Both the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 3 versions of Battlefield 4 are receiving their respective game updates today.
The PlayStation 4 patch, as you may remember, was intended to originally launch on December 3, but was later delayed for additional testing. As of this writing, it should now be available to download. As a reminder, here are the notes for the PlayStation 4 patch.
Battlefield 4 PlayStation 4 Patch Notes
- Fixed the “one-hit kill” bug where bullets were sometimes applying their damage multiple times to a character. This could lead to firefights where normal rifles sometimes dealt one-shot kills, which is not as designed.
- Fixed a crash that could occur when having a very large amounts of Friends
- Enabled audio in PS4 video captures
The PlayStation 3 update, on the other hand, is a bit heftier of a patch that addresses some stability issues and includes a number of miscellaneous fixes.
Battlefield 4 PlayStation 3 Patch Notes
- Reduced the risk of a crash when transitioning from one multiplayer round to another
- Fixed a crash that could occur when creating decals (bullet hit effects, etc.)
- Fixed a crash that could occur when leaving vehicles
- Fixed a crash that could occur when moving outside of the intended play area
- Fixed a crash that could occur when firing the MBT and IFV gunner incendiary weapon
- Fixed a crash that could occur when opening the Options menu
- Fixed a problem with weapon accessories using up too much memory, which in turn could lead to crashing
Field Upgrades Reactivated
We have now fixed the Field Upgrades “Indirect Fire” and “Perimeter Defense” that were crashing the game. These Field Upgrades were previously deactivated as a workaround to this very frequent crash. With this fix in place we are now reactivating the Field Upgrades in question.
One-Hit Kill Bug Fixed
Fixed the “one-hit kill” bug where damage from a single bullet sometimes was applied multiple times. This could lead to firefights where normal rifles sometimes dealt one-shot kills, which is not as designed.
Improved Hit Sync
We previously removed interpolation of damage events (like you taking damage from someone shooting at you) to make them feel more responsive, but that made the damage sync suboptimal. We are committed to tweaking the sync so that it will stay more true to what you are actually seeing. The first step towards this is taken in this patch, so you should see some improvement on this now. We will continue to work on improving hit sync in the game. This change is already live on PS3, PC, and PS4, and will go live on Xbox One and X360 in upcoming patches.
- Fix for stuck in infinite loading screen
- Fix for flares exploit where you could deploy flares faster by leaving and re-entering a vehicle
- Moved an infantry spawn point on Rogue Transmission at first base that was previously positioned outside of combat area
- Adjusted AT weapon at first base on Rogue Transmission from second floor barrack to outside on ground. Previously, players had to destroy a wall in order to reach the weapon
- Performance fix when firing upon large destruction objects (mostly after Levolution events)
- Minor performance optimizations
- Fix for destroyed object parts still being visible in the game world
- Smoother movement of networked objects (like vehicle turrets)
- Fix for audio randomly dropping out when driving a US tank
- SP/South China Sea: Added collision for place where player could get stuck
Lastly, Battlefield 4 developer who goes by the name “Trydling” on the Battlelog made it a point to explain that, as he mentioned in a previous report, the feeling of sometimes being killed instantly, which us gamers like to call an “insta-death”, is not related to the “one-hit kill bug” that has been resolved in the two patches above.
“We are seeing reports from people that this is still present, with descriptions such as ‘I came around the edge of a building and died instantly’,” he writes. “It is important to understand that this is not the One-hit Kill Bug, that is another issue that we are working on addressing. For this, it is important to understand how some of the interpretations made by the game happen so that you can understand the difference.”
“We saw an issue where a bullet travelling towards an opponent would cause damage in one frame, and then again in the next frame. Therefore bullets would cause 2x damage if they hit the target between these two frames. This issue has been addressed.”
“The issue of dying before you saw who shot you is a different beast. We use a term called Interpolation in reference to where you are in the game world. There are instances where the death camera is initiated before the correct internet packets have arrived to be interpolated by your camera. This gives the impression that you were killed by ‘one shot’ as someone came around the corner of a building. We have identified this issue and will address it in upcoming updates.”
As Trydling mentions, it looks like there are more updates to come, and as we recently learned, DICE has halted progress on future projects and expansions in an effort to give Battlefield 4 the old fixer-upper. You can read the official statement from DICE right here.
Any PlayStation users notice any improvements?
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