There are few things that infuriate players more than the fact that the game is not working properly. League of Legends was created to fit a wide variety of PCs and can be played on older machines, but sometimes the game can start to run more choppy than usual. Troubleshooting usually starts with showing your FPS and ping details and finding out which one doesn’t look right.
Fortunately, RIOT has made these two analytics tools easy to access and display in-game, so you won’t need to load additional programs or online services.
Here’s everything you need to know about FPS and ping in League of Legends.
How to show FPS and ping in League of Legends
The game has a simple key combination to toggle the native FPS and ping screen. All you have to do is press “Ctrl + F” to display these numbers in the upper right corner of the screen. The data is displayed in real time and will change as your connection improves (or worsens) or your FPS changes due to underlying processes.
You can change the default controls for the FPS screen by going to the game settings. You don’t have to be in-game to access these settings, and it is advisable to do so outside of the game anyway. Spending time playing with keyboard shortcuts means that you cannot devote your attention to gaming.
Here’s how to change the key combination for the FPS screen in the game client:
- On the client, click the gear icon in the upper right corner.
- Click on the “Hot Keys” tab on the left, found under “In Game.”
- Scroll down to the “Display” section, then open it.
- Look for a line called “Toggle FPS Display.” Click in the first cell to change the key combination. The default cell text should be “Ctrl + F”.
- You can click the adjacent cell to configure an additional key combination for easy access.
- A pop-up menu with hotkey assignment will open. Enter the key combination you want to use and click “Save.”
Alternatively, you can use “Unlink” to clear the cell and remove a hotkey entirely.
- Click “Done” to save.
Alternatively, you can access these settings and make any necessary changes to the hot keys by pressing “Escape”. You will not be able to move your character while you are in the menu, so be careful.
What does FPS mean?
FPS stands for “frames per second” and it basically tells you how many times the screen is refreshed every second. The higher the number, the smoother the gameplay, as there is less delay between the server and what is displayed on your monitor.
All monitors have a strict cap on the amount of FPS they can support, and newer models push the numbers further and further. For example, if you have a 60 FPS monitor, the game cannot update more than that, regardless of the number in the upper right of what your screen says. Extra frames are just discarded unless you have a better monitor.
What is the best FPS for League of Legends?
Generally speaking, the higher your in-game FPS, the smoother your game will run. In general, we recommend pressing for at least 60 FPS for a decent gaming experience, as anything less than that (especially below 30) will result in choppy and unresponsive games.
If you’re having a hard time meeting this FPS benchmark, you’ll need to lower your game’s graphics settings. This is what you should do:
- Go to the game settings while playing (Escape). We recommend using “Practice Mode” so as not to interrupt a live game by changing the graphics settings. You can choose “Practice Mode” in the “Training” tab when setting up a game.
- Select the “Video” tab on the left side.
- Under “Graphics”, lower the slider.
- You can also disable “Character Inking”.
- Press “OK” to save the changes and exit the configuration.
- Take a look at how your FPS has changed as a result. You need to activate your FPS screen.
- If your SPF is still not within reasonable limits, repeat this process. You can also turn off “Anti-aliasing” and “Wait for vertical sync” to improve performance. This may reduce image stability a bit, but it goes a long way toward improving the way the game is played on low-end machines.
- You can also change the window mode of the game at the top. Select the drop down menu under “Window Mode” and choose an option you like. See how it affects your FPS and your gameplay and make more changes if necessary.
You may also see a line that says “Frame rate limit”. For most machines, you’d better set this setting as high as your monitor’s refresh rate will allow (as anything above doesn’t mean a more significant change). Removing the frame rate cap entirely could improve performance on high-end machines, but the results are still limited by the capabilities of the monitor.
What can affect your FPS?
There are a few notable factors that contribute to the FPS of your game:
• The hardware of your system (processor, graphics card, memory) is one of the key factors. An older PC just doesn’t have enough oomph to power a newer game.
• The graphics settings of the game. In most modern games, the difference between the lowest and highest graphics settings is usually what sets high-end machines apart from the rest. Choosing the lowest setting may not provide the best aesthetics, but it will allow the game to run at an acceptable (or excellent) FPS, improving your playability.
• The current load on your machine. Other programs that require a lot of processing power and memory will divert resources and lower your FPS.
• Optimization and coding of the game. You can’t really influence this, but developers often do. For example, RIOT has come a long way in improving game performance on low-end machines while delivering solid graphics performance and playability.
The easiest way to improve FPS immediately is to close unnecessary or unnecessary programs and lower the graphics settings of the game. Beyond that, your best bet is to upgrade your hardware to match the more demanding requirements of newer games.
What does ping mean in League of Legends?
Ping is the time required for an internet data packet to reach the game server and return to your device. Essentially, the higher your ping, the longer the delay between your input and what your character is doing in the game.
A ping below 60 is generally considered perfectly acceptable. A ping greater than 100 is often a concern and can cause lag and reduce game performance. The dreaded 9999 ping usually means that the game has lost connection to the game server and you need to reconnect.
Unlike FPS, your ping relies on two things:
• How fast and stable is your Internet connection. Subscribing to a more stable connection or removing other devices from your local network will cause your ping to drop or become less erratic over time.
• How far the game server compares to your location. The location of the game server is completely based on the region you are playing in. If your ping is consistently high, you can get better results by changing the region of the game.
Why can’t I see my FPS in League of Legends?
If you click “Ctrl + F” and the FPS screen does not appear in the upper right of the screen, a key combination change may have overridden the default settings. You will need to go back to settings and put in the correct key combination to see the FPS screen again. You can follow the instructions to change the above FPS settings.
How do I run a League of Legends ping test?
If you want to run a ping test, you have two options:
• Know the IP address of the server you are trying to ping (the NA server uses 184.108.40.206, but you can find a list of other options here), then use the “ping” command at your command prompt for that IP address.
How is the FPS displayed in Windows?
Windows 10 released an update in 2019 to allow gamers to view their game’s FPS without downloading third-party apps in the process. All you have to do is press “Win + G” to open the Windows game bar.
Your FPS will be displayed in a window called “Resources”. You will need to grant Windows permissions to collect this data and restart your PC for the changes to take effect the first time you open the Windows Game Bar.
Know your game to win the game
Knowing your current FPS and ping can help you optimize your game settings for better performance. Increasing FPS can lead to an instant gameplay boost, and you will easily see the difference between 30 and 60 FPS. While determining the FPS is not a challenge, improving it will require some tweaks to your game settings and your hardware to get the most out of your PC.
What is your current LoL FPS? Let us know in the comment section.