Monday, July 15

Understanding Ping in Online Gaming

Perhaps you have heard the word ping thrown around before. Perhaps you are a gamer and know that ping is important for the quality of your online gaming experience. But what exactly is ping and why is it so important? In general, most people understand that the lower their ping is the better, and that lower ping means they’ll experience less lag.

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But why is this and how does ping work? In this video, you will learn all about ping, how it works, and why it’s so important.

Contrary to what most people think, ping is not a number. The number we see on your screens that we attribute to ping is more of a measure of ping’s service as a utility. You can understand ping by thinking about sonar works for submarines. Submarines send out sonar, or a sound that is similar to a ping, and when the sound hits something it bounces back. Based on the time it took for the ping to hit anything, the found object’s distance can be calculated. Likewise, ping in online gaming has to do with how long it takes for your game’s packets to contact the server. The farther away the server is, the longer this will take.


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