Battlefield 4 Mantle AMD Optimization Patch Delayed; Bugs Abound

By Published December 30, 2013 at 11:43 pm
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Despite recent patches to Battlefield 4, issues within the game are still prevalent on every platform. Issues being experienced have been addressed by DICE on their forums. Courtesy of their post updated on the 20th, known issues are listed below.

All bug reports labeled as “Fix Live” have already been patched. Anything labeled as Fixing/Investigating are issues that should be solved in future patches.

Since launching in October, DICE has dropped between 16-20 patches to fix issues within Battlefield 4. Though EA and DICE have not given any reasons as to why the game is so plagued by bugs, or who exactly is to blame, it's most likely due to the push of the late October release date. Deciding to launch the title in October meant beating-out Activision and Infinity Ward's Call of Duty: Ghosts launch date by a full week; Ghosts is the only other big “brand name” FPS to drop this year to compete with Battlefield and is available on the same platforms.

With all the patch issues, DICE has delayed the big patch for PC Battlefield players that implements Mantle, AMD's new programming API that bypasses DirectX and improves draw call performance. Mantle gives developers more direct access to video cards in PCs, making for better overall optimization. Battlefield 4 was on-target to be the first major game to fully implement Mantle and will yield significant performance gains for AMD video cards. The patch – which was intended to come out before the end of this year – has now been postponed and scheduled for January 2014. No exact date has been set, but it is safe to assume it won't be until after all the existing issues have been resolved.

- Paige "dino pillow" Spears.

BF4 Bug List as of 12/31/13:

One-hit kill bug where players sometimes take damage twice from the same bullet
Platform(s): All
Status: Fix live

Bug accounting for a quarter of the crashes on PS4
Platform(s): PS4
Status: Fix live

Bug accounting for a majority of crashes on next-gen/PC
Platform(s): PC, PS4, X1
Status: Fix live

Loss of SP progress that can happen after quit and restart on PS4
Platform(s): PS4
Status: Fix live

Incorrect matchmaking on Xbox One
Platform(s): X1
Status: Fix live

EMP blur effect
Platform(s): All
Status: Fix live

Game Mode ribbons are counted twice
Platform(s): All
Status: Fix live

4X damage from miniguns when using Defensive specialization
Platform(s): All
Status: Fix live

Players sometimes get stuck in kill cam after revive
Platform(s): All
Status: Fix live

Players sometimes get stuck in revive screen
Platform(s): All
Status: Fix live

Server browser filters are not fully functioning
Platform(s): Consoles
Status: Fix live

Players sometimes become spectators while still alive in Defuse mode
Platform(s): All
Status: Fix live

The "Sound Loop Crash"
Platform(s): PC, X1
Status: Fix live on PC, fixing on X1

Join queue disabled on consoles
Platform(s): All consoles
Status: Fix live on PS3, PS4, X1, fixing on X360

Squad spawn sometimes positions you under the terrain
Platform(s): All
Status: Fixing

Desynchronized game world where objects have different states for different players
Platform(s): All
Status: Investigating

Bug accounting for a large amount of crashes on X360
Platform(s): X360
Status: Investigating

Hit markers and crosshairs sometimes disappear
Platform(s): PC
Status: Investigating

Rubber banding issues for some players with solid Internet connections
Platform(s): All
Status: Investigating

Some instances of no hit effects and no damage to opponent in your sights
Platform(s): All
Status: Investigating

Damage received is sometimes delayed by a few frames
Platform(s): All
Status: Investigating

Sudden frame rate drops during certain in-game events
Platform(s): All
Status: Investigating

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