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In Topic: What Will Change For The Base Game Of GW2 When HoT Drops

Yesterday, 07:30 PM

View PostJemFayCrystal, on 30 July 2015 - 09:50 PM, said:

Will more map be added?

It's still unknown if they will actually expand the area of Tyria that the in-game World Map shows us, but there's absolutely going to be new zones. So far one is known, called Verdant Brink, part of which has already been playable in a number of beta events. Chances are there will at least a few others.

Most of the new maps are expected to be in the Maguuma Jungle/Tarnished Coast area. But since it's likely that the story will include much of the world, there's at least a possibility that Heart of Thorns could include new maps in other regions as well.

In Topic: Confusion about Windows licenses

29 July 2015 - 02:15 PM

View PostQuaker, on 29 July 2015 - 01:48 PM, said:

So, to answer your question - I don't know.
If you are planning (or conceding) to move to Windows 10, the only issue would be the possibility of getting the Pro version if you went 7 Home to 8.1 Pro to 10 Pro. I haven't actually looked into what versions of Windows 10 are to be available, and what can upgrade to what.

Fair enough. If you're interested in finding out where I'm getting that information about the upgrade path, there's a chart on the wiki page that shows all of them that I've seen repeated on most news sites.

As an aside, I feel bad for anyone who paid ~$325 for Windows 7 Ultimate only to get the comparatively pedestrian Windows 10 Pro. That's assuming anyone actually paid for Windows 7 Ultimate, anyway.

One last thing, Quaker: you said you once managed to get an XP OEM license used on a new system. Is there a specific support number to call for that? If you don't have the actual number handy, is there a specific name that I need to search for to find it, or is it just part of the general "Microsoft Product Support?"

In Topic: Confusion about Windows licenses

28 July 2015 - 01:38 PM

View PostQuaker, on 28 July 2015 - 01:21 PM, said:

Personally, I wouldn't be concerned about using the Pro version anyway. The Pro versions usually just add a bunch of network and security features that are only really useful for network administrators or IT people. Some people just like to sound all techy by saying they have the "Pro" version. ;)

I know the Pro features aren't very important and I could certainly live with the Home version, but since I paid [some] money for this 8.1 Pro upgrade, I'd like to get some value out of it if I can. For what it's worth, Microsoft is getting rid of the ability to defer Windows updates with the "Home" version of Windows 10 (Source). I'm a "Check for updates but let me choose whether to download and install them" guy, given the choice.

Follow-up question on the topic of the OEM license: Would it complicate things (or somehow make it easier?) if I took the Windows 10 upgrade on my current PC first? Or should I wait until i have the new mobo to worry about Windows 10? Am I more likely to convince Microsoft to free up my license if I just leave it as Windows 7 until then? Kind of a speculative question, I know.

Thanks for the replies.

In Topic: One year in and still bad optimization.

28 July 2015 - 01:28 PM

View PostDwellerexe, on 27 July 2015 - 12:54 AM, said:

I cannot even get 30 fps consistantly on the lowest settings,

It's important to point out where you're seeing 30 FPS… is it everywhere in the game, in every situation? Big zergs will push even the highest-end i5/i7 systems to 30 or 40. But if you're sitting around in the open world and seeing ~30 FPS, there's a problem.

Generally when you cannot improve your framerate by lowering details, that indicates your video card isn't what's struggling. It's often your CPU in those situations, since your CPU isn't tasked with rendering graphics effects in the first place. Bear in mind that the FX-8350 is actually fairly low-end when it comes to single-threaded performance, which is what GW2 most favors. So I wouldn't expect you'd be doing better than about 20–30 FPS in zergs.

In Topic: Primeval Armor Skin, how can I acquire it?

21 July 2015 - 12:59 PM

If I'm not mistaken, the Digital Deluxe upgrade for the base game gives you a Heroic chest, which includes an option to pick the Primeval, Krytan, or Profane armor skins.

After I participated in one of the Heart of Thorns betas (the one where I had to loot the portal item in Silverwastes), Arenanet mailed me a Heroic Chest. Assuming it wasn't a bug/mistake it's possible they could do that again for future betas.