Diablo 3 for Xbox One And PS4 Will Get Regular Updates, Just Like on PC

Blizzard says architecture of new consoles means that the developer can deliver patches shortly after PC.

Ahead of the August 19 release of Diablo III: Ultimate Evil Edition for Xbox One and PlayStation 4, Blizzard Entertainment has announced that when a patch is delivered for PC, it will come to those consoles shortly after. "To put that into perspective, the last time a huge PC game quickly mirrored patches on the console version was back in... well, never," Microsoft says in a post on the Xbox Wire.

Diablo III production director John Hight said that that when Blizzard began development on the game for consoles, he thought it would be impossible to release updates on console so quickly after PC. But now Blizzard can, Microsoft says, because the Xbox One is "powerful enough to handle large-form patches and can update games in the background."

Writing on the PlayStation Blog, Hight said pretty much the same thing about the PS4. "The next-gen console architecture makes it much easier for us to offer ongoing patch support for the PS4 version of the Ultimate Evil Edition," he said. "This means that as we continue to patch the game on PC, we'll now be able to roll out related patch content, as appropriate, on PS4 as well. It'll take some additional time beyond the PC patch rollout, but we'll get them to you as quickly as possible."

Just last month, Blizzard was still debating how it would support the game post-release. It remains to be seen just how long it will be after a Diablo III patch is deployed on PC before it comes to consoles.

Diablo III: Ultimate Evil Edition launches August 19 for Xbox 360, Xbox One, PS3, and PS4. Blizzard recently confirmed that the Xbox One version will run in 1080p after you apply a day-one update. The PS4 version also runs in 1080p, and both iterations will offer 60fps gameplay. The game contains the main Diablo III game and the Reaper of Souls expansion. As we learned at E3, the PS4 version of the game includes infected from The Last of Us, as well as a special Shadow of the Colossus transmog set.

For more on Diablo III: Ultimate Evil Edition, be sure to watch a replay of our interview with Blizzard above.

Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and you can follow him on Twitter @EddieMakuch
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jako998
jako998

Only reason I MIGHT  get this is buccase I need a game to to play to keep me busy and passing time until destiny comes out...


Diablo or Metro Redux.. Either but idk yet.

floydshayvious
floydshayvious

Was hoping they'd support ps3 and 360 post launch.... oh well - $40 richer I guess lol.

Wogrim
Wogrim

Ummm... sounds like they're admitting the game still needs improving.  I don't even remember how long ago this disappointment first came out; how have they not fixed it yet?

theKSMM
theKSMM

Remember that period during which your PS3 required a system update or a patch every time you turned it on to play a game?  Good times.

HaloinventedFPS
HaloinventedFPS

Blizzard say a lot of things to get you to buy shit, i bet they won't patch it

Remember when D3 was going to get PVP a few months after launch?

illage2
illage2

:D Seriously hyped for this ..... is it fair to say good bye top any sort of life that I had lol

jr_hal
jr_hal

Can't wait !! I love D3 on my ps3 and so looking forward to my ps4 stoked !

krasnauskis
krasnauskis

Only reason I'm getting this on PS4 is cause it's one of the games with coop. I rather play games offline couch/splscreen then online.

SoulScribe
SoulScribe

GRIND, get gear, replay the game at higher difficulties. God this game bored me to sleep.

harteman
harteman

Just like PC!!!  AKA prepare to get it...

Llama345
Llama345

Still probably won't get it. But this was my main concern. 

packtop
packtop

And f*ck those who bought the PS3-Xbox 360 version even though they have been paying more...

jmartin1016
jmartin1016

$60?!?!? WTF? Isn't this game almost 3 years old?

Kinguard73
Kinguard73

Ok so a Microsoft said... "But now Blizzard can, Microsoft says, because the Xbox One is "powerful enough to handle large-form patches and can update games in the background."


But an actual Blizzard dev said, ""The next-gen console architecture makes it much easier for us to offer ongoing patch support for the PS4 version of the Ultimate Evil Edition,"


Well like most things involved with Xbox it can do things just like the PS4.. if you put enough extra effort into it. I mean they so desperate they have to toot their own horn cause Blizzard won't do it for them?


Do they even know how bad they make fans of theirs look? Just shut up man! No wonder people flocking to PS4! Yeesh!

AtheistPreacher
AtheistPreacher

Thank God, game would have been seriously gimped on consoles otherwise.  Even just not having 2.1 would've sucked, it's going to be a game-changing patch.

archav3n
archav3n

Remind me that i haven't been playing D3 at all. I have so many games that i hate gaming on PC :P

ks_iskandar
ks_iskandar

Pretty sure that both sony and microsoft did away with the cost per patch thing (dont quote me on it). So glad this is happening for Consoles, just adds more play value, plenty of people even those that play on pc will now be purchasing for console as well.

atopp399
atopp399

When is Warcraft 4 going to be released?

Rooten
Rooten

so I heard it's 40000 for every patch sent on Sony's console...so this is going to be expensive for Blizz or they are going to be slower on releasing patches on PC so that they are not pushing to much updates on consoles...or I'm mistaken!

Xenro4
Xenro4

So it was dependent on the console architecture all along.

canuckbiker
canuckbiker

I'd go with metro if you haven't played if before. It's a great single player experience. Diablo 3 is a fun multiplayer, but gets a little boring solo.

Spartan-1657
Spartan-1657

You clearly don't understand this at all.

canuckbiker
canuckbiker

You can catch a cold if you stay out in one too long.

canuckbiker
canuckbiker

Personally I despise split screen, but this game is great for couch co-op, because you're both on the same screen.

canuckbiker
canuckbiker

You've just described every rpg, maybe they're just not for you.

hypgnosis
hypgnosis

@SoulScribe  "I don't like this game, so I'll leave a comment about it." Loser.

hypgnosis
hypgnosis

@Kinguard73  "I have no life and need to attach my significance to a corporation, and hate on another to make myself feel good." Loser.

fulfledgedgamer
fulfledgedgamer

@Kinguard73 

So Xbox does ONE thing really well and you gotta try to find a way to take it away!?

You didn't even do a good job. It seems like MS was just bringing up the fact that it's easy to do on theirs and Blizz had to reassure people they could even handle it on the PS4..

PS4 won't stop touting and trash talking, having more initial buyers and flaunting it around like they own the place and they've all but called MS into some kind of war. And MS hits hard dude. Sony has it's just deserts coming up imo.

Cronyk
Cronyk

@Kinguard73 Maybe because Hight was writing on a Playstation blog? Wild theory I know...

Khasym
Khasym

@AtheistPreacher I don't think there was ever an intention NOT to have 2.1 on the console version. I had a feeling they were going to patch up to like next year, when the sales start to fall off and the bulk of the exploits were tamped down, then just call the game done.

Kinguard73
Kinguard73

@ks_iskandar  FFARR sidestep this easy enough by downloading patches via the internet. Since all consoles can connect to the internet as long as the company has the coding to their own game they can access it and download it no problem.


Makes me wonder if me tipping them off in support earlier about how FFARR did it made this happen I mean I go do that and suddenly they say they can where before they weren't sure? hmmmmm

I see another new trend coming and game business folks? Take a page from Rockstar on how to preserve chars RIGHT. =P

iMpLuX
iMpLuX

@Rooten  So what you're trying to say is Sony wants $40,000 for every patch you want to make for your game to be deployed over PSN?

hypgnosis
hypgnosis

@Khasym @AtheistPreacher  How could you have "had" a feeling a year early? Are you a time traveler?

Rooten
Rooten

@iMpLuX something like that, yes. I don't know if it's true, just heard those stuff on some website, so I have no facts if it's true or not.

xeidog69
xeidog69

@iMpLuX @Rooten I dunno///Game like final fantasyXIV actually utilised a client once installed on PS4 beta. I wish more games would utilise clients on console as that would allow you to chat with you guildies as well even if they play on pc it would be cool chatting via a client. 

Khasym
Khasym

@hypgnosis It has nothing to do with time travel. It has EVERYTHING to do with profits. In a year's time, most of the people who want to buy the console version will have bought it. By then, another WoW, SC or Diablo expansion will be announced, and Blizzard will want to shift resources to that. Moreover, without the auction house, and the consoles policing themselves for hacks and viruses, the majority of cheats and exploits will be nailed down.

Khasym
Khasym

@Kinguard73 @archav3n @atopp399 I think they could handle wow from a performance perspective, but forget ever seeing a decent keyboard and mouse setup from MS OR Sony. Both spend way too much money selling computers and software to anger The Godfather. :-)

Kinguard73
Kinguard73

@xeidog69 @iMpLuX @Rooten  this gen should have been more PC like we don't really need PCs anymore except for the extreme tech types. I mean except for the 4K Tvs all tvs max at 1080P or most do so why would you need a PC if the console can do the same thing via an app?


Just saying....


hypgnosis
hypgnosis

@Khasym @hypgnosis  You did not answer my question. How did you have a feeling about something a year from now? ANSWER ME TIME TRAVELLING WARLOCK!

xeidog69
xeidog69

@Kinguard73 @xeidog69 @iMpLuX @Rooten we def wont be getting 4k with the consoles. I wish consoles would have emulated PC better in regards to how the games play and function. Install the entire game on the HDD when im playing it.Have clients from companies like blizzard that allow for cross platform and game chat, and I really wish we would start seeing more cross platform play within certain games. Oh I have a PS4, my nephew has a xone, my son has a 360.. cool lets play together. Destiny would be so awesome if they allowed for the story campaign modes to be cross plat play. I can see limiting the PVP to individual consoles but modes where players are working together would benefit from concepts such as these.