Tested Solution on How to Fix PUBG Latency Issues

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Having PUBG Latency Issues? We Tested Speedify’s Streaming Mode to See How It Helps

PUBG is one of the most popular online games nowadays, still gathering over 500,000 active users on its servers only from Steam. Whether you’re going at it for the kills or for that chicken dinner, you still need fast and reliable connectivity.

Unfortunately the Internet is not always as you’d like it to be: fast and stable. This causes serious problems in the gameplay, such as player being temporary uncontrollable, repositioning, a poor image quality, etc. That’s definitely not the way to get a seat for that chicken dinner, right? So what can you do about it?

Well, we created the Streaming Mode for Speedify. It recognizes audio and video streams (such as the ones from PUBG), and:

  • prioritizes those streams over other network traffic, and
  • dynamically changes traffic patterns between bonding (dividing network packets among multiple connections) and redundant (sending the same network packets through multiple connections).

This results in the best quality of service you can get for PUBG with the Internet connections you have available. All, of course, while minimizing PUBG latency numbers.

But exactly how good is Streaming Mode? Is Speedify the answer to the question of how to eliminate PUBG latency issues? We decided to put it to test – and this article will show exactly what we got.

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Testing to Fix PUBG Latency Issues. Is Speedify’s Streaming Mode Up for the Job?

Unless they’re having issues, we all know PUBG performs well when you’re backed by a fast and stable Internet. But what about the real world, where most likely you don’t get that luxury?

The testing procedure consists of 2 series of tests for playing PUBG:

  1. Without Speedify;
  2. Speedify on with Streaming Mode enabled.

In terms of devices and operating systems, we tested it on an Android smartphone. We combined Wi-Fi and cellular on that.

The evaluation is done both subjectively and objectively as follows:

  • We screen capture and analyze the PUBG gameplay from the latency and video quality point of view;
  • We walk towards the edge of the Wi-Fi network. This helps us simulate:
    • insufficient bandwidth conditions, as we get away from the Wi-Fi router;
    • unreliable connectivity at the edge of Wi-Fi with dead spots and packet loss;
    • disconnecting Wi-Fi internet and how quick it switches to cellular.

We looked at the latency and packet loss. And, of course, how they are affected by our “course” away from Wi-Fi.

Playing PUBG on Unstable Wi-Fi Networks? There’s No Such Thing

First off – we have the test with no Speedify running. Once we parachuted down, started running around. When Wi-Fi was flaky, we got that “loading” image in the center of our screen. Oh, and yes – we couldn’t stop our character running.

Once the phone switched to cellular, the character was repositioned on the map to an earlier position. Luckily we didn’t meet any other players during these precious seconds. In the end, we were #5 of 97, if anyone cares.

Here’s how the latency looks like:

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As you can see, there was a huge latency for about 25 seconds (timestamp 50 to 75). Plus a lot of packet loss – check out from timestamp 75 to around 90. That is definitely not good if you want to survive, not to mention scoring some game kills.

Playing PUBG on Unstable Wi-Fi Networks? There’s No Such Thing

Now – it’s not that we’re bragging or anything, but… the PUBG on Android gameplay test with Speedity Streaming Mode running was almost perfect. As you can see in the latency graph below, the latency was slightly higher (over 50 ms) for about 20 seconds after the Wi-Fi connection went bad.

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Other than that,please notice the pretty constant low latency Speedify offers by combining Wi-Fi and cellular on your Android smartphone. For each network packet, Speedify basically delivers the lowest latency among your Wi-Fi and cellular connections. This helps your gameplay and eliminates the PUBG latency issues.

Interested in the raw latency data? Here you go:

 

No Speedify *

Spedify Streaming Mode

Latency (ms)

Average

Minimum

Maximum

Average

Minimum

Maximum

Overall

398

19

8661

47

31

153

* The numbers for the test without Speedify do not include the packet loss values.

A few conclusions after looking at this table:

  • The maximum and average latency were lower when using Speedify Streaming Mode. This is normal, as there was an almost seamless transition between Wi-Fi and cellular.
  • The minimum latency was lower without running Speedify. Which is also understandable, as Speedify uses cloud servers for bonding. That, however, can be tweaked if you test and see which Speedify server provides lower ping for your PUBG game.

How Does Speedify Work?

Speedify uses a technology known as Channel Bonding. This allows you to use multiple Internet connections simultaneously for their combined speed and reliability. Everything including uploads, downloads, web browsing, gaming and streaming video can be improved by Speedify.

Streaming traffic is more important nowadays, with all live streaming, remote work and learning happening. Speedify automatically prioritizes audio and video streams and dynamically adjusts to network conditions so you get unstoppable streams.

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Test Conclusion: Speedify Streaming Mode Solves PUBG Latency Issues

There you have it – when looking at how to improve PUBG gameplay in terms of Internet connectivity, one of the must-haves is to use Speedify. Speedify’s Streaming Mode makes a huge difference.

To put it in context, here’s what happens under the hood of Streaming Mode. Speedify monitors statistics in real-time about how each of your Internet connections is performing. As connections change, and other apps start or stop sending data, Speedify adjusts its strategies on the fly. So, if you’re IRL streaming, you’re no longer chained around your router. Or that good public Wi-Fi hotspot you know in the city. You can walk around without dropping the stream. You don’t need to worry about it. Just start streaming: Speedify will make it happen.

To learn more about Streaming Mode and how to enable it check out the Speedify Knowledge Base article.

If you’re still wondering how to minimize PUBG latency – get Speedify!

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