The Elder Scrolls Online outlines work to improve server stability in future updates

    
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Now that Update 25 of The Elder Scrolls Online is out the door, the seemingly perpetual work on making the game more optimized from a server standpoint can press on. The February performance report outlines just how the devs at Zenimax Online Studios are going to do just that in the next couple of updates.

With Update 26, due in May 18th for PC alongside Greymoor, the devs will work to make non-combat pets perform better on the game’s servers as well as multi-threading the character loading process to improve performance. Multi-threading will also be used to refine art asset loading, and other improvements like a better effects manager and work to make AoE effects easier to handle on the servers are on track for Update 26.

Come the third quarter and Update 27, it’s all about improving the database, with better database caching and database worker optimizations to refine the game’s access to the database. There’s also work on an account database “cold storage” feature, which should make it to Update 27 or 28, and promise of critical memory improvements to better prioritize important scene elements.

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J

My load times are much better, but I am crashing about once an hour as well. Tabbing sometimes crashes me or when I log out. Never had that issue before.

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cambruin

Just allow for a toggle to show/hide non-combat pets. I dislike those little gimmicks and frown upon those who use them. I know, I know, to each their own and who am I to judge. But I do, I’m sorry. Whenever I see a dude playing a skimpy-dressed female char with a pet pony with braided manes I can’t help but to be prejudice.

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There are plenty of games which do not have them ;-) Same goes for “a dude playing a skimpy-dressed female char” – do not play such games if you hate the idea of people wanting to look different or wanting to feel like a person of different gender. Plenty of games do not allow such choices.

I also suggest trying other communities, there is one on Reddit that is called “the_donald” which has plenty of people who also dislike allowing “dudes playing a skimpy-dressed female char”.

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cambruin

Lol, feeling offended? It’s the notion of skimpy armour combined with teenage boys playing girls in underwear I dislike, not the thought that males prefer to be female or whatever else they have invented to be in the meantime. Sorry snowflake, not going to take your bait.

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JoeCreoterra

Considering non-combat pets are purely fluff if I were writing that system I would use a deterministic algorithm that is done completely client side based on the characters actual position vector… that way there is zero load on the server for that. It’s how most fluff is actually done in networked games, I wonder why they’re eating server ticks for it.

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The year is 2020. AMD has recently released new Threadripper with 64 cores, as well as many other mobile and desktop CPUs with multiple cores and more affordable than Intel offerings. The gaming consoles had used CPUs with 8 cores with common architecture for about 4 years (not counting previous generations with custom architecture and lower amount of cores). And ZeniMax finally discovers benefits of multithreading and decides to bother implementing it both on server and client side ;-)

P.S: I just logged into ESO after latest update, game still runs like crap, barely using half of 2070 GPU, a very small amount of video RAM and just maxing out a single core on my 6-core CPU in laptop with very low usage of other cores. Less than 60 fps standing near wayshrine in a city with less than 10 people next to me. Yes I know most multithreading optimizations are scheduled for next update but it is still inexcusable that game runs so poorly considering many other old games run much better on same hardware in same situations.

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micedicetwice

Less than 60 just standing there? I call bullshit. With my 830m I have 45 running dungeons.

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You may call whatever you want to. Yesterday I was standing in Northern Elsweyr, at Rimmen wayshrine with a few people next to it, my FPS were in 50’s and my GPU utilization was less than 50%, this is at maximum graphics preset.

This is pathetic for a game, considering it came out after FFXIV and in FFXIV I get FPS in high 80’s when standing in Limsa Lominsa with over a dozen of visible players around me.

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Here is the real “bullshit” for you. Take a look at FPS counter at the bottom left, this is without VSync enabled and 240hz monitor refresh rate. Now take a look at GPU utilization and see how it utilizes CPU – maxing out a single core with other cores used in a much less efficient way.

And like I said, I know more optimizations are coming but it is still pathetic that game performs this way right now considering that multi-core CPUs have existed for a very long time on PCs and consoles.

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Kayweg

Having returned to ESO a month ago or so, and enjoying it again, i see no improvements whatsoever, sorry.
I don’t know if that full reinstall was meant to simply lay the groundwork for future improvements to come, but right now neither my login or zone transitions are any faster than before.

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Ironwu

Well, so far this update has been somewhat of a disappointment. I can detect no improvements and certain areas are now performing the same way they were two years ago. That is to say worse than they were just before this update.

On top of that, old bugs are back in a number of content areas.

I am sure that they will eventually get it all sorted out. But, so far, not so good.

Just what I have experienced so far.

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Greaterdivinity

Oh hey, I need to get this update and see how the launcher/game perform. Been hearing good things so far, and while I’ve been fortunate enough to not have big problems with performance in-game I’m very keen on those launcher improvements, and if I can bump up graphics a bit more and get some faster loading that’ll be icing on the cake.

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McGuffn

Weirdly there was great performance on the first day. It has since regressed. Still better than before but not like it was.

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TomTurtle

Oh, sounds good. Maybe that would make login faster!

So refreshing to see a developer put in effort to improve a game’s foundation. More MMOs could use such tweaks.

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Jokerchyld

If you are looking for this to improve login time you will be disappointed.

I have noticed in game performance but Im still in classic zones. Not sure if that changes once I hit the DLC.