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WHAT GOOD IS PRELOAD ON STEAM?
 
Caliber  posted on Oct 07, 2014 8:01:32 AM - Report post

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if you have to wait 1 hour for it to decompress, and copy from one folder to another?

I could have just downloaded the game fresh and it would have been faster.. seriously..

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techowl  posted on Oct 07, 2014 8:11:03 AM - Report post

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if you have to wait 1 hour for it to decompress, and copy from one folder to another?

I could have just downloaded the game fresh and it would have been faster.. seriously..

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Cal

Lol, it has never taken me that long, usually just takes me like 10 minutes.. Hmm I think your HDD is being killed by all the trainer making or maybe you were just unlucky

 

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Every time i preload a game from them i have too delete it and start over so i no longer preload
 
linesma  posted on Oct 07, 2014 8:50:31 PM - Report post

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The only game I pre-loaded was Skyrim. It worked well. I did have to revalidate one file. That was better than having to redo the whole she-bang!
 
hylianlinkzero  posted on Oct 07, 2014 9:55:58 PM - Report post

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Right there with you. It seems like it's only useful for games in excess of 15GB, or when you think the Steam Servers may be slow due to the release of an incredibly popular game. For instance: in a couple of weeks, I'll be Pre-loading Borderlands The Pre-Sequel just in case the servers on the 14th get bogged down.
 
heroshi2  posted on Oct 08, 2014 3:46:11 AM - Report post

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I'm with Caliber on this one. The few games I have preload it seem to always take longer to run on release than if I got it fresh.

On an unrelated matter, I usually kick myself when I buy a game on steam thinking it's early access and it turns out it's just early purchase, then you have to just stare at the gray text of the game name teasing you for two months. Noooo you can't play yet!

Right now I'm staring at Beyond Earth

[Edited by heroshi2, 10/8/2014 3:46:59 AM]

 
DABhand  posted on Oct 08, 2014 11:36:47 AM - Report post

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There is a better reason, if a well known AAA title that everyone wants is being released, you can be sure the steam servers globally will take a hammering.

That is the point of pre-loading, so you can get the data before release date (bar the usual missing files that come out on release day) and not try your luck and hope you can get a decent speed to download the full game on the day of release.

Nothing worse than downloading 8gb+ at slow speeds.

 
AdmiralP  posted on Oct 09, 2014 6:27:02 AM - Report post

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There is a better reason, if a well known AAA title that everyone wants is being released, you can be sure the steam servers globally will take a hammering.

That is the point of pre-loading, so you can get the data before release date (bar the usual missing files that come out on release day) and not try your luck and hope you can get a decent speed to download the full game on the day of release.

Nothing worse than downloading 8gb+ at slow speeds.

DAB's point is on the mark from my point of view. Failing to pre-load increases the likelihood of an extremely slow DL. Aside from that, when it comes to a corrupted DL and install... there is ultimately no means of determining whether that would have occurred regardless of acquiring the data pre or post launch.

At least with downloading it early, should the file be corrupted you can identify that promptly and immediately start downloading the title with the larger pool of users on the server. If you did not pre-load and discovered the failed install after download, you would be stuck in a position of entering into that overcrowded server queue twice during the period it will be experiencing its largest number of user access.

Ideally, you simply pre-load and install sans issues. Worst case scenario with the early install... you only end up downloading once during the server's peak utilization.

[Edited by AdmiralP, 10/9/2014 6:28:08 AM]

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