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Battlefield 4: DICE Fighting Against Drivers and CPU Usage; Expects Improvements in Next Patch

The Battlefield 4 Beta Hasn’t been running in the smoothest of ways for many PC users, and the devs at EA DICE have been hard at work to solve or at least mitigate the issues, as Frostbite Technical Director Johan Andersson explained today. (Battlefield 4, Johan Andersson, PC)

Douchebag696  +   474d ago
It's a BETA. While, yes, it is disappointing that it doesn't run smoothly there is plenty of time to iron out the kinks.
TekoIie  +   474d ago
I hope so.

When a lot of the latest GPU's are having issues its not a good sign. Fingers crossed that the full game runs better :)

EDIT: Just thought I'd ask if anyone had any idea as to when this patch will be released?
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mewhy32  +   474d ago
I played the demo on the 360 and was gravely disappointed. Tore like crazy.
Douchebag696  +   474d ago
I wonder if this is a problem more prevalent on the older systems like the PS3 or the Xbox 360. Hopefully, the more powerful upcoming systems will be able to run the game properly.
Athonline  +   474d ago
I had no issues running at 1080P at 60-80FPS, when I coul get in a game!

The loading screen is taking ages and sometimes I am greeted with a black-screen, that freezes the whole game.

As you said however, it is a beta! I saw worse betas than this, as long as the devs patch it before and not get lazy, releasing a half-baked game, hoping to patch it later.
Neonridr  +   474d ago
one of the most annoying things for me getting to run properly is having the game stay in full screen mode. Whenever I first launch the game through the battlefield 4 webpage, the game never goes full screen, I always end up with a windowed screen. You would think it would be as easy as hitting Alt-Enter (Full screen toggle), but no. It ends up taking forever for me to get it set up right.

But it's a Beta so I cut them some slack.
windblowsagain  +   474d ago
Full screen needs to be selected in video options.

Works fine.
Neonridr  +   474d ago
believe me, it is set that way. Just an annoying feature that I have never experienced before. I am sure it's just me, but just something I have noticed with the Beta. Other than that, things have been pretty awesome with it.
jmc8888  +   474d ago
Yeah I had some troubles getting it to go full screen. If you don't have it setup in the settings, it wigs out and won't do it.

I agree, it's a beta.
Coach_McGuirk  +   474d ago
Beta testing the game engine doesn't happen a few weeks before it hits retail. They had to have known of the poor performance in win7 and released it anyway. Doesn't sound good.
Douchebag696  +   474d ago
I agree, but I'm still keeping my fingers crossed that they'll get the worst problems taken care of.
Pandamobile  +   474d ago
Beta builds are generally months behind the release build in terms of stability and optimization. If you've ever been part of a real beta test, you would know this.
Feralkitsune  +   474d ago
Well, mine patched today and runs really well now. No idea what they did but it's much better.
Coach_McGuirk  +   474d ago
that's great news! Can't wait to try it when I get home.
cyclindk  +   474d ago
I want more, realistic destruction (not real, but realistic from a gameplay perspective).

Jeeps need to take damage where they are hit! Blow open the roof and sides, maybe the infantry inside survive maybe not, but they are exposed to fire.

Same for tanks and every other vehicle.

I want to see metal deformation and so on.

I want a jet ski or boat to sink if the bullets are hitting the bottom section enough for it to lose buoyancy.

I want to be able to jump on a tank and NOT automatically slide off and freaking cut open that hatch with a blow torch and drop a grenade inside. (I torch tanks all the time I just feel dumb doing it... blowing up a tank with a little hand torch)

Call of Duty 3 did it (more or less) and Titan Fall is doing stuff..

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7sEvEn  +   473d ago
Call of Duty & Titanfall are more realistic? Haha!!
Yea I would also like for my Titan to tell me if he needs to take a wiss of oil/lubricant in game.. and in CoD Ghost, I want my dog to get scratches and bullet holes when he gets lid up!

cyclindk  +   472d ago
.... way to take ONE mention of a couple games and blow the thing up like FOX freaking news genius...

Sooooooooo, a little blinding light into the side of a tank and then it exploding IS realistic?!

Those were the aspects I was addressing.

GHOST YOU FREAK?! I SAID COD 3 THREEE THREEE THREEE!!! A "PRE" modern warefare change-up game/launch title on PS3...
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SITH  +   474d ago
The beta has been running mostly smooth for me on the PC. One big issue I had was a tank round to the cockpit of a helicopter did absolutely nothing. Even the guy I shot commented to me how he was not phased one bit. I know that will be fixed.
Feralkitsune  +   474d ago
Tank shells do 90% damage. That forces the heli to be disabled, but if they can get any kind of health, from a blowtorch, which is often the case in Transport helis the heli will auto heal.
Einhert  +   474d ago
i5 2500K

GTX 680


Beta lags like hell even on the lowest settings, I can obviously run it well because it sits at 70+ fps on high but has erratic dips to the 60s which makes the game lag & stutter.

While it is a beta it has been over a week and well no improvements so far, this doesn't inspire much for me at all and I actually like the tweaks and changes over BF3.

I don't care if it is early code it does not reflect well on the final game.
Pandamobile  +   474d ago
People like you are why I'm generally against open betas. If you have unrealistic expectations of what you're doing in a beta, then of course you're going to be let down.

It's not a polished demo. It's a beta. It's unfinished software. You're participating in this for DICE's benefit - not your own.
Einhert  +   474d ago
And apologists like you are why Betas are a bad idea, sorry but a BETA a fortnight before they go gold is nothing but a glorified demo.

They can say it is based on older code all they like but the fact remains this is NOT a beta, it is a showing of their game.

If it were any sort of real BETA it would be done WAY before release when they were working on the actual beta code to make it relevant.

And funny thing about BETAs, they are meant to be play tests to find out bugs/gltiches with the game and well when you cannot even play test the BETA what kind of expectations are you supposed to have?

But then again this is N4G were any kind of reasonable complaint against anything DICE or anything Sony is shot down by fanboy apologists who have their lips lined with corporations feces.
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Pandamobile  +   474d ago
Oh yeah, that's me. Pandamobile the corporate whore.

If it's unfinished code in the late stages of development, it is by definition a beta. We're testing this game for server stability and to try to iron out last-minute compatibility and performance issues. Nothing more. If you go into the beta expecting it to be a beta (i.e. an unfinished product, not representative of the final build) then you can have a great time playing it.

Be a beta tester, not a whiny brat expecting a polished demo. Provide feedback and meaningful information to DICE on Twitter, Reddit and Battlelog. Enjoy the beta. Yeah, it's rough around the edges. That's how it's supposed to be.
pandehz  +   474d ago
I have participated in better betas that were months away from release and the games performed way better.

Well if dice wants to test out bugs, glitches, multiplayer issues etc atleast have the game run right.

BF3 Aplha played better than this Beta which is so close to release. Im not buying the game, cant believe I almost pre-ordered. Will wait it out till the millions of ppl beta test it out till next year maybe.
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Jovanian  +   474d ago
BF3 was extremely well optimized for PC at the height of its patches and updates...I'm sure BF4 will be no different because imo it looks similar but with improvements no doubt

also frankiein1080p said this version of BF4 beta is an older version because of something having to do with getting permission to put it on the consoles as well
Detoxx  +   474d ago
BF3 beta was also a older build. DICE even released a bug/glitch list when the beta released to confirm this
jmc8888  +   474d ago
There's some issues and about half the time the game crashes, but overall it's Battlefield. If you liked 3, you'll like 4.

Post release driver patches should add 20-30 percent more FPS.
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LAWSON72  +   474d ago
I am getting great performance, 60 fps/1080p on my HD 7950. The only bad thing about the beta is it randomly crashes and it lags/freezes alot.

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