With a second weekend of racing\derbying with Wreckfest Build #6 coming, I thought it be a good idea to post some tips to help players keep lag to a minimum this weekend.
1. Need to fine graphic settings and screen resolution that will give you at least 40 FPS offline. I think this will help you from being laggy online. If your FPS are in the low 30s and 20s offline, odds are your going be laggy online.
Also I suggest for most players to turn down Particle effect at least one notch ( unless you getting 100 FPS on all tracks ). I think smoke and dirt dust from lots cars on your screen is 1# cause of FPS dropping to 3-4 FPS. Like at start of race or first corner on some tracks od derbys sometimes. this can happen no matter what your PING is. You can be host with 0 PING and FPS drop can still happen!
2. If host in host list showing 250+ PING, you better off not joining, unless there just a few players. I did join Adenru host with a PING of 273. I was expecting some lag when Adenru started the race, but I got off to a normal start and did not experience any lag. But there was just the 2 of us.
If you join a host with 10+ players and a high PING, odds are you will see some lag.
But a PING around 200 is OK. Its been the norm since I started racing online with Flatout 1 back in 2005, US players joining a Euro host and vice virus, will have PINGs around 200. And we can still race together without lag.
Distance from host mean higher PING, so there no getting away from 200 PINGs when US and Euro players get together online.
3. Odds go up that you will see some lag if join host with more than 12 players. Host that has a big pipe to the internet, is less likely to be laggy with lots of players, 14+. Us average Joe hosts with only 1-2 mbps uploads going have problems hosting 16-24 player lobbys online.
Here my download and upload speeds with a Charter cable connection in Eastern Washington and 16 players are laggy in my host last weekend: Last Result:
Download Speed: 63.95 Mbps (7.99 MB/sec transfer rate)
Upload Speed: 3.9 Mbps (0.49 MB/sec transfer rate)
Latency: 24 ms
Jitter: 2 ms
Server: Medford, OR - 400 miles awayHUGE Upload during hosting
You guys got any other tips to keep lag to a minimum online?
My graphic settings for going online, get between 40-100 FPS depending on the track: