Trion Worlds has revealed that true multicore support is in the works for its MMO RIFT.
According to the developer, the addition of multicore support is the biggest change that it can make to the game without re-writing it from scratch.
A quick example of the results from a recent test reveals a 10fps increase following the update. According to Trion, this is “a best case scenario,” so players should not take it as a guarantee.
“RIFT runs in a graphics API called DirectX 9 (DX9). This allows the RIFT client to talk to your computer?s graphics card. The problem is that DX9 is showing its age and was designed with single-core computers in mind, and DX9 places a fairly large burden on the CPU,” Trion adds.
“Technology has since advanced and now multiple core computers are the norm. RIFT will soon have true multicore support, which allows us to use every core on your computer to provide better frame rate and improved response time while ensuring that your CPU speed doesn?t throttle your graphics card.”
Multicore support is currently in private alpha testing, but the developer hopes to have the feature out for public testing “in the near future.”