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DICE releases a Battlefield 4 PC patch, fixes include the infamous sound loop crash

Monday, 16th December 2013 15:30 GMT By Sherif Saed

In DICE’s ongoing process to make Battlefield 4 a more stable and less buggy game, the developer has released a stealth patch this morning for PC. The patch aims to improve the netcode and contains a fix for the sound loop game crash bug. Get all the patch notes inside.

The developer also released server patch version R16 to go along with the client patch.

The patch is a PC only affair it seems, and the notes include:

  • Fix for a crash that would cause the game to stall, resulting in a sound loop. This should eliminate most of the problems relating to this
  • Fix for the SUAV (introduced in the China Rising expansion pack) not exploding when hitting enemy soldiers. While these indeed should be deadly, they were never designed for “roadkilling” opponents
  • Fix for an issue where 4x the damage from a vehicle’s minigun would be applied to the chest when a player had the Defense specialization equipped
  • Fix for player tags not always showing when needed to, resulting in players shooting team members
  • Fix for graphical flickering appearing on terrain
  • Fixed the instance where players suddenly would transition into Spectator Mode while playing the Defuse game mode
  • Fix for a Defuse bug where none of the teams would win a round by letting the timer run out. -Fix for players getting stuck in the revive screen after being killed
  • Fix for players getting stuck in the kill camera after being revived
  • Fix for the game mode specific ribbons being counted twice in the multiplayer progression
  • Made NVidia 331.82 or later driver versions mandatory for all players
  • Disabled DirectX 11.1 on NVidia cards that have outdated drivers
  • Fixed driver version not being properly detected on NVidia Optimus systems
  • Fixed a minor crash that could occur when bringing up the scoreboard
  • Fixed one of the issues related to the so-called “Netcode” (see below for details)

“Netcode” improvement:
We’ve addressed the so called “Kill trading”. This refers to when two players fire at each other and, seemingly, both die at the same time. The time window where a bullet could cause damage from an already dead player is now calculated as intended, decreasing the timeframe when players with high latency could get a kill, even though they should be dead according to the server.

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