For those who are working from home , the game is one of the activities at home that can be done in between work routines so they don’t get bored. But if you play the game on a computer and often lag, you need to outsmart it.
Now, 7 tips will help get maximum gaming performance from your Windows 10 PC while maintaining a high level of protection.
1. Make sure the internet is smooth
Make sure your internet has a stable speed and latency (signal delay). Open the web browser and navigate to a comprehensive speed testing service like speedtest.net or dslreports.com.
Make sure the internet speed is adequate (most games are enough with 10 Mbit / s, but for streaming video everything requires 50-100 Mbit / s) and a very small delay (aka ping).
Modern optical fiber networks usually give you ping 5-50 ms, which is good for most games. Delays in hundreds of milliseconds might be an obstacle for you to win a game.
Fixing this problem might include experimenting with WiFi router settings, moving it closer to a gaming computer, switching to a cable connection between a computer and router (keep in mind that pro players only use cable connections) or even changing your internet service provider.
2. Optimize video game settings
If your game is too wasteful of power and the graphics card cannot provide enough processing power, playing the game will be frustrating. Now, setting a lower level of detail or reducing the resolution in game settings can be a solution.
Focus on reducing eye candy while maintaining things like visibility that help you win the game. Activate the FPS indicator if supported by game settings.
Then, adjust the fine-tune settings so that you can consistently press 30-60 frames per second from the system. More is better (and gives you room for improved graphics). If it’s less than that, it’s usually considered to be unusable for dynamic games like shooter games. For online games, more than 60 FPS is highly recommended.
3. Optimize power settings
This factor is very important for laptops and is also relevant for computers. Make sure you play with AC power and activate the best performance mode. The easiest way to adjust it is to click the battery icon on the taskbar and move the slider to the right, where the settings and best performance are.
4. Stop unnecessary applications
Any application that competes for resources with games can cause tremendous slowness. For that, closing all browser windows, chat applications that are not needed, and anything that is not related to the game system will be very helpful.
This little trick alone is able to solve the slowness related problems. To get an idea of what applications use the most memory and processing power, use the Windows Task Manager application.
If you click on the ‘More details’ button at the bottom of the window, you will be presented with detailed information of all running processes. Consider closing the application that requires the most processes.
You can also close the messenger client that doesn’t even notice it’s running, or some other unobtrusive application.
5. Proper antivirus settings
Many gamers think that an antivirus or internet security solution is an application that is worth stopping. Some even uninstall permanently. In reality, this approach is outdated and does not help. In fact, this method can make your game run slower.
Consider these two things: first, in Windows 10 you shouldn’t have no antivirus at all. If you turn off third-party solutions, Windows Defender automatically starts acting.
Second, not all antiviruses are made the same. Some security solutions have special game modes that minimize the impact on PC performance, but Windows Defender does not provide such features.
You may also have an ‘unwitting’ antivirus bonus hidden inside Google Chrome. Antivirus also has very limited settings, and nothing is so appropriate for gamers.
That is another reason to close the browser window when you try to optimize computer speed. The right approach for using antivirus is to what extent it has been proven to have a minimal impact solution on speed and game modes that are specifically designed to reduce slowness, while also being able to disable any pop-ups, additional scanning, and so on.
6. Set Windows updates correctly
Certain background operations on the Windows 10 subsystem can be the cause of a sudden slowdown. Especially, when a Windows update downloads and installs something, it will affect performance substantially.
That is why, it is recommended to set an update schedule when you are not playing the game. How, by opening the Windows 10 settings, navigate to the Windows update, and click ‘Change active hours’.
The description states that the active clock only affects the restart process, but that setting actually also informs other update tasks.
7. Maintain a computer properly
Over time, almost every computer shows some decrease in speed. The main reason for this slowdown is the accumulation of junk files and applications. To help the computer run faster, you must clean temporary files, archive files, or delete unneeded documents, and remove games that are no longer playing.
Many special applications to do this maintenance for you, for example Kaspersky Total Security and Kaspersky Security Cloud which also performs the cleaning function.
With all the steps above, your computer is equipped with the right gaming protection. We hope that your gaming experience during your work at home will be more fun!