25 Mar, 2019

Effective Overwatch Lag Fix Guide

Despite the game being regularly updated by Blizzard, Overwatch lag has been an issue that just doesn’t seem to go away. If you are among those players who are facing this problem then this article might help you.

With the unveiling of Overwatch, Blizzard has stepped into the arena of first-person shooter games. The game offers players a breath of fresh air compared to already popular multiplayer FPS co-op titles like Call of Duty: Black Ops and Counter-strike: Global Offensive as it boasts an array of different Heroes, all with their own unique abilities and fighting styles.

However, like most FPS games, problems that have been ever-present in online multiplayer games have also surfaced in Overwatch lag being the most common. Here are some Tweets of Overwatch players who faced lag when playing the game:

Overwatch Lag Fix

As the game rises on the popularity charts, this problem is expected to become increasingly consistent and annoying. Here are the main reasons why you face these issues and how you can avoid them:

System Requirements

If you are facing consistent Overwatch lag, your hardware may be the problem to your woes. Both RAM and GPU are essential for ensuring a smooth gameplay. This is because they store temporary game data files to make them more readily accessible when playing the game. This helps to eliminate instances of lag and drops in frame rate. So, if your RAM and GPU are not up to the standards of Overwatch, you are bound to face lag. However, that’s not the the only reason why you are facing the trouble. Keep in mind that lag can be based over two aspects, which are hardware related and network related. If hardware is the case then the tips below will be able to help. However, if your case is related to the network then the best thing you can do is use Kill Ping.

overwatch lag

One effective way to fix this issue is to upgrade your hardware. Increasing your RAM and purchasing a more powerful GPU will certainly make a huge difference to your overall gameplay. This is because your RAM and GPU will be able to store the required volume of gaming data with greater efficiency. As a result, you will enjoy a smoother gameplay with a healthy frame rate and less Overwatch lag.

Furthermore, you should also make sure that your system fulfills the minimum system requirements that are required to run Overwatch. The requirements can be seen below;

Minimum Requirements
Operating System Windows 7 64-Bit
Processor Intel Core™ i3 or AMD Phenom™ X3 8650
Graphics NVIDIA GTX 460
RAM 4GB
Hard Disk 30GB
Internet 4MB
Resolution 1024 x 768

An effective strategy to boost your RAM’s performance is to check overall system usage of RAM. You can do this simply by going to the task manager application and checking the percentage of RAM being used by your system. If it is alarmingly high, you should free RAM by closing applications. Search for unnecessary background applications that are using a lot of RAM and simply close them to kill the lag. You can re-launch them after you are done with Overwatch (which you probably won’t be).

system rquirement

Internet connection

Another major reason why you may face constant Overwatch lag is due to your internet problems. When your connection is unstable or your bandwidth is not sufficient to support online multiplayer gaming, your packet data will take longer to travel to the server and back. As a result, you will face lag and other related issues like stuttering and rubber-banding.

Another common type of lag that you will face in Overwatch is input lag. You will know you are facing input lag when you input commands through the keyboard or mouse but the character does not respond to them. Input lag occurs when your packet data transfer speed is slow or when there is an instance of packet loss. In either case, you will face lag since your character will be unresponsive.

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To make sure that your internet connection does not contribute to Overwatch lag, you can try a number of helpful tips. Firstly, try to disable all background downloads as they may be leeching your internet speed during your gaming session. Background downloads may include (but are not limited to) torrent downloads, torrent managers, and even the auto-update feature of software applications like your anti-virus and firewall.

Secondly, you can also try changing the internet password. This way, you can know if your internet is being used by someone else in your home or within close proximity. If this time when you play Overwatch lag is considerably less frequent, then someone was definitely using your internet. As a rule of thumb, make sure that you change your WiFi password every week so that others may not be able to use it.

internet Settings

The third and best solution to your internet problem is to upgrade to a faster connection – one that offers you a higher bandwidth. As far as playing fast-paced action-packed online multiplayer games like Overwatch is concerned, you need a fast and stable internet connection. Hence, it is best to go for an internet connection with a bandwidth of 4 Mbps or higher. Also, make sure you go for a wired connection rather than a wireless one which is less stable and does not offer consistent data transfer speeds.

Checking Ping in Overwatch

While players might be facing Overwatch lag, they still remain unsure of how much delay, high ping they have in the game. As for now there isn’t any official way to check it but we hope Blizzard will add it with the game’s official release.

However, one way through which you can check your ping times for the game is by directly performing a traceroute to the game server.

According to Blizzard’s official website, the following IP Address are dedicated for Overwatch for the region Europe as well as Americas.

RegionIP Address
The Americas 37.244.0.3
Europe 185.60.112.157

So in case you are facing Overwatch lag it is better to check your ping times with the game server prior to running the game.

Enter the command prompt by typing run in start menu. Now type
-ping xx.xxx.xxx.xxxx –t

Replace the ‘X’ with one of the ip address shown above depending on the region where you connect. The result would be something like this

Ping for overwatch

Performing the action shown above will give you a good idea of what ping you will be receiving in the game and if you might face any sort of Overwatch Lag.

Update: Checking Ping In-Game
The above mentioned was the only method through which Overwatch players could check their ping for their respective regions. Now, however, players have the liberty to check their ping in-game to actively be aware if they are facing Overwatch lag or not. Just press CTRL+SHIFT+R during a game and you will be shown the current ping, fps and RTT for the game. You can view this on the top left corner of your screen.

overwatch ping

If for any reason, you are not aware what RTT or RTT lag mean, the terms are being described below.

RTT and RTT Lag

Describing it in network terms, RTT means a ‘Round Time Trip’ that a packet takes from a user to the server and back to the user. For Overwatch, if this value is higher than your average ping it means that the server is taking more time to respond than it really should. This RTT lag in more general terms can lead to Overwatch lag which you usually experience when playing the game.

Countering Packet Loss

One of the main reasons why someone would be facing Overwatch packet loss can be due to the type of internet connection they are using. Generally, due to ease of use, players tend to set themselves for a wireless connection and connect to the internet via a Wi-Fi device. Laptop’s users are commonly prone to this problem as the ease of mobility costs them packet loss in online gaming. It is therefore, advised to switch over to a wired connection even if you are using a laptop for gaming. Switch to a CAT6 or CAT5E cable connection and you are most likely gonna solve your Overwatch packet loss problems if they were at your end.

Overwatch Rubberbanding

As of recently, another common issue related to Overwatch lag has been the rubber banding effect. Though mainly a server side issue, sometimes it is solely related to a problem with Asus ROG users. This was identified over Blizzard’s official Overwatch forum and the remedy to it is by disabling/ uninstalling ‘GameFirst III’ from your computer.

All you gotta do is search for the said application and hit the uninstall button. Make sure that application is out and then restart your computer. Once done, it is mostly likely your rubberbanding issue will get solved. If not, then the reason would definitely be on the server side right.

To make things more believable for you I have added an in-game picture while playing to show you the difference of ping/ lag when playing through Kill Ping. If your results in Overwatch are similar to what I would have got if not using the application, then clearly your best go-to solution to reduce Overwatch lag should be to use it.

The comparison picture can be seen below;

overwatch rubberbanding

Using Kill Ping to Solve Overwatch Lag

One effective way you can reduce Overwatch lag is by trying out Kill Ping. It optimizes your gaming connection by connecting you through its dedicated servers which are specially designed for game data. Once the connection has been established, the application uses efficient server-routing techniques that essentially help your packet data to avoid the clutter and traffic on other servers.

overwatch Servers

Kill Ping has a dedicated network laid down only for gaming data and online games. This facilitates an enhanced gaming experience by using optimized gaming routes to the game server with a minimum number of hops. This dedicated route enables the game data to bypass the clutter and all the traffic that you may face when connecting through a conventional method. Thus, you can enjoy an increase in the data transfer rate and minimum Overwatch lag.

You can find Overwatch in the games list of Kill Ping. In case, you do not see Overwatch, you can simply add it through “Add a Custom Game” option. You will have enter the game name. In the Launcher option, browse and select “Battle.net.exe”. For the main module, select “Overwatch.exe” and click OK. We are sharing a screenshot for the game files setting to be placed when adding Overwatch:

Overwatch Game Files

Summing it Up

With these tips, you can drastically reduce Overwatch lag and enjoy a smoother gaming experience. Do remember though, that connecting to dedicated gaming VPN like Kill Ping that is optimized especially for gaming is the best solution to your lag issues. Especially, if you have tried all of the other ‘diagnostic’ tips that we have highlighted above then this should be your go-to option. Your choice of server (particularly in terms of its proximity to you) also plays a crucial role in determining your gaming server.

Do note that along the efforts that we can do to solve them, Blizzard itself is also aware of the common problems the game is facing and hopefully will try to lessen it from their end as well. Do let us know how the guide works out in the end for you by leaving a comment below.

overwatch rubberbanding

Author

Effective Overwatch Lag Fix Guide
Spark

Gamer, Geek, Blogger. I come from the time when Duke Nukem looked awesome. I have a day job at Kill Ping and my nights pass with endless online gaming.

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  • GamerNing

    Thankyou @spark for this amazing and detailed guide,I have a slow internet connection limiting to 4mbps , how effective will be killping in this situation.

    • sparK

      Hi there,
      I am glad the guide has been helpful to you. As for your internet connection, I think it is good enough if your bandwidth is not being shared with someone else. Kill Ping can be helpful in many ways since Blizzard hasn’t deployed many servers for Overwatch as of yet. Kill Ping will direct your game data towards the game server through a more appropriate path as well as preventing data congestion which in turn will give you a much smoother Overwatch experience. You can at anytime ask for assistance by our 24/7 available customer support.

      Regards

      • BB

        Ok, just bought Kill Ping to play Overwatch… except it will not connect to battle.net….

        • sparK

          Hi there,
          Sorry for my late reply. I hope your problem would have been solved by Kill Ping’s support center. In case if you are still facing any problem do let me know my replying or mailing me your queries at [email protected]

  • Sacha

    im currently using a SLI laptop that can run all games at optimum graphics yet when I play Overwatch or Paragon I lag continuosly and its really annoying. Youre software helped quite alot but there is still packet loss and lag occasionally. The net seems to be fine and I know no one else is using it. please offer some advice. I even bought the yearly subscription with you. Funnily enough LoL is still at a very low ping so i have no idea why Overwatch and Paragon are so laggy…

    • sparK

      Hi Sacha,
      I am glad Kill Ping has been able to help you. The reason why you are getting occasional packet loss or lag might be due to you not connecting to the appropriate Kill Ping proxy servers. If you can, please tell me the servers you are using to connect to Blizzard. You can reply me over here or mail me your concern at [email protected]

      Regards

  • Name

    Ctrl+Shift+R displays ping and fps in game, along with a few other stats

    • sparK

      Hi there,
      Thank you for highlighting however, we have already updated this in the article along with a few new things.

      Regards

  • J-P

    Kill ping is stuck at initializing game connection. And the game won’t let me log-in to battle net. any help?

    • sparK

      Hey there,
      Sorry to hear you are facing problems using Kill Ping. Kindly drop me your credentials at [email protected] so that I can verify the problems from Kill Ping’s end and assist you further.

      Regards

  • Hunterrified

    Overwatch DOESNT WORK WITH THIS ANYMORE
    KILLPING PLEASE RESPOND !

    • sparK

      Hi there,
      Can you please elaborate the problems which you are facing while using Kill Ping? You can also ask for assistance through Kill Ping’s 24/7 available customer support.

      Thank you

  • sparK

    Hi there Sean,
    Thanks for letting us know that you are facing FPS drops while playing with Kill Ping. However, Kill Ping doesn’t have any direct relation to FPS and therefore I doubt that your FPS decrease is due to Kill Ping. I will still see things from Kill Ping’s end to make sure this isn’t the case and would appreciate if you can provide me your email address which you use for Kill Ping.

    Kindly drop me your login credentials at [email protected]

    Regards

  • LittleKenny

    Cant even connect to a overwatch serv. I cant even enter the practice range

    • sparK

      Hello there,
      I am not sure if you are using Kill Ping or not. In case you are, can I please have your email address so that I can see the problems that you might be facing while using Kill Ping.

      Thank You

  • Quarck

    Thank you verymuch i have an asus rog, and it totally fixed my
    rubber banding with deleting the other software. THANK YOU.! Finally i can play.

  • Christopher Frantz

    Hello

    I purchased the year long service but getting an unexpected error when installing program. Request your assistance

    • sparK

      Hi there Christopher,
      Sorry to hear you are having problems using Kill Ping. Please provide me with your email address or contact me via [email protected] and I will personally try to assist you in solving the problem.

      Regards

      • Christopher Frantz

        I did. Waiting for a response. Sent to Aquam yesterday

  • Aiden

    Hey I’m having trouble understanding a lot of things, as I am dumb. what is a good ping, fps and all the other numbers? also what does everything mean in that control prompt to check ping? Sorry for any inconvenience.

    • sparK

      Hello,
      There’s a lot that you asked for and can’t be answered over here. You can ask for assistance from Kill Ping’s available chat support or you can mail me your queries at [email protected].

      Regards

    • Xypheras237

      Ping is the amount of time it takes for a request to get from your computer to the game server, measured in milliseconds. FPS is the number of frames being displayed on your monitor every second, with more frames meaning smoother movement on-screen.

      Ideally, you want your ping to be as low as possible, as that means your connection is more responsive, i.e. 65ms ping is far better than 500ms. The command prompt command basically sends a small data packet with nothing in it to the server you specify, and then receives one back and shows you how long that takes, again measured in milliseconds. Basically, it will give you an estimate of how fast the connection between your computer and the server is, which again, you want to be as low as possible.

      Sorry if that didn’t make much more sense, can’t really think of a simpler way to put it.

  • lee na

    i have an asus rog. had high ping, couldnt play the game. deleted GameFirst III from computer. WORKS PERFECTLY!!!!!! nice job with this post. u are the man!!!

    • sparK

      Thanks. I am glad to be helpful :)

  • Monster Man

    thank you thank you THANK you, that rubber banding part of the article cured my issues! thanks ever so much! :D

  • Jay Min

    I got Kill ping to work (I think) however while using it my ping actually INCREASED by about 150 or more! (playing at a startling 2-300!) Am I doing something wrong?? (playing Overwatch!)

    • sparK

      Hi there Jay,
      Ping might increase in some cases but the main focus of Kill Ping is to provide a smoother game play. Kindly email me your login id at my email address so that I can further rectify if you are connecting to the correct servers or not. My email id is as follows;

      [email protected]

      Regards

      • tsunamibreeze

        I am having this same issue today, my game play to some extent does feel smooth, but I can never tell when the kill ping client is telling me that I have a higher ping than without using the client.

        If you have further instruction or advice on using the client, could you email me [email protected]

  • Nellie’s crops

    I have a wifi connection and 2 other people in my house are using the same router and wifi. Also it connected to some other devices like my phone. And I’m having a lot of ping lag ~300ms, funny though, before the match starts, it was 40 ping, then when everyone started spraying bullets, they go up right away. Is that supposed to happened? Also is a wired connection the only solution other than disabling everything else? This really gave me a lot of info about the lag that I might have, I’ll try and get wires but does a long wire distance one still works well? Since my room is on the second floor.

    Thanks!

    • Noa

      You will never get the same performance on wifi as you can get with wired. The difference is night and day. Standard CAT5 ethernet cables can keep up the signal for about 100m, so that shouldn’t be a problem!
      What’s probably happening is that your wifi can’t keep up with all the action that’s happening, many devices around are even worse because of the interference.
      Source: Tech support for an ISP.

  • Encek Bolat

    with kill ping without kill ping in game ping
    254 74 380

    but it feels like playing with 50 ping, no rubberbanding at all, smooth AF…. it’s weird, but i’m satisfied lol

    • andy

      Same right after sombra update my fps went down the drain Q_Q

  • Abeo

    Yeah, don’t have any connection lag like rubber banding so fourth, all I have is a problem since sombra came out… Now all my graphics are on low and I have trouble with low fps I get into a place where there are lots of people shooting..
    I have 16GB of ram so that shouldn’t be the problem, it may just be my CPU and GPU, as that may make my game not render as well.. thank you for the help though!

  • sparK

    Hi there funky, sorry for a late reply. Are you still facing the issue? Add me up on skype so that we can sort this out in detail.

    Skype id: shaby.kp

    Regards

    • Make sure your high performance GPU is selected in the Nvidia control panel.

  • Freetz

    Hi, I’ve been using killping for a while and im very satisfied with it but the only problem i have is the fps… it keeps stuttering whenever i use it with killping. Im not sure if its my hardware but im using an i5 + gtx 960 with 8 gb ram. Hopefully you can help me solve this issue.

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