One of the biggest problems that many Call Of Duty Black Ops Cold War players report to us since the game was released is how to reduce high ping or latency in the game. In this troubleshooting guide, we explain the factors that you need to consider when dealing with ping and the things that you can do to achieve a desirable ping rate for you.
What is Ping?
Ping, also known as latency, is the time for a system to react to an action (such as a click of a mouse button or a press of a button on a controller). If the time for a data packet (from your action) to travel from your PC or console to reach the game server and for the server to process that action, takes a long time, you can experience lag or latency. Keep in mind that the server also needs to process the actions of other players, process their requests as well as yours, and return all the necessary information to all parties involved to complete a roundtrip.
If it takes a long time for the entire process to be completed, the overall ping rate on your end and in other player’s end will suffer.
When playing competitive, fast-paced games like Call of Duty Black Ops Cold War, the lower the number of your ping rate, which is measured in milliseconds, the better.
How to check Ping details in Call Of Duty Black Ops Cold War?
There’s an easy way to check your ping in Black Ops Cold War. Bear in mind that the ping we are talking about here is NOT the Ping System, which allows you to tag enemies in the game.
Below are the steps to check the network latency or ping on Black Ops Cold War:
- Run COD Black Ops Cold War and load the Multiplayer mode or any online mode.
- Pause the game and go to Settings.
- Go to Account and Network tab (rightmost part).
- Look for a chart below that tracks your PING and PACKET LOSS.
What is the best ping rate when playing COD Black Ops Cold War?
Ideally, the best ping rate to avoid latency or network lag in any online game is below 50ms (milliseconds) but most people that use typical residential broadband or fiber internet connection still do well when their ping is below 100ms. Anything beyond 150ms ping can potentially ruin your Black Ops Cold War online experience and you must strive to reduce that value.
What causes high ping, latency, or delay in COD Black Ops Cold War?
Unfortunately, there are a lot of things that can impact the ping rate in Black Ops Cold War. Most of these factors are beyond a player’s control. Let’s discuss briefly each of the common causes for high ping rate in this game.
Physical distance from server.
All things being, yes, the closer you are to the game server, the lesser the chance of high ping issues for you. This means that if you are 500 miles from the server while your friend is only 10 miles away from that same server, you have a higher chance of encountering latency.
High network load or noise.
If other devices are streaming HD Netflix shows, downloading huge files, or uploading games to streaming sites like Twitch, you have serious competition when it comes to bandwidth usage in your home network. These other devices can create noise in your network that can lead to performance issues when playing online.
Playing during peak hours.
If you play Black Ops Cold War during times when a lot of people in your neighborhood, block, or city that share the same internet connection “pipeline” also go online, your download and upload speed may be impacted. If your time is flexible, you can reduce ping in Black Ops Cold War online by playing during off-peak hours.
Game servers may sometimes suffer from performance issues on their own. Make sure to check the server status if you are having high ping or latency to know if the problem is on Activision’s end.
Local network problems.
Your own home network and equipment can also affect your online experience. You can try running a speed test on your PC or console and perform basic network troubleshooting like rebooting the modem/router.
Ping is influenced significantly by your ISP so if you are serious about playing Black Ops Cold War online, you may want to do more research about your ISP or switch to another ISP that may be able to provide a better internet plan or line.
How to reduce Black Ops Cold War high ping and delay
Below is a list of possible solutions that you can do to see if you can reduce or fix high ping when playing Black Ops Cold War.
Check for server issues.
Verifying if there’s on-going server issues is an important first step in this situation. To check for possible server glitches at this time, you can visit the official Activision support site:
Once you’re in the site, make sure that you check the status indicator for your platform. If it’s not green, or if there’s an alert or message, there may be an on-going connection error.
Power cycle the router.
When dealing with any network problem, restarting your network equipment is another crucial step to perform. Just turn the router off normally, unplug it from the power source for 30 seconds, and wait. Then, after that time, turn the router back on and see if ping has improved.
Try playing during non-peak hours.
If there’s no declared server problems at the moment and nothing has changed after you’ve rebooted the router, consider playing the game when most people are no longer using their internet connection, like during late evening or early in the morning.
If ping performance improves when you do this, it’s possible that there’s a bottleneck in your line that goes from your home to your ISP. This means that a lot of people are using the internet connection at the same time that it’s draining your bandwidth while playing.
Disconnect other devices.
As mentioned earlier, other devices in your home network can also lead to low bandwidth issues. To know if this is the main reason, try to temporarily disconnect other devices from your wifi or router, leaving only your PC or console.
Use wired connection.
Wireless connection is more prone to latency so if you’re seriously considering to reduce ping when playing Black Ops Cold War, switch to a wired connection instead.
Some routers are capable of prioritizing game packets in order to lessen network lag in games. This feature is called Quality of Service (QoS). if your router has this capability, do some research using Google on how to enable QoS for Steam as exact steps vary for every device.
Alternatively, you can consult the documentation or manual of your router to know. If your router is provided by your Internet Service Provider, contact their technical support team to get help in enabling QoS.
When it comes to ping, your ISP and the type of connection are two of the largest influencers. Regular residential consumers can’t typically afford fast, dedicated internet connection like the AT&T Business line. If your own connection still runs on old DSL broadband at this time, try to see if your ISP offers a faster subscription like a fiber connection.
If your connection no longer has a room to improve, try to see if there’s an ISP that you can switch to instead, which may offer you a better performance.
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