Have you ever played Fortnite and felt like there was a delay between when you do your actions and when they happen?
Well, it’s probably because your in-game ping is high.
Ping indicates the delay between the Fortnite server and your client. You can turn on the Ping display in your game by going to your settings. I’ll be going over the exact steps that you need to take in a second.
What is Ping?
Ping, in gaming, is how long it takes for a command you send to register at the server and happen in-game. It’s usually measured in milliseconds, so the lower your ping, the more responsive the game will feel.
When you’re playing a competitive game that requires swift decision making and quick reflexes, you need to limit delay as much as possible. The fact of the matter is that many things go into doing any action.
- First of all, you have to react physically and input your action.
- Then, your input is processed by the pc.
- Finally, your pc needs to send that information to the game’s server. This is where ping is important and will indicate how long the last step will take to happen.
Why is Ping Important?
In online gaming, ping is extremely important as it’s usually what bottlenecks your performance and the game’s responsiveness. You can have the beefiest PC with the fanciest monitor, but if your internet connection is bad and your ping is high, the game will feel sluggish and unresponsive.
Games such as Fortnite and other battle royale games and shooters require precise inputs and snappy reaction times. There’s nothing more aggravating and dying because your game got stuck, or your bullets hadn’t registered yet because of your high ping.
It’s also very important to keep track of your ping. That way, you can identify any potential problem with your internet and deal with it.
How to Show Ping in Fortnite
As of Fortnite Chapter 2, here’s how you can display your ping:
- Bring up the menu by pressing the start button on your controller or the Esc on your keyboard.
- Choose Settings from the dropdown list.
- Select the Game UI icon. It’s the box-shaped icon with a triangle and some line.
- Turn on Net Debug Stats from the list.
After following these steps, you should be able to check your ping by looking in the top left of your screen, right next to your name whenever you play Fortnite.
By turning on Net Debug Stats, you’ll also be able to check other network statistics like your download speed, upload speed as well as packet loss.
You can also adjust the size of the text if it’s too small or big for you. To do so, just go to the Game UI options and adjust the HUD Scale until you find the right size.
Having a low ping is crucial. It will greatly help improve your performance in-game. It may even be the determining factor in whether or not you can win intense firefights.