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A thought: PS3 beta testers on live servers?Follow

#1 Jul 02 2010 at 12:19 PM Rating: Decent
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I'm one who signed up for PS3 beta, but I will also buy the PC version to play first release. Here's my thought:

Why not have the PS3 Beta on live servers? What I picture is that those who, like me, will be playing the PC version of the game while waiting for the PS3 release, have the opportunity to test the PS3 client as well.

My assumption (and it may be assinine, as I have no knowledge whatever of programming) is that if the beta client for the PS3 is jacked up, it just means that your client crashes, not the server. In that sense, the only immediate harm to performing like this is to the player "testing" on the PS3 and any groupmates. For someone like me who will play the PC version out of raw desire to play earlier but who still truthfully wants to play on the PS3, this seems like the most apt way to test this. If I get into the PS3 beta while I'm already playing the PC release version, what incentive do I have to give up "real" play time in order to test the PS3 client when I could be playing my permanent character(s)?

It seems to me that the most prudent way to get legitimate PS3 beta testing would be to allow me to play my live character on a live world.


#2 Jul 02 2010 at 2:49 PM Rating: Decent
If SE does beta test for PS3 on live servers, they're going to **** off a lot of people if there are errors in the PS3 client that undermine server stability. No MMO company I've ever heard of beta tests on live servers. If you've already got people paying to play on those servers, you don't risk ruining their experience for the sake of beta testing.
#3 Jul 02 2010 at 4:04 PM Rating: Decent
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They wouldn't do anything obtuse like have different live servers for the PS3 and PC customers?
#4 Jul 02 2010 at 4:10 PM Rating: Good
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rubina wrote:
They wouldn't do anything obtuse like have different live servers for the PS3 and PC customers?

Based on FFXI, I'd have to say that I highly doubt it.

But Aurelius is right; putting beta testers on live servers is a bad idea.

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