Call of Duty: Ghosts “will be all dedicated servers”, will enable stealthier updates
Admittedly this isn’t quite as big a story as it is for console types, but it’s still reassuring to hear that Call of Duty: Ghosts will once again feature dedicated servers, which returned to the series with Modern Warfare 3, after dropping them for the warry war game’s second Modern installment. “One thing I can say is we’re also doing dedicated servers on PC,” Infinity Ward’s Mark Rubin told NowGamer, “so PC will be all dedicated servers, all of it. I don’t have details on how dedicated servers are going to work on PC, partly because we’re still in development and still working on all those features,” – but hey, good news is good news.
“Basically the overall reasoning behind it all is we’re always updating the games, even whether the community knows it or not,” Rubin explains in the interview, which might be a neat way to avoid the hideous reactions that more visible CoD patches have often invoked in the past.
“We’re making changes that they don’t know about because we want to see the changes happen without [affecting] peoples sort of free perceptions on what they think has happened, so sometimes we stealth in changes to design and see how they react.”
Obviously dedicated servers are useful in keeping multiplayer-focused games ticking over too, with Rubin stating that “dedicated servers is definitely one of those things that we think will help. It’s not the silver bullet, but I think it’s something that keeps in our philosophy of always trying to make the game experience better.” That and remote control dogs, obviously.
D-Link Gaming Router with Qualcomm StreamBoost technology (DGL-5500) now available for pre-order. (PRNewsFoto/D-Link)
FOUNTAIN VALLEY, Calif., June 17, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Today D-Link announced the pre-order availability of its most advanced Gaming Router to date, the D-Link® Gaming Router with Qualcomm® StreamBoost™ technology* (DGL-5500). The D-Link Gaming Router offers AC1300 wireless speeds with unique traffic shaping and bandwidth management coupled with four gigabit Ethernet ports to deliver the ultimate in gaming performance, media streaming and network control. The Gaming Router is now available to customers in the U.S. for pre-order through newegg.com and will begin shipping Aug. 1.
"The Gaming Router represents the ultimate in high-performance connectivity to give power users the ability and control they need to do what they love online without the concern or interruption of buffering and lag," said Daniel Kelley, vice president of marketing, D-Link Systems, Inc. "Today's action role-playing games and MMOs are more competitive than ever and with limited bandwidth coming into the home, gamers need to ensure they're making the most of their connectivity to maintain an advantage. With Qualcomm StreamBoost technology, the new Gaming Router is designed to do just that – shape the network traffic to help gamers do more and lag less."
The D-Link Gaming Router features Qualcomm StreamBoost technology designed to deliver a robust connected experience to users of all devices on a home network by intelligently managing and shaping traffic, and giving each device and application the priority and bandwidth required for optimal performance. Unprecedented bandwidth allocation and control features create a harmonious network where applications no longer need to compete for bandwidth, and issues such as buffering video streams, glitchy voice chats and online game latency are minimized. The intuitive StreamBoost interface is designed to allow users to view all computers, tablets, phones, and other connected devices on a home network, as well as the applications they are using and the real-time bandwidth usage of each.
"Whether streaming video on a tablet, downloading content from iTunes or playing the latest online first person shooter, today's connected home requires smarter management of the Internet traffic," said Michael Cubbage, director of business development for Qualcomm Atheros' Wireless and Wired Infrastructure Networking Business Unit. "With D-Link's new router, users are able to enjoy multiple Internet applications across a variety of devices without issues such as lagging or frozen video. StreamBoost is designed to bring intelligent, fast and easy-to-use networking to the connected home and, as featured in D-Link's Gaming Router, the best possible experience for every user on the home network."
More about the Gaming Router (DGL-5500)
The Gaming Router (DGL-5500) delivers the ultimate gaming-optimized network; highlights include:
AC 1300 wireless performance of up to 1300Mbps (867AC+450N), based on Qualcomm VIVE™ 802.11ac technology, designed for greater throughput range for all high demand wireless devices
StreamBoost engine intelligently allocates bandwidth for lag-free gaming, HD video streaming, and clear VoIP calls –prioritizes apps and games like Netflix, YouTube, StarCraft® II, BitTorrent®, VUDU® and Pandora, as well as network devices with an easy-to-use user interface
Out-of-box traffic shaping dynamically manages bandwidth with a sophisticated engine that is app and device aware to provide the best user experience to all connected devices
Cloud-based application profiling ensures the Gaming Router is constantly up-to-date as new apps and games are released for optimized performance
4 Gigabit LAN Ports offer blazing fast wired speeds for demanding applications
WPS Push Button offers simple, secure setup
Availability and Pricing
Serious gamers can visit newegg.com or the D-Link Shop to pre-order a Gaming Router (DGL-5500). The router will ship for $199.99 on August 1.
*Qualcomm VIVE and Qualcomm StreamBoost are products of Qualcomm Atheros
D-Link is the global leader in connectivity for home, small business, mid- to large-sized enterprise environments, and service providers. An award-winning designer, developer, and manufacturer, D-Link implements and supports unified network solutions that integrate capabilities in switching, wireless, broadband, storage, IP Surveillance, and cloud-based network management. For more information visit www.dlink.com, or connect with D-Link on Facebook (www.facebook.com/dlink) and Twitter (www.twitter.com/dlink).
Maximum wireless signal rate derived from IEEE Standard 802.11n specifications. Actual data throughput will vary. Network conditions and environmental factors, including volume of network traffic, buildings materials and construction, and network overhead, lower actual data throughput rate. Environmental factors will adversely affect wireless signal range.