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DogBone #1354
How will CASC benefit us?(1)Category: GeneralFebruary-19-2015 1:39 PM PST (5 years ago) Go to Blizzard forum post
I find the explanation of CASC is lacking in the "this is a good thing because...." department. These questions are geared towards a blue.

2.2.0 preview blog:
http://us.battle.net/d3/en/blog/17989719/

Is it possible to give examples of benefits besides "bad installs"?
What "technical limitations" does it over come?
What type of things will now be "hot patchable" that weren't previously?

I have a lot of ideas of possible benefits but they require me to wear a "Tin Foil Hat of Amuzement".
Do I have to wait for Blizzcon to get my answers because CASC is required for whatever will be announced there?
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Tyvalir
How will CASC benefit us?(28)February-19-2015 5:51 PM PST (5 years ago) Go to Blizzard forum post
Posted by: DogBone

Is it possible to give examples of benefits besides "bad installs"?
What "technical limitations" does it over come?
What type of things will now be "hot patchable" that weren't previously?

In our preview blog for the patch 2.2.0 PTR, we mentioned some of the benefits of switching Diablo III over to the CASC file system. For those of you who geek out about file systems as much as you do about games, here are a few others:

  • It allows the game client to finds assets more quickly due to its non-redundant file structure, improving real-world game performance

  • It means patches no longer require double the installation size on-disk when patching (one of the drawbacks of the old file system)

  • It lets us easily integrate new technologies for patching as we develop them

While I don't have a specific list of the kinds of data that can be “hot patched,” the main takeaway should be that adopting this file system will ideally lead to a better, more seamless experience - both when the game client is being patched and while you play the game. It can also give us the opportunity to implement some changes more quickly than in the past.
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