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How to Increase Tether Distance in Ark Survival Ascended

What is and how to increase Tether distance in Ark Survival Ascended?

The tether distance setting in Ark Survival Ascended allows you to move farther away from the host in a session. We’ll show you how to increase tether distance in Ark Survival Ascended.

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Adjusting tether distance allows you to customize how close your team has to be to one another while just playing the game. Furthermore, it also determines how much of the game world your PC has to load directly influencing performance.

Ark Survival Ascended: How to Increase Tether Distance

As we mentioned, tether distance is a customizable setting in ASA co-op that determines how far a player can move away from the host. This setting applies solely to non-dedicated servers where a host creates a game for him and his friends. Hosting works differently for dedicated servers so tether distance isn’t applicable to them. 

You can increase and decrease tether distance in Ark Survival Ascended in the following way:

  • From the ASA main menu, click Host/Local.
  • In the “General” tab scroll down to about halfway through the screen and find “Non-dedicated Host Tether Distance”.
  • Drag it up to 3.0 units or type in the value manually according to your preference.
  • Launch your game.

I recommend setting a lower value if you have a PC with lower specifications since a higher Tether distance means loading more of the world which heavily impacts performance. Alternatively, lowering or turning off settings like Shadow quality, Anti-Aliasing, Distance Field Ambient Occlusion, View Distance, etc., also helps your performance with a higher Tether distance. Lastly, if your session is lagging as a host, feel free to lower the Tether distance. It remains to be seen how this will function for the console version.

Related: Is Ark Survival Ascended Crossplay?

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Now you know how to increase Tether distance in Ark Survival Ascended and can manipulate it at will. If you want your party close, just lower it. If you’re okay with members wandering off and exploring, increase it. Just be careful of the performance impact. You can find more of our ASA guides right here with tips on the game like our console commands tutorial and performance tips.

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