High ping is the stuff of nightmares for gamers. Wanting to relax and play out a couple of matches only for you to never even get the chance to try and win because your ping is high is a type of frustration that’s hard to describe to a non-gamer. So how do you handle it on the fly when it happens? Why is your ping so high in Fortnite?
The most likely reason why you have such high ping in Minecraft is a poor internet connection and network stability. It almost always has nothing to do with the game itself. If you usually don’t experience high ping while playing, the cause might be that someone is sucking up all the bandwidth on your network, so there’s little left for you to play out your Fortnite match in peace.
Although the ladder is the most common reason why someone might run into high ping issues in Fortnite, it certainly isn’t the only reason. I’ll aim to list all the others in the rest of this article, explain how and why high ping affects your gameplay so badly, and explain the practical difference between high ping and low FPS.
Ping or ms is the time it takes for the command you input to go through and actually play out through the servers. If you have 8 ping, that means that it will take 8 milliseconds for the command you input to go through, whereas if you have 100 ping, it will take 100 milliseconds. Although that isn’t a lot, in a competitive game like Fortnite, having a 100 millisecond command input advantage will make a whole world of difference between winning and losing.
How it affects your gameplay
Now that we know what ping actually is let’s look at Fortnite as a game and discuss how higher ping will affect your gameplay experience.
I would argue that the two most important things you do in Fortnite are building and shooting things. Building can provide you with a strategic advantage, whereas shooting will win you the game in the end when you’re the last man standing. A large delay in any of those things will set you back a ton.
The first thing to mention is shot registration. The higher your ping, the longer it will take for the server to register your shot command, leading to you missing your enemies and them killing you instead.
In regards to building, you want to build as quickly as possible, but due to the high ping, your edit or build might not be placed properly or at all because the build command you input didn’t reach the servers or didn’t reach it at the right time correctly.
Another common thing you’ll experience with high ping is called rubber banding, but that’s something you’ll experience in any game with high ping, which is where your character keeps going back into place and repeating the same walk command.
Other possible causes of high ping
A common reason for high ping is if you’re playing on a server that’s just too far for your location. To give you an example, If you’re from North America and are playing on a European server, high ping shouldn’t come as a shock to you.
A few more reasons for high ping are if you have multiple processes running in the background while playing, like downloading content, or just having multiple applications that use the internet running.
Nowadays, most of us like to play games on Wifi, but it can cause high ping for some. A wired ethernet connection is far more stable and will make sure that you take some sort of priority when it comes to resource allocation on your home network.
Of course, there are more reasons why someone might have high ping while playing Fortnite, but there are the most common ones, and one of these should be the reason why you’re experiencing it.
FPS vs. ping
Now that we know what ping is, what’s the difference between ping and FPS, and how do they correlate with one another?
Although both affect your gameplay experience, a high FPS will result in smoother and much better visuals. Ping, on the other hand, represents the responsiveness and interaction with game servers.
You can have amazing ping and still feel miserable playing because you have low FPS and vice versa. FPS, or frames per second, as the name suggests, is the number of frames that your device can display and process in one second. If you play with 144 FPS, your computer effectively handles 144 frames per second and every little thing that happens in that one second.
You can see much more details, and your reaction time will be better as a consequence. Although FPS doesn’t affect gameplay much, a player with low FPS will definitely be at a disadvantage over someone with high FPS.
At some point, though, the FPS stops mattering since the differences between the frames aren’t all that visible to the average human eye.
Checking your ping before going into a game
One way you can stop playing Fortnite with high ping is to check if your ping is high before you go into a game. You’ll have to access the command prompt for this, so let’s see how you can do it:
- Press the Windows key + R key. This will open a new window for you.
- In the dial box of the newly opened windows, type in ‘cmd’ and press enter.
- In the window that you just opened, you will have to type in ‘ping’ followed by your IP address and the -t. It should look something like this ‘ping 192.098.73.90 -t’. Press enter.
- Your ping will start popping up under ‘ms’
If you’re using a Mac computer, you will have to go into Applications in your Finder, then go into Utilities, and then Terminal. The Terminal is just another Apple’s own version of a command prompt.