NEWS: X3: Albion Prelude and X3: Terran Conflict updated

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NEWS: X3: Albion Prelude and X3: Terran Conflict updated

Post by X2-Illuminatus » Wed, 6. Dec 17, 18:40

We took the chance to make some changes to X3: Terran Conflict and X3: Albion Prelude again. This time we added a borderless window mode, which allows you to play the game in window mode but without having to deal with an overlapping taskbar. This also fixes some menu display issues (truncated text lines in menus), which previously could appear when using normal windows mode under Microsoft Windows. Furthermore we improved the performance in busy sectors, which will especially be noticeable in larger battles.

X3: Terran Conflict 3.4

• Added Borderless Window mode (fixes menu display, Windows only)
• Added Borderless/Window mode resolution listing for QHD standard 2560x1440
• Improved performance in busy sectors

X3: Albion Prelude 3.3

• Added Borderless Window mode (fixes menu display, Windows only)
• Added Borderless/Window mode resolution listing for QHD standard 2560x1440
• Improved performance in busy sectors

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Post by imperium3 » Thu, 7. Dec 17, 19:19

Always good to see these games still getting some love :D One question, are these updates likely to cause any issues with older mods? Only it seems to me that most of the popular mods for TC and AP aren't likely to be getting compatibility updates these days because their authors have moved onto other things.
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Post by Raider480 » Thu, 7. Dec 17, 19:35

Any chance we could get a list of the files changed, e.g. if only the executable and a handful of scripts have changed since the last version of X3TC/X3AP? Copying that forward would be a lot easier than having to rebuild my entire modded directory off the latest Steam files in their entirety.
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Post by Crimsonraziel » Thu, 7. Dec 17, 19:37

Borderless Windows!

I'm so happy right now. This missing feature bugged me for years. :thumb_up:
I'll take that as a good omen for X4. :fg:
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Post by gbjbaanb » Thu, 7. Dec 17, 20:16

Raider480 wrote:Any chance we could get a list of the files changed, e.g. if only the executable and a handful of scripts have changed since the last version of X3TC/X3AP? Copying that forward would be a lot easier than having to rebuild my entire modded directory off the latest Steam files in their entirety.
Go to your steam directory and have a look at any files that changed on the day you did the update - for me it appears to be:

addon/04.cat/dat
13.cat/dat
X3AP.exe
X3TC.exe - though you'll want the nosteam version of these anyway.
and a heap of changelog and pck files.

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Post by XanII » Thu, 7. Dec 17, 20:42

I am speechless that TC is still getting updated.
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Post by X2-Illuminatus » Thu, 7. Dec 17, 21:02

Raider480 wrote:Any chance we could get a list of the files changed, e.g. if only the executable and a handful of scripts have changed since the last version of X3TC/X3AP? Copying that forward would be a lot easier than having to rebuild my entire modded directory off the latest Steam files in their entirety.
As usual the list of changed files for X3AP is available here. The list for X3TC should look the same with the respective TC files (with the exception of the one director file):
  • Documents\Changelog_xx.txt
    t\0002-****.pck
    t\0001-L007.pck

    Within .cat/dat 13:

    L\x3config.obj
    L\X3galedit.obj
    L\X3intro.obj
    L\x3story.obj
imperium3 wrote:One question, are these updates likely to cause any issues with older mods? Only it seems to me that most of the popular mods for TC and AP aren't likely to be getting compatibility updates these days because their authors have moved onto other things.
It's rather unlikely that any of the changes in these updates causes conflicts with any script or mod for X3TC or X3AP. Litcube's Universe is the only currently still developed mod that changes the .obj files, so I would be careful with that. Apart from that, if you're using the NoSteam.exe for X3AP, make sure to download the updated version from here.
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Post by hourheroyes » Thu, 7. Dec 17, 22:46

Anyone know what kind of performance increase we're looking at here? I'd love to go back to XRM from X3LU but the performance gains are so nice....
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Post by CBJ » Thu, 7. Dec 17, 23:15

The performance improvements will depend on the situation. They are not huge, but they should be at their most noticeable in situations where the are a lot of bullets flying around. If your game was previously limited by GPU constraints rather than CPU then you probably won't see any difference at all.

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Post by Noomen » Fri, 8. Dec 17, 00:03

XanII wrote:I am speechless that TC is still getting updated.
I guess that's called German dedication. One of the reasons I love Egosoft. (but not the highways :P )
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Post by Malakie » Fri, 8. Dec 17, 03:33

LOVE the updates for TC and Albion!! Yea!!

This is why I have supported you guys from the very first days of old and X Beyond.. way back when my pc could not run it even! LOL
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Post by Sinxar » Fri, 8. Dec 17, 04:32

Performance improvements are always welcome, especially if it helps with large battles. Thanks.

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Post by alt3rn1ty » Fri, 8. Dec 17, 14:04

Did GOG game files get an update to the X3 Terran War Pack which includes both X3TC and X3AP ?

I ask because the version numbers on GOG are :

1. The highest is 3.3, not 3.4 (which you would expect to be 3.4 with X3TC being included)

2. Confusing - See the patch versions in the following screenshot ..

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3. And usually I get an update notification on GOG, there was no prompt to tell me this has been updated at all.

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Post by CBJ » Fri, 8. Dec 17, 14:41

They have received the update, but they may not yet have made it available.

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Post by alt3rn1ty » Fri, 8. Dec 17, 15:06

Thanks CBJ, it may well be the update already (GOG have weird ideas about versioning sometimes), the last files I downloaded from them were version 2.3.0.6 which I believe equated to X3AP version 3.2 ..

.. So to get to 3.3 they have obviously updated since, but it may have been an update I missed which did not prompt me.

Anyway, going to install these newer GOG files to what I had previously, and see what I can found out about it.

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