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Confrontation Beta Plagued By Issues

For some reason, developers always seem to be surprised at the number of lucky beta users who show up to swamp the servers during the first few days of testing. This past weekend, multiple testers encountered all sorts of problems when trying to play the newly released SOCOM: Confrontation beta, and Sony has apologized for the instability.

According to Play.tm, there were "frequent load issues, crashes and disconnections" have plagued the beta due to "high demand," and Sony's Seth Luisi states the team is aware of the problems, and plans to issue a fix-it by the end of the week. Here's the official statement:

"Due to overwhelming demand for the SOCOM: U.S. Navy SEALs Confrontation Public Beta, we are experiencing load related issues. These issues are causing abnormal latency, disconnects, long load times, login errors and community features such as clans and stats not functioning correctly (or at all). We are doing everything we can to resolve these issues as quickly as possible and you should see some improvements progressively over the next couple of days. However, we do not expect to have the issues completely resolved until close to the end of next week."

We're not sure why this continues to happen - it happened with the Metal Gear Online beta as well - but for some reason, these guys just always underestimate how many people are going to want to log on and start testing right away. The servers can never seem to handle the load initially, and the team in question has to scramble to make the appropriate updates. Oh well, at least it's coming, and besides, this proves that the Confrontation beta is pretty damn popular. Good news, there.

Related Game(s): Socom: Confrontation

9/8/2008 Ben Dutka

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Comments (12 posts)

snglbck26
Monday, September 08, 2008 @ 10:42:27 AM
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I've also read that some people can consistently get into games rather quickly and others are going nuts waiting for several minutes. It will be very interesting to hear thoughts from users.

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n8dogg
Monday, September 08, 2008 @ 11:21:00 AM
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I WAS OUT OF TOWN ALL WEEKEND SO DIDNT HAVE AN OPPURTUNITY TO GET ON UNTIL LAST NIGHT LATE AND HAD SOME TROUBLE GETTING INTO GAMES. IT WAS FUN THOUGH I WILL SAY THAT. ITS THE SAME GOOD OLD SOCOM 2 FUN. THE THINGS THEY ADDED SO FAR HAVENT BEEN AN ISSUE. I LIKE IT AND AM WAITING TO GET OFF WORK TO GO AND PLAY SOME MORE. I WISH THE TIME WOULD GO BY FASTER.

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Monday, September 08, 2008 @ 12:09:29 PM

For future reference, please don't post in all caps.

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dillonthebunny
Monday, September 08, 2008 @ 11:31:40 AM
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im in the Beta.. and if it worked then I would say I was happy, but it doesnt and im not.

when it works well then fine, im quite rubbish at it, but I do try.

But waiting up to 15 mins for a game in the lobby because some people wont press the bloody START button!! arragh!!

Its stupid, it stupid that we the majority cant kick that person off for wasting our time.. because the games wont start until EVERYONE has pressed 'READY' ..and worst thing is that sometimes after you have waited ten or so mins for some guy to press the ready button, then he does, and the game starts..... loading screen stays there for another ten mins.

so I reset the console and try again.


They have taken off the 'Quick join' option.. which is annoying because we really need it.
ive had it since friday and I have played three game. ..thankgod for Mercs2 gcame out and I can blow stuff up! because im not doing that on Socom, lol.

Seriously though, it has the potential to be really good. hardcore Socom fans seem to love it, so maybe its the casual Socom gamer like myself that is really hacked off? I dont know.


:(

I really hope they sort this all out.

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snglbck26
Monday, September 08, 2008 @ 1:38:02 PM

You have to wait for someone to push the start button......what if they got sidetracked by something else in the house? That sounds like a ridiculous way to set it up.

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pavlovic
Monday, September 08, 2008 @ 12:14:26 PM
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I've been playing the beta since friday, and it has some issues, but overall it's quite good.

And it is a BETA, so those issues will be fixed when the final product arrives.

The biggest problem is the loading times and some lag here and there.

The controlls are quite different from the traditional socom controllers, but once you get used to them, are very good.

Headset communications are awsome and the new feature that aloows you to ear everyone close to you is great.

I'm getting this game no matter what.

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Highlightreel
Monday, September 08, 2008 @ 12:21:18 PM
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Well, there are numerous annoying issues that the game needs to fix. But that's to be expected. I do agree, all games need to have the option to join a friend in game, even if you have to wait to play a few minutes. It's better than waiting for them to respond to a "what room are you in?" question. Imagine if we didn't have the in-game XMB? Jebus.

I also agree with Ben that it is comical that they don't expect the game to be popular or are not ready for the servers to be flooded. I mean, did they not expect people to be excited to play? Especially, since we've been waiting since like 2005? And they are having 3 users for every 1 pre-order so they should be more than ready and have the beta ready to rock.

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dillonthebunny
Monday, September 08, 2008 @ 12:31:39 PM
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yeh, its one busy game alright! lol


when im in the games that i have played, its played really well.. I dont think that canme across in my last post, so I'll say it now.

Socom plays very well. my gripe is purely with the way you enter games and the waiting around.

Trying to organise 32 people to press the same button is hard! Ive already submitted my idea of a kick button for people who join a lobby then go do something else rather than staying with the game.

ho humm.. anyway, like I say when youre in a game its good!

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snglbck26
Monday, September 08, 2008 @ 1:44:57 PM

How does this game compare to the on-line version of COD4? I realize this is a BETA and not the final product.

I'm an avid COD4 player and have been considering SOCOM to add to my shooter collection. I've tried some other shooters on-line(GRAW2, Battlefield BC, MGS4) and COD4 has been the only one I'm happy with so far.

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tankerkevo
Monday, September 08, 2008 @ 1:57:59 PM
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@snglbck26

Confrontation is really unbeleivable fun. It's strategy team based action as long as you stay clear of the respawn rooms. Seriously, it's a ton of fun. See my review of the Beta so far if you like:
http://www.tankergames.com/?p=26

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snglbck26
Tuesday, September 09, 2008 @ 8:38:11 AM

Thanks for the info. The only Socom game I have is Socom 3 which I loved in single player. I tried on-line but I thought it was horrible. Maybe I'll rent this one first though.

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dillonthebunny
Monday, September 08, 2008 @ 2:15:22 PM
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two very different games, but Cod4 is smoother in terms of ping and lag. but Socom isnt bad.

Sony realise this and hopefully will sort it, but its good to Beta game like this, no point releasing a game with out a decent test!! (cough cough.. Mercs 2.. cough cough)

as for Battlefield BC, for what it does im amazed how smooth it is.

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