VALORANT isn’t without its issues—and high ping is one of them.
Ping in online video games refers to internet latency. It’s the time it takes for your connection to register a command via the server. In this case, the VALORANT servers.
An unreliable wireless connection, a large number of active users, and an abundance of background applications act as an obstruction between the connection and can, in some cases, cause your ping to spike.
This issue was addressed by Dave Heironymus, VALORANT’s technical director, in 2020. “The biggest problem is the same one hitting everyone else: there are massive amounts of internet traffic and players are coming in from many, many different ISPs,” he said.
Riot has been keeping a close eye on how internet service providers are dealing with the increase in network traffic over the past year, many of which have to “load balance by routing connections all over the place,” Heironymus explained.
Ping, however, isn’t directly connected to the game. There’s not always a sure-fire way to fix this issue, but there are a few changes you can make to improve your network or fix your internet connection, which should help to lower your ping while playing VALORANT.
- Upgrade your internet plan
- Optimize your router settings
- Limit the number of active connections on your network
- Set VALORANT to “high priority” in the Task Manager
- Restrict background applications and downloads
High ping can impact many aspects of VALORANT, diminishing the overall experience of the game. Peeker’s advantage—when a player gets an “advantage” by peeking around a corner because of lower latency—is one example of this.
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