Lag kills. While sometimes latency is merely a mild annoyance, we all know how irritating it can be to lose an encounter (or even a match) just because your connection lagged.
Luckily, Fortnite allows you to monitor your ping, which is a measure of how much latency you’re currently experiencing. Monitoring your ping can help you make important in-game decisions, such as whether or not to engage an opponent or wait until your connection improves.
In this article, we’re going to show you a few different ways you can view your ping in Fortnite and how you can use it to your advantage.
What is ping?
Ping is a measure of your connection’s reaction speed. When you are in a match, you constantly send requests to the server and the server sends you responses back. The length of time between each request and the server’s response is called your ping.
Ping is measured in milliseconds. The higher your ping is, the slower your connection speed is and the more latency you will experience. Pings under 50ms are generally considered very good, while delays and lag usually start occurring at pings of around 80-100ms and above.
How do I view my ping in Fortnite?
There are two ways you can view your ping. The first can be found in the settings menu. Open the settings menu, navigate to the Game tab, and go to Matchmaking Region. You will be able to see your ping next to the server location. This method is good for general checks, but won’t be of much use for tactical decisions.
If you want to monitor your ping while you play, simply open settings, go to Game, navigate to HUD, and enable Net Debug Status. You must be in a match or pre-game lobby to enable this setting.
What are the advantages of monitoring my ping?
Keeping track of your ping can help you make many important in-game decisions. If you see an enemy player that you want to engage, but also notice a spike in your ping, you may decide that you should hold off until it returns to a lower level. Alternatively, if you see that your ping is low, you will know it’s less likely you will experience connection-related issues during the encounter, making engaging the enemy player a better decision.
Knowing your ping can also inform other strategic decisions. Editing, for example, is often trickier when you have a higher ping as there will be a delay between the actions you take and their realization in-game. Many players report that editing feels sluggish with a ping of around 80-100ms and above.
Monitoring your ping can give you a lot of important information that you can use to your advantage while playing Fortnite. Knowing your connection speed can turn out to be a lifesaver and a game winner in many situations. If you want to play the best game you can, you should definitely consider keeping an eye on your ping.