If you enjoy playing multiplayer games on your PlayStation 5, you’ve probably had problems with elevated or unstable ping (also called “latency”) at one time or another.
The aim of this article is to demonstrate how you can reduce or stabilize ping on your PS5.
What is the ideal ping level?
Basically, the lower the ping the better.
Otherwise, your ping should be below a value of 60 ms at best and at least below a value of 80 ms in general, so that you can really enjoy playing multiplayer.
To what extent a too-high ping affects the game also depends on the type of game. For example, a too high ping is more problematic in shooters than in turn-based strategy games.
What are some ways of lowering ping on PlayStation 5?
Some of the most popular ways of improving ping on PS5 include the following:
- Make sure your internet connection is strong enough
- Ensure the WiFi signal is strong enough and connect your console to the internet via Ethernet cable instead of wirelessly if necessary
- Use a VPN
- Use alternative DNS servers
- Play on servers that are geographically closer
In the following paragraphs, we will discuss each of the above points in more detail.
Check your internet connection
On PS5, under Settings > Network > Connection Status, you will find the “Test Internet Connection” option.
The tool will then tell you if there is a problem with your internet connection. If this is the case and you have already tried all other options mentioned in this article, consider contacting your internet service provider.
You can also find more information about this option at https://www.makeuseof.com/how-to-fix-ps5-wifi-issues/.
Connect your PlayStaion 5 via cable instead of WiFi
Often, a weak wirless network can be the cause for an elevated ping on PS5.
In this case, you can fix the situation by connecting your console to your router via Ethernet cable. If the router is too far away and there are no cables at your place of residence, a powerline adapter is usually the next best alternative.
Use a VPN
Sometimes a VPN client can also help reduce or even stabilize ping on PS5. The reason for this is that data packets can sometimes take a more direct, faster or less trafficked route to the game server via a VPN server.
In this article, and in the following video, we explain how you can set up a VPN on your PlayStation5.
Use alternative DNS servers
In some cases, the ping on PS5 can also be improved using alternative DNS servers. This article explains how this works.
You can test the following alternative DNS servers, among others:
- OpenDNS: 22.214.171.124 and 126.96.36.199
- Cloudflare: 188.8.131.52 and 184.108.40.206
- IBM Quad9: 220.127.116.11
- Google: 18.104.22.168 and 22.214.171.124
Play on geographically closer servers
In very many cases, the game server is simply too far away, ultimately causing latency due to the laws of physics.
If possible, in these cases simply try to play on servers that are not so far away.
The causes of an overly elevated ping on PlayStation 5 can be manifold, but there are also numerous possible solutions for this problem, which we have presented to you in this article.
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