Path of Exile reflects on its Xbox One release

    
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Interested in Path of Exile but lacking copious amounts of free time to pick through a messy AMA session with the devs for relevant quotes? How about we do that for you with this new Q&A batch that centers around the recent Xbox One launch!

  • On Xbox One vs. PlayStation 4: “It’s a lot easier to port a game to Xbox than PS4. This is because the APIs and tools for PC and Xbox One are the same.”
  • On Xbox trade chat: “Unfortunately a controller isn’t really great method for text input, so we don’t really see an easy way to do something like that.”
  • On adaptation difficulties: “One of the really hard parts was actually gem management. And I think we still haven’t found a perfect solution for this as well. Moving gems around to different items is a bit of a pain.”
  • On Xbox One X: “We fully support the Xbox One X and Path of Exile will be playable at 4k/60fps on launch day. We’re going to investigate other enhancements like HDR also.”

  • On guilds and legacy league ladders: “These are on the list of big features we’d like to add.”
  • On regional servers: “There will be a Brazilian server added to the realm today.”
  • On the possibility of co-op support: “There isn’t currently, but it’s one of the big things to consider adding in the future now that the launch is out of the way.”
  • On Xbox-PC crossplay: “We don’t plan to add crossplay, sorry. In addition to technical challenges, there are fairness and balance issues that we haven’t come up with good solutions to.”
  • On why the Xbox version happened: “There was a Xbox Technical Account Manager who was a big fan of the game who approached us at a conference and was really keen for us to come to their platform.”
Source: Reddit
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lyberatis

They should take some inspiration from ESO and Warfame Text chat shouldn’t be all that complicated. A button in the start menu that opens up a trade window with different zones of chat: Zone, group, whisper, etc.
As for gem management, I think a good solution would be to have a cursor in the inventory screen that you can toggle in the options (to accommodate people wouldn’t want that). Think GTA 5’s internet app on the phone. Moving a cursor around with the analog stick would make gem placement a lot easier.

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Melissa McDonald

I’ve seen a few folks opine that Xbox doesn’t work with keyboard and mouse, support for that was actually just announced. If I remember correctly Minecraft is the first to get support for it, but I took a lot of blows to the head in my short-lived MMA career (laughing). :P

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MrNude

Here’s hoping that CO-OP is sooner than later…. I’ll hold off till then, will be playing with the wife mostly. =p From the looks of things though they have some QoL improvements to make.

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Dread Quixadhal

On Xbox-PC crossplay: “We don’t plan to add crossplay, sorry. In addition to technical challenges, there are fairness and balance issues that we haven’t come up with good solutions to.”

Many games take this cop-out. There is absolutely nothing stopping any game from allowing keyboard and mouse support, so there’ s no technical issue beyond making your login servers accomodate the xbox live system (which can be annoying, but clearly has been done).

On the fairness issue… there’s a really simple solution that I keep suggesting. Make several server types… console only, and mixed. If you are playing on a console with a controller, you probably want to play on the console only server shard, which disables mouse input and limits keyboard input to chat windows or other text entry. If you have a keyboard/mouse, there’s no issue with fairness if you jump on the mixed servers with PC players.

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Armsbend

How is it a cop-out? They considered and didn’t want to do it. It isn’t as if GGG fears it. Good developers don’t have to do each and every little desire we want. I’d rather talented developers make the game they want and see if we want to take the ride with them.

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dixa

actually here it’s a legit reason just due to trading and the lack of developed tools to help xbox one players like poe.trade. there may be a button on that site to ‘enable xbox mode’ but it doesn’t work because the api doesn’t work.

if the developers don’t plan to release an api or if microsoft won’t allow that level of third party access then no, there would be a serious disconnect. the total lack of trade chat is another issue

and don’t even attempt to kid yourself here – even in a click to move game you WILL move more quickly and with more precision with a mouse than emulating WASD movement with a controller.

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Dread Quixadhal

On Xbox trade chat: “Unfortunately a controller isn’t really great method for text input, so we don’t really see an easy way to do something like that.”

Well, why not do what most other cross-platform games do… allow the player to use the keyboard they have already plugged in (or connected via bluetooth)… or fall back to the standard xbox system keyboard and let them deal with that?

It’s not like anyone is FORCED to use trade chat, ever. But the default xbox keyboard has word completion and can be relatively quick if you don’t try to roll your own that sucks.

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Greaterdivinity

I hope they bring it to PS4 eventually so those folks can enjoy the game as well. Either way, hope they do well on Xbox like they’ve done on PC, GGG are good people.

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Dave

“It’s a lot easier to port a game to Xbox than PS4. This is because the APIs and tools for PC and Xbox One are the same.”

The Developers at id (Creators of Doom, Quake, Wolfenstein, and Rage) might have some strong opinions on that one.

(Edited by mod to remove link – Gamingbolt has an auth issue with the expander.)

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Darthbawl

A site admin or the poster above needs to remove the link in the above message, every time you click on this article (the PoE article that leads you here), you get a login prompt from gamingbolt.com…

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Greaterdivinity

Works fine for me >.>

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dixa

This is what he is talking about. Every time you open this article on mobile chrome you get this pop up

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Greaterdivinity

Ah, I’m on PC so that’s probably why. That’s super strange.

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Darthbawl

Happening to me on desktops, two different ones. Running Firefox, not sure about other web browsers.

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Bree Royce

Thanks guys, cleaned up now – cheers for reporting, Darthbawl. Always happens with this site, also with RPS’s paywalled stuff!

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Grifter17

As far as I can tell PoE doesn’t use DX12 on PC …. so no issue with that port