So someone explain to me how this new 64bit vs 32 bit ARMA update will affect players/modders?

  1. last year

    Faster loading times?

    More FPS?

    When the release client becomes 64bit live, will it automatically choose 64 bit for me if my machine supports a 64bit OS?

    If a mod has both 32bit and 64bit dlls, will it default to the right one?

    I'm just curious. It sounds like it will be a pretty substantial upgrade in experience for everyone.

  2. Tupolov

    15 Dec 2016 Administrator
    Edited last year by Tupolov

    Arma and 64-bit

    Arma will be able take advantage of more system memory. Therefore it can cache more textures, models, data in memory. This should make for smoother and more consistent performance for ALiVE and also for those that like long view distances (boooo! hisssss!) You won't get a significant FPS improvement though.

    You have to setup launcher so that it loads 64-bit Arma, uses the 64-bit memory alloc and the system memory limit.

    If a mod has 32 bit extensions, then it gets flagged as not compatible when trying to launch Arma. You have the option to override this, but 32-bit extensions wont work with 64-bit Arma.

    If your mod has 64-bit extensions, then 64-bit Arma will automatically use them.

    How does this affect ALiVE?

    We're hoping that performance for ALiVE is improved and reduces the possibility of OUT_OF_MEMORY crashes.

    Is ALiVE 64 bit compatible?

    The current @ALiVE folder has the ALiVEClient.DLL that is 32-bit (and 64 bit since v1.2.7). Today the ALiVEClient extension is used for index mapping only. It is not used for either ALiVE mission creation or running ALiVE on your PC. If you are not doing map indexing then you do not need the extension.

    In the future we expect ALiVEClient to be used for several roadmap items such as loading in-game intel pics to War Room.

    What about @ALiVEServer?

    @ALiVEServer is only used for mission makers and groups wishing to take advantage of our data features - AAR, Stats, Perfmon and Persistence. This is supported on dedicated servers only. However, it does rely on a 32-bit extension ALiVEPlugIn.dll ( on Linux).

    We have just released a 64 bit version of the ALiVEPlugin.DLL called ALiVEPlugIn_x64.DLL. We also shipped an experimental Linxu file. Both shipped with v1.2.7.

    When will ALiVE be fully supported with 64-bit?

    Our aim is to support 64-bit shortly after Arma 3 dedicated server 64-bit exe is released on Arma 3 Stable branch.

  3. Tupolov

    15 Dec 2016 Administrator
    Edited last year by Tupolov

    In general faster FPS is down to:

    1. A higher frequency CPU
    2. A better graphics card
    3. Higher frequency memory and mo'bo
    4. Low latency and high bandwidth between ALL MP players and the dedicated server
    5. Keeping active AI to less than 120 units at any one time and managing your ALiVE mission appropriately.

    Faster loading times

    1. Faster storage i.e. SSD
    2. More bandwidth between you and the dedicated server

    Reduction in texture/model "popping", better resolution for long view distances

    1. 64-bit Arma engine utilising more system memory (greater than 2GB).
    2. Faster storage i.e. SSD

    Improvement in ALIVE
    1. Moar volunteer developers!

  4. Thanks @Tupolov

  5. Thanks!

  6. Edited last year by Shizzak

    at the moment the map indexer isn't the only thing broken. The UI interfaces for Alive do not respond. (i.e the dropdowns)


    It's apparently an Arma 3 issue not ALiVE specific.

  8. @HeroesandvillainsOS

    It's apparently an Arma 3 issue not ALiVE specific.

    Ah thanks for that

  9. would the 64 bit arma also cause a memory violation "could not read memory"

  10. Sure. There are plenty of report of memory issues with 64-bit right now (which is a real kick in the balls considering they're making it to fix the memory problems the game has).

  11. Edited last year by SpyderBlack723

    It's an extremely heavy undertaking, it will take some time for them to iron out any issues before transitioning it to stable.

  12. 11 months ago

    The 64 bit computers can run both 32bit programs and 64 bit programs. 32 bit computers cannot run 64 bit programs, because the bit sizes are fundamentally different. Latest Laptops with pre-installed Windows are usually x64 i.e. 64 Bit, old Desktops and Laptops could be having Windows x86 which means 32 bit.


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