There’s nothing worse than feeling cheated out of a win in FIFA 18.
But while glitches are largely to blame, there’s another factor that could be drastically affecting your chances of winning… input lag.
And the good news is that you can do something about it.
Input lag is the amount of time it takes the TV to “respond” to your actions.
For example, if you press “pass” on FIFA 17, there’s a micro-delay before you see a player passing the ball on your TV.
This time ranges from around 10 milliseconds to 150ms – which can massively affect both your performance and how “connected” to the game you feel.
While a lot of the blame has been put on EA – a few of the issues could be down to your TV presets.
Here’s how to make your set FIFA friendly.
Hunt down your TV’s “Gaming” preset
If you’re playing on your TV straight out of the box, chances are it’s got a host of flashy picture processors turned on.
Sadly, these can affect input delay, so most now come with a ‘Gaming’ preset.
These can be hard to find, but are usually found in the “Picture” section of the “Settings” menu.
“Game” mode works by turning off a load of these processors, which lowers input lag substantially.
There are some reports that delay can be cut up to 50 per cent.
Note that some “Game” modes still keep a few things, such as “Motion Blur control” and “Noise Reduction” switched on, so go through and double check they’re all deactivated.
If not… well, you know what’ll happen.
Turn off “Eco mode” and reduce the backlight
Look away now, energy savers.
“Eco” mode in TVs automatically adjusts the picture depending on light – but it’s way too aggressive and leads to an unnatural look that can strain your eyes.
This doesn’t affect lag, per say, but switching it off is a quick way of creating a much more colour rich, detailed image – enhancing the overall experience.
To improve contrast, make sure the backlight (if your TV has one) is set to 0 and contrast is NOT set to maximum.
The latter will lead to less detail in darker and brighter scenes.
Make sure the console signal is progressive rather than interlaced
Input lag is massively affected by whether the TV is receiving an interlaced or progressive signal from a console.
If it’s interlaced it’ll have an “i” after it, for example: 1080i.
If it’s progressive, it’ll have a “p”, for example “1080p”.
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Make sure that you go on to your TV output areas in the Ps4 or Xbox One and ensure output has a “p” next to it.
And that’s it, you’re good to go.
PS. If you’re still struggling, try playing on a monitor… most are designed with gaming in mind.