Rocket League is no doubt one of the most popular sports video games on Windows. Players get to enjoy intense competition online and with friends, but sometimes, certain issues can sour the enjoyment. One of such issues is the laggy gameplay experienced by many gamers.
If you’re one of those disappointed Windows 10 users who are considering to uninstall Rocket League for good due to the annoying lag issues they face whenever they play the game, read this article before you go ahead with your decision. We have provided a full guide on how to get rid of rocket league lags on Windows 10.
Why Does Rocket League Lag?
This is the same question that has graced many online fora in different variations. The problem can be traced to bad or outdated graphics and network card drivers, poor system and game configurations, and other issues like Firewall conflicts.
How to Fix Rocket League Lag Problems
There are different solutions to the problem, and we believe one of the fixes below will help you get rid of the issue:
Update your graphics card driver
Slow and laggy games are commonly the result of faulty graphics drivers. Your game will suffer FPS issues if your graphics card driver is outdated, missing, or corrupt. To fix the problem, you have to install the updated version of the driver.
You can easily update your graphics card driver using Auslogics Driver Updater. The tool works by scanning your system for outdated or faulty device drivers, which it will then fix by downloading and installing the latest driver from the right source. Not only does this tool help you confirm the state of the device drivers on your system, but it also removes the stress of manually checking and updating.
Another way to update your graphics card driver is by going through Device Manager. However, without Auslogics Driver Updater, you have to check the current version of your driver via DirectX to confirm if it is up-to-date. Here’s how to go about it:
- Press and hold the R key on your keyboard, then tap the Windows key to open the Run dialog box. Type dxdiag into the text box and click OK.
- Once the DirectX Diagnostic Tool opens, click on Display.
- When you get to the Display tab, locate your graphics card driver version in the Driver segment located at the right side of the window.
If your graphics card driver is outdated, then proceed to Device Manager to perform the update:
- Press the Windows + X combo, and then choose Device Manager from the menu that pops up on top the Start button.
- Once Device Manager comes up, open the Display Adapter entry.
- Right-click on your video card and click Update Driver from the context menu.
- Once the next screen shows up, click on the first option, which will prompt Windows to search for and install the latest driver automatically.
- Now, check if the problem is resolved.
You can also download the updated driver manually, if you choose. Make sure you go to the website of your card’s manufacturer and download the latest driver version of your card. You can either run the installer directly or go through Device Manager and point Windows to the driver’s location on your laptop.
Update your network card driver
Your network card controls your Internet connection, and if its driver is outdated or faulty, you will experience lags or network errors while playing any online game such as Rocket League. To make sure your Internet connection is strong and stable, update your network card driver.
You can also use Auslogics Driver Updater to perform this action, as the tool can find and update every outdated device driver on your computer.
You can also use the Device Manager:
- Open Device Manager.
- Expand Network Adapters.
- Right-click your Network Card, and then click on Update Driver.
- Allow Windows to perform an automatic search for the updated driver software.
- Now, check if the problem persists.
Make Rocket League an Exception in Windows Firewall
Windows Defender Firewall might be restricting Rocket League’s access to your network connection, causing the game to suffer lags. Many users fixed the lag issues they were experiencing by allowing the game in Windows Firewall. The guide below will walk you through what needs to be done:
- Press the Windows + I combination to open Settings.
- Click on Update and Security, and then select Windows Security in the left pane.
- Now, click on Firewall & Network protection under Protection Areas.
- On the next screen, click on Allow an App through firewall.
- When the Allowed Apps window opens, locate Rocket League in the Allowed Apps and Features list, and then check the box next to it as well as the boxes under Public and Private.
- Click OK, and then restart the game to check if it’s still lagging.
Modify Rocket League’s property settings
If you don’t use the right configurations for Rocket League, you’ll experience lags during gameplay. You can troubleshoot the lag issues you’re facing by updating the game’s properties. Follow these steps:
- Right-click on the game’s EXE file, and then click on Properties.
- Once the Properties dialog opens, switch to the Compatibility tab.
- Now, tick the “Override high DPI scaling behavior. Scaling performed by:”, then select Application in the drop-down menu.
- Next, check the box associated with Disable Fullscreen Optimizations, then click on the OK button to save your changes.
Try launching Rocket League to check if the problem goes away.
Change the in-game settings
You should try tweaking the settings of the game itself and check if the problem goes away. A number of options exist in the game’s internal settings section, such as client and server send rate and Bandwidth limit. Here’s what you need to do under settings in Rocket League:
- Open the Steam client and launch Rocket League.
- Go to the Settings environment of the game.
- Set Client Send Rate to default.
- Choose High in the Server Send Rate drop-down.
- Select High for Bandwidth Limit.
- Save the changes you made, and then relaunch the game to check if the problem has been resolved.
Update the game
Rocket League receives regular updates with bug fixes and optimizations. It could be that the lag issue you’re facing is associated with the game itself and has been fixed through a recently released patch. Try updating the game and applying the latest patch, and then check if the problem goes away.
Undo your overclocking settings
If you’re overclocking your CPU to unnaturally speed up your PC, you might be doing your game more harm than good. Remove the third-party app you’re using to overclock your CPU and revert to your normal processor speed.
As you must know, Microsoft releases updates to Windows 10 to fix bugs and enhance system performance. An update might be the kick your system needs to run the game smoothly. Simply go to Settings, click on Update & Security, then click on the Check for Updates button. Allow Windows to download and install the updates that are available for your system, then run Rocket League once your PC restarts.
Close programs that are hogging system resources
If there are applications on your computer that are using up too much system resources, such as RAM, CPU, and disk, disable them. You can find out which app is causing high CPU and RAM usage via Task Manager:
- Press the Ctrl + Shift + Esc combo to launch Task Manager.
- Check for programs and background processes that you might not need and are using up too much system resources.
- Click on the process you want to disable, and then click the End Task button.
Disable some startup apps
Some programs load by default when your system starts. Some of these apps are not really important, and they might be causing Rocket League to lag since they continue to run in the background. You can free up space on your RAM and lighten the load on your CPU by disabling these apps. Follow these steps:
- Open Task Manager using the Ctrl + Shift + Esc combination, and then switch to the Startup tab.
- A list of programs that load when your system boots up will be displayed.
- Locate the programs that are not necessarily required to load automatically upon system startup, and then click them and click on the Disable button.
- Reboot your computer and check for the lag issue.
Change the number of processors that are activated when your system starts
You can increase the number of active cores on your computer after boot up. You could be facing lags because the processing power needed to run Rocket League smoothly isn’t available. If you’re using a multi-core processor (which everyone likely does), prompting more than the present number of cores that comes up on startup can help your PC perform better. To do this, follow the steps below:
- Type msconfig into the search text box close to the Start button, and then click on System Configuration in the results.
- Navigate to the Boot tab once the System Configuration dialog opens.
- Click on your operating system, then click on Advanced Options.
- In the BOOT Advanced Options window, check the “Number of processors” box, then select the highest figure from the drop-down menu.
- Click the OK button under the BOOT Advanced Options, then click OK again in the System Configuration dialog.
- Click on the Exit without restart button in the System Configuration dialog.
- Now, open File Explorer (Win+E).
- Right-click on This PC in the left pane, then click on Properties.
- Once the System window comes up, go to the left pane and click on the Advanced system settings link.
- The System Properties dialog will come up; switch to the Advanced tab.
- Now click on the Settings button under Performance to open the Performance Options dialog.
- Open the Advanced tab of the Performance options dialog, and then choose Programs under “Adjust for best performance of:”
- Click on the Apply button, and then switch to the Data Execution Prevention tab.
- Choose the “Turn on DEP for essential Windows programs and services only” option, and then click on the OK button to save the changes you made.
- Reboot your PC and launch Rocket League to see if the problem goes away.
You can now enjoy a superb gaming experience. You can also enhance your PC’s performance for a smooth gameplay by installing Auslogics BoostSpeed. The tool will free up your PC’s local disk by removing junk files and other system-slowing entities.
Do let us know what you think about Rocket League and how you fixed your lag problems in the comments section below. We’ll also be happy to assist with any other issue that you might be facing.