VALORANT isn’t without its issues—and high ping is one of them.
Ping in online video games refers to internet latency. It’s the time it takes for your connection to register a command via the game’s server. In this case, the VALORANT servers.
A wireless connection, a large number of active users, and background applications can act as an obstacle between the connection and can, in some cases, cause your ping to spike.
This ongoing issue was addressed by VALORANT’s technical director, Dave Heironymus, last year. “The biggest problem is the same one hitting everyone else: there are massive amounts of internet traffic and players are coming in from many, many different ISPs,” Heironymus said.
Riot has been working with how internet service providers are dealing with the increase in network traffic over the past year, many of which have to “load balance by routing connections all over the place,” Heironymus explained.
Ping isn’t directly connected to the game. There’s not always a sure-fire way to fix this issue, but there are a few changes you can make to improve your network or fix your internet connection, which in turn, should help to lower your ping while playing VALORANT.
- Upgrade your internet plan
- Optimize your router settings
- Limit the number of active connections on your network
- Set VALORANT to “high priority” in the Task Manager
- Restrict background applications and downloads
High ping can impact many aspects of VALORANT, diminishing the overall experience of the game. Peeker’s advantage—when a player gets an “advantage” by peeking around a corner because of low latency—is the best example of this.