Call of Duty Black Ops: Distant Connection Problems – PS3 / Xbox 360 Lag

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Connection issues have been there in most Call of Duty games, and Black Ops is no different but one problem seems to return from past games in the franchise. We have heard of lag in Black Ops and while your broadband connection could be the reason, a lot of lag seems to be thanks to distant connections.

Have you checked your connection to other players while playing the game? How many bars did you have? We have had a few emails about this very problem, and it seems connections from Hong Kong to UK, and U.S. to UK etc are a common issue.

How has your gaming been when you are playing people from other countries? This could be improved in future games, and seeing Black Ops get better in-game customization is great but what about more options for selecting different countries to play, and other filters for zombies and multiplayer online games?

The lag has been so bad that you have to quit the game, which is no fun for anyone playing. Share your comments on connection problems you have, and let us know your ideas for improving online gaming in Call of Duty.

Also See: Advanced Warfare Supremacy trailer with zombies this week

  • Jack

    If you want them to fix it you need a major movement to boycott their next game. Why should they fix it when their sales continue to go UP even though the “bugs” have not been fixed. If sales go DOWN then activision will get on their ass because activision trades on wall street. Wall street wont not take kindly to their stock if sales disappoint. So for now Treyarch will just count their money. The reason i am no longer buying COD is the idea that i get punished because my games are full of lag and i leave the match because of their incompetence is laughable. By the way does anybody here feel that their zombie games are getting too over the top. Hey treyarch, i just want to kill zombies

  • Dachsfilet

    Im currently living in australia. Love to play balck ops zombies with my old friends from europe. all the same it is not working, just leggy cause ive only 1 bar all the time. Does anyone know how to fix it?

    • Mr Bende

      Hi mate i find the solutio. It works fine now im in vic and was slow then i set to local only ablnd now works fine. In the lobby press the select button on your remote and there set to local
      Finally i can enjoy playing yaaaay

  • Et42083

    I have a 12 mbps connection and I have it set to local only. but I think that is just there for fun it dosnt mean anything I none stop play people from different contries they are never from america and I have it on LOCAL ONLY….WHY HAVE LOCAL ONLY WHEN IT IS NEVER LOCAL ?!?!?!?!?!?

  • Scoobydoo

    I’m from good old Oz (in the south). I Luv to play online bar the fact that Black Ops and the previous CoD games are soooooo laggy. It just about drives me nuts with frustration and you just feel cheated when you clearly shoot someone10 times, they take one shot at you and they win…….Every bloody time….Grrrrr.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1731747736 Ahmed Attalla

    i have internet connection speed 2mbs per sec… and i just keep getting this 2 signal strength out of 4 while playing online…. am from the middle east (Egypt)i was wondering is it because of where i am or is it because Sony just doesn’t give a **** about the middle east?

    • Ekig2322

      Nobody cares about the middle east.

    • Ekig2322

      Nobody cares about the middle east.

  • http://www.facebook.com/mixalhs4ever Mixalhs Iwannou

    I download about 390 kb per second but I lag 1-2 seconds I am from greece

  • Anonymous

    The issue is simple, local only should mean local only. Period. Done. This IS patchable. Next problem.

    Instead, local only usually throws you off of several solid potential matches simply because they’re already filled with a bunch of furry-palmed nerds in a clan (take your pick of clans/scrubs in States with the worst internet infrastructure i.e. Minnesota, Carolinas, Georgia, Florida, etc. – or basically cities that MLG hosts their LAN tourneys where these clan kids get demolished by LAN pros but think they’re “leet” because of prior laggy xbox live wins) forcing host by their regional uplinks to each other and preventing host migration. Ever notice how you have a six-man crew and magically only five will enter a room? This is why.

    So you jump into a room with people at least 2,700 miles away from you, and that’s if you’re lucky and they’re still within the continential US. Usually, it’s hardcore laggy Canadian mounties some 200 miles north of the last known civilized establishment (for some reason this is unequivocally the number one game that Canucks play with by far the largest percentage ever playing of any and all xbox live games – and they ALL have shitty internet) or South America’s finest in Columbia, Venezuela, Mexico, etc. with their lovely 900 ms ping times that rock the synch gamestate and have you enjoying up to 3 second delays on your bullet hit detection and watching them stafe sideways and back up at speeds that exceed sprinting forward.

    Of course, things have only gotten worse granted some of the aforementioned joke clans (i.e vbi, ksi, xgc, dog, itz, etc) have learned how to strike massive packet loss in games without connection manipulation or ip flooding. Indeed, you will encounter 4-5 hillbillies on the same couch with 1-2 laggy canadians as a crew which will almost never acquire host (even with an upload spike – confirmed) but will destroy the opposing host team’s ping synch to the point of hit boxes being some 10 feet away from avatars and auto aim assist that will steer your character for you.

    A great game entirely ruined by the philosophy that all should be able to play, including those on welfare internet running 20 trailers off of one b-band router pushing 128kbps upload. Call of Duty: bringing people together, one laggy match at a time.  

  • Anonymous

    The issue is simple, local only should mean local only. Period. Done. This IS patchable. Next problem.

    Instead, local only usually throws you off of several solid potential matches simply because they’re already filled with a bunch of furry-palmed nerds in a clan (take your pick of clans/scrubs in States with the worst internet infrastructure i.e. Minnesota, Carolinas, Georgia, Florida, etc. – or basically cities that MLG hosts their LAN tourneys where these clan kids get demolished by LAN pros but think they’re “leet” because of prior laggy xbox live wins) forcing host by their regional uplinks to each other and preventing host migration. Ever notice how you have a six-man crew and magically only five will enter a room? This is why.

    So you jump into a room with people at least 2,700 miles away from you, and that’s if you’re lucky and they’re still within the continential US. Usually, it’s hardcore laggy Canadian mounties some 200 miles north of the last known civilized establishment (for some reason this is unequivocally the number one game that Canucks play with by far the largest percentage ever playing of any and all xbox live games – and they ALL have shitty internet) or South America’s finest in Columbia, Venezuela, Mexico, etc. with their lovely 900 ms ping times that rock the synch gamestate and have you enjoying up to 3 second delays on your bullet hit detection and watching them stafe sideways and back up at speeds that exceed sprinting forward.

    Of course, things have only gotten worse granted some of the aforementioned joke clans (i.e vbi, ksi, xgc, dog, itz, etc) have learned how to strike massive packet loss in games without connection manipulation or ip flooding. Indeed, you will encounter 4-5 hillbillies on the same couch with 1-2 laggy canadians as a crew which will almost never acquire host (even with an upload spike – confirmed) but will destroy the opposing host team’s ping synch to the point of hit boxes being some 10 feet away from avatars and auto aim assist that will steer your character for you.

    A great game entirely ruined by the philosophy that all should be able to play, including those on welfare internet running 20 trailers off of one b-band router pushing 128kbps upload. Call of Duty: bringing people together, one laggy match at a time.  

  • Anonymous

    The issue is simple, local only should mean local only. Period. Done. This IS patchable. Next problem.

    Instead, local only usually throws you off of several solid potential matches simply because they’re already filled with a bunch of furry-palmed nerds in a clan (take your pick of clans/scrubs in States with the worst internet infrastructure i.e. Minnesota, Carolinas, Georgia, Florida, etc. – or basically cities that MLG hosts their LAN tourneys where these clan kids get demolished by LAN pros but think they’re “leet” because of prior laggy xbox live wins) forcing host by their regional uplinks to each other and preventing host migration. Ever notice how you have a six-man crew and magically only five will enter a room? This is why.

    So you jump into a room with people at least 2,700 miles away from you, and that’s if you’re lucky and they’re still within the continential US. Usually, it’s hardcore laggy Canadian mounties some 200 miles north of the last known civilized establishment (for some reason this is unequivocally the number one game that Canucks play with by far the largest percentage ever playing of any and all xbox live games – and they ALL have shitty internet) or South America’s finest in Columbia, Venezuela, Mexico, etc. with their lovely 900 ms ping times that rock the synch gamestate and have you enjoying up to 3 second delays on your bullet hit detection and watching them stafe sideways and back up at speeds that exceed sprinting forward.

    Of course, things have only gotten worse granted some of the aforementioned joke clans (i.e vbi, ksi, xgc, dog, itz, etc) have learned how to strike massive packet loss in games without connection manipulation or ip flooding. Indeed, you will encounter 4-5 hillbillies on the same couch with 1-2 laggy canadians as a crew which will almost never acquire host (even with an upload spike – confirmed) but will destroy the opposing host team’s ping synch to the point of hit boxes being some 10 feet away from avatars and auto aim assist that will steer your character for you.

    A great game entirely ruined by the philosophy that all should be able to play, including those on welfare internet running 20 trailers off of one b-band router pushing 128kbps upload. Call of Duty: bringing people together, one laggy match at a time.  

  • defella

    Hi all

    I am a regular on Call of Duty games and will be taking my PS3 with me when I move over to Oz. The question is, will the connection still be decent when playing online with my UK friends from the other side of world?

    Thanks in advance

  • JayBeaty99

    I hate it. I cant play online with anyone. Or on any games. It sucks.

  • Linkman72

    Call of duty black ops is the worst game I have ever played for connection, we are forced to play against foreign players (even though we select locale only)

    I have a 30mb broadband connection and have never been able to get a decent signal on this game, when a foreign player joins they automatically take the connection from the british host WHY WHY WHY ??????

    You can shove your next game guys I will never buy another game from your company, it is bad enough you encourage cheating but alongside the terrible server incompetence you have once again not bothered to listen to gamers complaints.

  • Linkman72

    Call of duty black ops is the worst game I have ever played for connection, we are forced to play against foreign players (even though we select locale only)

    I have a 30mb broadband connection and have never been able to get a decent signal on this game, when a foreign player joins they automatically take the connection from the british host WHY WHY WHY ??????

    You can shove your next game guys I will never buy another game from your company, it is bad enough you encourage cheating but alongside the terrible server incompetence you have once again not bothered to listen to gamers complaints.

    • Erefsdfq

      same with you bro… no more CoD.. Waiting eagerly for Battlefield 3..

  • a1lake

    after reading the complaints on this forum im sorry to say people THE IDIOTS AT TREYARCH are not listening to our complaints. instead of sorting out horrendous connection problems with better servers what do TREYARCH do – yes people you guessed it – they bring out more new maps at £10 per go. All TEYARCH are interested in is making more money and ripping of their customers. Get a grip TREYARCH we cant play the maps we have so why keep selling us new ones!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • me!!!

    shouldnt there be a quality controll issue with this just like everything that is sold to the consumer??????

    • Anders

      There is a definite quality control issue with their end product. But the only way at this stage to really get Treyarch and Activision to acknowledge it is to no longer support them, at least until they make the necessary changes. I could go on about it all day but as a gamer I know as a fact that their products are just not as polished as the competition and it really messes with the zen thing in untold volumes. The games are actually really good but you know Activision has a bad track record for this kind of carry on. Black ops is the most buggy of all 15+ COD games released since 2003, but I wouldn't be surprised at all if it has been one of the most profitable (and that's what it's all about??) (the answer to that is no btw).
      Other companies wanting to break into this genre are going to have much easier time with wooing me in the near future and I'm just itching to find a suitable replacment. DICE anyone? Battle Field 3 is looking absolutely stunning, I will be partaking.

  • Anders

    Black Ops is a game riddled with issues as I have learn't like most people have in the most frustrating way possible. Connection issues, Lag issues, Disconnects and more should have been written on the box cover so I passed it by when looking for a new game to buy. Don't get me wrong I'm not a COD hater exactly but due to these ongoing issues I think I'm about half way there and definitely considering not considering the next COD iteration. Online gaming is what it's all about, the technology is there and readily available, my question to Activision and Treyarch would be this, why are you blatantly ignoring the fact that your products online are not up to the standard of other publishers/ game developers out there? When is the right time to start listening to the multitude of individuals who have purchased your products? Maybe discuss with the board to take a slight dip in their quarterly's then go about investing the right time and money in getting the technology up to specification and in doing so maintaining a consistent and loyal fan base. This is just my opinion but it doesn't really look as though these guys are taking me very seriously when they put a product in the market that is quite frankly unfinished and again riddled with issues.
    I'll conclude my ranting with a **** you Treyarch and a very big **** you too Activision for standing idly by and doing sweet **** all while millions of people around the globe purchased your product while knowing full well your online offering was below the standard in more ways than one. Way to go corporate machine for killing the hours of hard work and creativity the developers and engineers put into it.
    BTW PS3's PSN network maybe free, but thats exactly why PS3 games are at marginal premium and I'm cool with that, too bad some greedy peeps out there don't agree…

  • bobby

    When I try to join a game it 3 quaters of the way and lags out help plz need fix bad fo double xp weekends

  • lalpat

    i live in trinidad it's an island in the caribbean…………almost every game i play i get two bars and sometimes three bars and thats the highest………i'm not goin to change the filter because not much ppl in my country play

  • Renan

    I have a xbox 360 in Brazil and ever time I play with other brazilians in zombies, the connections fail, I wanted to know why it happens

  • Excubitor

    Lag from Hawaii is hideous. Watching killcams is depressing. half the time you find out you were dead before you ever had a chance to see the other guy. Whem you get host, everyone else quits due to their lag. Treyarch needs to monitor ping times and insert delays into systems that have a very short ping compared to the average. Then at least most of the players would be about even. Oddly it seems that three bars is the worst. That's when you die all the time. When you have two bars, at least the lag seems to work in your favor sometimes. Go figure.

  • LonesomeGeorge

    Keep wanting to rage quit black ops after connections are poor on ps3. This is after playing mw2 with perfect connections. However it seems to be my problem as i always have the worst connection in the game, 1 or occaisonally 2 bars. Would like this to get fixed as this especially ruins the game.

  • Jason

    I am in Okinawa Japan, I have fiber optic internet, and my download and upload speeds between here and Tokyo are 33.93 Mb/s and 12.33 Mb/s respectively. In black ops on xbox live and on the playstation network, I set my default to local only but I am constantly playing people from all over the world. I am always plagued with lag and the few times when I am the host I get people leaving me messages to get a better internet server because they have lag. I never had this much lag with MW2 so I am assuming it is a Treyarch issue. The game is good by I get so frustrated from the lag sometimes that I wonder why I keep playing it or if I will buy the next call of duty game when it comes out.

  • Allan

    I love COD Black ops on Xbox 360. This is the first game I have played on Live against other people, so I eagerly played and practiced figuring my kills being low a lot of the time was just me needing to get better. Then one day I saw a YouTube video showing the lag problems if you are not the server computer. So then I started to watch the replay when I get killed and felt I got them before they shot me. Sure enough the replay in many cases did not show a single bullet leaving my gun! My issues are not as bad as some people have described here. I don't have too many issues with connecting to games although it does happen. I do have too frequent of connection interruptions and often a lot of lag. I have a high speed wired connection to my Xbox 360 Slim. Game installed on my HD, Xbox Live says everything is great (open). I still love the game but it is seriously tainted by the lag issues and will affect me buying any future offering in the COD line if they don't deal with this with Black Ops.

  • The Bevastator

    I bought the Hardened Edition for £65 and purchased 1200 MS points for the map pack and now I can't play it at all. Thanks Activision, you suck.

  • Macca

    The most frustrating and annoying game out on the Market. Definitely not worth the money. Far too many connection problems, considering all other games online are trouble free. Do the math!

  • cheese

    I am really disappointed and even feel like I've been jilted of my money. They charged us premium price for a beta game. It was flawed seriously to begin with, and they make patches for insignificant and non-existent problems while turning a blind eye to the real faults of the game. I have given this game more than a fair shake, logging in over 200 hours, and I have to resign to the fact that this game will not get fixed like I had hoped. I have a group that plays every night but we are discussing other games to take the place of this one. Some of us have sworn off the franchise and also treyarch. One map I go 32 and 4, then next I go 3 and 21. I shoot people point- blank and don't get hit markers. I run around buildings only to get shot around them by players who are not even in the line of sight anymore. the game picks the worst hosts, and although they promised us better host migration and all, the game will continue on with a host bringing all players down to one and two bar signals and hold that host the whole time they're in the room. This game is a waste of money and will do nothing more than aggravate you to the point of turning it off with a red face and gritted teeth. Treyarch… you failed. You know you failed, yet you focus on releasing map packs to rake in more money rather than focusing on making this a good game. Wait until someone makes a game of similar style without the playability issues and the call of duty series will be forgotten like a dirty sock.

  • jae

    ok i really like b ops but i cant get on any match and if i do it lags soooo bad i just quit and i have to play combat training and it wuld be nice if u could prestige… and this is on 360 with wildblue internet. and the only CoD game dat works is cod 3 and its boring

  • Christian

    Yo I live in the middle east. I am in the military and since there are no middle east servers, i always connect to american servers and a 1 to 2 bar connection every time. When I connect to uk people, i usually get a three bar but that is usually once in a while. I wish they can put servers in the middle east so I can get a three bar atleast 3 out of 10 times. It makes me not want to buy black ops anymore. I mean I am really good and i dont diserve that. no one does

  • Joshua

    i play black ops on Xbox 360 in australia when im in a australina server i have full connection and average about 25 kills but when i connect to my m8s in the uk i have a red bar connetion and strugle to hit 10 kills because of the lag its like wtf but thins is the only game it happens with every other game i play works fine when connecting to them so they need to sort this out. i even tryed customer support and they gave me some bullshit about my remote location even tho i said tha other games work fine for instance halo reach i get full connection when connecting to the uk

  • randy norton

    treyarch got there$$ p.s.3 OUT

  • mathew

    i play xbox 360 and every game i have a stedy red bar and its rediclous mw2 was perfect no lag i get black ops and im beging to think i wasted my money

  • Rob

    What an absolute joke! I was relieved to see an update available when I tried to load it up just now, but then since then I've tried 10 'games'……7 of which never made it past the lobby screen (after an eternity of matchmaking), 3 actually started up but 2 of these promptly ended in a flashing "Connection Lost" animation.

    At least Treyarch seem to recognise how rubbish they are and allocate resources accordingly…..the "Connection Lost" animation has improved drastically from the previous installation!

  • Thor

    I'm in Canada on PS3. As such most games (I've enabled world wide connections) are with Canadian and US players. I have a great internet conneciton (6Mbps+) and I have so many problems with Black Ops connections it is ruining the experience. I consistently get the message that I've been booted due to a connection problem, time after time. It reconnects fast then I get into a lobby and I'm booted again, and over and over. Never happened like this with MW or MW2 or NHL2009 etc…though often with World at War. Treyarch has made a great game but they definitely have communication handling issues with their MMO's!

  • Gavin

    Yeah defo the worst connection I’ve ever seen!!! I live for black ops and think the game itself is awsome! The BEST! ! ! But the lag and connection stinks after aLl I paid 40 pounds for it!!! I can’t even get in my friends lobbys EVA!! Greedy twits! Who won’t give us decsent servers!! But yet still charge full price!!! Ill be going back to mw2 if this is not sorted!! Plus I’ve got loads of friends who I will get to drop black ops and stick to mw2! Can’t believe how greedy you can be!!!!! Proper pissed!!!! FIX IT PLEASE!!!!!!