What is desync in video games?
Developers use Desync as an audio-visual effect to create a feeling of confusion or disorientation in video game players. A player sees something that doesn’t seem right while hearing auditory feedback and movements that give the impression everything is alright, so they keep playing and trying to make sense of the situation.
An early example of this was 1999’s Pokémon Stadium 2 where certain arenas were laid out asymmetrically in such way that it appeared as if one side had an advantage over the other when in reality there was no difference. This has been used ever since for developing mind games with video gamers. Mind games are typically seen through hectic dynamics where two different outcomes can occur but both are at opposite extremes.
Desyncing in video games is when a player and their screen are out of alignment. The image on the player’s screen can look less responsive, making it difficult to play.
A desync in Scorpion King Three – Battle For Redemption.
Regardless of how good your connection may be, it is possible for players to still experience desync problems as in this video here that has been given an M for mature rating because people being at different distances from one another will often cause major camera issues on higher stakes games like competitive FPSs or Smash Bros., which is a persistent problem even at the professional level.
The game doesn’t take many factors into account such as distances from the camera, meaning that if you’re turning around while trying to hit an opponent, you’re likely going to miss and will be given a penalty for that (such as in Super Smash Bros. Melee, where if you do not move sufficiently on the ground for at least 13 frames after inputting a direction before landing, you will suffer this). Melee’s rapid desync might make it seem like your controller is broken, but it’s simply part of the game.
Desyncing is the major factor behind lag in video games. Lag tends to have a much more extreme effect on people playing at different paces, so you’ll often see many players who are closer to their opponents lagging far more than their opponent when not desynced properly.
Video games have a frame rate, which dictates how many frames are shown on the screen per second. If the video game is running at 60 frames per second (fps), then there would be 60 individual pictures or images that can be shown in any given second.
Desync is when the connection of two players or computers in a game becomes disrupted.
Desynchronization in video games is a problem that can happen for many reasons, and often happens because one player has unintentionally lagged behind the others during gameplay. This causes desynchronization between other players, which can cause headaches from slow-motion gameplay and other issues. Some solutions to the problem include turning down background programs on your computer, restarting, reducing graphics quality or clear separation between clients (geographic dissociation). Whatever the solution to this issue may be we all share it! It’s worth mentioning that not every game will suffer from synchronization issues; one example is tencent’s mobile knockoff Arena of Valor-AOV.
What we call desync in video games is a sign that the game’s client and server may not be fully synchronized.
Desync can happen for many different reasons including packet loss, network congestion, or hardware issues such as graphics drivers. Sometimes it does not occur at all- if you get disconnected from either the server or an external player, then the game will likely go back to its normal state of sync since there is now no means of diverging between yourself and your peers. If on the other hand you disconnect from the local machine (yourself), then that divergence continues for as long as your PC gets out ahead of what your friends are seeing on screen – which is why this type of desync tends to lead to more severe problems.
While synchronization between peers is of course important to ensure that everyone sees the same thing on screen, it’s also the case that divergence creates extra work for both server and client which can slow down feedback loops and impede responsiveness.
Desync is a condition that occurs in video games, such as League of Legends and Nether-Realm Kombat, where the game’s server has different knowledge about what is happening than the player.
For instance, when you swing your sword in an online warrior battle arena your opponent may not see you swinging until several seconds after the fact because it takes longer for them to view the new information from their point of view on a private network connection. This forces players with high latency connections to compensate by playing more cautiously because they are so much weaker than opponents who have lower latency (e.g., less time delay).
Desync can also produce unintended negative consequences if players are able to predict movements as seen by others in advance. For instance, there is a skill shot champion in League of Legends that can hit an opponent from anywhere on the map. This champion has to compensate for latency by aiming slightly behind where an opponent will be when his long range attack hits because opponents with high latency won’t dodge until they see the projectile moving towards them.
The term “desync” refers to the experience of feeling off-sync with the game, such as delayed movement or erratic shooting from enemies
Desync occurs when your computer’s connection speed is too slow. The game has a tendency to not only waste time in loading each new section but also disconnect you and puts you back at either the start of a level, checkpoint or previous room if your connection gets disrupted. If it were on facebook, we would say that it hacked you off!
Desync is a video game term that means the player’s input to the game does not match what is happening on their screen.
There are many causes of desyncing, and some fixes that can help relieve it. “One of the most common issues that can cause order problems in V2V games such as Dota 2 or LoL is packet loss” explains Dave Barclay from Valve. Packet loss occurs when information packets are not delivered correctly, and so faster internet speeds will usually help reduce packet loss which will hopefully alleviate any order issues your clients may have been experiencing.”
It’s when the timing between the audio and video are mismatched.
Desync is a term used to describe disconnection between what happens visually in a game, and what is heard. If you have desynced audio / video, it may look like movement from an NPC or character on your screen is not matched with what your hear in terms of sound effects or dialogue that they are speaking.
Desync is the bane of online multiplayer for certain games.
Desync is the inability to stay in synchronization with other players which results in a loss of proper input recognition. This can include, but not limited to delays between keyboard inputs and corresponding actions on screen, turning around when you meant to strafe, running forward then blinking back five feet, or swinging your weapon without any effect.
Given that some match-ups have experienced up to six minute disconnection periods it’s no wonder this can lead to frustration from both players stuck waiting for desynchronization versus those who simply want a good game. In order to combat this problem many games are switching over increasingly towards peer-to-peer networking as opposed to client/server networking that has been used by the majority of games thus far.
Desync is closely related to lag, but not exactly one in the same. Lag occurs when there’s a high latency between your client and the host which results in an impaired online gaming experience where actions are delayed or skipped entirely. The delay can vary from milliseconds to minutes depending on your internet connection speed.
Desyncs can occur for many reasons, but will usually go away by itself if you simply wait long enough. Unfortunately this isn’t always the case for every game, and desync doesn’t happen due to one singular reason either. Sometimes placing or receiving damage is what causes it (for melee/ranged combat), while other times it’s the result of your client losing track of another player (for ranged/magic combat).
Desync isn’t exclusive to any particular genre, and can often occur in games that don’t even use a peer-to-peer networking or latency compensation. This goes for many strategy games like Starcraft 2, World of Warcraft, and Diablo 3.
Desync is also not exclusive to online gaming either, as it can sometimes occur in local co-op games too for similar reasons. Beyond Good & Evil HD had a number of players complaining about desyncs ruining their experience with the game’s drop-in/drop-out co-op mode.