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Want smoother game-play? Don't care too much about graphics? Simple Texture compression

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comandoriv #1 Posted Feb 20 2014 - 08:35

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Due to the post on my recent thread getting a lot of up-votes I decided to share this more and create a simple guide. 

 

Texture compression allows people with just there computers to achieve great FPS levels - at the cost of the graphic detail. Don't be alarmed you low detail graphic lovers - you can compress textures and keep relatively the same graphic level. This method doesn't concern players with high end cpu's... well unless you want to play WOT at 200 FPS :great:


What does compression textures do? Less detailed pixels, quicker map loading times, noticeably more FPS. 

 

So here's the link to the website   I wan't to achieve greater FPS and smoother game-play

 

Which percentage should I choose?

 

25% - Keeps relatively the same graphics as low detail, noticeable performance boost.

 

12.5% - Noticeable graphic change, very noticeable performance boost.

 

6% and below: You'll be playing WOT on a Nintendo Entertainment System... that FPS though...

 

How to install: 

 

Step 1: Pick one of the download links in the Green box. These are the stable links to use. 

 

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Step 2: Extract the downloaded file to your worldoftanks/res/packages folder. 

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Step 3: Go to the res/packages folder and find the BAT file (autoinstall only). Open up to begin the process. It can take up to 10 minutes to finish.

 

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Step 4: Profit

 

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Tip: Make a backup of your packages folder just in case you do not like the % of compression that you installed.

 

"After the Command Prompt window closes by itself restart the computer and play...
Since update 8.6 alot of people had problems with game crashing after compresssion. One of the most common reasons was unupdated DirectX." 

- Plazmakek

 

6% compression is unstable for several users. Not Recommended.

 

If you knew this method already, bravo! If not then that is why I made this extremely simple guide.


Edited by comandoriv, Feb 23 2014 - 02:27.


FlamingTier #2 Posted Feb 20 2014 - 08:36

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Nice guide, +1.

String1701E #3 Posted Feb 20 2014 - 08:55

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I've been using compression since 8.7 and it has REALLY made a difference. Granted, like you said, it is for those with lower-end computers and who dont care as much for awesome graphics as for awesome gameplay. I started using the 3% compression last patch and it was wonderful to be able to play at 30+ fps rather than the 10-15 I was getting without. Ive just been waiting for an updated version to come out for this patch so I could get back to playing with smooth graphics rather than a slide-show every battle.

 

Thanks for this...will be installing tomorrow.   +1



loliFoxgirl #4 Posted Feb 20 2014 - 09:29

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I wonder if there are more of these kinds of mods that can work with the low textures. I heard about someone who had a mod that turned the bushes and trees into like giant green mushrooms, but that might not be legal to use anymore.

Reiter #5 Posted Feb 20 2014 - 17:53

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LOL the 3% compression video looks like South Karana from EQ1 back in 1999 with tanks instead of Aviaks and Splitpaw Gnolls :veryhappy:

Scotty_SE #6 Posted Feb 20 2014 - 18:32

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A bit of a side topic, but back in the early 2000's there was a trend in computer gaming where fractals were used instead of bitmaps because CPU's could handle processing fractals better than slinging massive amounts of planar bitmaps. A fractal algorithm could immitate texture with pretty good realism, and the data space involved was tiny because it was just an algorithm.

 

Fast forward so many years I really think the technology still has value because not everybody has a 300watt video card. When you zoom in on a conventional texture map no matter how big it is there will be a finite limit. Plus, the game engine has to calculate how much of the texture map to ignore when viewed from a distance. Lower end GPU's could handle it just as efficiently as higher end GPU, and in many cases there's more detail, even though it's 'invented'.



WetRock #7 Posted Feb 20 2014 - 19:43

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Cool. Thanks for this. I will give it a go this weekend. I normally get pretty good fps on my several year old laptop but it can drop when things get busy.

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MajorRenegade #8 Posted Feb 20 2014 - 19:48

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I tried this a few time the past and failed.  All I thought you needed was to unpack into the res Mods folder. Never knew about the battles anto installer. Will give this a try later to see if it work

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Bat" dam anto correct lol

comandoriv #10 Posted Feb 21 2014 - 18:15

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View PostWarAngels, on Feb 20 2014 - 13:48, said:

I tried this a few time the past and failed. All I thought you needed was to unpack into the res Mods folder. Never knew about the battles anto installer. Will give this a try later to see if it work

 

When I first heard of doing this method I really didn't know what to do. I did what you said at first of putting it into res mods and when I played I didn't notice a difference. Then I found this file auto-installer and I thought it would replace existing files. I looked for the file copies and put them in package folder with the auto installer



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Thanks, I may try this.

comandoriv #12 Posted Feb 21 2014 - 18:46

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View Postjsh0602, on Feb 21 2014 - 12:30, said:

Thanks, I may try this.

 

If your unsure about how you will feel about the loss of graphic, stick to the 25%



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Im not on a low end PC but certainly not a high end either, I am going to give this a shot. Thank you.

Tango72 #14 Posted Feb 21 2014 - 19:09

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this will be worth the shot. running WoT on an AMD E1-1200 isnt great. the newer maps in particular tend to kill my FPS.

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View PostScotty_SE, on Feb 20 2014 - 09:32, said:

A bit of a side topic, but back in the early 2000's there was a trend in computer gaming where fractals were used instead of bitmaps because CPU's could handle processing fractals better than slinging massive amounts of planar bitmaps. A fractal algorithm could immitate texture with pretty good realism, and the data space involved was tiny because it was just an algorithm.

 

Fast forward so many years I really think the technology still has value because not everybody has a 300watt video card. When you zoom in on a conventional texture map no matter how big it is there will be a finite limit. Plus, the game engine has to calculate how much of the texture map to ignore when viewed from a distance. Lower end GPU's could handle it just as efficiently as higher end GPU, and in many cases there's more detail, even though it's 'invented'.

ray tracing. 

 

http://games.slashdo...aced-77x-faster

 

http://software.inte...ough-the-cloud/

 


Edited by Hurk, Feb 21 2014 - 19:25.


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you need to add this in your guide

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After the Command Prompt window closes by itself restart the computer and play

 



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View PostWarAngels, on Feb 21 2014 - 13:58, said:

you need to add this in your guide

 

 

Hmm.. that could be an issue for certain people. I didn't realize that would be an issue because it wasn't one for me.



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View Postcomandoriv, on Feb 21 2014 - 19:03, said:

 

Hmm.. that could be an issue for certain people. I didn't realize that would be an issue because it wasn't one for me.

well it on his guide on the website... so ya...

but add it in anyway



badmonkey59 #19 Posted Feb 21 2014 - 20:11

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+1 my friend. I don't need it, but it is great of you to take the time to try and help others.

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Works very well. Like I said, I was waiting for an updated version, since Ive been using compression for a few patches now.  I used to use compression programs years ago, as the computers I had didnt have the best graphics. When I found out this was an option for this game, I was ecstatic. I started with the 50% for the first install, not much difference. Used 12.5% for the second install, nice change. FPS went up even more. Last patch I went to the 3% and wow. Even with my non-gaming computer, I went from 3-15 fps without, to 25-40 fps with. And no the graphics dont look impressive, but hey, I grew up with Atari, Nintendo and the like, so its no big deal for me. I will sacrifice graphics for better game play any time.

 

Anyway, just to help clarify for those who arent sure, the installer is copied to the 'res>packages' folder, not res_mods. And any time I install something, I always restart the computer just because.