Call of Duty: Vanguard Lag: How To Stop COD Vanguard From Lagging On Xbox, PS5 And PC

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Call of Duty: Vanguard Lag: How To Stop COD Vanguard From Lagging On Xbox, PS5 And PC

Is Call of Duty: Vanguard lag getting you down? After its highly-anticipated release, Vanguard has had, it's fair to say, a few teething problems - like the Vanguard packet burst. Lag is just one of these, but in a game that relies on quick reactions in order to win, it's pretty important.

This makes Vanguard much like its Warzone counterpart, which also hits players with Warzone packet loss issues that have a similar impact on gameplay.

As frustrating as it is to be affected by lag, there are some potential solutions. Here's what you can try, in order to overcome Call of Duty: Vanguard lag issues.

How To Fix Call Of Duty: Vanguard Lag On PS5 And Xbox

If you've been experiencing some issues with Vanguard lag on your console, then there are a few things you can check:

  • Make sure your game and your system are fully updated.
  • Check that the console servers are working properly. You can check the Xbox Live servers here and PSN here.
  • Try restarting your console.
  • If possible, see if playing at off-peak times makes a difference.
  • Make sure you are playing in Performance Mode.
  • Finally, if your SSD is getting full, see if freeing up some space improves performance.
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Hopefully, some or all of these tips will make a difference in reducing lag on your Xbox or PS5. But what if you are playing on PC? Let's check out some options.

How To Stop Call Of Duty: Vanguard Lag On PC

Before trying anything, make sure your PC meets the minimum system requirements for the game. If it isn't powerful enough, then no amount of troubleshooting will help it to run smoothly. Let's assume you've done that, and your computer is good enough to do the job. Here's what to try next:

  • Make sure that your system software and graphics drivers are fully up to date. If you use AMD, you can check for updates here. If you are on NVIDIA, go here. And for Intel, click here.
  • If you are using WiFi, try switching to an Ethernet connection, to improve stability.
  • Minimise the amount of other traffic on the network. It's also worth running a speed test, to check that you are getting the sort of service you are expecting, and that there isn't a problem with your internet connection. If there is, contact your ISP.
  • Try switching on High Performance Mode in your GPU settings.
  • Don't overclock your GPU. This can damage your hardware.
  • Give Vanguard High Priority. This means that more of the computer resource will be allocated to the game while it is being played, helping improve performance. To do this:
    • Open Task Manager
    • Click the Processes tab
    • Right Click on Vanguard.exe
    • Set Priority to High
  • Check your V-Sync settings. In some cases, enabling V-Sync will improve performance. But perversely, it can sometimes actually do the opposite. So try switching it on or off, and see whether it improves performance.
  • Try capping your frame rate at 60 FPS.
  • Play the game in Full-Screen mode.
  • If possible, make sure your game is installed on your SSD, rather than your HDD.
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With a game as popular as Call of Duty, traffic will most likely remain pretty high throughout Vanguard's lifespan. So this may have an impact on your gaming experience. But hopefully, with our tips, you'll see a noticeable improvement in lag-related issues.

If you've been enjoying Vanguard, you may also be keen to explore the upcoming Modern Warfare 2 which is shaping up to be just as popular.