3GB default or 12GB does not make any difference in performance/loading. Clothing still takes a long time to load (especially if you have a lot that you purchased/unlocked). People still take ages to load and if you walk around or move the camera too much, their avatars will lose detail. The item limit is also still the same for personal space decorating.
This was one of the features I was most excited about but it hasn't done anything. I'm giving up a lot of space for Home but it doesn't utilise it at all. Why?
I think this will come in use when Home gets bigger. Currently all of Home's data is less than that 3GB so it doesn't matter. But once it get bigger (over 3GB) we will proably have to redownload spaces that get over-written when new ones are downloaded. Hence why a larger cache would be beneficial.
Problem is, it isn't a "cache" feature as most of us were knowing/thinking it to be. All it seems to have done is set aside more space for downloading spaces. Obviously, I can't comment on any loading time for myself except for the once in a blue moon I am able to load into my harbor studio but all my friends have reported seeing absolutely no difference in loading times of anything.
Another waste of dev/proframmers time that could have been spent much more wisely...Poor management.
I believe that the videos (non-streaming ones) and poster images are also contained in the 12 GB cache. I am certainly happy with the change since I don't have to re-download less visited spaces when I'm invited there. I know before that if I went to every space in Home, in order, when I looked back I would have to download the spaces again, as they were pushed out of the cache.
I expect that increasing the cache saves bandwidth for Sony's servers and was a relatively fast and easy thing to implement.
I've noticed with 12GB cache it loads much faster than 3GB.
Are you sure that's just not a post 1.3 thing? People confuse the two.
What? How could I confuse the two? Before 1.3, when I would go to The Mall to look at store items, it would take forever to load up, now after 1.3 to date, it just takes about a few seconds. Same thing with my Wardrobe while in a public space, my Wardrobe items load up much faster than they used to while in a public space. Entering spaces load a little bit faster to. Now entering Home, that loading time did increase no matter if I had 3GB or 12GB, but that loading time has decreased with 1.32.
I've noticed a difference in some things. But other things I've honestly never paid attention. When loading something, I usually end up multitasking until it's done.
But it's not really meant to help improve load times. Rather it's really just meant to help speed up RE-loading of certain things. Kinda like mntgmr said.
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