This article explains ways to fix or reduce input lag when gaming on your Xbox or Playstation console.

You’re playing a video game, but something just doesn’t feel right. No matter what you do, you feel like the game is moving slower than it should be. Your players aren’t responding, you keeping getting destroyed by the top player in the room – all seems lost. Is it my internet? Are the batteries in my controller dying? Guess again – it could be input lag, and it could be ruining your gaming experience.

Check out Xbox DIY’s tips on how to reduce input lag for a more enjoyable and stress free gaming experience. And if you already broke your controller in a fit of rage, don’t worry because we can help you with that too.

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1. Buy a 120hz Refresh Rate TV

Looking for the ultimate gaming experience? Simply put, purchasing a 120hz Refresh Rate TV (non-3D) will get rid of any input lag you may have experienced with a 60hz Refresh Rate TV. Even with smaller TVs, a 60hz refresh rate can make it feel like your tv, internet, or controller is lagging or not responding to your inputs. With larger TVs, it’s even more noticeable. A 120hz refresh rate will help minimize and reduce lag when playing video games. Below is a guide for that explains what the refresh rate should be for the size of your TV to help get rid of your video game lag:

What Refresh Rate TV Should I Be Buying



2. Check Your HDMI Cable for Damage

This one is easy. Check your HDMI cable for any wear and tear – punctures, peeling, and/or cracking. If it’s damaged, it’s time to buy a new HDMI cable.

There is also the possibility your cable is eroded, or an internal part is failing – it’s less likely, but if another HDMI cable is working without any issues, you probably need to replace your cable. There are plenty of affordable HDMI cables available at stores, or online at a retailer like Amazon:

3. Use HDMI 1, or a Game Specific Input

Most television manufacturers have a dedicated HDMI port for gaming. If your TV does not have a dedicated HDMI port for gaming, your best bet is to use HDMI 1. Some televisions may have presets on these HDMI inputs that will help accommodate fast paced gaming and sports.

Best HDMI Port for Input Lag

4. Use Game Mode on Your TV

Here’s another one that is commonly missed – some TVs have a ‘game’ mode where the settings of the TV, including colors, motion blur, and others variables, are set specifically to accommodate video games, and will help reduce video game lag. Where as certain settings can help with motion graphics, such as sports on live TV, these same settings can make your video game lag or feel delayed.

game mode picture

There are many ways that you can reduce input lag – this article explains the most popular ways to reduce input lag, or fix input lag so you don’t experience it while playing video games. Some people may notice video game lag due to input lag, while others may not feel the difference of changing settings, or buying a nice TV. Regardless, if you want a lag free gaming experience, check out these tips to eliminate video game lag.

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