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  1. >   @viewtfuljoe61
  2. > are waves of new invites to beta still going out? Is > the 2-3 weeks timeframe for twitter keys still valid?
  3. >   @j_smedley 
  4. > yup
  5.  
  6.        
  7. >   @BStramke
  8. >  When will the next invite waves happen? Especially for Vets without active subscription.
  9. >   @j_smedley  
  10. >  once we feel like we have worked out existing Issues with what we see already.
  11. >  this is a real beta. We ate finding plenty of problems. It's not perfect by a longshot and thats the truth.
  12. >  the next wave will come to a better game because of the previous wave. Just today we found a big performance issue and fixed it
  13.  
  14.        
  15. >   @BStramke  
  16. >  Thanks for the update(s). Hope development goes well on smashing those bugs ;-)
  17. >   @j_smedley  
  18. >  thanks. Don't worry. It won't be long.
  19.  
  20.        
  21. >   @elsnakeo  
  22. >  Have you heard any information about the Oculus Rift VR goggles? It seems to be getting a lot of good word from other developers.
  23. >   @j_smedley  
  24. >  yes. Can't wait.
  25.  
  26.        
  27. >   @TheMittani  
  28. >  Holy crap, Planetside 2 looks amazing: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vM3DxaxfErs …
  29. >   @j_smedley  
  30. >  :)
  31.  
  32.        
  33. >   @DubstepCommenta  
  34. >  Would activating my old PS1 account right now add me to the beta or is it too late for that?
  35. >   @j_smedley  
  36. >  too late. Sry
  37.  
  38.        
  39. >   @amstl14  
  40. >  When will all ACTIVE sub vets get an email? I'm still waiting...
  41. >   @j_smedley  
  42. >  you should have
  43.  
  44.        
  45. >   @mad4planetside2  
  46. >  Have all the PS1 active vets been invited now? Meaning the next wave will be PS1 inactives?
  47. >   @j_smedley  
  48. >  all ps1 current subs are invited. Vets who aren't subscribed aren't in yet. Not sure when yet. We have work to do
  49.        
  50.  
  51. >   @KeithLynch09  
  52. >  Burning the midnight oil?
  53. >   @j_smedley  
  54. >  yes. Insomnia is a bitch. I feel bad for the storm of emails I sent tonight. Oh wait. No I don't :)
  55.        
  56.  
  57. >  @DessyRascal  
  58. >  probably being asked loads but any word on when next wave of invites is likely to happen?
  59. >   @j_smedley  
  60. >  as soon as we feel we've improved the game enough. Not this week for sure.
  61.        
  62.  
  63. >   @Scotsh2  
  64. >  are new invites out of the question today or a possibility?
  65. >   @j_smedley  
  66. >  not happening.
  67.        
  68.  
  69. >   @Bulleye1  
  70. >  When are the rest of the certs getting unlocked?
  71. >   @j_smedley  
  72. >  fairly soon. But in groups
  73.  
  74.        
  75. >   @JordyvanderMaa1  
  76. >  What time are the servers going to be online for europe ? ( GMT +1 ) , because i can't wait to play again! ;)
  77. >   @j_smedley  
  78. >  6am PST
  79.  
  80.        
  81. >   @Pyongftw  
  82. >  Hi there, Ive got a custom athome VR setup and I was wondering if theres gonna be any support for head rotation (like arma 2 has)
  83. >   @j_smedley         
  84. >  no plans sorry
  85.  
  86.        
  87. >   @gutiarist616  
  88. >  is that fix going to make it into tonight's build?
  89. >   @j_smedley  
  90. >  hopefully. Lots more improvement to come. This isn't a marketing beta. It's a real beta. To test and improve
  91.  
  92.        
  93. >   @schischamstart  
  94. >  will the new performance patch be on the beta today?
  95. >   @j_smedley  
  96. >  hopefully at some point. Don't want to paint it as a magical fix everything
  97. >  heres a data point - our average fps is 39
  98.  
  99.        
  100. >   @j_smedley         
  101. >  Average fps in beta is 39. And improving. Low end machines need a lot of love though and we are working hard.
  102.  
  103.        
  104. >   @DannyJo81  
  105. >  Thats great, but what exactly is a low end machine?
  106. >   @j_smedley  
  107. >  I-5 dual core 8800
  108.  
  109.        
  110. >   @scufmark  
  111. >  Any clue on Min specs?
  112. >   @j_smedley  
  113. >  we aren't ready to finalize that. Thats precisely what we are working on.
  114.  
  115.        
  116. >   @_trowter  
  117. >  Wow that seems kinda low, how much more FPS do you expect to get on low end machines?
  118. >   @j_smedley  
  119. >  it's not at all low. On my machine I get 60fps in 2560 x 1600 with bursts as high as 100
  120.        
  121.  
  122. >   @westquester  
  123. >  are you guys only skiing one beta wave in a week?
  124. >   @j_smedley  
  125. >  it's not that rigid. We are holding until we get some stuff fixed. No eta atm
  126.  
  127.        
  128. >   @SteadiestShark  
  129. >  What would you say my computer is? i7 920 @ 2.67ghz, 6gb 1333 mhz ddr3 ram, nvidia gtx 560ti- and what fps do you think I'll get?
  130. >   @j_smedley  
  131. >  good computer. Not positive about your fps though. It will run just fine.
  132.        
  133.  
  134. >   @DannyJo81  
  135. >  Thanks, I suppose newer(ish) mid range is alright then, such as i3 or i5 with an NVIDIA 550 or 560Ti card
  136. >   @j_smedley  
  137. >  i3 is a question mark. I think that was released after i5 right? I wish the naming convention made sense.
  138.        
  139.  
  140. >   @mandrill  
  141. >  got a priority beta access code, I realise you'll be allowing access in phases but Is there a schedule for when these phases are?
  142. >   @j_smedley  
  143. >  ps1 vets are next followed by priority keys followed by general signups
  144.  
  145.        
  146. >   @Combustiondj  
  147. >  is a geforce 9800GT supported? and if so is it the minimum or is it an okayish card to run the game?
  148. >   @j_smedley  
  149. >  it should be if it's shader 3 which I think it is. It's at the lower end but should be ok. We are more CPU bound atm
  150.        
  151.  
  152. >   @SteadiestShark  
  153. >  Ok, thanks. I should have probably added that I'll be playing in 1920x1080. :p
  154. >   @j_smedley  
  155. >  you'll be fine. Guess would be 40-60.
  156.  
  157.        
  158. >   @Temperance101  
  159. >  For comparison purposes, what hardware are you running Smed?
  160. >   @j_smedley  
  161. >  i7 980 12 gig of ram.. 690.
  162.  
  163.        
  164. >  @mythzilla  
  165. >  low end machine is intel core 2 duo E84.. and nVidia GeForce 9500 GT ??
  166. >   @j_smedley  
  167. >  honestly yes. Even though that's a common machine it's at the lower end for us. We built it to last 10 years
  168.        
  169.  
  170. >   @LuciusOfTheNc  
  171. >  how many weeks til priority keys get in?
  172. >   @j_smedley  
  173. >  not sure yet sorry
  174.        
  175.  
  176. >   @mad4planetside2  
  177. >  are you planniung to introduce any PvE elements to the game? Maybe a 4th alien faction that squads can fly off and fight?
  178. >   @j_smedley  
  179. >  yes
  180.  
  181.        
  182. >   @jongrant123  
  183. >  Hi, I got a twitter beta code, when can I expect the invite?
  184. >   @j_smedley  
  185. >  those are considered priority keys. Right after our ps1 vets. No specific time frame sorry
  186.  
  187.        
  188. >  @TavaFIN  
  189. >  i5 750 @ 3,8 GHz, 8GB RAM and HD5870 @ 1360x768 (old 32" TV ftw :D) should run PS 2 decently I take it :) Can't wait for beta...
  190. >   @j_smedley  
  191. >  should be fine.
  192.  
  193.        
  194. >  @mad4planetside2  
  195. >  Awesome, may I suggest a cool down on PvE to avoid it taking players away from PvP constantly?
  196. >   @j_smedley  
  197. >  when we do it ( not remotely close to launch) we have some cool stuff in mind. This ain't 'kill 10 rats'.
  198.        
  199.  
  200. >   @mahoning84  
  201. >  Beastly, Ill be running i5 3570K, 8 GB ram, 670 FTW
  202. >   @j_smedley  
  203. >  decent.
  204.  
  205.        
  206. >   @CernjakIgor  
  207. >  Will I have any problems playing on EU servers when my acc is set to US
  208. >   @j_smedley  
  209. >  nope. Us and EU players can play on either one. Aussies too. Although we are working on one there too.
  210.        
  211.  
  212. >   @Whisper1135  
  213. >  Thanks for looking out for us lower end gamers, even though I plan on upgrading a bit to stay on top of my game ;)
  214. >   @j_smedley  
  215. >  I don't mean to imply anyone is a 'low end gamer' just want to be honest about ps2 needing CPU horsepower.
  216. >  we are going to make it run well on lower end computers but again lower end is only lower end for us
  217.        
  218.  
  219. >   @IceCakeCaprice  
  220. >  I know you're gettint a lot of questions like this one, but how do you think an i5 2500k with a gtx680 will perform on ps2?
  221. >   @j_smedley  
  222. >  sorry I don't know for sure. Some i5's run great some older ones don't yet but will.
  223.        
  224.  
  225. >   @Komarcek1  
  226. >  What do you think about this Processor: Intel Core 2 CPU 1.86 GHz 1.86 GHz Installed memory: 4.00 GB Graphics: ATI Radeon HD 5670
  227. >  @j_smedley  
  228. >  not good for ps2 right now honestly.
  229.        
  230. >   @SteadiestShark  
  231. >  I'm an inactive veteran, but I also used a twitter key out of desperation. What phase am I now in? Hopefully inactive vet wave?
  232. >   @j_smedley  
  233. >  if you registered next phase.
  234.        
  235.  
  236. >   @xSiiGMA  
  237. >  I5 2500k,8 GB Ram,nvidia gtx 560...would be ok to play on max settings?
  238. >   @j_smedley  
  239. >  not max but should be fine and good looking.
  240.  
  241.        
  242. >   @Komarcek1  
  243. >  Will it work when you will improve it? xD
  244. >   @j_smedley         
  245. >  don't know yet. Have to wait till we optimize more. Thats pretty low end on the CPU for us honestly.
  246.  
  247.        
  248. >   @SteadiestShark    
  249. >  Ah ok, I registered pretty much the moment that you were allowing sign-ups. I really do hope that my twitter key is overridden.
  250. >   @j_smedley  
  251. >  it won't matter the way we do it. What happens is we cross reference beta signups with ps1 vets. You're all good.
  252.        
  253.  
  254. >   @Zylorex  
  255. >  Any chance of dual core sandy bridge pentiums running PS2 at launch?
  256. > @j_smedley  
  257. > yes.
  258.        
  259. >   @mad4planetside2  
  260. >  I've a funny feeling that I'll need plenty of sick days when this baby launches :D
  261. >   @j_smedley  
  262. >  that's why I love my job. I just close my office door :)
  263.        
  264.  
  265. >   @Ijnek5  
  266. >  i guess a more direct question would be, are the invites all out for the ps1 vets at least, and if so how far along the priority?
  267. >   @j_smedley  
  268. >  no. Only for ps1 current subs. Vets are next but no eta
  269.        
  270. >   @BrendanDelaney5  
  271. >  any chance of a vaige time for the next wave?
  272. >   @j_smedley  
  273. >  not yet sorry. Trust me we have work to do first.
  274.        
  275.  
  276. >   @Ijnek5  
  277. >  or how bout this: about how many beta invites are you guys sending out daily? weekly?
  278. >   @j_smedley  
  279. >  not able to say.
  280.  
  281.        
  282. >   @mad4planetside2  
  283. >  Any SOE jobs available in Ireland?
  284. >   @j_smedley  
  285. >  no sorry
  286.  
  287.        
  288. >   @Markoma  
  289. >  can u give us an idea of your low end? X
  290. >   @j_smedley  
  291. >  read me answers to the last bunch of people for some ideas
  292.  
  293.        
  294. >   @Charlie40640953  
  295. >  What's the minimum graphics card specs required to play at this stage?
  296. >   @j_smedley  
  297. >  in theory it's any shader model 3 capable card. We've tested a lot.
  298.  
  299.        
  300. >   @jmdelrio  
  301. >  Under system requirements you should include a specc'ed out rig, maybe alienware or someone can provide a special deal :)
  302. >   @j_smedley  
  303. >  actually I want us to go crazy with a support page with our own benchmarks. We test on everything and track frame rates real time
  304.  
  305.        
  306. >   @Rawrapillar  
  307. >  and by vets youre refering to people that didnt pay $15 last sunday but had multiple months of sub in the past only to come 2nd?K
  308. >   @j_smedley  
  309. >  that's not a fair characterization in my view. A lot of those players subbed for 9 years.
  310. >  I made very clear that current subs were getting in first follows by vets. It's not a long wait.
  311.  
  312.        
  313. >   @qaz0r  
  314. >  I read through your answer but couldn't find average/expected fps for stock i5-2500. Any idea? 1680x1050, preferably max sett. :)
  315. >   @j_smedley  
  316. >  sorry don't have that off the top of my head. I actually read all of the performance reports. Just haven't seen that
  317.  
  318.        
  319. > @ReContraDog
  320. > HI! I've created a survey to find out interest in a Australasian server for PS2! I hope to have results for you in 5 days -contra
  321. > @j_smedley
  322. > awesome. Honestly we are just going to bite the bullet and put a server down there.
  323.        
  324.  
  325. > @peonic
  326. > Any chance of TrackIR / FreeTrack support for us pilots? :)
  327. > @j_smedley
  328. > some chance yes. But not for launch.
  329.  
  330.        
  331. > @FineFuser
  332. > How about i3 intel, Nvidia GT 520 with 3G DDR3?
  333. > @j_smedley
  334. > I need to research i3's. I'll do that today. Is that a desktop or laptop
  335.  
  336.        
  337. >   @Charlie40640953  
  338. >  What system specs are we looking at to play at max settings?
  339. >   @j_smedley  
  340. >  see my tweets about my own system. I recently upgraded to run at max.
  341.        
  342.  
  343. >   @YashAluru  
  344. >  How would you think a GTX 480, an i5 ivy bridge, and 8GB ram would go about runnning the game at 1680 x 1050? Maxed?
  345. >   @j_smedley  
  346. >  not maxed but will do well with a lot on high
  347.  
  348.        
  349. >   @Desbreko145  
  350. >  Happy to hear you're optimizing for lower end PCs too. I played PS1 on a ~2 year old PC back in 2005 and 20 fps was painful.
  351. >   @j_smedley  
  352. >  performance is the number 1 reason the game isn't done. It's a lot of work and it's hard work. We're getting there fast though
  353.        
  354.  
  355. >   @BPaddonn  
  356. >  Sorry to be like the thousandth person to ask this, but is there an ETA on the PCGamer people getting in? :)
  357. >   @j_smedley  
  358. >  no specific eta but in line right behind the vets
  359.  
  360.        
  361. >   @Swiftysquaddie  
  362. >  lets not forget to support the high end stuff aswell though, i want my 690 to have been worth it :P
  363. >   @j_smedley  
  364. >  ask the guys in the office how I feel about that :) we are way good
  365.        
  366.  
  367. >   @PedroLainho1  
  368. >  this is a question that is freaking me out since a long time. Laptop i7 quad core with nvidia geforce gt 555m
  369. >  @j_smedley  
  370. >  should be great
  371.  
  372.        
  373. >  @j_smedley  
  374. >  I hope everyone realizes this is the BEST thing about F2P. You get to find out how it runs and if you like it for free.
  375.        
  376. >   @Azundril  
  377. >   Appreciate your hard work SoE. My fps has improved by a lot already.
  378. >   @j_smedley  
  379. >  glad to hear it. Today will be even better.
  380.  
  381.        
  382. >   @SteadiestShark  
  383. >  How vital is having a lot of RAM for PS2? You've already stated that CPU is very important in the current builds?
  384. >   @j_smedley  
  385. >  right now it's super important but we are still optimizing. 4G minimum. 8 is great. Hopefully we get to 4 is great
  386.  
  387.        
  388. >   @khsaro  
  389. >  Will it be possible to play on US servers from europe? And with a european account, is it possible to spend Pro7 on US servers?
  390. >   @j_smedley  
  391. >  yes. If you play from Europe you will see the Pro7 market but thats the only real difference. All the worries about Pro7 were
  392. >  overdone I think. DCUO was switched over and customers are getting great service.
  393.        
  394. >   @Charlie40640953  
  395. >  Looking at your rig I think I'm going to upgrade from my HD5570 to something better! Are you using high freq ram on your rig?
  396. >   @j_smedley  
  397. >  yes. But I'll be honest and say that is what I spend money on. Not cars. Computers. I love gaming rigs from Falcon NW
  398.  
  399.        
  400. >   @khsaro  
  401. >  How does one classify as a PS1 veteran? If i get a sub right now, would I get into beta in the next wave?
  402. >   @j_smedley  
  403. >  yes
  404.        
  405.  
  406. >   @krautgamer  
  407. >  F2P is awesome. But as a core gamer of the 00's you will always have these prejudices against F2P, it's hard to overcome that.
  408. >   @j_smedley  
  409. >  sure but look at LoL. It's great. We modeled our F2p after them. The current players are seeing its not pay to win
  410.        
  411.  
  412. >   @cniemczura  
  413. >  So true. As an extremely busy college student I can't say enough how awesome it is that I don't have to feel obligated to play..
  414. >   @j_smedley  
  415. >  exactly. And I love that
  416.  
  417.        
  418. >   @BStramke  
  419. >  are the waves divided into smaller parts or is a wave basicly "all of you guys with inactive subs are invited NOW".
  420. >   @j_smedley  
  421. >  there will be some dividing.
  422.  
  423.        
  424. >   @MaskedSkull_IV  
  425. >  Might as well ask but I'm probably okay. i7-2670qm @2gz, 8gb RAM and AMD Radeon HD 6800M. Verdict?
  426. >   @j_smedley  
  427. >  all good
  428.  
  429.        
  430. >   @The_Word_JTRENT  
  431. >  Is the station shop going to be open during beta? I've been budgeting money from paychecks for ya'll and have a stack to spend.
  432. >   @j_smedley  
  433. >  it's up now but we aren't taking money yet. It's up for internal testing now
  434.        
  435.  
  436. >   @hunterswd  
  437. >  How many concurrent users are you all looking at, out of curiosity? How are the servers handling the load?
  438. >   @j_smedley  
  439. >  we don't disclose that sorry except to say 2k per continent
  440.  
  441.        
  442. >   @GrandPresidente  
  443. >  So an aussie server for the beta or is it going to be sort of a distant future plan?
  444. >   @j_smedley  
  445. >  working on rack space now. It's not a done deal but we are moving forward
  446.  
  447.        
  448. >   @BStramke  
  449. >  Did you already test the performance between SSDs and normal Harddisks?
  450. >   @j_smedley  
  451. >  yes. I have one myself
  452.  
  453.        
  454. >   @TwitchYeti  
  455. >  The game is starting to feel a LOT better! Good job and thanks for your hard work!
  456. >   @j_smedley  
  457. >  the team is doing great. The coders have been busting ass to make it run better.
  458.        
  459.  
  460. >   @SteadiestShark    
  461. >  I disagree about LoL's target group. Although I agree about the difference in situation. That said, I love it!
  462. >   @j_smedley  
  463. >  what do you mean about their target group?
  464.  
  465.        
  466. >   @mahoning84  
  467. >  is it going to be mor difficult to level up in this game? I got cr5 br 20 in PS1 in 2.5 weeks
  468. >   @j_smedley  
  469. >  heck yeah. Certs will take years!
  470.  
  471.        
  472. >   @mad4planetside2  
  473. >  Just to confirm this, if I sub PS1 now I will be an inactive vet and in the next wave?
  474. >   @j_smedley  
  475. >  yes
  476.  
  477.        
  478. >   @stefman1231  
  479. >  Im from the uk so it dosent matter to me much but its nice to see the Australasians not getting boned for a change
  480. >   @j_smedley  
  481. >  well they got Nicole Kidman! That's pretty good from where I sit.
  482.        
  483.  
  484. >   @SteadiestShark  
  485. >  Krautgamer said that LoL's target group was "exceptionally young". I strongly disagree with this statement.
  486. >   @j_smedley  
  487. >  oh. Hmm. I agree. I meant to compare to their F2P philosophy. We like that
  488.  
  489.        
  490. >  @lfc_7  
  491. >  Will there be a Mac version some time in the future? If so, please for the love of god use OpenGL 3.2. Performance gains are huge
  492. >   @j_smedley  
  493. >  yes there will be a Mac version. Hopefully not too long after launch
  494.        
  495.  
  496. >   @khsaro  
  497. >  So where can I buy PS1 if i'm european? Not on the SOE site...
  498. >   @j_smedley  
  499. >  only on our site.
  500.  
  501.        
  502. >   @Micnev  
  503. >  So let me get this straight, if i sub now to PS1 i'll be guaranteed a spot in the vet invite wave?
  504. >   @j_smedley         
  505. >  yes
  506.        
  507.  
  508. >   @khsaro  
  509. >  Sorry, last question, would an All Access pass work and enable me to download PS1?
  510. >   @j_smedley  
  511. >  yup
  512.  
  513.        
  514. >   @GamerNick4242  
  515. >  Is it more GPU or CPU dependant? If ofc you are able to say
  516. >   @j_smedley  
  517. >  more CPU but sometimes it gets gpu bound. Mostly CPU
  518.  
  519.        
  520. >   @stefman1231  
  521. >  Has station launcher (the desktop app) gone was trying to find it and couldn't i use to use it as i have multi acco in multi game
  522. >   @j_smedley  
  523. >  gone sorry
  524.  
  525.        
  526. >   @SeanHutch1981  
  527. >  Didnt you say the cutoff point was last Monday?
  528. >   @j_smedley  
  529. >  that was for the ps1 sub wave. If you signup now you will be considered a vet
  530.        
  531.  
  532. >   @MidgardT  
  533. >  My fps grow'd up for 40-50 fps today! Great job but I still have around 1-5 fps in large battles :(
  534. >   @j_smedley  
  535. >  what kind of machine?
  536.  
  537.        
  538. >   @HoldemTex  
  539. >  would be really cool for you to hop in and film it with commentry, im sure the people would love to see Smed kicking butt
  540. >   @j_smedley  
  541. >  I'm in every day. I'm not a caster though. Too foul mouthed
  542.  
  543.        
  544. >   @stefman1231  
  545. >  Np i was just curious and for a final question ...for now :-P will 6cpu core's be utilised and sli?
  546. >   @j_smedley  
  547. >  yes
  548.        
  549. >   @Rawrapillar  
  550. >  Yes, lol. Point is, all of your great promotional efforts were ruined for me when you sold free access 24hrs before beta
  551. >   @j_smedley  
  552. >  not sure what to say. Its an arbitrary point in time that seemed fair. Sorry you disagree
  553.        
  554.  
  555. >   @AkselLudvigsen  
  556. >  Want to elaborate more on PvE elements? Are they coop style missions, NPC wildlife? Simulators? Anything?
  557. >   @j_smedley  
  558. >  nothing to say yet. That's in the future.
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