Square Enix will boot idle players from packed ‘Final Fantasy XIV Online’ servers

is seeing “record user numbers in all regions” after some popular streamers started playing the MMO. A major expansion is , and players may be returning or picking the game up ahead of Endwalker‘s arrival.

However, the game’s servers are struggling to handle the influx of players. Producer and director Naoki Yoshida many players in North America and Europe have had trouble logging in or creating characters recently because of “server congestion.”

Some North American servers were at maximum capacity for up to seven hours at some points last weekend, and the average queue times were around 10-20 minutes. On the European servers, players had to wait for up to 40 minutes.

Square Enix has revealed some measures to tackle Final Fantasy XIV Online‘s server issues. It has accelerated plans to boot out players who stay idle for too long. That feature is typically enabled when a new expansion arrives to help the systems cope with a surge in player numbers, as  notes, but Square Enix is bringing it back early. Yoshida also asked players to log out and free up spots if they’re inactive.

The publisher says the game’s North American data centers were recently upgraded. As of this week, the game supports up to 18,000 simultaneous logins in that region — up to 750 players per world server. The European data centers are in line for a similar upgrade soon.

Meanwhile, Yoshida noted the global semiconductor shortage has slowed delivery of servers to some data centers. Travel restrictions related to COVID-19 have prevented the server infrastructure team from visiting data centers too.

It’s fascinating to see a game that’s been around for eight years have such a massive, sudden increase in popularity, four months out from the next expansion. Still, it once again highlights the impact that streamers have on gaming culture.

All products recommended by Engadget are selected by our editorial team, independent of our parent company. Some of our stories include affiliate links. If you buy something through one of these links, we may earn an affiliate commission.

Repost: Original Source and Author Link

Tech News

Lyft’s first in-house electric bike is reflective and packed full of sensors

After two years of in-house development, the ridesharing company Lyft has introduced its first electric bicycle. The new model is described as the company’s next-generation ebike, one that features a distinct and highly reflective design, as well as a stronger motor, single-gear transmission, and more. In addition to launching the ebike, Lyft has plans to pilot a charging station feature.

Electric bicycle rentals have become a common sight in big cities, offering tourists and residents alike the ability to easily rent a motorized bicycle for getting around. There are benefits to using these bikes: you don’t need to purchase and store your own model, you can grab one whenever it is convenient, and the company takes care of all the maintenance.

Lyft has been offering ebike rentals for a while, but this is the first time it has introduced an electric bicycle designed in-house. The company describes its bike as smart and adaptive; its battery and cables are fully integrated into the bike’s frame, it’s better equipped to handle situations like bridges and hills, and it packs a variety of sensors that monitor the bike’s systems.

Other features include the use of retroreflective paint, the same kind you find on street signs, to make sure cyclists are highly visible to drivers. The paint is joined by an illuminated light ring, hydraulic brakes, a wider seat with an improved adjustment clamp, a longer range of 60 miles, and an LCD screen with a speaker that offers users instructions on renting and using the bikes.

Lyft’s kicking off its public beta test after thousands of hours of testing, the company said as part of its announcement. The in-house Lyft ebike will first be available to the public in the Bay Area, followed by a phased roll out to other cities starting with Chicago later this year.

Repost: Original Source and Author Link