With Ubisoft calling it the first major patch in Operation Health, Rainbow Six Siege update 2.2.1 is launching today on PlayStation 4 and tomorrow on Xbox One. It was made available earlier this month for PC players.
Focusing heavily on implementing 1-Step Matchmaking and Interactive Matchmaking, here’s most of what you can expect from 2.2.1 today on PS4:
1-Step Matchmaking and Interactive Matchmaking
The health of the game is of utmost importance to the longevity of Rainbow Six Siege. We are implementing a lot of technical backend support. One these major technological improvements is the new 1-Step Matchmaking and Interactive Matchmaking:
- 1-Step Matchmaking is a streamlined updated which means more stability, and faster matchmaking results. Stability and performance is one of the primary goals for the dev team, and this is one giant step towards better performance and faster queue times.
- Interactive Matchmaking allows you the freedom to purchase items from the shop, unlock new operators, and change your loadouts without leaving matchmaking. We are also introducing a post-match opt-in and opt-out flow so you or your party can choose to re-enter matchmaking to find a new game, return to the main menu, or continue to queue with the current players.
- There will be a redesign of the hitboxes for all operators. The new design will make it so the hitbox only includes what you would think of as the human body. This means that baggy clothing, pouches, headgear, bags, accessories, etc. will not be included in the hitbox of all Operators. This change will impact present and future operators, and will allow for a full artistic freedom on character models and customization without a heavy impact on gameplay balancing.
New Post-Match and Pre-Match Squad Flow
- Once a match has completed, players will be presented with new menu options that allow you to choose when to re-enter the matchmaking flow from the After Action Report (AAR) screen. This also works if you’re in a party. The squad leader can choose when the squad enters matchmaking, re-enters the matchmaking flow from the AAR screen, propose a rematch to the other team, or return to the main menu. From a squad member’s perspective, they will have the option to leave the squad and matchmaking loop.
Keep Playing as Team Option
- Part of this new flow also means you will not be immediately re-queued for a match, as the default option will send you back to the main menu screen. At the end of matches, you will have to opt-in to re-queue in matchmaking. However, there will be an option to keep playing with the same team if you just had a really good match.
You can see all of the changes over here.
The next patch for Siege, 2.2.2, doesn’t have a release date yet, but it will focus on “issues with Hibana, Smoke grenade replication, aiming consistency, Alpha Pack Deployment, and other long-persisting issues.”
Ubisoft adds that “a lot of what we are working on regarding gameplay fixes will be arriving in Season 3.” The next season, Hong Kong, is scheduled to begin in August 2017.
Now Loading…Xbox One X Impressions
Sorry, can’t get on board with that price tag even though I already have a 4K TV. At this point in the console cycle, no non-MS player will want to switch just for better graphics and fork out money for a TV+console. The exclusives on show were mainly timed or just not significant enough to make the switch. That said, I have a renewed interest in the One S.
Microsoft had a solid conference, focused on games, and got everyone hyped for the One X, but I really can’t see a compelling reason to buy, or even to split my time between my PS4 and an Xbox. $500 is too much for something that’s not a whole new console. Why get that when all the games are going to work on the One S at half the price? If I really wanted to move that direction, I’d get a gaming PC.
Good presentation, some good games, and that’s great.. but there was still nothing there to make a PlayStation fanboy such as myself jump ship or even be tempted to buy it as a second home console.
Besides the silly name, the conference got me excited for the new
console. In particular, I’m excited to see Forza 7 running in my own living room, and to play Crackdown 3 when it launches alongside the Xbox One X. That said, I don’t think Microsoft’s messaging was that great for non-hardcore gamers / games press. Similar to the PS4 Pro,
Similar to the PS4 Pro, they need to show the improvements down the line to convince players to not go with the cheaper option.
Considering how bullish Microsoft has been lately, I expected more. At $500, the Xbox One X will struggle. We learned last week that about 20% of new PS4 sales are PS4 Pros. Even if the Xbox One X is able to hit that same rate (despite a drastically wider price disparity between it and the Xbox One S), that equates to a much smaller amount of units than PS4 Pro. With the PS5 inevitable and PS4 Pro cheaper, there doesn’t seem to be a great reason to buy Xbox One X. Even the Xbox One S is a far more attractive deal for consumers.
I might get a lot of, “Oh, Alex is the EIC of a PlayStation site! Of course he won’t like the Xbox One X!” chatter or whatever, but I really am at a loss as to which gaming demographic this console is targeted to. I mean, sure, it’s the strongest console when it comes out, but where are the must-have games that justify the $500 price tag? And if history is any indication, a console at that price never succeeds; it’s just too damn expensive.
When you factor in that the Xbox One S does almost everything it does at almost half the price? Why would you get it? I mean, really?
At the end of the day, it’s all about games. If Microsoft can show off a bunch of games that show off the capabilities of the Xbox One X, then I know some people might bite. But as it stands now? All the people I’ve talked to are wondering if Microsoft really has no idea what gamers want.
I like the look of the Xbox One X, but I think the price is a little too steep, especially now that the Xbox One S has dropped down to $199!
Whereas the PS4 Pro offered good value against the PS4 Slim 1TB model, the Xbox One X asks for a much larger investment. I think it will struggle at launch.
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