On PC Patches

The Call of Duty Website has a post from Treyarch community manager JD_2020 on the process for creating a patch for a major PC game like Call of Duty: World at War. Responding to complaints about the wait for a new version of the World War II shooter, he explains the complications and testing that drag this process out for months. He also touches on console patching, turning conventional wisdom on its head by saying it is consoles that are suited to quick hotfix style patches, but there is no centralized service for hot fixes on the PC: "You may have also seen posts in the forums regarding 'hot fixes' (more specifically, in the console forums only). There is presently no infrastructure for us to release Call of Duty: World at War 'hot fixes' to the PC community, as is possible with the consoles. There is no overarching service for the PC version like PSN or Xbox LIVE to make this possible. Thus, any hotfixes you see a console receiving must wait to be included in the full PC patch. " Thanks Kotaku.
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There's certainly many times more GB worth of drive space and bandwidth available for PC users to grab files from than Live and PSN combined, assuming files get mirrored (which of course they do). Factor in torrents and you have an essentially unlimited capacity to tap into. There's just no comparison.

I can only guess he meant to say that Live / PSN provide a much easier mechanism to update a particular file in a given game than PC game patches or hotfixes do. Being able to drop a file into Live and have it propagate throughout your user base automatically instead of having to create a separate manual install is nice. Knowing that that base all have the same hardware is nice too.

Still, we PC users (you know, the ones being blamed for torrenting games so easily because we're smarter than typical console players) I think could handle being given just a .DLL or handful of files to update our own builds, especially those of us getting crashes on launch for known problems that have us waiting for weeks for something they can fix by giving us one file. Even something like the old RTPatch program would do! But of course that's too messy compared to the nice neat console distribution system. Still, there is the question: Why isn't Windows Live able to perform the same function as XBox Live? And why don't they use Steam, which these days seems to be the last thing that gets an update? This problem is more political or economic than technical.s{

This comment was edited on Jan 16, 2009, 15:47.
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