.

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Destiny Lobby shown on the Netduma Geo-filter map.

When you are put on a server far away from you then you will experience lag. It’s just like real life; the further you have to travel the longer it takes. Games packets are no different. What’s worse; other players in the game who are located nearer the server will have an advantage over you as their experience will be much more responsive.

So the best way to counter Destiny lag is by always playing on servers close to you. And we have the only solution to this massive problem.

What you need to do:

A. The Netduma Geo-filter allows you to set a custom radius around your location and FORCE the game to put you on a local server. This significantly reduces the lag for you and most of the game’s other players. The effect on your game will be very noticeable, with improved response time and fairer gameplay.

Watch it in action here:

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B. If you are not able to invest in a Netduma then your next best option is to leave the Crucible lobbies that are playing particularly poorly. It’s not ideal but hopefully you will have better luck with your next lobby.

8. Bandwidth and Local Congestion

It’s not uncommon to hear online gamers say, “I’ve just upgraded my Internet speed to X megabits per second, so now I’m going to be unstoppable online.” This is one of the biggest myths in gaming. High bandwidth speeds do not mean you will have a faster gaming connection.

The truth is games only need a small amount of bandwidth – usually less than 0.5mbps – and Destiny is no exception. When it comes to bandwidth speeds what actually matters is congestion on your line, which is caused by other people in your home hogging the bandwidth. An example of this is when they stream a HD film or download a torrent, which can create gridlock on your Internet connection and will cause your game to lag significantly.

What you need to do:

Most routers have a feature called ‘QoS’, which is designed to prioritise the traffic on your network, e.g. gaming over other applications, and / or eliminate congestion. But most routers do a very poor job of this as they rely on technology that is outdated and ineffective.

At Netduma we invented a unique algorithm that will totally eliminate all congestion, meaning you can game whilst everyone else uses the Internet as much as they need to. Check out a demo of this in action:

9. Open NAT

You can have connection issues if the ports required for the game are not open, meaning you don’t have an ‘Open NAT’. A strict or moderate NAT can cause you to be unable to connect to other players online.

NAT Table Console

What you need to do:

A. Check your NAT status. Do this by going to the network settings on your console.

B. If you do not have an open NAT then you should enable ‘UPnP’ on your router. This will automatically open the necessary ports for you. If you still don’t have an open NAT after trying this then then you can manually port forward yourself. Just make sure to do one or the other. Activating both can result in conflicts. See these guides:

Destiny Port Forwarding Guide
Opening your NAT with the Netduma R1 Gaming Router

10. Internet Service Provider (ISP)

Finally, if you have tried everything else in this guide and you’ve still got Destiny lag then it’s likely that poor service from your ISP is the cause. If your ISP is oversubscribed in your area you may experience packet loss during peak times e.g. evenings & weekends, and sometimes errors on your line can cause your connection to the game to be unstable.

What you need to do:

A. If you’ve followed everything in this guide & you’re still experiencing consistent/significant lag then you should consider finding an ISP that has better connectivity options available for your area. A smaller ISP is likely to be under subscribed, thus leading to a better connection and better customer service if required. If you have a Netduma router you can follow this guide to do a test on your network. Alternatively see here for a guide on using Ping Plotter.

That’s the end of our Destiny lag fix guide. We hope it has helped you to solve your lag issues. If you are interested in buying a Netduma to crush your lag then you can use code “Destiny Lag” at checkout for 5% off!