VALORANT

(2020)
Valorant is an exciting first-person shooter video game set in the near future. You'll play as one of the Agents and join a team of five players as either the attacking or defending team. Each agent has unique abilities and uses an economic system to purchase skills and weapons. Each round is timed at 100-seconds, the ... Read More
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Multiplayer, Shooter, Tactical, First person

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Riot Games

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What is ping time, and how does it apply to Valorant?

 
In simple words, ping time is the time it takes for your computer or more specifically, your connection to register a command in Valorant. It is travel time between you and the game’s server. As a result, the lesser the ping time, the better your connection which means you'll less likely come across lag and other related issues like high ping and rubberbanding.

What is latency and how does it affect my response time in Valorant?

 
From what we have seen so far, people usually refer to their latency as their ping. Now while the two are related, this statement is not exactly correct. This is because Latency refers to the “total” time it takes for your connection to send a command to the game server and receive a response in return. As for how this will affect your response time in Valorant, the answer to that is quite simple. If you have high latency, a simple command like moving forward, will take longer to register. This will result in issues like delays and lag which, in a fast-paced competitive shooter like Valorant, can what stand between you and your win.

What is jitter, and what is its effect on Valorant?

 
Have you ever come across a game in Valorant where everything is going perfectly and you are topping the kills charts but after a specific point, you can't seem to land any of your shots? If yes, then you might be facing jitters in the game. For those that don’t know, a jitter is when your ping randomly fluctuates, just for a brief second. It isn’t as bad as rubberbanding, but it can still cost you the game, especially if you are playing Valorant where every single shot matters.

What is a ping enhancer and why should I use it on playing Valorant?

 
WTFast comes packed with a unique feature called the ping enhancer which as the name suggests, helps in improving your ping while playing online video games like Valorant. It does this by reducing the traveling time between your connection and the game server. As to why you should use this in Valorant, well, every online gamer wants the least possible ping value and this is one of the best ways of achieving that.

What is a traceroute, and how does it apply to Valorant?

 
Picture that you are in a car driving to your destination and like many long drives, you have to make a few stops on the way for food or to use the toilet. This is your route and just like that, your connection is also following a route. The car is your command which you make in Valorant, the destination is the game server and the stops that you make, are the different hops. Each route has several different hops which are vital as they connect you to the game server. However, like most trips that we make, not every route is optimized and this leads to more stops which increase the time of the journey. Now, when it comes to online games, if the traceroute is not optimized, you can face many issues like high ping, rubberbanding, and even gameplay delays when playing Valorant.

What is rubberbanding, and how does it affect my Valorant experience?

 
Have you ever come across a game in Valorant where you feel as if your character is stuck in a loop? Well, if you have then you have been a victim to rubberbanding. It is one of the most hated things in the world of online video games. It, not only, renders you useless, it's insanely frustrating. You, literally, can't do anything if you are rubberbanding and this is why you should avoid this sort of an issue in games like Valorant.

What are ping spikes, and how do they affect Valorant?

 
Those of you who have been playing video games for a long time, know exactly what a ping spike is and how frustrating it can get, especially when playing online. However, since Valorant is a brand new title, quite a lot of its players are new, and hence, completely unaware of these spikes. So, what exactly are they? Well, in simple terms, its when the in-game ping suddenly shoots up, causing you to face instances of lag, rubberbanding, or delays. And since Valorant is a game all about quick decisions and reflexes, these instances can render you useless when playing online.

What does "ms" mean in Valorant?

 
In Valorant, there is an option to enable your network graph which active, shows players a value measured in ms (milliseconds). This value is your ping. Hence, the lesser it is, the better your game will perform. If you have a high ms value, you can look towards workarounds through which you can easily optimize your network connection, and improve your ping.

Why is my ping so high in Valorant?

 
The Valorant community is filled with numerous reports of players complaining about their in-game ping being so high. Well, if you are one of them and are looking for answers as to why it is so high, we are here to help. Ping in online video games refers to the time it takes for your connection to register a command via the game’s server. In other words, it is the time it takes for your connection to connect with the game’s server which in this case, is Valorant’s server. As a result, anything that causes a hindrance between this connection will cause your ping time to go up. Wireless connection, a large number of active users, and background applications can all affect your ping. Plus, an unoptimized traceroute with several unstable hops can also drastically affect your ping.

How do I reduce my Valorant ping?

 
To reduce or cut down on your Valorant ping, you will have to make changes to either your network or your internet connection. Now, there are some easy workarounds like switching to a wired connection, restricting background application, and limiting the number of active connections on your network. However, these can only take you so far. To fully optimize your connection, you’ll need either the help of your ISP or WTFast which is an application that helps you boost ping by getting a much more direct and stable traceroute.

How do I fix jitter or latency flux in Valorant?

 
Have you ever come across a random, sudden change in your ping when playing Valorant? If yes, then this instance is called Latency Flux, or in other words, a Jitter. It is one of the biggest concerns when playing an online game as it usually results in you missing your shots which leads to rage quits. So, if you wish to avoid this, you will have to optimize your network. You can do this through the following: • Upgrade your internet plan • Optimize the router settings • Limit network usage • Set Valorant to “high priority” in the Task Manager • Restrict background application and downloads • Download WTFast to access a better traceroute

Help! My Valorant lag is the worst. How do I fix it?

 
Unlike high ping which usually pops up due to irregularities within the player’s network or internet connection, Lag has several different causes. It can surface due to unstable network connections or unoptimized graphical settings (in the form of fps drops.) As a result, before going on to fix this issue, it is important to understand why lag is showing up in your game. You can lower down your graphical settings and see if the issue remains. If it does then the problem is with your network. However, if it doesn’t, then you very facing lag due to fps drops. To fix Valorant lag which surfaces due to network issues, you can do the following: • Switch to a wired connection • Limit the number of connections on your network • Close background applications • Look into Port Forwarding • Enable UPnP • Upgrade your internet plan • Close down any active VPNs • Subscribe to WTFast to optimize your traceroute

How do I fix rubberbanding in Valorant?

 
One of the issues faced by people playing Valorant is rubberbanding. This is an issue that has nothing to do with the player’s physical setup or his graphical settings. The player’s network or the internet connection is solely responsible for such an issue. Asa result, to fix it, players must switch over to a wired connection (if on a wireless connection) and close down any applications or downloads running in the background. If the issue remains, you can opt for other, more complex workarounds. This includes optimizing your router’s settings, port forwarding, and updating drivers (especially network-related ones). That said, if you wish to avoid going through all these and are looking for a straight shot solution, check out WTFast. It is a GPN that does the job for you, allowing you to get the best possible performance in online video games like Valorant.

How do I fix Valorant ping spikes?

 
Ping spikes is a term given to when your in-game ping shoots up, causing you to face lag and rubberbanding. So, how can one fix this? Well, the answer to that is quite simple. Ping spikes usually pop up due to irregularities in your connection. Hence, the way to fix it is through optimizing your network which in turn will help you stabilize your ping. You can do this by, switching to a wired connection, disabling other background applications, getting in touch with your ISP to better optimize your traceroute, or giving WTFast a try. WTFast is a GPN that gives users the ability to optimize their traceroute by themselves. It is user-friendly, reliable and does exactly what it says.

How do I get rid of lag in Valorant?

 
According to reports spread out across numerous forums, most Valorant players are facing lag in the game, and this has led them to look for ways through which they can get rid of it. So, to help the community, we have here some tips and tricks through which they can put a stop to this once and for all. First up, check your internet usage. If you have applications running in the background that are using up your internet bandwidth, this can be the thing that is causing you to face lag. So, first thing first, close all background applications and see if that works. If the issue remains, you can switch to a wired internet connection as its more reliable, you can limit the number of users on your network, talk to your ISP to upgrade your internet plan or consider checking out WTFast. It is a GPN that allows users to optimize their traceroutes, helping them get rid of issues lag and high ping.

Why is my in-game ping meter in Valorant different from what I see in WTFast?

 
Most online games nowadays have in-game ping meters that show the player his or her ping. However, this ping shown here is never in real-time as it usually displays an average estimate of their current ping. It is because of this the ping meter in Valorant is different from what they see in WTFast.

How does WTFast calculate my ping time in Valorant?

 
WTFast calculates an average ping time between you and Valorant’s servers, across each of the different hops the connection is using. While we do our best to calculate every hop along the route, there are some 'hop points' that are hidden from us. This makes measuring the ping time to and from that location a bit trickier. However, we remedy this by calculating the difference between the total ping time between you and the server, giving us an approximate ping time.

How does WTFast help improve my Valorant ping time?

 
WTFast features a state-of-the-art application that grants users access to directing their online data through a faster, more direct traceroute. This, if you already don’t know, helps main a more stable connection as there are fewer connection points i.e hops. All of this helps in improving Valorant’s in-game ping.

How do I see the different 'hops' between me and the Valorant server?

 
Like most online video games, Valorant does not have a built-in feature that allows you to check your traceroute and see the different hops between you and the server. At most, you'll only find out the location of the server i.e. North American or Europe. If you wish to know the details of your traceroute, you'll have to look for a third party software like WTFast which offers a visual diagram of your original traceroute and the one it takes after you activate it services.