wbacon [capcom]: It's unfortunate seeing other Japanese publishers shift focus in their business, but Capcom's strength is in the core gaming segment. We're not letting our foot off the gas pedal.
DarkSamus: great to know
DarkSamus: Capcoms change of keeping PC in the loop has not gone un-noticed by me
DarkSamus: PC getting the SFv beta?
DarkSamus: or is that exclusive to console?
wbacon [capcom]: yeah, PC will continue to be part of the mix
wbacon [capcom]: SF5 on PC will also have beta program too! We'll have more info soon
wbacon [capcom]: beta access is part of the SF5 pre-order
DarkSamus: yeah, I know that
DarkSamus: Just wanted sure PC was involved in the beta
wbacon [capcom]: Considering cross-platform play, getting early feedback and telemetry is vital to SF5's success
DarkSamus: I figured as much
wbacon [capcom]: With Valve recently improving performance and stability on the peer-to-peer network stack/API, I'm very optimistic PC performance will be good. USF4's recent perf. improvement is a testament to that.
DarkSamus: So we should expect SFV pre-orders to go up soonish?
DarkSamus: sounds fair
DarkSamus: USF4 improved tonnes with the update to steam
wbacon [capcom]: Yes, it took a while to get to where we are today; there was only so much the game client side could have done. SSF4AE/USF4's underlying net code/logic hasn't changed drastically from GFWL as it was quite optimized already - just the difference in the platform's network API design that complicated matters. Thankfully Valve engineers came to rescue, collaborated with our developers, identified the source of the problem, and fixed the issue on the platform side.
DarkSamus: Really excited to see how SF5 turns out
wbacon [capcom]: Hopefully other fighting games can also take advantage of Steam's improved P2P network API.
DarkSamus: indeed, would be nice to see all fighters on steam take advantage of the improved p2p
wbacon [capcom]: I think the fighting team will announce something very soon. I don't know exactly, but they are trying to put together a nice update for the community
DarkSamus: I wouldn't be surprised
wbacon [capcom]: obviously the net issue is still on the agenda and they're not abandoning the game
DarkSamus: I know we have the trials they already announced
DarkSamus: Online edition select as well
wbacon [capcom]: it's sensitive issue on how and what information to share, so I think they want to be careful how to present the info.
wbacon [capcom]: nothing is always going to 100% satisfy the community, and not just the online issue but new features, fan requests, additional balancing, etc. It's a constantly evolving game
i wish they brought back that song no matter how stupid it was. it got you pumped to play the game.
on topic, do we need to DL a whole new USF4 file to be in the beta?