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    DICE to Launch Community Test Platform for Battlefield 4

    The CTE will be open to BF4 Premium players, and will use a game client and Battlelog separate from the retail game.
    EA and DICE are launching a "Community Test Environment" for Battlefield 4, in an effort to get more direct feedback from as many players as possible.
    The CTE is launching tomorrow, May 8th, and it will initially be available to BF4 Premium members only. It will only be available to PC players, and it's not clear if it will be expanded to console versions of the game as well.
    Once signed up, participants will download a second, separate game client -- different from the retail game client -- which will serve as a beta test platform of sorts. The first priority for the CTE, according to the email I was shown by a source to remain anonymous, is Battlefield 4's netcode.
    From the aforementioned email: "Among the first things we will work on is the 'Netcode,' which is what the player experiences with the game world including player-to-player interactions like damage registration. This involves tweaking to the 'tickrate' servers and networking in general."
    Given the rocky state of Battlefield 4 since its launch (although the playing experience over the last few months has been markedly improved), it's not surprising to see DICE launching such an initiative. If DICE can gather player feedback early and often, it should make for a smoother update rollout process in the coming months.
    I was able to log into the Community Test Environment Battlelog page -- I'll stop short of posting the link since it's not properly live -- and grabbed a screenshot of what you should expect (seen below). The CTE page looks like the Battlelog you're used to, but with content tiles showing CTE-specific information.
    Talk of a beta/test version of BF4 has been happening since late last year, as seen on Reddit.
    We reached out to EA for comment, and we will update accordingly if we hear anything back.

    DICE to Launch Community Test Platform for Battlefield 4 | The Escapist


    here is the link to sign up.
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    Re: DICE to Launch Community Test Platform for Battlefield 4

    Our first initiative on the CTE will be focused around network improvements and fixes – or “Netcode” as it is referred to in the community. We are looking at two separate things: Server Performance and Player Experience.
    INITIAL TELEMETRY GATHERING

    • On the first day of the initiative we will collect base-level telemetry. That means we will not be running any new “tickrate” fixes of any kind on the servers. This so we can measure the difference these have on the performance later.

    SERVER PERFORMANCE

    • We will need your help filling up our 64 player servers and play full rounds to get the best possible telemetry data on our changes and improvements. As we will be testing a plethora of different settings & configurations, we need to know how well these perform in a live environment on full servers. Sometimes these servers will be deliberately triggered to cause “Rubber banding” – basically running at less than 30 fps. This is so we can gather data, and make sure our player experience improvements react approproately to these conditions and doesn’t cause more server load then necessary.

    PLAYER EXPERIENCE

    • We also want your direct feedback on the second to second gameplay – how does the player to player interaction feel?

    Be on the lookout for known issues like:

    • Getting killed when behind cover
    • Getting killed without initially seeing damage indicatior
    • Behaviour of fast moving vehicles hitting obstacles and other player’s vehicles
    • Behaviour of collision with other infantry when not in a vehicle
    • Revive on slopes where the ragdoll slides down
    • Explosive projectiles and damage given when hitting helicopters and jets (using a tank or non guided RPG)
    • When piloting jets – ECM jammer functionality with incoming missiles



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    Re: DICE to Launch Community Test Platform for Battlefield 4

    I don't get it cant they read. It says the signup is closed.
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    Re: DICE to Launch Community Test Platform for Battlefield 4

    Quote Originally Posted by Inboundhot View Post
    I don't get it cant they read. It says the signup is closed.
    i just signed up right now.





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