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Wii U firmware update seems to alleviate long loading times


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05 Dec 2012 00:20

That is exactly the same speed as my Day one update...
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05 Dec 2012 00:40

I'm definitely seeing faster loads on some apps. Very cool. Now I need to test NintendoLand to see if the freezing issue has been resolved.
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05 Dec 2012 00:44

The apps that he shown were never slow to begin with. Going in and out of the settings, using YouTube or Netflix, going in and out of a game, those were and still are the slow parts.

Well, as long as it improves the freezing and crashing issues, it's something. That being said, knowing Nintendo, this is probably just something to patch the latest security hole that was discovered via the Wii mode -_-
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05 Dec 2012 01:03

YAY!

edit: Yeah, this isn't any faster at all. Bummer. I'd guess what it really fixed was the crashing.
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05 Dec 2012 01:05

Took a little over an hour to download, and what I found is that it does make going in and out of places like Miiverse, eShop, and the Internet Browser much faster, but going in and out of stuff like System Settings and YouTube app are still about the same.

I should note I never once ran into a freezing issue. I guess I just got lucky, but if this goes in fact fix that issue that others were having then it's definitely a worthwhile update. Who knows, maybe I prevented myself from the possibility of running into a freeze outside of individual games with code issues (like Fallout 3 and New Vegas, I play them on my 360 and they're the two games that have probably frozen on me the most out of all the games I've ever played, but I know it's the game's fault and not my console because many others have this issue, and I have not had freezing on any other game on my 360 [Bethesda, I love your games, but geez do you need to get better playtesters and/or coders]).
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05 Dec 2012 01:23

i'm always going to expect faster loading times , i see if it does
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05 Dec 2012 01:25

Internet Browser and eShop are a tad faster. Everything else is the same. Wii U Menu is 10 seconds vs 20-30 seconds before, on my end. Otherwise, mostly the same. Don't think it has to do with the processor. 3DS had some instability issues that were resolved in updates. All about optimization. I'm thinking this update was for killing bugs related to freezes and system locks. That should be a high priority vs saving an impatient incompetent 20 seconds of their life.
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05 Dec 2012 02:36

mdluffy wrote:
Dogglord wrote:There is no difference whatsoever.

this is either disingenuous or your Wii U is broken, because Miiverse, eShop, Internet Browser are loading in 2-3 seconds (previous load times was around 15-20 seconds)


The eShop is taking just as long (if not longer) to load. Just fired it up, and was thinking, "The people that must have had slow Wii U's, must have been taking a minute or more to launch." It took 20-30 seconds the very first time. It varies with each app, but still...I see no difference at all with anything so far.
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05 Dec 2012 02:42

Everything is loading at around 10 seconds for me. I never counted before the update, but it definitley feels faster to me (except for the notifications, that seems like it takes just as long). Maybe I am just crazy and it really isn't faster, but I'll take feeling like it's faster when it isn't over feeling like it's still slow whether or not it is.
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05 Dec 2012 02:58

the update was for crashing and stability issues. it seems to minimally increase loading times as well, but wasn't an update to eliminate load times or anything.
i went into mii maker after the update/installation and it took about 16 seconds, so it didn't speed me up. oh well.
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05 Dec 2012 03:04

I didn't notice anything faster.
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05 Dec 2012 03:58

Opening the browser goes faster, no doubt. But most is still the same.
The loading slowness in some parts of the OS is not because of hardware issues (cant be with the Wii U's specs), but because of the way the programmers done it in the code. I'm a developer (not games), so i know. But this may still be hard or require lots of work to fix and optimize tho.
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05 Dec 2012 04:39

Since it seems to be that people are noticing faster loading with Miiverse, eShop, and the browser, and certain things like the friend list, my guess is they might have optimized the OS apps that can be accessed from the Home menu. There might have been some improvement while also fixing some issues that may have stemmed from that aspect of the OS but other parts of the OS, such as the settings menu and apps and games, sound like loading times are the same.

Miiverse, the browser, and the eShop are all browser based, if I recall correctly, and since that functions independently of the console, yet in conjunction with it's functionality, so the consoles had issues communicating between the different things that ran at the same time as having a game or app run. It sounded like most people were having freezing issues in Miiverse or Nintendoland (which accesses Miiverse in the Plaza). Just a guess. It's good that it sounds like it may have fixed those problems.
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05 Dec 2012 05:20

Been downloading for 3 hours..... 30 minutes to go. :/
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05 Dec 2012 05:35

This UKer's Wii U loading times are fine [about 8 seconds each - and about halve that in future visits on that session] - have been since I got the system. All smooth and fast within each app too [other than the YouTube one, which is clunky - the UI is awkward though].

Have had one or two of those system crashes [where even holding down the power button doesn't reset / turn it off], since Saturday. Thankfully not during any games - just when loading an app from the home screen.

Guess I'll do this update later on then.

Only thing I wish they'd do is put the Friends List icon on the main screen bottom row also - it appearing only when you press the Home button is abit of a weird UI design decision, imho.
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05 Dec 2012 06:03

There's no speed improvement... The maker of this video has some mental problems.
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05 Dec 2012 07:59

komicturtle92 wrote:Hm, my update said 586MB. Why is the person in the vid with 614MB?

mine is 625MB. (EU)
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05 Dec 2012 08:06

I beg to differ, there isn't much of any improvement.
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05 Dec 2012 10:09

Swedish_Otaku wrote:There's no speed improvement... The maker of this video has some mental problems.

So by association, everyone who agrees with him does too. I already know I have a mental disorder, but thank you for pointing it out anyway.
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05 Dec 2012 11:04

I just hope Nintendo releases a patch to fix the slow downloading of updates (grin).

Been at it 40min and I'm almost at 50% complete..... and the system says the estimated time to completion is 31 seconds!

Sigh......
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05 Dec 2012 16:43

The 3DS and Wii U update did pretty much nothing. Ugh...I hope this pattern of meaningless updates don't continue. It was bad enough that happened a lot with the Wii (WiiConnect24 ugh whatever).
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05 Dec 2012 18:18

Hooray for updates that take an hour, can't be done with the system off (WiiConnect24toU? WC24 never did ANYthing...) and have no apparent changes!

Triforce of the Gods wrote:
Swedish_Otaku wrote:There's no speed improvement... The maker of this video has some mental problems.

So by association, everyone who agrees with him does too. I already know I have a mental disorder, but thank you for pointing it out anyway.

You DO have a pony icon.
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06 Dec 2012 08:34

Grimnall wrote:I just hope Nintendo releases a patch to fix the slow downloading of updates (grin).

Been at it 40min and I'm almost at 50% complete..... and the system says the estimated time to completion is 31 seconds!

Sigh......

The estimation is in hours:minutes, NOT minutes:seconds :wink:

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