Star Citizen’s Around the Verse format gets a shake-up ahead of the 3.0 alpha

    
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Cloud Imperium’s Chris Roberts has taken the opening segment of this week’s Star Citizen Around the Verse episode to personally address the reasons behind the continuing delay of alpha 3.0.

“The majority of 3.0’s new features are almost complete, and we’ve shifted into the final phase of production process that focuses on feature and content integration, optimization and bug fixing,” he says. “But we want to make sure that it’s ready.”

In fact, the studio is planning to adjust how the Around the Verse weekly video works, replacing the developer report drop-ins with a new segment called Burn Down, which’ll provide an overview of production meetings and current work, along with a “weekly deep dive into a feature [CIG is] working on for the game,” though the normal AtV cadence will resume after 3.0 has launched.

This week’s deep-dive? Secondary viewports.

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primal

The render to texture stuff looks great and that hologram reminded me of snoke in force awakens I think it was. Real time holograms, super cool

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Paragon Lost

One thing you do have to give them credit for, and that’s pushing the envelope. I’m hoping that they’ll be ready to launch within the next 12 months. My current PC which I build around the Nvidia Titan gpu is now four years old and getting long in the tooth.

I’m hoping that they’ll be ready to launch within the next 12 months so that right after that I’ll just replace my PC with a new rig set up to take advantage of the latest hardware improvements.

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That’s optimistic. I’m still going with alpha 3.0 at the end of 2017. SQ42/SC beta beginning of 2019 and game launch in 2020.

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Paragon Lost

Yup, I being a bit optimistic. :) I’ll delay replacing my PC for as long as I can but after 12 months I’ll start looking harder at doing so regardless.

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Fervor Bliss

I think the only “pushing the envelope” was 4k when it was announced. Now, 4k is everywhere, soon you will have a high-def 4k Xbox. So I would not worry.

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Paragon Lost

No I won’t. I don’t do console gaming. Though I do buy them for my kids though now that they’re all adults I think I won’t be buying anymore. I build or pay someone to build me a high end PC every 3 to 5 years for my gaming hobby and honestly I’m not really worried.

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Melissa McDonald

Hell I’m getting the Xbox One X as my media driver. 4K Blu Ray, baby. 4K games will also be sweet. I’m sure there will end up being something I will enjoy.

But yeah. Wonder Woman in 4K… that’ll make me take the plunge finally :)

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Paragon Lost

Heh! Actually that’s not a bad idea Melissa! Now I have to reconsider. lol.

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A few things I want to ask for that upgrade. Are you comfortable with the current graphics card pricing? Not sure what card and chip your looking at but I was cautioned not to purchase anything until the card supply was better and the GFX Ti models has some time to come down with age. Intel’s next generation is suppose to be a big bang for the buck. 8th Gen/6-core at a comparable price to the current 7k series.

I was told to wait until absolutely necessary if it’s for Star Citizen. What do you think?

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Paragon Lost

Honestly, price seldom plays a role in whether what I buy in regards to PCs. I’m simply looking at it from the point of view of having the latest ‘stable” hardware that will take most advantage of SC or any mmo that I’m playing.

My approach is to build the pc around the best gpu at that time. At the time I built the last system it was built around the Nvidia Titan gpu, and when that first Titan failed they replaced it with a Titan Black Edition.

I know I’ll avoid AMD/ATI, whether gpu or cpu. I used to love ATI gpu but in the past ten years they went down hill pretty badly. Unstable, running hot, bad drivers etc etc.

I do agree that waiting until the release of SC before buying a new system, that is if your current system is doing everything that you need from it with the current games you play. Mines working well right now, as I said I just tend to replace my PC’s with new built ones every 3 to 5 years.

SC’s release could be perfect timing for me to replace the system is all. :) Back to troubleshooting why the Lotro client.exe is crashing in a loop instead of updating. lol. I’d rather go for a ride on my motorcycle than troubleshoot this but it’s been raining heavy off and on all damn day.

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primal

I’d actually argue AMD gpu drivers are better than nvidias now. when they released the crimson driver think it was a year or 2 ago they put in tons of effort they are on par if not better. only thing is the dx11 driver is still single threaded but with devs slowly moving to dx12/vulkan it wont really matter in the future. Only problem with AMD gpus are they arent competing to well in the high end which is fair enough cus they are a business and most gpu sales are mid to low end so they need money so have to target that segment primarily. Vega has really been built as a server gpu to compete in the deep learning market and stuff cus like they saw with Fury X they didnt sell alot of them i dont think.

as for cpus if your just gaming the 6c/12t 1600X paired with 3200mhz ram is awesome and is pretty much just as fast as the 1800x cus games dont really have enough work for 16 threads. intel may win out at 1080p but 1440p and 4k its more negligible. have to wait and see how much more performance intels 6 cores give.

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GoJammit

If I had convinced myself to wait for star citizen, I would have been out of luck playing a lot of games between now and then. I suppose if my 970 can’t handle it, though it seems to now, the n I’ll SLI another on in there or just upgrade.
Keep in min, I’m updating from a GTX460 and I wasn’t even able to play battlefield 4 on lowest settings. IT had to happen.

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primal

You may as well because if you’re going Intel there lineup is a mess. The 6 core coffee lakes this year are using kabylake pch but 1q 2018 there going to be using cannon lake pch so it might have more/better features

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Paragon Lost

Yeah I’d noticed that via articles on AnandTech and Ar’s Technica. :/ Intel is having a stupidity crisis.

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primal

I would put alpha 3 by end of September at the latest

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primal

there will be no sq42 beta btw. dont need beta test a single player

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SQ42/SC beta beginning of 2019

there will be no sq42 beta btw. dont need beta test a single player

Squadron 42 full release & Star Citizen beta at the beginning of 2019. Clarified.

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primal

ah right. hmm i dunno, its hard to say with squadron because they add tech then i bet theyll have to include it in squadron which pushes it further and further back but at the same time they dont need the network tech in, but then theyll have to go back into the cinematics and apply the new graphics and stuff so im not even going to guess anymore. waste of time

they need to take that 2017 on squadron 42 off and have no date on there at all.

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The hologram stuff is pretty cool, but the render-to-texture is going to have huge impact on the game, and especially with performance. I expect that to be a feature many developers start implementing moving forward.

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Dividion

Agreed. When you look at MechWarrior Online, the whole reason why the zoom (for lack of a better word) sucks, is because they couldn’t do more than one viewport. They said it was a limitation of CryEngine. So they just took the far away pixels where the enemy was, and increased the pixel size, producing a very blocky zoom. Sure it works, but it would be so much nicer if they produced the zoom details like SC is doing with RTT.

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primal

it depends what render to texture actually is. Its most likely hacking a way past cryengine/lumberyards inability to do that type of stuff. dont think cryengine could do multiple view ports

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Reht

Crushed that one Schlag!

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Melissa McDonald

…that was a Fast Times reference in case you missed it. :D

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Melissa McDonald

…and we’re going to destroy Lincoln, RIGHT?

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CovertOpsCloaking

rofl :D

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Armsbend

Was ‘WARNING: Choking Hazard’ done on purpose?

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Michael18

tbh, the only thing that would disappoint me at this stage is if I had the impression they stop going for the best possible result and start rushing things.