F1 2011 patch goes live today

Online leaderboards will be wiped.

A major F1 2011 patch goes live today, bringing with it a long list of tweaks to the game's AI, online and technical performance.

As detailed over on the game's official forum, a fix for a set-up bug means that developer Codemasters has to re-set the online leaderboards for both the time trial and time attack modes. The wipe is currently scheduled for some time next week.

Here are the full patch notes, applicable to PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 versions of the game:

Game improvements:

  • A connectivity rating display has now been implemented for each player in an online session lobby. This appears as coloured bars (red, amber, green) to indicate the expected online performance of the player in the game session
  • More network bandwidth is now reserved for game-critical systems in online sessions. This may result in low-bandwidth users having their voice chat restricted to fewer players, but should result in a smoother online experience

Strategy and set-up:

  • Fixed 11/11 car setup bug
  • Fixed issue where your race strategy uses the same tyre compound three times in a row and the final set are worn
  • Fixed issue where wear-based punctures would occur too often
  • Fixed various issues with the race engineer speech logic

AI:

  • Fixed an issue where the AI run on Intermediates for too long
  • Fixed issue where AI cars would be too fast in the wet
  • Fixed an issue where AI vehicles pitted too often during dry, online races
  • The AI has been tuned on several circuits to provide smoother and faster driving
  • Fixed issue where the AI's sector 1 times in Malaysia were too slow

Co-op championship:

  • Fixed an issue with the save becoming corrupt / not able to invite the other player when playing long race weekends
  • Fixed an issue where AI difficulty was reset to "Amateur" level when resuming a Co-op game
  • Fixed an issue with tyre wear in Practice/Qualifying not being carried over to Race
  • Fixed an issue with the penalties accrued in Practice/Qualifying not being applied to the Race
  • Fixed an issue with the Race Results where lapped AI are causing player to drop positions

Online:

  • Vote to Skip in Qualifying now requires 100 per cent vote
  • Various Penalty system improvements have been made
  • Quick Race countdown timer is now set to 60 seconds and no longer resets when a player joins the session
  • Fixed issue where host and client machines would report different qualification results during online games
  • Fixed an issue where online players would sometimes see other players or AI cars using the wrong tyres

Graphics and performance:

  • PS3 - Improved frame rate and performance
  • Xbox360 and PC - Numerous performance improvements have been made to increase frame rate and reduce stuttering
  • All Platforms - Numerous graphical improvements have been made
  • All Platforms - Fixed various issues to improve general game stability

PC-specific:

  • Fixed several functionality issues experienced when using DX11 cards
  • Fixed issue where users could hack specific files to increase car grip

Other:

  • Fixed a very infrequent issue where some sessions would be skipped over when progressing to the next session during a Long Race Weekend
  • Korea tyre compounds have been changed to those used in the 2011 race
  • Fixed an issue where in career where the "on the bounce" achievement was awarded after 11 race wins instead nine.
  • Fixed an issue where all users would be awarded the fastest lap XP and stat during some online races
  • Fixed an issue where driver's hands & head popped in a few frames late when switching cameras
  • Fixed issue where players were able to post extremely quick Time Trial times
  • Introduced option to have 30 per cent, 40 per cent and 75 per cent races

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