A title update to due to be released for Battlefield 3 later today will finally address the player input lag PlayStation 3 users have been experiencing since launch.
Though DICE stops short of saying that it has fixed the issue altogether, the developer says that it has "significantly improved this situation for all players".
The issue was described as a "fundamental flaw" by those affected, and continued to plague the PS3 version long after DICE pledged to address it.
Fans even went so far as to create a website to draw attention to the issue. doesbf3stillhaveinputlag.com was established to let users know when the issue had been rectified.
The title update is due to go live on both PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 today, and no later than December 4 on PC.
In addition to addressing input lag, Multiplayer Update 5 also fixes the audio drops reported by some PS3 players and offers further tweaks to weapon balancing, adding additional recoil to the M416m, and reducing the recoil of the L85A2, AUG, FAMAS, G53, QBZ-95B and Type88 LMG.
Meanwhile, the infra-red view offered by Armored Kill's gunship has been removed and the cannon's damage radius reduced due to "balancing reasons".
Various other bug fixes are also included.
The update is mandatory to players who wish to continue playing online.
Multiplayer Update 5 patch notes:
1) Addressed "input lag" on PS3
If you have been experiencing "input lag" playing Battlefield 3 on PlayStation 3, we now believe we have significantly improved this situation for all players.
2) Improved audio stability on PS3
The audio dropouts reported by some PlayStation 3 gamers playing Battlefield 3 should now be fixed for the majority of players .
3) Weapons balancing
Based on detailed community feedback and data analysis we have made some minor weapon tweaks to recoil and accuracy. The goal of these tweaks, and the overall goal in Battlefield 3, is to give each weapon a unique feel and competitive performance to other weapons of a similar type.
- M416: First shot and horizontal recoil slightly increased. This should make the choice between M16 and M416 more interesting again.
- L85A2: Slightly reduced horizontal recoil.
- AUG: first shot recoil slightly to increase weapon controllability.
- FAMAS: Slightly reduced horizontal recoil.
- G53: Vertical recoil reduced to make this weapon more controllable.
- QBZ-95B: Slightly reduced horizontal recoil.
- LSAT: Hip accuracy has been increased to highlight the weapon's role as a highly mobile LMG.
- Type88 LMG: Recoil has been decreased to make it a viable option when compared to the M249.
- M5K: Increased horizontal recoil and decreased vertical recoil to focus this weapon as a high damage, low control PDW.
- UMP45: Decreased fully automatic fire to differentiate this weapon from the PP2000.
- MP412: Increased its accuracy to better distinguish it from the .44 Magnum.
- M26: Increased aimed accuracy to be in line with the other shotguns.
4) Weapons bug fixes
- Fixed the MTAR's range not being correctly reduced when equipped with the sound suppressor.
- Fixed a bug where suppressive fire had reduced effect on the M16 and M5K when compared with other weapons.
- Fixed a bug where the M5K's Flash Suppressor had no effect on accuracy.
- Fixed the L86A2 Heavy Barrel's hip accuracy penalty being far larger than other weapons.
- Fixed an issue with the Mk3 shotgun's ACOG being low resolution.
5) M-COM disarm fix
Fixed an issue where M-COM stations couldn't be disarmed from the left side while standing up.
6) Alborz Mountains rock fix
Rocks and stones collision tweaked on Armored Kill maps. Players should no longer be able to exploit a collision issue that allowed them to hide inside rock formations.
7) Operation Shield/Alborz Mountains Tank Superiority area fix
Tank Superiority visual combat areas fixed on Operation Shield and Alborz Mountains. There was earlier a 10×10 meter patch on the mountain that became out of combat for US. This was technically already fixed server side, however this will update the actual visuals to be correct.
8) Death Valley collision fix
Collision tweaked on the railroad tunnel roof. This fix prevents players from being able to hide inside the railroad tunnel roof.
9) Sharqi Squad Rush spawn fix
Players would sometimes spawn out of combat if spawning shortly after the first M-COM explodes on Squad Rush on Sharqi Peninsula. With this fix, spawn points have been moved back to prevent this from happening.
10) Alborz Mountains Squad Rush fix
Cameras were incorrect in the spawn menu, pointing to old locations and not where you would actually spawn in. This has now been fixed.
11) Gunship balancing changes
We have now removed the gunship FLIR view (the position is still available, just not the black/white view) and decreased the damage radius of cannon explosions. This was done because of balancing reasons. Previously it was too easy for the gunner to get visual contact on enemy soldiers on the maps, and the splash damage is reduced to make it harder to kill infantry from the cannon seat.
12) Mobile Artillery spawn bug fixed
Two players can no longer spawn into the Mobile Artillery. This was a spawn-in-menu bug on the Operation Shield map which has now been fixed.
13) Tweaked hard to get medals
Looking at the persistence system, we could see that a number of the hard to get medals were actually too hard to achieve (in our opinion based on our intended design). While we never meant for all medals to have an equal distribution, the hardest ones were still intended to be more achievable than they have proven to be so far. Therefore, we have slightly decreased the prerequisites to achieve a number of the hardest to get medals in the game. One positive side effect (if you like playing Recon) is that we will likely see a slight bump in the Recon kit's average Score Per Minute overall.