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Battlefield 3 Mini Tweak Guide for Latency (ping) and more - Some other bonus BF3 tweaks

Frustrated by an increasing amount of latency aka ping in the hot new gaming title Battlefield 3, we set to fix the problem. Other tweaks included, too!

| Guides | Posted: Nov 24, 2011 7:22 pm

Some other bonus BF3 tweaks

 

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While the main focus of this mini Battlefield 3 tweak guide was to show you how to get rid of lag, here are a few bonus little nuggets for you to try:

 

- How do I see my ping and FPS in game?

 

Unlike in previous versions of BF, you could see your ping by holding down tab for the scoreboard, now you cannot. If you want to see your ping and FPS (frames per second) in game on the PC, hold down CTRL + ALT + S and a box will appear at the top left of the screen. FPS obviously indicates your frames per second and IGO Time indicates your ping in milliseconds (denoted as 'us').

 

- How do I always show my FPS?

 

If you always want to see what your machine is doing, you can enable showing the FPS continuously at the top right of the screen in green by opening the console by hitting the "~" key and typing "render.drawfps 1".

 

- What's my CPU and GPU doing?

 

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If you want some tasty details on what type of workout BF3 is giving your CPU and GPU in-game, you can bring up the console by hitting the "~" key and typing "render.perfoverlayvisible 1".

 

- Setting a maximum FPS for reduced fluctuations

 

If you are running a high-end system, you may wish to set a maximum FPS (different to V-SYNC). Why would you limit your FPS? Quick answer: to reduce fluctuations in frame rate, this should offer better perceived gaming experience. Imagine if you are hitting around 100 FPS in an inactive idle area of the map and then get hit by an approaching helicopter and tank, your FPS will drop with the extra intensive rendering that needs to be drawn and hence may feel like a drop in performance / smoothness.

 

For this option, pull down the console by pressing the "~" key and typing in "GameTime.MaxVariableFps x". Where "x" is should be replaced with a number such as 60 FPS. As mentioned above, we consider a minimum of 60 FPS to provide a fairly solid gaming experience and you probably don't want to go below that number, but feel free to experiment with it.

 

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- Do I always have to type in these commands?

 

No! If you want to save these settings and others to load every time you launch BF3, you create a file called "User.cfg" in your Program Files (x86)Origin GamesBattlefield 3 directory and it will load them every time. Just add your settings in that file like the ones we mentioned above.

 

- Other settings to play with? Of course!

 

If you wish to get down and dirty with some of the advanced settings of BF3, you can find the main configuration file which contains your BF3 settings in the Users[username]DocumentsBattlefield 3settings directory. The file you are looking for is called PROF_Save_profile - it is best to open it using Word Pad. Play around at will, there is little damage that can be done, but do remember to BACKUP this file as some settings or removed settings may make the game not work, load or work as it should.

 

We hope you enjoyed this guide and that it brings you more frags and a more enjoyable gaming experience. Now I'm back to the game!

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