Q: What's up with the seemingly random frame rate drops? You guys have noticed it too, right? It seems like the game just suddenly lags, mid-game.
A: Got this from OGOB.
"See I knew there was a problem. Time to clean up my PSN list.
This is regarding the random frame rate drops. This is a user post, not a Treyarch employee.
Hey all, Good news!
I have done a variety of tests on my console and have spent a few hours to get to the route of the FPS-Drops.
It turns out (And trust me, I have sufficient evidence to back this up if Treyarch need it) that the FPS-Drops are NOT in fact caused by the Game engine, Resolution or PlayStation Brand (I.e. Slim/Fat).
The root of the problem actually lies with-in the new embedded friends system in-game. It seems (From what I can see) that every friend you have is being verified very frequently to check their; online status, in a game status and Level. This constant request for information is slowing down the game play as it is needing multiple threads (Depending on how it's coded) running at once to do this, each thread taking up more and more system resources and resulting in fluctuating FPS.
This explains why some people are experiencing it, some aren't and some are only getting low level symptoms. The more friends you have, the more FPS drops you are going to receive. This brings me to the conclusion that all of the rumors going around that "Treyarch can not patch this" are in fact false, as I believe updating the friends system to maybe put a larger interval between checks would counter the problem quite well.
The reason this did not get picked up in beta testing (closed beta) is because the developers systems would not have their friends systems maxed out, Thus they wouldn't have even noticed anything like what we're experiencing. I still believe the whole thing is still due to a bad port to the PS3, it seems to me that they have not checked the ported player/friends system properly and thus this has happened. But still, if this is the case (which I strongly believe it is and have lot's of evidence to support this) then it should be very easy for Treyarch to patch, so don't worry .
If you have any questions please feel free to email me, and hopefully Treyarch read this and sort it out .
Thanks for your time.
After that, this was posted:
Early indicators seem to indicate that their is a bug with the PS3 Friends list. Although the original posters technical details are not 100% accurate, his diagnosis/remedy is reasonably accurate.
This has been fixed and we will get into an update ASAP.
I want to lock this thread so that people know that I endorse this work-around, but I am not going too. (I say I and not we because this is a developing situation and it's too early to speak on behalf of Treyarch on it) but I am not going to lock it yet, because I want to see if this fixes a good majority of the frame rate hit some of you have been experiencing.
Please let any reply after this one stay on topic and report if this is getting better as a result of this work around.
David 'Vahn' Vonderhaar
To the OP, the 2 smartest programmers in the building wanted me to give you a *cookie* and say thanks. It's awesome to see the community helping each other, and do so without a bunch of emotional baggage behind it. Those types of posts will always get our full attention while the ones filled with a bunch of rage will continue to get ignored. We owe you one."