Fix PUBG Lag In Five Simple Steps
PlayerUnknown’s Battleground is a battle royal game that has, in just a few days – since its release – accumulated the largest online active player base of all time. PUBG has left behind the biggest titles of the online world, becoming to be the most popular game of 2017.
That being said, no matter how incredible the game maybe, it’s not something one would perfect, as it comes with a number of performance-related errors and lag problems.
And with a game as competitive and serious as Player Unknown’s Battleground, having a smooth, glitch-free gameplay is a must. As a result, our technical team has devised a list of workarounds and bug fixes which you can use to get rid of that pesky PUBG lag.
How To Fix PUBG Lag Spikes
Before we get on with more complex workarounds, let’s start things off with some general setting changes which can greatly affect how your PC/laptop runs PUBG. Let’s start with the system requirements as here lies the root of the problem.
Since PlayerUnknown’s Battleground is one of the more demanding games of the current generation, meeting these requirements are a must. Players who are playing it on setups that just pass the minimum requirements, we have some news for you. Lag is imminent. However, if you lag is related to your network, then check out Kill Ping.
PUBG System Requirements
One way for you to get rid of the lag and FPS drops is to drop your settings to the lowest possible ones available. However, there is a possibility that the problem will still exist. The best possible solution for you is to upgrade your PC to PUBG’s recommended system requirements. For more details, check out the list below:
- Operating System: 64-bit Windows 10
- Processor: AMD Ryzen 5-1600 / Intel Core i5-7600K
- Memory: 16 GB RAM
- Graphics: NVidia GTX 1060 6GB or better
- DirectX: Version 11
- Network: Broadband Internet connection
- Storage: 30 GB available space
If you meet the above-mentioned requirements and are still coming across the PUBG lag, then here are some universal changes you can imply to get PUBG run smoother.
However, keep in mind that since all gaming rigs are set up differently, some of these workarounds might not work for everyone.
- Lower the game’s resolution
- Change fullscreen to windowed full screen
- Close unused/background applications
- Disable Game DVR
- Repair your PC’s registry
- Update display and other drivers
- In the NVidia control panel, manage 3D settings, set the “power management mode” to “prefer maximum performance.” (For NVidia users only)
- Try turning off shader cache in NVidia Control Panel. (For NVidia users only)
- Set “High priority” to the game in Task Manager.
- Set Power settings to “Maximum Performance”
- Increase PC performance by disabling visual effects. To do this, navigate to the Control Panel and select “System and Security”. After that, click on System and then select “Advanced system setting”. From there, click on Settings under Performance and choose “Adjust for best performance”. Apply and you’re good to go.
- Select “High Performance” under Power Options (Laptop users)
- Have charger plugged in for maximum performance (Laptop users)
These are some of the general workarounds you can find in the world of video games. If you are still coming across the PUBG lag, then look into some more complex fixes. Check out the details below:
PUBG Stuttering Fix
If you are facing stuttering issues in PlayerUnknown’s Battleground, then we highly recommend you to change your paging file size. This stuttering fix might help some players with their PUBG lag.
- Open file explorer.
- Right-click on This PC and click Properties.
- On the left-hand side of the window, click advanced system settings.
- Click Settings under the performance tab.
- Click on advanced and under virtual memory, click Change.
- Ensure that Automatically manage paging file size for all drives is unticked
- Lastly, check your hard drive. (If you have a spare SSD I highly recommend you ensure your page file is only on the SSD). Now make sure custom size is set, and at the bottom of the window, there should be a tab named Recommended. Change the initial value to what the recommended value is, as well as the maximum value
- Lastly, hit Set then OK and finally, click on Apply button.
PUBG FPS Guide
If you are coming across FPS drops in PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, here is something you can change to raise your FPS to a much more suitable level. This FPS guide can help you with those pesky drops but be warned as chaning the .ini files is not recommened by the developers.
- Navigate to “C:\Users\<Your PC Name>\AppData\Local\TslGame\Saved\Config\WindowsNoEditor”
- Open “Engine.ini”
- Paste this code at the bottom on a separate line: FrameRateCap=0
- Save the file
PUBG Steam Launch Options
Update: Might not work after recent update
There are a few launch options, you can set to reduce PUBG lag which can substantially improve your gameplay. To add these, go to Steam, right click on PlayerUnknown’s Battleground and select “Properties”. Once there, click on “Launch Options” and add the following:
“-refresh 144 -maxMem=13000 -malloc=system -force-feature-level-11-0 -USEALLAVAILABLECORES -sm4”
The end result will look something like this:
If you wish to make further changes, and to further explore the details, on the above-mentioned launch options, check out the list below:
- Change “144” to your monitor’s maximum refresh rate
- Change “13000” to the amount of RAM you want to allocate to PUBG in MB. Don’t allocate all of your RAM
- “-sm4” will change shaders from DX11 to DX10 and will remove some distracting reflections from the game.
- “-mallow=system” will force Windows to handle memory allocation
- “-USEALLAVAILABLECORES” should make PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds utilize all your CPU cores, but it’s uncertain if it still helps as the game should be able to do this on its own now.
That’s it for all of PUBG Lag workaround. If you are still facing issues, don’t worry as we have the best solution saved for the last. We have just added PlayerUnknown’s Battleground to our list of supported games for the Kill Ping software. As a result, if lag is what you want to fix and don’t want to go through messing around with your PC’s setting then the Kill Ping is your best bet.
PUBG Server Lag
With all of these workarounds in play, if you are still coming across lag, it might be the PUBG server lag who is at fault here. Though we can not do much about this lag and its fix since the servers are under the responsibility of the developers, we can make a couple of alterations to increase your ping and hence, lay waste to the PUBG server lag. This includes increasing your bandwidth, restricting internet access for others and using a wired connection.
For those of you who are facing the infamous PUBG Network Lag Detected error, then we have a separate solution for, one which will guarantee a fix. Head on over to our PUBG Network Lag Detected fix guide.
PUBG Network Lag
The reason why the Kill Ping software is perfect for your network related issues – like the annoying rubberbanding and delays – is because it helps your gaming network find a more direct route.
In other words, it optimizes your gaming connection by connecting you through its dedicated servers which are specially designed for improving game ping. Hence, you get rid of that infamous PUGB lag, which in turn helps you get better at the game and get more kills. You might even come out with a Chicken Dinner in the end if all else goes according to plan.
You might be wondering how you can set up Kill Ping. Well, it’s pretty simple. Just open the program, select PlayerUnknown’s Battleground and then continue to pick your region. That’s about it, Kill Ping will do the rest.
You might think that this is too good to be true. As a result here’s an example of how well Kill Ping works. A PUBG player was able to bring the game’s ping down to 80 ms from an unplayable 260 ms. So, you can see that after using Kill Ping, you can easily get rid of the PUBG Lag.
There are a handful of solutions out there to get rid of that PUBG lag. However, these workarounds are somewhat complex and tricky as they require you to get into your PC’s settings and make a few alterations which could have other consequences as well. As a result, if you prefer not to venture there, then Kill Ping is what you need.
On a side note, if you wish to get better at PUBG and want to give yourself a boost, then we have written a comprehensive guide, detailing tips and tricks for everything PUBG. Check out our PUBG Tips and Tricks guide for more information.
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