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Sony Is Going To "Tighten Up" In Regards To Day One Patches

Ah yes, the day one patch. It's just so prevalent these days.

Don't we all remember giving Grand Theft Auto V a 1GB update on launch day? And the recently released Evolve got a massive 3GB patch on day one. Gamers aren't the biggest fans of this phenomenon but at least as far as Sony first-party titles are concerned, things should get better.

During a Metro UK interview with SCEE CEO Jim Ryan concerning the lessons learned from last year's Driveclub fiasco, we get his reaction to the day-one patch. First, he says he thinks they have a "reasonable role to play" when the developer catches bugs at the last minute (and presumably, after the game ships). However, he adds:

"But as a surrogate, or a safety net, for a proper QA process I agree that things are maybe swinging too far in that direction. And certainly, as regards our own games, we’re gonna tighten up."

Of course, Ryan can't make the same promise for third-party games. The other problem is trying to get rid of day-one patches altogether and simply delaying games instead of patching them at the last second:

"There are many people who would be… who are quite happy to wait a small period of time while a patch downloads, rather than wait six months for the game to appear."

Well sure, that makes sense. But what's your take on the issue?

Tags: sony, video games, gaming industry, day one patches

2/23/2015 11:19:26 AM Ben Dutka

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WorldEndsWithMe
Monday, February 23, 2015 @ 11:42:43 AM
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I noticed The Order had a day 1 patch that the system didn't even notice on its own. You had to check for it and download it and install it. So I wonder how many people didn't even get it.

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Jawknee
Monday, February 23, 2015 @ 11:58:50 AM

How big was it?

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sawao_yamanaka
Monday, February 23, 2015 @ 12:08:43 PM

30 mb for a save bug glitch. That is very rare and couldn't be recreated. That is their one and only patch they will make unless there is something game breaking.

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wambo
Monday, February 23, 2015 @ 2:10:23 PM

I downloaded the order 1886 from the ps store an the patch downloaded with the game an the dlc.

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wambo
Monday, February 23, 2015 @ 2:11:26 PM

Think it was just over 217mb jawknee

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Axe99
Monday, February 23, 2015 @ 4:29:34 PM

@ Wambo, in Australia the patch alone was 60-odd MB, so tiny in patch terms (although the servers were clearly getting hammered, as it took 5 mins to come down the pipes).

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TrueAssassin86x
Monday, February 23, 2015 @ 1:04:57 PM
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I say thank god i rather put in the disc and play rather then wait 30 minutes for a day1 to patch to download. And if that means wait 6 months more then so b it

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Rachet_JC_FTW
Monday, February 23, 2015 @ 7:22:21 PM

you have a fair point there

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newchef
Monday, February 23, 2015 @ 1:42:58 PM
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it doesnt really bother me all too much if they're relatively small, the GTA patch annoyed the shit outta me but for the most part smallish updates are expected nowadays. USually ill buy a game, put it in and go watch netflix til the downloads done, usually an episode or 2 of Archer is enough to cover it

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daus26
Monday, February 23, 2015 @ 3:33:23 PM
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I don't mind the install wait, but it just better not get to the point where the patch doesn't solve its game breaking ugly bugs and glitches.i don't want to wait only for the game to still have major problems, cause that would mean the game is simply rushed out way too quickly and maybe more like a year away from being ready.

Everyone is expected to have internet nowadays so if they're going to have day one patch, it better be to make the game complete, since technically it'll still be complete on day of purchase, unless your internet will take you 2 days to complete the patch or you install it later.

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matt99
Monday, February 23, 2015 @ 5:01:08 PM
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It depends on the size, if it's something under 100mb then I'm okay with it but over that I'm not sure and the GB+ ones are just ridiculous, the whole reason I buy the disc version is so that I don't have to wait for stuff to download to play.

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Crabba
Monday, February 23, 2015 @ 6:07:45 PM
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"who are quite happy to wait a small period of time while a patch downloads, rather than wait six months for the game to appear"

That doesn't even make any sense. It doesn't take 6 months between the time a game "goes gold", aka discs get printed to the time the game hits stores. That time is AFAIK only a few weeks to a month, and if they can fix the bugs in time for a day one patch, they would reasonably not NEED to delay the game for more than about a month or probably less...

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Rachet_JC_FTW
Monday, February 23, 2015 @ 7:20:20 PM
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i think if a day one patch is bigger than 100mb's then is a problem but you really shouldn't need a day 1 patch if they've done their jobs properlly but maybe thats asking too much these days even though i don't think so

happy gaming

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