You have recently purchased Minecraft, with which you have fun with your friends during your free time. However, you encounter problems during the game session, which cause slowdowns to the PC or the game itself or you perceive delays in the execution of some commands. So how can you solve the graphical or internet connection problems that occur on the famous Microsoft property title? Nothing simpler! I’m here to help you.
In this guide, in fact, I will show you some tips on how not to make Minecraft lagging during offline games or with other players. I will give you advice on how to update some software and hardware components of your computer and, in addition, I will suggest a tool that you can install on Minecraft to customize the graphic parameters in detail.
Can’t wait to start reading the tips I have prepared for you in this guide of mine? Then sit comfortably and pay close attention to the tips that I will illustrate to you, so as to be sure that you can play Minecraft without any more lag problems. Are you ready? Let’s get started right away! I wish you a good reading and a lot of fun!
- Check the system requirements
- Update the video card drivers
- Download the latest version of Java
- Install Optifine
- Check your Internet connection
- Other useful tips to keep Minecraft from lagging
Check the system requirements
If you have lag problems while playing Minecraft (I explained how to download it in this guide of mine ), before starting to talk to you about the tips to improve performance during a game session, it is necessary to indicate the requirements that your computer must-have. to allow proper execution of Minecraft.
- CPU: Intel Core i3-3210 3.2 GHz / AMD A8-7600 APU 3.1 GHz or equivalent.
- RAM: 2GB.
- Integrated video card: Intel HD Graphics 4000 (Ivy Bridge) or AMD Radeon R5 series (Kaveri line) with support for OpenGL 4.4.
- Dedicated video card: Nvidia GeForce 400 series or AMD Radeon HD 7000 series with support for OpenGL 4.4.
- HDD: At least 1GB of free space.
- Operating system: Windows 7 and later, macOS 10.9 Mavericks and later, Linux (distributions starting from 2014).
- Internet connection to download game files and play online.
- CPU: Intel Core i5-4690 3.5GHz / AMD A10-7800 APU 3.5 GHz or equivalent.
- RAM: 4GB.
- Video card: GeForce 700 series or AMD Radeon Rx 200 series with OpenGL 4.5 support.
- HDD: 4GB (SSD recommended).
- Operating system (64bit recommended): Windows 10, macOS 10.12 Sierra, Linux (distributions starting from 2014).
If your computer does not meet the aforementioned requirements, you may have difficulty running Minecraft even through the advice that I will indicate in the next paragraphs. In this case, I advise you to update your computer, perhaps thinking of buying one through the suggestions I have indicated in this guide of mine.
If you have not yet purchased Minecraft and have heard of possible lag problems on your friends’ computers, you can download the trial version (lasting about 100 minutes) in order to check its playability.
Update the video card drivers
Minecraft can consume a lot of computer resources, in case there are a lot of graphic elements within the game session. If your video card drivers are out of date, you may have some difficulty playing a game.
What you need to do is keep the drivers on your computer up-to-date, so you can be sure you have maximum compatibility on the video games you enjoy spending your free time on. To do this, you can perform the update using the built-in tools of the operating system or by going to the website of the manufacturer of the video card installed on your computer.
For example, if you have a PC with Windows 10, you can run Windows Update via Windows Settings ( Update & Security > Windows Update ).
If, on the other hand, you have a dedicated video card, such as AMD or Nvidia, I recommend that you reach the manufacturers’ websites to download the latest updated drivers. For AMD video cards, for example, you can download the tool that automatically detects the model of the one installed on your computer, to get the most updated drivers. You can also perform the manual search on the official website, filling in the various fields that identify the model of the video card.
If you do not know which video card is installed on your computer, you can download third-party tools, such as CPU-Z, which allow you to identify the hardware components that are in your PC, also indicating the model.
If you want to learn more about this topic, I suggest you read my guide on how to update the video card drivers, in which I show you how to perform this procedure on both Windows and macOS.
Download the latest version of Java
Another fundamental requirement for playing Minecraft is to have the most up-to-date version of Java. Don’t you know what it is? I’ll explain it to you in short.
Java is a programming language that has existed since the mid-90s and allows you to create applications or, in general, software that can be run on any platform, without the need to change the development code from time to time. The software is then run from a virtual machine installed on the platform in use.
Since Minecraft is built with this programming language, you need to install a Java component, preferably the latest version available. In this regard, I recommend that you reach the Download section of the Java website, to download the latest version compatible with the operating system in use on your computer.
As an example, if you have a PC with Windows, click on the word Windows online and download the file jre-xxxxx-windows-i586 -iftw.exe. After downloading it, double-click on it and hit the Yes button in the Windows User Account Control window. In the screen that is shown to you, click on the Install button and, finally, on Close.
If you want to learn more about Java installation, I suggest you read my dedicated guide.
If you want to improve the graphics performance of Minecraft, you can think of installing a special mod, called Optifine. Don’t know what a mod is? It is a modification that is made to the game to add or change features.
In this specific case, Optifine allows you to alter the graphics configuration parameters of Minecraft, with the ability to disable or reduce some values that can help improve FPS, significantly reducing lag. There are many mods for Minecraft that perform other functions, of which I recommend you read my guide dedicated to the subject.
If you want to use Optifine, go to its official website and download the version compatible with the latest distribution of Minecraft. Then click on Download or Mirror to download the OptiFine_xxxx_HD_U_E2.jar file . After downloading it, double-click on it, then press the Install button, in the screen that is shown to you, and complete the installation process by pressing the OK button.
Now, start Minecraft via its quick start icon, then press the button with the symbol (▲), select the Optifine profile and finally press the Play button. At this point, on the main Minecraft screen, click on Options > Graphics, to access the new graphics configuration parameters enabled with Optifine.
All the options you see on the screen can be changed using the appropriate buttons, but not all items guarantee an improvement on the lag. Specifically, you must change the value in the Graphic item, choosing Simple, and indicate No in correspondence with the words Soft light and Dynamic lighting. Also, indicate the Render Distance level between the value 2 and 8 and set the maximum FPS to 60.
In addition to the above parameters, access the Details, Animations and Quality section and disable or set to a minimum all the items that are shown to you, so as to change some details, such as clouds and rain, or delete the animations in-game.
I recommend that you minimize all the settings in these sections and increase them from time to time, by testing in a game session, to evaluate the optimal level that does not cause you lag. Another option that may be useful to you is the one in the Performance section, setting the Fast Rendering item to Yes, which decreases the performance consumption of the video card and, consequently, increases the FPS.
I remind you that, every time you change a parameter in the graphics settings, you have to press the button at the bottom Done to save your preferences.
Check your Internet connection
If you are playing an online session of Minecraft, you may experience delays when executing certain commands. For example, if you are placing blocks, you find that they appear late in the game compared to when you issued the command. This kind of lag is not graphical but is attributable to the connection with the server or the quality of your Internet connection.
In the first case, if there are problems with the Minecraft servers, you can not do anything, except to be patient until the problem is solved by Mojang, the developers of Minecraft.
If, on the other hand, you want to check the quality of the Internet connection for which you have signed a contract, I recommend that you run a test, through one of the many services available, such as SpeedTest.net by Ookla or Fast.com by Netflix.
After taking a test with the services mentioned above, you need to carefully evaluate the results. The value that has the greatest impact on Minecraft is the one reported under the heading Ping (or Latency ). An optimal value is one between 0 and 100. When this interval is exceeded, delays in the execution of commands can occur, which are especially accentuated when the value exceeds 200 latency.
To make the test more reliable, I recommend that you close the applications and software that use the Internet connection on your PC and turn off your smartphones, tablets and any device that is connected to the home Internet network. In addition, prefer to run the test on computers connected to the Internet via a network cable: playing online via Wi-Fi connection is often the main cause of lag.
If you have a bad Internet connection you have two alternatives: you can contact the telephone operator to try to solve the problems you encounter or you can change the DNS or install some specific tools, such as TCP Optimizer. In all these cases, I recommend that you read my guide on how to lower the ping, in which they delve into the topics I just mentioned to you.
Also, if you are playing from a console, such as PlayStation or Xbox, you can check if the problems you are experiencing come from incorrect router configuration. In this case, you need to open the network ports to allow the console to properly connect to the game servers and services. In this case, I recommend that you read my guides dedicated to PlayStation and Xbox.
Other useful tips to keep Minecraft from lagging
In addition to the suggestions that I have indicated in the lines above, I also recommend that you close all software and applications that run in the background on your computer or disable some effects and animations of the operating system. In this case, I suggest you read some of my guides dedicated to the topic on how to speed up your PC and programs to speed up your PC.
Also you can think of increasing the RAM that Minecraft uses, which I told you about in my guide dedicated to this topic.
Finally, I recommend that you disable mods, especially those that improve the graphics quality of Minecraft, as they may require more resources than those available on your computer.
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