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MAG beta could hit 6GB; servers hit with performance issues

Submitted by on Friday, 18 September 20093 Comments

MAGIf you’re already participating in the MAG beta you may already be aware of a couple of things.

Firstly, the servers are currently buckling due to the influx of Qore subscribers, new beta code lottery winners and other assorted people coming online and hammering the hardware.

Another thing you probably recall is how, after finally getting your grubby hands on a beta code, the actual download weighed in at an almighty 3GB. Well, according to the all-knowing “Shijima”, ┬áthis download size could actually double during the beta period to a jaw-dropping 6 GiggleBytes.

Still want that code?

Posting over on the official beta forums, Shijima has an update on how things are going and some details of how the beta download could be ballooning in size fairly soon. That’s if you manage to get the full download at all, however, as it appears there are some “critical issues” with certain downloads being reset to 0% if there is any disruption in the connection stream.

The thread outling these issues and the dates of when they should be resolved is locked to beta participants only, but here’s the full text anyway:

Hi all,

Okay, I’m sorry to have to bring you some bad news. Due to circumstances beyond our control and some serious server issues, we were unable to send any codes to anyone today. I’ve been told that the earliest the first batch is likely to be sent out is Monday. I know many of you won’t like this, but I thought it best to let you all know so that you don’t have to keep checking your inboxes.

As it is, not even the existing users are having much luck getting into a game due to some critical download issues that the team are working to fix. As the servers are offline over the weekend, having to wait until next week is probably a blessing in disguise for you all. Hopefully by then all the problems will be fixed and the service will be running smoothly again.

I should also warn you that it’s only become apparent today that the download is going to be pretty big; possibly in the region of 5-6 GB. Again, I realize this may shock or upset some of you but please remember that this is a Beta trial; you are under no obligation to take part. The team are basically giving away the whole game as part of this trial because they need to test all scenarios and circumstances to ensure that the complex back-end server systems are all functioning correctly. If you can be patient enough with the downloads then you should be richly rewarded. If you hear stories about people disconnecting during download after X hours and then starting from 0% again, hopefully this won’t apply to you next week. These are two of the biggest problems that the team are working to resolve right now.

Sorry if you feel let down over all of this, but this is the reality of Beta trials and something you should come to expect and accept if you ever want to break into the Beta Trial Community. It is because we are having these problems at this stage that we can work to address them, in the hope that when you all purchase the final game you will have the best possible online experience for what will hopefully be one of the best online console shooters.

Everyone at Sony appreciates your patience and understanding in this … the end will come and your vouchers will arrive very soon now.

Best regards,


That’s a whole lotta game to download. Newcomers to the beta, we hope you’re on a fast connection along with a “no-cap” ISP. Or this is gonna get messy.