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30 PPS mod

Posted: Sun Oct 24, 2010 12:04 pm
by Tebo
Some might have noticed VEX-Server running mods with names ending in 30.
These mods force D3 to run at 30 packets per second, instead of the usual maximum of 12.
Provided ping is relatively constant and the connections isn't at its bandwith limit, this gives notably smoother gameplay (and a much more accurate vauss).

The mods are available here.
Thanks to D.Cent there now is a linux version (except instareap, which isn't linux compatible).

I'm not sure how stable the mods run in games with many players, a few times there was an unusual number of disconnects.

If all ships jump around like crazy, make sure the -usesmooting commandline isn't set.

Posted: Sun Oct 24, 2010 5:16 pm
by Krom
Ok that is pretty cool if it works (a 60 PPS mod for LAN/1v1 games could be a big hit too I bet).

Posted: Sun Oct 31, 2010 6:31 pm
by Do_Checkor
Vortex does now support auto downloading of these MODs, too.

Further infos about this: http://www.descentforum.de/forum/viewto ... 8030#58030

Posted: Tue Nov 02, 2010 7:28 am
by AlphaDoG
Cool!

Posted: Wed Nov 03, 2010 3:10 pm
by d3jake
Wow! That's awesome!

I wonder how it works... Does the mod force the sending of additional position packets?

Posted: Thu Nov 04, 2010 12:43 pm
by D.Cent
Yes, it does. Basically, it sets the wanted PPS and then loads the original mod-DLL/-SO :)

Posted: Fri Nov 05, 2010 5:59 pm
by Neo
Does this mean observer mode won't be choppy anymore? :P

Posted: Sat Nov 06, 2010 7:06 am
by Tebo
Way less choppy, but still not perfect.

The number 30 is a compromise, because without the sources for all the mods, there is no good way to allow the server to change the pps.
So a mod with 60 pps would definetly be possible.
There might be more problems, when the pps get in the range of the framerate of a player.

In games with many players, there sometimes are a lot of disconnects and in the entropy last tuesday everything got choppy (I think the server ran out of upstream bandwith).
Maybe there will be less disconnects, when/if the mod works with AC, which could be soon.

Anyway, imho it's a clear improvement in small games.

Posted: Wed Jan 12, 2011 6:28 am
by Burlyman
I could never test if this worked because I could never find people who wanted to play there.

Re: 30 PPS mod

Posted: Tue Apr 12, 2011 5:12 pm
by Do_Checkor
Once more: You can download the MODs if you are in Vortex: right click a server with a 30 mod (Anarchy30, CTF30, and so on) and select "download mod". This will install the whole set of related mods.

Also: the Guidebot in the irc.descentforum.net #descent channel will link to the mod homepage if you simply type stuff like "?? Anarchy30" or let's say "?? Hoard30"...

Re: 30 PPS mod

Posted: Sun Jan 06, 2013 5:00 pm
by Hippox79
Very cool mod.

I'd like to see a 60 FPS version released, too, for LAN. It's easy to have two installations of the game. One with the 30 FPS mod, and the other with 60 FPS mod for LAN play. :)

Re: 30 PPS mod

Posted: Mon Nov 18, 2013 3:56 pm
by Do_Checkor