Destiny has had just a few issues that fans have been clamoring for Bungie to fix—one of which is all over the Bungie forums. Vault space it seems has been the major issue for most Destiny players, and Bungie have heard their pleas and have answered in kind, but there is a downside for last generation’s consoles.
According to the Bungie weekly update, the next in-game update will be preparing for the next expansion—House of Wolves. Bungie stated their excitement and made reference to ideas announced two weeks ago, including PvP Ammunition, Strike, Raid fixes, and finally Vault Space. Vault space seems to the first one they’re focusing on. They know that fans have been needing more space to collect their treasures and Bungie plans to add more gear too. They’ve also provided extra details for the game. Currently the storage provides the space for only 20 armor pieces, 20 weapons, and 20 general items like materials ships and emblems. The new Update 1.1.2 plans to up this quite substantially, letting Guardians store 24 armor, 36 weapons, and 24 general items.
According to John Hopson—User Research Lead of Bungie, he can see into anyone’s Vault within the Tower and he has stated that most Destiny players still have room to spare. John said very few players have full Vaults, but many endgame Guardians are bumping the upper limits. He gave an example of 21% of players who are level 30+ have four or less spaces free in their weapon vaults right now. Armor and General are slightly less, and even at lower levels there’s a small fraction of players under level 20 who have filled their vaults.
Bungie’s Live Team Lead, Liz M.E. Chung also chimed in, mentioning that Destiny players had been heard. Chung said that for many weeks Vault space has been a recurring request in the outstanding queue of issues to resolve. Getting closer to the House of Wolves expansion update, Bungie realised they would have to increase space to store new Exotics currently being designed for it. They needed a solution to provide more space to the most people in the short-term. Bungie were challenged by providing a storage increase to fit within the memory constraints that limit how many items can be displayed simultaneously. They finally decided the most important issue was allowing players would have room for new Exotics, hence the biggest increase has gone towards the weapon storage. Chung also added that people who don’t have enough space for General and Armor items haven’t been forgotten, and will eventually be addressed in future updates.
User Interface Engineering Lead for Bungie, Brad Fish weighed in with further information, baring some bad news for last generation players. Brad said that in the case of the Vault expansion, it became clear to Bungie they were pushing the limits of memory constraints on the older generation hardware. They were faced with a choice to leave the Vault as it was, or find a compromise to make it work. They chose the latter after weighing the options and moved forward with expanding the space, in exchange for disabling the item comparison feature in the vault for last generation. The item comparison will continue to function normally in the Vault for Playstation 4 and Xbox one, however item comparison still functions fine out of the Vault for PS3 and Xbox 360.
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