Electronic Arts and DICE have just dropped a 1.23 GB patch for Battlefield 4 on PC and Xbox One. The patch focuses on a few different areas, working out the kinks in the new shooter. Alongside a bunch of crash fixes and bugs being squashed, some new elements have joined the fight. DICE has finally brought forth support for the Mantel graphical API, adding new layers to the visual fidelity of Battlefield 4.
On PC, things seem all good, until PC players noticed something very strange. It seems as though the new Mantle graphical API has a few problems, namely causing audio drivers to stop working randomly.
The audio bug seems intermittent, and DICE is working on a fix. There have not been reports of the bug cropping up on consoles yet, so when the patch drops for other platforms like the Xbox 360, be careful and maybe wait and see if the bug is present before updating if it worries you.
You can see the bug in action below, as posted by players on YouTube. Below that you will also find the full patch notes for the newest patch to Battlefield 4.
CPU/GPU performance and monitoring
- Tweaked and improved CPU multi-core utilization to try and avoid stuttering and low framerate due to stalls that happened on some CPU and OS configurations.
- Users can now configure and control themselves how many CPU cores should be used in the game with the new “Thread.MaxProcessorCount” settings in User.cfg.
- “Render.DrawScreenInfo 1” now also shows information about which CPU and GPU is in the system, how many GPUs & CPU cores are used and which renderer (DirectX 11 or Mantle) is active
- Added new “PerfOverlay.FrameFileLogEnable” command that records frame times on CPU & GPU and logs out to a .csv file
- AMD Catalyst driver 13.12 (or later) is now recommended instead of 13.9
- Enabled tile-based compute shader lighting optimization on Nvidia for improved GPU performance (already active on AMD GPUs)
- Improved performance with rendering and spotlights for all GPUs, primarily in in-door environments
DMR Balance Tweaks
- Increased the damage of all DMRs across all ranges. Specifically, damage has been increased at long ranges to allow three-hit kills against unarmored opponents. Additionally, reduced the penalty to accuracy for sustained DMR fire, allowing more rapid follow up shots in combat. The amount of the damage increase varies from weapon to weapon, according to its intended range, rate of fire, and damage. We will continue to monitor the effectiveness of DMRs in combat, and determine if additional action is needed to make DMRs a viable mid to long range weapon.
- Greatly reduced the risk of crosshairs disappearing, which would also result in hit markers disappearing
- Added a headshot icon on the killcard. This should help identify instances where players are correctly killed by one shot
- Fixed an issue in Squad Deathmatch where the “Win/Lose” text was overlapping
- Fixed an issue with players using an exploit for the SOFLAM
- Fixed an issue with players using an exploit for the MAV
- Fixed the gameplay code to properly track the FOV (Field of View) changes in the options menu
- Fixed an issue where chat would break when entering “false” or “true” in the chat window
- Fixed an out-of-helicopter glitch in Air Superiority where players could spawn on the ground and play as infantry
- Fixed the misaligned crosshairs on the T90 MBT
- Added setting to tweak joystick dead zone
- Various minor crash fixes