How to reduce game laging during streaming?

Online multi-player games tend to lag when multiple online activities are playing on the same computer. There can be many reasons behind that. Multiple devices using the same internet connection. The internet having a low-speed connection, which often slows down multiple online activities, especially something as heavy as gaming, streaming, or downloading.

There might be errors from the internet service providers’ end as well. The data ran out which lead to the internet service provider putting a cap on it. Or other networking or maintenance errors. Whatever the reasons, lagging is inevitable and out of our hands.

What to do about the internet?

Though there are some things to try to reduce game lagging during streaming. For one, a fast-speed internet connection goes a long way towards providing lag-free gaming and streaming experience.

We recommend trying out Xfinity internet for your online gaming. Their premium packages are bound to give internet speed up to 600Mbps or higher, which is exactly what you need for lower pings in-game. Even better, getting standalone plans can get a bit pricey, which is why you should go for Xfinity bundles packages, where you can have internet and phone services for an affordable rate. No matter what speed of the internet you sign up for, Xfinity has enforced data caps up to 1.2 TB, which is more than enough for a normal gaming experience.

On the last note, these services can work together at the same time, as in your internet connection doesn’t get disconnected and interrupt your game for when you need to use the phone while being in-game.

What else can you try?

As a gamer, you need to stream your play constantly to update your Twitch following, or simply because that’s how you earn your bucks.

If there is no problem with the internet connection, the only thing to check out now is the computer configuration. There might be settings in your computer that need to be altered for smooth functioning of multiple online activities at the same time, and these will be discussed below:

Select GPU to encode instead of CPU. When you are streaming your game through any streaming software, it can get pretty taxing on the CPU. Because online multiplayer games are naturally heavy, and streaming also requires effort, and that all falls on the CPU to encode their data, which can max it out.

For instance, DotA2 is a CPU-intensive game, which means that it needs the CPU more than the graphic cards. So if the CPU is already overwhelmed by the game, it is better to change the encoding function of streaming software from CPU to GPU. This will free the CPU from having to focus all its energy on both streaming and gaming both. You can change the settings from the streaming software that you are using.

Select CPU instead of GPU. In some cases, games are GPU bound which means that they are completely dependent on GPU to carry out most of their functions. Here the encoding setting of the streaming software can be set to CPU instead of GPU. That way the game will be dependent on GPU to function and streaming will be done by using the CPU’s energy, hence leading to smooth online streaming of your gaming.

Streaming resolution. The streaming resolution is the resolution of the video that is uploaded on your streaming account like Twitch or YouTube, not the in-game resolution. For instance, you could be streaming DotA2 at 1440p resolution but in-game you are at 1080p. The higher the resolution of the stream, the more CPU or GPU resources, and energy will be used to encode your game. A streaming resolution that high needs more computational power to be encoded and uploaded. So you might want to match the streaming resolution with the gaming resolution. You can also decrease the resolution of your game.

Decoding? Encoding a live stream of your game is already taking up too much CPU/GPU resources, decoding, i.e. watching your own game, is also the same. During encoding, information is compressed and encoded, whereas, during decoding, data is first decoded and then uncompressed. Both are equally taxing on the PC hardware, i.e. when you are recording the stream of your own game, while playing and then at the same time, playing the same stream on the same computer. It would be better for you to watch your stream onto a different device, rather than the one where you are playing and recording the stream. This will lighten the load up for your PC.

Multiple monitors. It doesn’t seem plausible, but if you have a second monitor attached to your PC, it also is using computational power to display the Windows screen. The second monitor is running at 1080p, the same as the first monitor, and it is also being updated constantly by GPU/CPU. In fact, you lose around 5fps just from attaching the second monitor. If you don’t need the second monitor during gaming and streaming, better disconnect it, or even decrease the resolution of your monitor screen.

In summary, these tips mentioned above might not seem much, but doing them actually makes all the difference in your gaming and streaming experience. Trying them out will perhaps reduce the lag that you experience while in-game and streaming on your Twitch account.


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