How to make Minecraft: Bedrock Edition less slow

Minecraft: The Bedrock Edition code platform was created with the intention of getting away from the restrictions of Java, but that doesn’t negate its share of problems.

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One of the biggest complaints in Minecraft: Bedrock Edition is lag. However, there is sometimes a misconception about what lag actually is, with some gamers relating it to a drop in framerates and others more concerned with actions performed by the game late after entering .

Fortunately, there are ways to deal with both forms of lag in Minecraft: Bedrock Edition.

Minecraft: creating a more stable FPS and network connection for the Bedrock Edition

A player is experiencing an FPS drop when rendering a top-down biome (Image via Mojang/Reddit user XBGamerX).
A player is experiencing an FPS drop when rendering a top-down biome (Image via Mojang/Reddit user XBGamerX).

While both FPS drops and latency issues are referred to as lag by many players, they work significantly differently in practice in Minecraft: Bedrock Edition.

For example, hardware constraints can cause issues with the game’s rendering process, creating a delay in loading chunks and causing framerate drops.

At the same time, a player on a server or realm may experience a delay when breaking blocks or attacking mobs, while the result of the action occurs seconds after they are performed. This is due to the network connection, whereas frame rate drops are usually hardware-centric.

Delays encountered due to hardware failures

The Minecraft Bedrock Edition has its fair share of issues (image via Mojang)
The Minecraft Bedrock Edition has its fair share of issues (image via Mojang)

If players experience visual slowdown in Minecraft: Bedrock Edition, they can try these methods to reduce the processing load on their hardware’s CPU and GPU:

  • Disable the graphics setting of Fancy, this will have an impact on trees in particular, but it can reduce the load on the GPU.
  • Disabling Beautiful Skies may also reduce frame rate issues, but not as significantly as other methods.
  • Reduce the render distance! This is one of the more resource-intensive aspects of how Minecraft renders the world. You won’t be able to see that far, but it can significantly reduce the strain on a player’s hardware.
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At the end of the day, players will sometimes still experience hangs (frame drops) depending on their hardware. If they’re playing on an older computer with a low-end CPU and GPU, rendering Minecraft: Bedrock Edition may still be difficult in some places due to hardware bottlenecks.

The same goes for console rigs, where even though the CPU/GPU is more reliable, loading assets from the hard drive can sometimes cause a momentary hang.

Unfortunately, without hardware upgrades, Minecraft: Bedrock Edition may not work perfectly for some players.

Lags caused by network issues

Network issues can also be a problem in Minecraft Bedrock Edition (image via Mojang)
Network issues can also be a problem in Minecraft Bedrock Edition (image via Mojang)

Moving on to network latency or lag, most issues can be resolved by looking at its internet connectivity. Some tactics to reduce network jitter can be found below:

  • If you are hosting a server on your own hardware, make sure you have as much free RAM as possible. Insufficient host RAM is one of the simplest causes of network issues in online multiplayer situations. This means that a large number of crowds and loaded players in the game world can cause severe lags or outright crashes.
  • Make sure you don’t download large files without a strong enough internet connection. Downloading large files, such as installing games or updates, can cause a significant delay in the time it takes for a player’s hardware to communicate with a server. This problem can occur both as a host or as a player on a server.
  • Check if there are any firewalls or anti-virus programs that could be slowing down your incoming or outgoing connections. If needed, they can be disabled shortly while playing to improve the connection.
  • If you are hosting a server, beware of having too many plugins. Plugins can take a heavy toll on RAM and CPU usage, causing network slowdown for all players on a Minecraft: Bedrock Edition server.
  • If you as a host or player are using a wireless connection, make sure your device is not too far from your internet router. If there are still issues, consider wiring your machine to your router directly if possible. Wired connections are generally more reliable than wireless connections due to the removal of most physical barriers to connection, as wireless signals can be blocked or impeded by objects in your environment.

There are plenty of other ways to fix both FPS issues and network instability in Minecraft: Bedrock Edition, but the methods listed should help create a much more playable and less challenging experience.

This can sometimes result in less than gorgeous visuals, but the price of stability tends to be reduced CPU or GPU load, which is inevitably tied to the capability of its hardware.

Edited by Sijo Samuel Paul

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