Apex Legends

How to select server in Apex Legends to fix connection on PC, PS4 & Xbox

Published: 2/Jan/2020 11:45 Updated: 2/Jan/2020 11:54

by Paul Cot

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If your connection to Apex Legends on PC, PS4 or Xbox One is being affected by lag or other connection issues, manually changing the server you’re connecting to may improve your experience.

There is nothing worse than playing a game, especially a multiplayer title, and being affected by lag. All gamers have likely run into this frustrating issue at some point in their life and have no doubt been on the receiving end of deaths because of it too.

At the turn of the new year, many players have reported encountering more connection issues than before, with speculation that the game’s servers have been having issues. While Respawn and EA have not commented on the status of the game’s servers, if there are problems on the publisher’s end, the options for players to fix their connection are limited. One thing they can try, however, is manually changing the server that they’re connecting to.

Though there’s no guarantee that selecting a new server will fix all connection issues, if you’re experiencing consistent lag or outright disconnection from games, it’s certainly worth trying out another server, as some may be more stable than others.

How to change Apex Legends servers

Thanks to an update from June, the game should automatically connect to your closest data center – reducing the need to manually select your closest. However, if you are experiencing connection issues with your nearest center, it is possible to change it yourself.

While selecting a data center that is further away from you may result in a higher ping, it could be a worthwhile price to pay to find a server which you will not be disconnected from in the middle of a game.

Below are the steps you need to follow in order to see which data center you’re connected to, and select a different one if you so choose.

PS4 and Xbox One

  1. Wait two minutes on the title screen
  2. Enter accessibility settings
  3. Exit and press the Right thumb stick in
The Apex Legends datacenter screen.

Following these steps will bring up all the available in-game data centers. The list will show the locations, ping and packet loss as a percentage – which will help you determine which data center is the best for you in a bid to avoid lag.

Generally speaking, it is best to select the data center with the lowest ping and packet loss – which, thanks to that June update, should be listed at the top for ease. However, if you are already connected to that data center and experiencing connection issues, it may be worth choosing a different location in order to find a more stable server.

PSA: Console users you can select your datacenter to reduce lag. Wait 2 mins at title screen, enter accessibility settings then exit and press R3. Lowest value pings and packet loss are best. from r/apexlegends

PC

If you’re struggling with lag on PC, these are even easier steps to follow. Just wait for 60 seconds upon startup, then hit escape and cancel. The data centers should appear at the bottom of your screen.

Follow the same steps as above to choose the right data center for you – if the game hasn’t automatically connected you to the best possible location.

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Kings Canyon and Mirage Voyage make surprise return to Apex Legends

Published: 15/Jan/2021 20:15

by Theo Salaun

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In an impromptu update, Respawn Entertainment have delighted Apex Legends fans by bringing back both the Kings Canyon map and the Mirage Voyage point of interest for a limited time.

The Apex community lit up with a blend of surprise and joy when users logged onto the popular battle royale and found out that Kings Canyon was reintroduced to the game’s playlist options. As an added bonus, the game’s most infamous party boat, the Mirage Voyage, also spontaneously re-emerged as a landing spot.

A common emotional accompaniment to surprise is confusion and this geographical return was not lacking in either, according to Twitter reactions. The option to play on Kings Row was originally speculated to be a mistake because the playlist choice was only showing up for some players and mysteriously appearing then disappearing for others. 

But, following an official announcement from the Apex Legends Twitter account, it’s confirmed that the returns of Kings Canyon and Mirage Voyage are no mistake. In fact, they will be around for a full week.

Echoing the enthusiasm of their fans, Apex’s social media account delivered the news with a simple nod to jubilations: “It’s party time.”

And, as fans have been discovering in the brief time the map’s been made available, there are some tweaks to Kings Canyon and Mirage Voyage this time around — including some notable teasers and easter eggs. 

In one such piece of subtle content, there is a voicemail left to Mirage by his mother, Evelyn Witt, which can be found on a phone or tablet device that’s been left on one of the boat’s green couches. While it’s not a groundbreaking piece of lore, it does add to the game’s longrunning storylines.

This marks the first time since August 2020 that Mirage Voyage is available to contest in Apex Legends and the first time ever that it has sailed into Kings Canyon instead of World’s Edge. This blend of returns is both a chance for nostalgia and for content overlap.

Although the new playlist option will only be available until January 21, fans will be curious to know if this means Respawn intends on continuing to spontaneously bring back limited playlist offerings in the future.