Yes. I can also assure you it is in no way causing the lag on the servers. Here is why.
If matchmaking worked, it would see im from the UK and place me in a server close to me, either Ireland or Netherlands. where my ping is low and the games are playable.
This making sense so far?
Since it doesn’t work, it places me in US servers where the ping is 150-200+ providing me with unplayable rubber banding matches.
Seems straight forward right? Seems a bit like the server selection menu you would find in… lets say… every other FPS title on the market for the very reasons mentioned above… including Halo: Master chief Collection.
Still with me?
Ok so now i set up a geo filter, all it does is make it so that if it tried to connect me to the servers outside my region it cant resolve that servers IP. Meaning i cant and wont be placed on a server that is wholly unsuitable for me to be on… just like that server selection option in every other first person shooter including MCC.
People complaining about high ping games and rightly so, its 2022 it shouldn’t even be a thing… its a standard practice in first person shooters including MCC to place a user on their desired or closest by default server. This isnt rocket science. Its common sense.
Now those of you that havent setup a geo filter are still at mercy of the broken matchmaking and yes that totally sucks, but it is in no way the fault of those using a filter. You should be connected to the server closest to you… as explained above.
There is no reason for a US player to be having matches on EU servers or Asian servers… as that would provide them with a massive ping, rubber banding and much frustration.
Same with Asian players on EU and US server, same with EU players and Asian and US servers.
If server location wasnt relevant, 343 wouldnt have dedicated servers in all of those listed regions. Why pay 3x for something you can pay once for if its not needed?
Geofencing does not enable some kind of hidden menu that allows me to cherry pick who i play with. The broken matchmaking does that. I have absolutely no control over that aspect of the game at all.
Now, with that in mind… tell me how its geo filters causing the lag and not the broken matchmaking that is selecting incompatible servers for its users.
Except its not though… or a lot of people would already be banned. My internet service providers in Europe actually enable this as default so they wont be banning entire swathes of users who have no knowledge of a geo filter that is in place outside of their home network.
Using one in a HCS sanctioned tournament is against HCS rules. You can be banned from HCS tournaments for utilising it. Halo does not have HCS rules.