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GTA Online 1.54 update drastically reduces load times: Patch notes & details

Rockstar has listened to its fans and updated GTA Online to incorporate a recently-discovered method that will drastically reduce load times.

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A recent investigation by a modder found that GTA Online had a particular file that was causing excessive loading time. Rockstar has now added the 1.54 update to the game and it reduces the title’s loading screens.

For all of Grand Theft Auto’s excellence in world-building, design, and overall enjoyment, the game has always suffered from excessive load times. Players wanting to dive straight into an online game have had to sit back on their phones for a while and wait patiently.

However, a new way was recently found that would supposedly slash GTA Online load times. Instead of rejecting the invasion of the game’s files, Rockstar has embraced the idea and decided to implement it into their game via the 1.54 update. It is expected that players can experience up to 70% faster loading speeds in GTA now.

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Lots of companies would take exception to an outsider tampering with their game files and exposing a gaping flaw for the whole world to see. So it’s incredibly positive to see Rockstar not only acknowledge it but also use it to make GTA Online faster.

GTA Online 1.54 patch notes

Whilst the notes aren’t official just yet, one GTA Online Reddit thread has been opened to discuss the new update

  • Improvements & Fixes: Loading the Story Mode / Online on PC is now way faster than before.
  • Test on my low-end specs: CPU: Intel Core i3 4005u, GPU: NVIDIA GT 820m, RAM: 4GB, Old HDD
  • Loading time before update: 9 minutes and 38 seconds
  • Loading time after update: 3 minutes and 15 seconds

Which platforms is the GTA Online 1.54 update on?

The newest update for GTA Online has gone live across all the major platforms. So PlayStation, Xbox, and PC owners can currently go and download the update right now.

As far as we can tell, the significant loading times boost only seems to apply to PC. Console users are reporting that there’s been no significant improvement on loading time performance. Whereas PC players are happily commenting that the update has proven to be most effective.

and one user has said, “Got the update on PS4, didn’t notice anything yet.” Another user also said, “40 seconds for changing lobby, still slow on starting up the game and I’m on Xbox Series X.”

So for the time being at least, this fix only seems to apply to PC users, and console users, even on the PS5 and Xbox Series X, will have to settle for the default times.

Grand Theft Auto players will be encouraged to know that a large update in terms of significance won’t actually take that long to enforce.

How big is the GTA Online 1.54 update?

Here is the official file size for the update on each platform:

  • PlayStation: 700 MB
  • Xbox: 1 GB
  • PC: 400 MB

So it really shouldn’t take too long before your load times are slashed thanks to the new GTA Online 1.54 update.

Rockstar pay $10,000 to modder

The modder who goes by the name of “tostercx” has actually had their work recognized by Rockstar to the point that they have paid them handsomely.

They updated their original post to say, “Just got awarded $10k through their H1 in-game bounty as an exception (usually only for security issues).”

It’s refreshing to see a company hold their hand up and also reward someone for helping to improve the game.

Image credits: Rockstar

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FIFA 22 Team of the Week: TOTW 1 & featured players

TOTW is back again in FIFA 22 Ultimate Team, and we’ve got everything you need to know about how it works – including the latest squad.

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EA has revealed that the Team of the Week is returning to FIFA 22 Ultimate Team. This time, however, they’re addressing some long-running fan complaints. Here’s how FIFA 22 TOTW will work.

Ultimate Team remains the most popular mode in the FIFA series. One of the many reasons for this is how it incorporates real-world football into its addictive gameplay loop through special cards, such as Icons or the new FUT Heroes.

One of the mode’s oldest special items is the Team of the Week, which offers players a weekly batch of new upgraded cards to help build out their squads. We’ve got everything you need to know about FUT TOTW right here.

We’ll be updating this hub with the latest FIFA 22 TOTW, so be sure to check back here every week.

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FIFA 22 FUT TOTW 1

The very first FIFA 22 TOTW is here, and it’s full of big names. Liverpool’s Mohammed Salah is one of the standouts after his display in the win against Leeds.

Meanwhile, Bayern’s Joshua Kimmich is the joint-highest rated, following the German champions’ strong to the season.

Ivan Toney is the featured TOTW. His card has been boosted from 76 to an impressive 84.

Check out the full squad for TOTW 1 here:

  • Mohammed Salah (Liverpool)
  • Joshua Kimmich (Bayern Munich)
  • Thiago Silva (Chelsea)
  • Edin Dzeko (Inter Milan)
  • Ivan Toney (Brentford) – Featured TOTW
  • Vinicius Jr. (Real Madrid)
  • Yassin Bounou (Sevilla)
  • Luis Diaz (Porto)
  • Ismalia Sarr (Watford)
  • David Garcia (Osasuna)
  • Francesco Caputo (Sampdoria)
  • Marco Faroni (Hellas Verona)
  • Florian Wirtz (Bayer Leverkusen)
  • Timo Horn (FC Koln)
  • Pedro Rebocho (Lech Poznan)
  • Ludovic Blas (FC Nantes)
  • Jens Toornstra (Feyenoord)
  • Habib Diallo (Strasbourg)
  • Ola Kamara (DC United)
  • German Berterame (Atletico de San Luis)
  • Douglas Vieira (S-Hiroshima)
  • Yukhym Konoplia (Shakhtar Donetsk)
  • Blair Turgott (Ostersunds)
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What are TOTW cards in FIFA 22 Ultimate Team?

Team of the Week items are special cards that boost stats based on that player’s performance in the previous week of real-world games. Any player awarded an in-form will see both their ratings and in-game stats get a permanent increase.

Every week, EA unveils a 23-man squad of the stars who had the best games in the previous domestic or international fixtures round. They could be awarded for a last-minute winner in a big game or a heroic performance from a goalkeeper to keep a clean sheet.

Each TOTW is available in packs for an entire week until it is replaced by the next squad on the following Wednesday. Player’s can not receive an in-form two weeks in a row.

While the in-form card is in packs, it replaces the base version of that player. The normal card will return to packs when that TOTW is over.

AC Milan player dribbling the ball in FIFA 22

FIFA 22 Ultimate Team Featured TOTW

In FIFA 22, EA has addressed fans’ complaints that TOTW items are often quickly rendered useless by the other promotional cards added to the game throughout the year.

Every week, one player will receive a special Featured TOTW card. These players will receive a larger boost than the rest of the squad in an attempt to make them more desirable to those building their teams.

To qualify for this additional stat-boost, the player must have a base card that is under 80-rated and not have any other performance-based card in packs – such as a Ones to Watch.

Screenshot of Jude Bellingham card.

When is the TOTW released?

Historically, EA announces the latest TOTW every Wednesday so that any Monday night games can be considered.

Historically, the announcement comes at 10 AM PT / 2 PM ET / 6 PM GMT, although TOTW 1 arrived a couple of hours earlier.

We’ll update this post with an exact schedule as and when it is available.

Team of the Week pack in FIFA 21

For more on FIFA 22 Ultimate Team, check out the top player ratings and our guide on which strikers you should buy.

Image credits: EA Sports

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Apex Legends Season 10 Ranked updates: Arenas, map rotation, split dates, & rewards

A new season of Apex Legends means a new season of Ranked Leagues, from map rotation to split dates, we’ve got you covered.

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Apex Legends Season 10: Emergence is almost here, which also means an update for Ranked Leagues, so let’s get into the details.

Apex Legends Ranked Leagues is an excellent place for those who want to test their skills out and play for points in a competitive environment, which, starting in Season 10, will also be available in Arenas.

No matter how good you are, Apex Legends has a detailed ranking system that will place you on a similar playing field once you play enough games. With Season 10 incoming, let’s check out the updates arriving for the ranked playlist.

Apex Legends season 10 ranked worlds edge

Although there are no significant changes for Ranked Leagues this season, there are still a few things to go over, such as split dates, rewards, and map rotation.

Split dates

As Apex Legends Season 10 begins on August 3, this would then mean that the first ranked split will also start on the same day, with the second split coming halfway through the season.

Due to the recent server issues in Apex Legends, Respawn has decided to extend the first split by one week, meaning the first split now ends on September 28.

With that being said, this means that the second split will also start on September 28, ending when the season finishes. This means that players will lose one week from the second split, so hopefully, there aren’t further server issues.

Map rotation

apex legends worlds edge decimated

Every new season two maps get picked for Ranked Leagues, one which spans the first split and another that spans the second.

For Season 10, players will be dropping into Decimated World’s Edge, which has been showcased in the trailers leading up to Season 10’s release.

In the second split, players will be back on Kings Canyon, or at least the Season 8 version of Kings Canyon, with all the most recently made changes to it.

Season 10 rewards

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Depending on what level you managed to reach in Ranked Leagues for Season 9, players will receive rewards at the start of Season 10.

The rewards include gun charms, badges, season-long dive trails for those who manage to reach the higher ranks, and new this season, Holo Sprays.

The rewards for Season 9’s Ranked Leagues have been revealed by EA, showing off the badges and dive trails players will receive.

Ranked Arenas

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Season 10 will also mark the first season of Ranked Arenas, which Respawn released details about fairly recently.

3 new BR maps will join Phase Runner, Party Crasher, and Overflow, with one of them joining the trio and rotating with each other every two weeks. The new maps include:

  • King’s Canyon – Hillside
  • World’s Edge – Dome
  • Olympus – Oasis

As well as new maps, Ranked Arenas will also feature new maps and an exclusive ranking system.

Although not much has been shared about how ranking will work in Arenas, we suspect the names and ranks will be the same. However, how you receive points and the number of points you need to rank up will differ from Battle Royale mode.

That’s all for the ranked playlist in Apex Legends Season 10. For more updates, stay tuned on Charlie INTEL, and if you’ve been a victim of the recent unfair banning, check out our article for an explanation.

Image Credits: Respawn Entertainment

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Are Apex Legends servers down? Current server status

We’ve found a great way to check Apex Legends’ server status for all regions so you can see whether or not the Apex Legends servers are down.

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Like any other popular multiplayer game, apex Legends has its fair share of bugs and server issues. However, we’ve found a great way for players to check their region’s Apex Legends server status, so let’s get into how you can check if the servers are down.

Apex Legends dropped Season 10 on August 3, which to many player’s surprise, was a very smooth launch with next to no server issues. This was a very different situation from Season 9’s launch, which saw a host of problems.

Although the servers have been relatively stable recently, players encounter these issues reasonably often and may even wonder whether it’s an issue on their end.

If you encounter any future server issues, we have an excellent way for you to check the Apex Legends server status.

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Are Apex Legends servers down?

Due to the Evolution Collection Event update that was released on September 14, players are experiencing difficulty connecting to the EA Servers.

However, it is important to note that this is not your connection, but rather the Apex Legends servers struggling to stabilize after the update.

Luckily, Respawn Entertainment has been hard at work to fix this issue, releasing a recent patch that seems to have stabilized player’s servers and extending the ranked split for those who have lost grinding time due to the issues.

If you are still experiencing an issue even after the recent fix, Respawn has confirmed that they will be working hard to ship another update on September 22, hopefully fixing the issue for everyone and making the server much more stable.

One of the most obvious ways to stay updated on whether or not the Apex Legends servers are down is by following updates on Apex Legends Twitter account and the development team at Respawn.

Usually, one of those accounts will be updating and communicating to players about any server issues going on. Further, you could even follow the Director of Communications for Respawn, Ryan Rigney, who is usually great at keeping players in the loop regarding whether or not the Apex Legends servers are down.

If you don’t have Twitter or have checked and haven’t seen any update on whether or not the Apex Legends servers are down, perhaps the problems you are experiencing are that of your setup or region.

How to check the server status

There is a great way to check the regional Apex Legends server status for these specific problems so that you can see whether the issues you are experiencing are regional or due to your internet service provider.

The way to do so is through a handy website called apexlegendsstatus, which will give you a breakdown of server status in all the available regions, as well as all the platforms you could be playing the game on.

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The website will even tell you how much latency (ms) in each server, significantly indicating its stability.

Further, you can also report issues if there isn’t too much notice about the issue on the website, which will be added to a live report map you can check to see if people in your region are also experiencing the issue.

So, if you’re having issues, check this website to see whether it’s the platform or server you are playing that is having problems, or if these are all up and running, you can put it down to your setup.

Well, there you have it. This is the best way you can check the Apex Legends server status. For more on Apex, stay tuned to Charlie INTEL and check out our recent article on what Ordnance are and how to use them.

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