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#1 Mar 28 2012 at 12:08 AM Rating: Excellent
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Oh gosh, I just hated this in EQ2. You never download the whole game.

http://forums.riftgame.com/public-test-shard/308216-introducing-rift-streaming-client-pts.html

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Something we've been quietly working behind the scenes on is finally ready for its debut. Patching is boring, the patches themselves are exciting, but the act of it leaves most wanting. Fortunately we live in the future where everything is streamed and available instantly (or at least darn close to it!) and as luck has it - that future has come to RIFT!

Upon logging into the PTS patcher after the next update you'll see things are working a bit differently under the hood. Here's a run down of what you should experience:

The streaming client allows you to launch the game without having to wait for all the data to be downloaded.
The first time you patch to the streaming client there will be a long initial import process that will convert all the files you had previously downloaded on PTS for use with the streaming client. This is so that you don’t have to download these files all over again.
You will be able to start playing within a few minutes even after a large update and the game will download the necessary data in the background.
The streaming client works best on a 5Mbps or faster connection. If you have a slower connection, it is recommended that you let the patcher finish before attempting to launch the client.
If players and NPCs around you take a long time to load or if you’re not happy with the game experience when streaming, you can close the client and wait for the patcher to finish. Once the patcher has finished your experience will be exactly as it was with the regular client.


Let us know what you think and of course if you encounter any issues - thanks in advance for your feedback!


Edited, Mar 28th 2012 11:34am by Calthine
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#2 Mar 28 2012 at 4:28 AM Rating: Good
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May wanna fix the title to "Streaming Client on PTS". ;)
#3 Mar 28 2012 at 7:02 AM Rating: Decent
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Calthine think WoW not EQ2. EQ2 had a web based client not streaming. This is IDENTICAL to the one WoW has where instead of having to say download 13gigs of Rift you only need 4 gigs to start playing.

Go download the WoW web client and you will see what I mean.

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Pure, I will never ever think WoW, sorry, I'm Norrathian. I know I'm in the minority, but IMO WoW really sucks. I've tried, it, I hate it.

This is SURE to make me very popular.

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Seriha wrote:
May wanna fix the title to "Streaming Client on PTS". ;)

Heh, my Freudian Slip is showing.
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#6 Mar 29 2012 at 4:18 PM Rating: Decent
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Zomg a pic of it. Definitely the WoW client vs the crappy EQ2 web based deal

http://oi44.tinypic.com/qsoc53.jpg
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Puremallace wrote:
Zomg a pic of it. Definitely the WoW client vs the crappy EQ2 web based deal

http://oi44.tinypic.com/qsoc53.jpg


Actually, looks like EQ2 :) hasn't been web-based in a bit.
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#8 Apr 10 2012 at 9:48 PM Rating: Excellent
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Cal, the Streaming Client is a VERY cool thing, and I promise it is VERY smooth.

It downloads the exe for the patch, but 90% of the other files can be left, allowing you to log in faster. Then, while you play, the rest continues to download in the background. EVERYTHING does eventually download, you just don't have to wait for it.
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I *do* hate the way the launcher client totally hogs all my bandwidth and won't let me throttle it :) Well, we'll see.
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Calthine wrote:
I *do* hate the way the launcher client totally hogs all my bandwidth and won't let me throttle it :) Well, we'll see.


Handle it at your router. Or, just do what Trion suggests and don't use the streaming feature. It's about time they added this tbh. I get that you don't like WoW as a gaming experience, but the technology they employ for patching the game was superior in every way to Trion's until now.
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