People have been complaining about the Steam preallocation thing for years. I'm pessimistic about it changing. :|
I own over 600 games on steam and over 1500 game total across multiple planform , I never encountered that kind of problem before. its UNIQUE to LARIAN BG3
when is the last time you downloaded a 50mb patch and it took you 45 minutes to install it ?
I demand EXAMPLES.
I play video games 15 hours per day since the last 17 years.
never saw that in my life.
totally unacceptable and unprofessional
fix your shit.
I've seen it for many years on Steam. Next time you get a game patch that Steam is applying, go to "manage downloads
" (at the bottom center of your Library page in Steamworks--click it) and watch the screen as the game updates--you will see the "preallocating space" message in text right before your very eyes! I've seen five megabyte update patches from Steam and sometimes it will preallocate for 5-15 minutes before the patch is applied that takes all of 5 seconds
. Other times, no preallocation occurs. On most average sized patches, preallocation is a regular occurrence.
People complain about 62GB downloads when a patch is released; Larian listens (or GOG listens, whichever the case) and releases an 80MB patch that requires a *lot* of disk activity and computational power to install because of the way the patch is structured--even though it's a small patch it does a major job of patching--and people say Larian is "unprofessional". Ridiculous.
I'm glad you play a lot of games--so do I. But the subject was what Steam does exclusively (other game distributors do it differently if at all) when it preallocates space before installing certain patches--you have to be in Steam works to see it--you won't see it while you are playing a game--ever....;)
Like I say, if your Steam game is updating and you are on the "manage downloads" page while it happens you will see the "preallocating space" message every time. Steam tells you
it's preallocating space, that's how we know to talk about it in the first place.
Just a suggestion--you might do less "demanding" and more "listening" in the future. It's much more professional, and is polite, as well. Old saw: "Catch more flies with honey than with vinegar