Gaming is entertainment, a pastime, a stress reliever, or a career. It depends on what you make of it.
It’s hard to get gamers to agree on one thing. They often argue about which game has better graphics, a better story, community, music, and whether a console or PC is the best way to play. But when it comes to the quality of the experience, there is an ideal:
- No lag
- Low ping
- Ultra-high settings
- Good teammates (if multiplayer is on the table)
- A comfortable gaming chair
Combine that with a day off from school or work; it will feel like the gaming gods have smiled on you. Here are some tips to help you get closer to the perfect gaming experience.
Get The Right Setup
Everything starts with the machine you want to game on. Will it be a PC or a console? That depends on your preferences. But it should be able to withstand the specs requirements of modern games.
The mouse, keyboard, and controller type will influence your precision and speed. With better equipment, you can perform maneuver your way through games with little issue. But remember to practice. It takes time to get used to new gear.
A comfy gaming chair and a headset complete the bundle you need. You’ll be able immerse yourself in a virtual world and forget about everything else.
Upgrade Your Internet Plan
Unstable internet can become your number one enemy when immersed in an online game. Imagine having to clutch a 1vs5, and right when you’re about to make a pentakill, you lag and get wrecked.
If you’re on Wi-Fi, prioritize getting a good fiber optic broadband connection. It’s fast, steady, and reliable. A wired connection is always better than Wi-Fi because of interference. But if there’s no way to transition to a cable, try to put your router in the middle of the room.
Upgrade your plan if you want to stream and game simultaneously. You should choose a service heavily focused on upload speed.
Use a VPN
No, virtual private networks don’t always slow down your internet speed. In fact, they can speed it up. There are many advantages of VPN usage. You can avoid bandwidth throttling, encrypt your traffic, protect your whole network, and get right into the action.
We’ve already touched on the importance of using a VPN while gaming online in our article about alternatives to Xresolver. It’s not a foolproof way avoiding being kicked off a server, but it helps to a certain extent.
Modify The Settings
Games come with default settings. If you want to elevate your experience, customize specific commands where available. Tweak the graphics to the optimum level. Set up your mouse sensitivity correctly. Choose hotkeys for quick access and faster weapon switching or skill combos.
Many people forget to turn off background applications when gaming. If you prioritize running the game, your machine will provide better performance. Make sure to turn on a ping test in the settings. That will help you spot a bad connection and switch your gameplay accordingly. And enable auto-updates to have the latest patch ready.
Manage Your Time
You can’t become a pro player in a week. Manage your time and expectations accordingly. Set realistic goals to have a healthy lifestyle. Your sleep schedule will suffer if you play all night and work all day. Unless you’re a pro player, treat gaming as a hobby, and don’t let it cause unnecessary stress in other parts of your life.
Take Regular Breaks
Staring at a screen for hours at a time will lead to headaches and eye strain. You probably won’t be able to maintain perfect posture all through your gaming session, whether you’re hunched over a PC or gaming on a PlayStation. So remember to take breaks occasionally. Stand up, stretch, and do eye exercises while waiting to get matched up. If it’s a solo game, set a reminder every hour to stand up and walk around.
It’s easy to get lost in the online world; it can also cause stress if you’re on a losing streak. Take a break, reset, and calm your mind. It will help you focus and get back on track.
Enjoy The Game
Finally, remember that gaming is all about fun. Experiment with new tactics, strategies, builds, and playing styles. You can add a new twist on an old game. Enjoy the time you spend gaming, and keep it exciting and fresh.