How to fix Dead Island 2 input lag issues on PS5, Xbox Series X and S

If you are playing Dead Island 2 on the PlayStation 5, PlayStation 5 Digital Edition, Xbox Series X or Xbox Series S, then you may notice that your character may not be as responsive to your control inputs as you would like.

To see how you can reduce the input lag for this first-person action-adventure game, you can take a look at this troubleshooting article from Seeking Tech.

1. To begin, we recommend connecting your controller to the console directly so that you can take advantage of the wired connection. Doing so should result in less latency when compared to using the same gamepad wirelessly.

For the Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S, you simply need to plug the controller in.

For the PS5 consoles, you need to plug the controller in and then go to its Settings menu. Afterwards, you need to head over to Accessories > Controller (General) > Communication Method. Finally, select USB Cable from the Communication Method menu.

2. If your television set supports a Game Mode, or a similarly named, picture setting, then we highly recommend using it. These modes are designed to lower the input lag when it comes to playing video games like Dead Island 2.

3. If you feel like your character is moving and/or aiming slowly, then you can use the Controls menu in Dead Island 2 to make some adjustments. You get there from the Options menu in the game.

From the Controls menu, you will be able to adjust the Sensitivity, ADS (Aiming Down Sight) Sensitivity and Aim Assist Sensitivity.

For additional options, you can set the Enable Advanced Settings from the same screen to On. You can then be able to make the following adjustments:

Look X-Axis:

  • Look Maximum Boost
  • Look Boost Ramp Time
  • Look Boost Threshold

Look Y-Axis:

  • Look Maximum Boost
  • Look Boost Ramp Time
  • Look Boost Threshold

Left Stick:

  • Inner Deadzone
  • Outer Deadzone
  • Invert Y Axis
  • X-Axis Sensitivity

Right Stick:

  • Inner Deadzone
  • Outer Deadzone
  • Y-Axis Sensitivity
  • Invert Y-Axis
  • X-Axis Sensitivity

4. The DualSense Edge and Xbox Elite controllers also come additional settings that will let you adjust the dead zone of the analog sticks as well as adjust the trigger sensitivity.

So, if you have these premium gamepads, then you can try messing around with the settings of these controllers to see if you can get a more responsive experience while playing the game.

5. If you are still experiencing some input lag, then you can try playing Dead Island 2 on a different television set or monitor.

Some screens are better at reducing latency when compared to others.

6. You should also make sure that your PS5, Series X or Series S is directly connected to the TV or monitor as any pass-through device or splitter may add additional lag.

7. Of course, you should also keep the game updated as the development team at Dambuster Studios could release a new patch that may fix your input lag problems.

How to turn off hints and tutorials in Dead Island 2

When playing Dead Island 2, you may find that the hints and tutorials that pop up in the middle or left side of the screen to be somewhat annoying. Thankfully, you are able to disable these messages from appearing during gameplay.

To find out how to do so, you can take a look at this tutorial from Seeking Tech.

1. To start off, you need to head over to the Options menu in Dead Island 2.

2. From the Options menu, you should be able to find and select UI, which is short for User Interface.

3. After getting to the UI menu, move the cursor until you get to Left Side Notifications Pop-Ups, which should have the following description:

  • “Turn left-side notification pop-ups for tutorials, challenges, blueprints, unlocks and the Zompeida on or off.”

4. If you turn off Left Side Notifications Pop-Ups, you should be able to stop the tutorials from appearing. However, you will also be turning off any challenges, blueprints, unlocks and Zompeida notifications.

5. Once you are done disabling Left Side Notifications Pop-Ups, scroll down the same UI menu until you get to Small Central Hints, which should show the following information:

  • “Turns small central hints, for example about broken weapons or no ammo, on or off.”

6. After disabling hints, back out of the UI menu and you should see the following message appear:

  • “Confirm Choices. You’ve updated your options settings! Ready to plunge back into Hell-A?”

Here, you need to select the Save Changes option in order to save and apply them in the game.

If you are playing Dead Island 2 on the PlayStation 4, PlayStation 4 Pro or PlayStation 5, then you need to press the X button on the DualShock 4 or DualSense controller.

You need to press the A button if you are playing the game on an Xbox One, Xbox One S, Xbox One X, Xbox Series S or Xbox Series X console.

How to fix Dead Island 2 co-op hosting issues

You are able to play Dead Island 2 with two other players online to fight against zombies. If you can’t seem to host others playing on a different platform, then you can check out this troubleshooting article from Seeking Tech.

Cross-Play vs Cross-Gen Co-Op

Before we begin, it is important to note that Dead Island 2 does not support cross-play as PC, PlayStation and Xbox gamers won’t be able to play with each other.

With that said, the game does support cross-generation match making. As a result, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 4 Pro and PlayStation 5 gamers can play cooperatively with each other.

The same is also applicable to the Xbox family as Xbox One, Xbox One S, Xbox One X, Xbox Series S and Xbox Series X players are able to play with each other.

If you own the PC version of DI2, then you can only team up with other computer players.

Older Consoles

If you want to play co-op with others from the same console family but still aren’t able to connect, then your issue may be related to having an older console.

Currently, you aren’t able to host a cooperative session if you are playing Dead Island 2 on the base PlayStation 4, base Xbox One or Xbox One S. This is due to the technical limitations of these systems when compared to the newer and more powerful hardware.

The development team is planning to make the hosting feature available for these older consoles eventually through a patch. So, you should make sure that you have the latest version of this action role-playing game downloaded and installed if you haven’t done so already.

If you aren’t willing to wait for an update, then you can tell the other players to invite you instead if they are playing on a PlayStation 4 Pro or PlayStation 5 and you are playing on a base PlayStation 4.

If you are playing on a base Xbox One or Xbox One S, then you can tell the other players to invite you if they are playing Dead Island 2 on an Xbox One X, Xbox Series S or Xbox Series X.

Your game progression should be saved even if you are joining into the host’s game.

Of course, you can also simply upgrade from a PS4 to a PS4 Pro or PS5. If you are playing on Xbox One or Xbox One S, then you can upgrade to Xbox One X, Xbox Series S or Xbox Series X if you want to host a co-op session.

How to disable Minecraft Legends achievements on Xbox

When playing Minecraft Legends on the Xbox One, Xbox One S, Xbox One X, Xbox Series S or Xbox Series X, you may get a notification saying that you earn an achievement. If you find that this pop-up message is distracting you, then you can take a look at this tutorial to see how you can disable this feature.

Before we begin, it is important to note that, while you can’t completely turn off Minecraft Legends achievements, you are able to disable its pop-up notifications that appear during gameplay. In order to do so, you need to take the following steps:

1. To start off, you should head over to the Settings menu of your console. You can find the Settings option in the home menu of the dashboard.

If you are currently playing the real-time strategy game, then you can press the Xbox button to open the Guide menu, which is where you can select Settings from the Profile & System tab.

2. After getting to Settings, move to the left column menu and then select Preferences.

3. On the right side of the same screen, you then need to select Notifications.

4. Once you get to the Preferences – Notifications menu, select Xbox Notifications.

5. From the Preferences – Xbox Notifications menu, select Achievements.

6. After getting to the Preferences – Achievement Notifications menu, make sure that the “Achievement Notifications On” and “Show Banners” settings are deselected.

If you would like, you can also deselect the “Show Notifications in Guide” setting if you don’t want to get a message about earning an achievement when you open the Guide menu.

7. Once you are done making the changes, you should back out of the Settings menu of your console and then resume playing Minecraft Legends.

You should no longer see any pop-up notifications when you earn an achievement in this game.

Keep in mind that, by disabling achievement notifications on a system level, you will be disabling the pop-up messages for all other games. So, if you want to re-enable these notifications in the future, you can do so by returning to Settings > Preferences > Notifications > Xbox Notifications > Achievements menu.

How to fix Minecraft Legends ‘connection lost’ error

When playing online with others in Minecraft Legends, you may end up getting a “Connection Lost” message. You can take a look at this troubleshooting article from Seeking Tech to see how you potentially fix these connection issues.

1. For the first step, we recommend checking to see if the servers are working normally.

If you are playing the game on Nintendo Switch, PlayStation or Xbox, then you should find whether or not some or part of the Nintendo Switch Online, PlayStation Network or Xbox Liver servers are offline.

On the Xbox One, Xbox One S, Xbox One X, Xbox Series S and Xbox Series X, for instance, you can go to the console’s Settings menu and then select General > Network. You should then find the Xbox Live server status on the right side of the screen.

Of course, you should also check if the Minecraft Legends servers are working at full throttle as well. If there is an issue, you can usually find an announcement on the official Minecraft social media channels.

If there appears to be some server issues, then you can’t do much aside from waiting until things get fixed on the other end if you want to play this game online.

2. If the servers appear to be working normally, then there may be an issue with your internet connection.

To start off, you should make sure that there is nothing wrong with the internet service.

If the ISP is working fine, then you can try pausing or stopping any concurrent downloads and/or streams in order to free up more bandwidth for playing Minecraft Legends. If possible, you can also try using a wired Ethernet instead of Wi-Fi.

You may also want to consider power-cycling your networking equipment. To do so, turn off your modem and routers. Afterwards, wait for several minutes before turning them on again. Once you reestablish your connection to the Internet, try to play Minecraft Legends online again to see if you are still losing your connection.

3. If you put Minecraft Legends in a suspended state, then you will most likely get disconnected from your online lobby. So, if you need to stop playing the game for a few minutes, it is a good idea to just leave it running instead of putting your system in sleep mode and/or going back to the system menus.

By doing so, you should be able to prevent the connection lost errors.

How to fix Minecraft Legends ‘connecting to your account’ error

When booting up Minecraft Legends, the game may stay stuck loading at the splash screen with the following message:

  • “Connecting to your account…”

To see how you can potentially fix this error, you can take a look at this troubleshooting article from Seeking Tech.

1. The first solution you can try is to press the A button if you are playing on Xbox (including the Xbox One, Xbox One S, Xbox One X, Xbox Series S and Xbox Series X), B button on Nintendo Switch or X button on PlayStation (including the PS4, PS4 Pro, PS5 and PS5 Digital Edition).

By doing so, the screen should flicker and you may be able to bypass the “connecting to your account…” message to load into the main menu.

You may need to press the same button multiple times if pressing it once did not get you pass the error.

2. If the first potential fix does not work, then there may be a server issue. We recommend taking a look at the official Minecraft media channels, such as its Twitter page, to see if there are any current problems when playing this game online.

If there are, then we suggest waiting until the server problems get fixed before trying to boot up Minecraft Legends.

3. If the servers appear to be fine, then the error message may be related to the internet connection on your end.

If you think that this is the case, then make sure that you have a strong enough Wi-Fi connection if you are connecting your system to the internet wirelessly. If possible, we recommend using a wired Ethernet LAN connection as it should be faster and a lot more stable.

If you are downloading and/or streaming at the same time as trying to play Minecraft Legends, then you may not have enough bandwidth available. Therefore, you can try pausing and cancelling other online activities.

Power cycling your home network may also help. You can do so by taking the following steps:

  • Turn off your game system.
  • Turn off your modem and all of your routers.
  • Wait for at least two minutes.
  • Turn on your modem and routers.
  • Wait until your networking devices have re-connected to your internet service provider.
  • Turn on your game system.
  • Re-launch Minecraft Legends to see if you are able to get past the “Connecting to your account…” screen.

How to play Minecraft Legends with keyboard and mouse on Xbox

Minecraft Legends supports keyboard and mouse on the Xbox One, Xbox One S, Xbox One X, Xbox Series S and Xbox Series X game console. So, if you are used to playing real time strategy titles with this combination, then you can check out this guide at Seeking Tech to see how you can enable this input.

How to enable keyboard and mouse for Minecraft Legends

Minecraft Legends offers a plug and play connection when it comes to enabling keyboard and mouse input.

Therefore, you simply need to connect these control options to the USB ports of your Xbox console. While a Bluetooth keyboard and mouse won’t work, those that use a wireless USB dongle may be compatible if you plug the dongle into the USB ports of the Xbox.

Once the game detects input from the keyboard or mouse, it should automatically switch to those inputs. At that point, you can turn off your Xbox controller in order to save on its battery life.

When we first connected our wired mouse to the Xbox to play Minecraft Legends, we found that the mouse pointer moves a little bit too slow for our liking.

If you feel the same way, then you can change the cursor speed from the Settings menu of your Xbox. From there, select Devices & Connections > Mouse. You can then use the slider to change the pointer speed.

Minecraft Legends keyboard customizations

By heading to the Keyboard/Mouse tab in the Settings menu of Minecraft, you will be able to adjust the Camera Sensitivity, Building Placement Sensitivity and Redstone Launcher Aiming Sensitivity by using the sliders at the top.

On the same screen, you will also be able to turn on or turn off the following features:

  • Invert Y-Axis
  • Banner View Toggled Mode
  • Build View Toggled Mode
  • Sprint Toggle Mode

Minecraft Legends keyboard and mouse button layouts

In the same Keyboard/Mouse tab of the Settings menu in Minecraft Legends, you will find the button layout for this input method. You can find images of these layouts below:

Hero and HUD keyboard and mouse button layout:

General Interaction keyboard and mouse button layout:

Spawner Interaction keyboard and mouse button layout:

Redstone Launcher Interaction keyboard and mouse button layout:

Build View keyboard and mouse button layout:

Banner View keyboard and mouse button layout:

You can also change any of the key inputs to another one from this menu if you don’t like some of the default options.

How to turn off the narrator in Minecraft Legends

By default, Minecraft Legends feature a narrator that will read off the text that appears on the screen. If you forgot to turn this off when you first boot up this real time strategy game, then you can check out this tutorial from Seeking Tech to see how you can properly do so.

1. For the first step, make sure you open Minecraft Legends on your Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 4 Pro, PlayStation 5, PlayStation 5 Digital Edition, Xbox One, Xbox One X, Xbox One S, Xbox Series X or Xbox Series S console if you haven’t done so already.

2. Next, you need to head over to the Settings menu in the game, which you can do so from either the main menu or pause screen.

In order to bring up the pause screen, you can press the + button on Switch, Options button on PS4/PS5 or Menu button on Xbox.

3. After getting to the Settings menu, you need to switch over to the Accessibility tab.

You can do so by pressing the R button on the Nintendo Switch, R1 button on PlayStation or RB button on Xbox.

4. In the Accessibility tab, move the cursor down until you get to the Text to Speech setting, which should have the following description:

  • “Enables text-to-speech narration of UI elements and chat log.”

5. If Text to Speech is set to “On” then you need to select it to switch this option to “Off.”

6. Once the narrator has finished reading its current lines, it will fully turn off.

When you return to the name, you should no longer hear a voice while playing Minecraft Legends.

How to turn off Wi-Fi on Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S

The Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S feature a Wi-Fi 5 card as you will be able to connect the console online over a 802.11ac or older wireless connection. If you want to turn off the Wi-Fi connection to these gaming systems for one reason or another, then you can take a look at this tutorial to see how you can do so.

Method #1

For the first method, you can simply set your console to go offline by taking the following steps:

  • To start off, you need to open the Settings menu of the Series X or Series S. You can do so by selecting Settings from the home menu or in the Profile & System tab of the Xbox Guide menu.
  • Inside of Settings, make sure you are in the General section on the left column.
  • On the right side of the same screen, you then need to select Network Settings.
  • After getting to the Network menu, you should be able to select the Go Offline feature.
  • Once your console is offline, you can also select the Forget Wireless Network option if you want to delete the Wi-Fi connection information on the console. Afterwards, you will have to select the Set Up Wireless Network option in the Network menu if you want to set up a new Wi-Fi connection.

Method #2

For the second method, you can head back to the Settings menu of your Xbox Series X or Xbox Series S. From there, select General and then Network Settings.

Once you arrive at the Network menu, you can then select the Disconnect Wireless option. By doing so, you will no longer be using the Wi-Fi connection. If you want to use Wi-Fi again afterwards, then you need to select the Set Up Wireless Network option from the Network menu.

Method #3

If you want to use a wired LAN connection instead of Wi-Fi for your Series X or Series S, then you can simply plug in the Ethernet cable to the console.

The system will automatically disable the Wi-Fi connection and switch over to the wired connection.

For the uninformed, a wired LAN connection should provide faster and more stable speeds when compared to Wi-Fi. So, if you are experiencing a lot of lag or slow downloads over Wi-Fi, then switching over to a wired Internet connection may help resolve these issues.

Keep in mind that you won’t be able to play games or use apps online on your Xbox if you disconnected your Wi-Fi without an Ethernet connection.

How to adjust the active hours for Xbox Series X and Series S

In order to make your Xbox Series X or Xbox Series S run more efficiently, Microsoft recently added the ability to adjust the active hours for your console. This will help your system use up less electricity, and therefore save you money on your energy bill, outside of the active hours timeline in Sleep Mode.

To see how you can access this feature, you can take a look at this tutorial from Seeking Tech.

1. If you haven’t done so already, make sure you update the system software of your Series X or Series S as this feature has been added through a firmware update.

To check if there is a new version of the console available to download, you can open the Settings menu and then select System > Updates. If there is a new file available, make sure you download and install it before continuing.

2. Once your Xbox is updated, head back to the Settings menu.

3. From the front page of Settings, you need to select General on the left column and then Power Options on the right side of the same screen.

4. You should now be in the General – Power Options menu. Here, you should make sure that you select Sleep in the “Choose how this console turns off” section. Otherwise, you won’t be able to access the Active Hours feature.

5. After making sure you have Sleep Mode set to Active, you then need to select Customize Power Options on the right side of the General – Power Options menu.

6. In the General – Customize Power Options menu, you need to select Adjust Active Hours.

Note: if you don’t see the Adjust Active Hours option, then you should make sure that you have the latest firmware installed. Restarting your console may also make it appear as well.

7. You should finally be in the General – Adjust Active Hours menu, which has the following description of the feature:

  • “When the console is off or when you turn it off, it shouts down instead of sleeping. This saves energy while keeping the console ready to wake when you’re likely to use it. Outside of active hours the console takes longer to start up. The more you use the console, the better automatic scheduling will get.”

8. When you select the Adjust Active Hours drop-down menu, you will have the following options:

  • The Always Active option is for those who want to keep their Xbox Series X or Xbox Series S in Sleep Mode at all times. This uses the most energy.
  • The Automatically option will let the console pick the best time. Your Series X or Series S will learn your habits when it comes to when you are actively using the system. It will then adjust the Active Hours to fit your usage schedule. As a result, the console will be put in Sleep Mode during hours where it expects you to use it. During inactive hours, the same console will be completely turned off.
  • The Manually option will let you set the active hours timeline. By selecting this, you should see the Start Active Hours and End Active Hours options appear. You can use these to set the range to your liking.