It's been a bumper year (apologies) for Rocket League, and now more than 38 million people are playing football on wheels. But developer Psyonix knows there's still a long road ahead, and has released details of how the game will change in 2018, with a major focus on online performance improvements.The developer says it's going to start acting on player concerns about wonky game servers, firstly by adding a tool that makes it easier for players to understand and report bad connections. "We’ll be rolling out improved connection quality status information in the game client in 2018 that will tell you if you’re experiencing packet loss, latency variance, or legitimate game server performance issues," it said. "We’re looking into how we can allow the community to report servers they think are performing poorly to help us identify and resolve problems more quickly."So, it sounds like the developer doesn't yet have all the answers—but getting more concrete … [Read more...] about Rocket League outlines 2018 updates, focus on performance improvements and cross-platform play
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It's impossible to upgrade the in-game performance on your console, right? Every unit is the same, so the gameplay experience should be identical on every machine out there. While this is true for virtually every games console out there, PlayStation 3 is unique in that you can upgrade the stock hard drive with any kind of replacement you like - and that includes state-of-the-art SSD (solid state disk) technology. SSDs are an enormous upgrade over conventional mechanical drives because they have no moving parts. Normal HDDs work by moving a head across the disk platter, seeking out the file the host unit is asking for, then reading it in. SSDs are different. Everything is written to flash RAM, and every file is accessed with ultra-low latencies - file access is typically in the region of 0.1ms. Previous research has suggested that the advantages of running an SSD in a PS3 are slight to say the least - indeed, Digital Foundry's PS3 hard drive upgrade guide struggled to find many … [Read more...] about Can SSD Upgrades Boost PS3 Performance?
By: Sarju Shah and James Yu - Posted on Thursday, January 18, 2006. World of Warcraft wasn't a performance monster when Blizzard first released the game in late 2004. Players with modest and even mediocre systems could all get passable frame rates in Azeroth. Blizzard has stated that World of Warcraft will eventually get graphical improvements to keep the game up to date, but those changes aren't coming in the game's first expansion pack, World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade. With 8 million subscribers and growing, you don't need to push out advanced graphics and raise hardware requirements just yet. We revisited World of Warcraft in this new hardware performance guide since many of you will be returning to the game for the opening of the dark portal, or using the expansion as an excuse to upgrade your PC systems. Several generations of video cards have passed since World of Warcraft's initial release. The GeForce 6 series has long been replaced by the GeForce 7 series, and … [Read more...] about World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade Hardware Performance Guide
It's a little-known fact that the halls of GameSpot are filled with seers, soothsayers, and mystics of the highest order. They also play a lot of video games, so we got our team to use their all-seeing powers to look into the future and predict the biggest upcoming news stories for the games industry in the next 12 months. The below list of 10 possible future headlines are a mix of reasoned conjecture, thoughtful analysis, and flat-out speculation, so read on to see some of our editors' completely accurate, almost certain to happen predictions for 2014.Fallout 4 will be confirmed - Justin HaywaldI admit that I was completely taken in by the Fallout 4 hoax earlier this year. But the reason so many like me were duped is that it's so easy to believe. The hoaxster was trying to get Bethesda to reveal its plans early, but merely dispelling a rumor doesn't mean there isn't some truth behind it. It has been almost four years since Fallout: New Vegas, the last game in the franchise, and we've … [Read more...] about 10 Things That Will Definitely Happen in Games in 2014 (Maybe)
DUST 514 fans are revolting over their seeming abandonment, and being angry about CCP's sudden shift from focusing on the PlayStation 3 game to a possible PC-only future with Project Legion is rational.There are also big changes coming to EVE Online, including a new model that introduces 10 new updates every year.The real story that came out of Fanfest was one that many people missed however, although understanding what’s going on helps makes sense of everything else. CCP is in the process, and those are definitely the very early stages of this plan, of creating the equivalent of Battle.net for internet space ships.Trimming downThings were something of a mess even a few months ago. CCP was working on its breakout hit, Eve Online, it was developing a World of Darkness MMO for the PC that would introduce a whole new universe to CCP’s catalog of games, and it was supporting a PlayStation 3 free-to-play title. So what has changed in the past few weeks?CCP has slimmed down to … [Read more...] about CCP hints at master plan for the Eve Universe: Three games, one universe, one platform