An amazing optimisation!

Fri 17 Aug 2012, 07:10 by bencelot



Very good news for those with slow computers! Today as I was walking to work I thought of an idea.. an idea so pure of heart and spirit that I had to implement it straight away! And so I did. There is now a new option called "Shadow Quality" which adjusts the quality of your View Shadows. This ranges from 0 (fastest) to 3 (sexiest) and can have a very dramatic impact on your fps. What we've all been using up until now is the equivalent of 3, with pixel perfect accuracy. But now you can reduce the quality of these shadows all the way down to 0, which looks worse but is much faster indeed! In general usage my FPS increased by 150% at lower levels, and when sniping it could go from 25fps to over 100! Very exciting stuff!


12 Comments


chross says:

Fri 17 Aug 2012, 07:56


That is great news. Especially when playing Outbreak with lots of "people" running around, it will reduce the load on some older processors.


bencelot says:

Fri 17 Aug 2012, 08:23


Yup definitely. I plan on making some more optimisations this version as well. I figure flamethrowers and new vehicles are a good thing to add AFTER we get lots of players, but optimisations are one of those things that should really be done beforehand so we're not turning away players who would've otherwise been able to enjoy the game.


chross says:

Fri 17 Aug 2012, 08:40


Yup. It is actually a good idea to bring the new stuff in the versions after the big player influx. That way, they will get a sense of development and progress.


bencelot says:

Fri 17 Aug 2012, 08:47


Yup that's been the plan all along. Get all the changes done now (as people don't like having their favourite skills reworked) and save all the new content for later :)


Cash says:

Fri 17 Aug 2012, 10:26


Optimization is exactly what we need. The majority of the free to play game market is made up of crappy computers. that's why they are on f2p games in the first place. By lowering the minimum requirements you tap into a vast sea of potential players. The lower the the minimum the better, but don't forget about the maximum because without high-end players you won't have youtube videos and streaming which bring in lots of players. Nor will there be any real community or competition because in general it's only the truly dedicated that bother to join the forums and play in groups.


bencelot says:

Fri 17 Aug 2012, 10:44


Yup I agree. I reckon I can make some really big optimisations this version without harming the overall graphics of high end users at all. I just made another awesome optimisation with Map Atmospherics. These can look beautiful and should be enabled by default, but on some maps they can completely ruin the game if you have a slow computer. But not anymore! The game now takes into account your fps and if it's below 60 it will adjust the rate of particle creation to ensure the smoothest possible gameplay :D


STM1993 says:

Fri 17 Aug 2012, 12:29


Excellent! Should be great for me! And in addition, I might reformat my computer.


yo3man says:

Sun 13 Jan 2013, 08:24


An other optimizations i should kno of for my slow ass dns?


bencelot says:

Mon 14 Jan 2013, 00:42


Not much can be done about that I'm afraid :(


yo3man says:

Mon 14 Jan 2013, 01:25


What about for my slow as comp?


bencelot says:

Mon 14 Jan 2013, 02:06


Hmm, set all the graphics to lowest, and try playing in windowed mode with a smaller screen size?


HardPenguin says:

Mon 14 Jan 2013, 10:53


yo3man wrote:
What about for my slow as comp?

What are your specs?

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