The (Brief) Chronology of Retina Support in the PvP.net Client

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Mirror

Senior Member

06-28-2013

May 16: The arrival of Retina-quality text and graphics in the PvP.net (AIR) Client was first heralded the day patch 3.7 went live:

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Originally Posted by Mirror View Post
PvP.net Client - Now in Retina! So pretty!
That patch, however, contained a now-infamous feature: Custom Item Sets.


May 29: We learn that Item Sets are the cause of the worsening in-game lag. A hotfix is announced, and scheduled for the 30th.


May 30: The hotfix disabling Item Sets is completed.
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Originally Posted by Riot NOC
05/30 14:30 PDT - Summoners, we have released this hotfix. Custom Item Sets have now been temporarily disabled. Thank you for your understanding.

May 31: The first thread observing the undoing of Retina:
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Originally Posted by victorzaroni View Post
Between the time of the freljord patch and patch previous to the most recent one, the LOL client was retina compatible. All text was in retina, most icons, the mouse pointer, and the log in animation. Now, after this most recent patch, everything is blurry again. The lol client was so beautiful in 2880x1800. Now it looks awful. I'm not sure if Riot ever intended to make it retina compatible since it was never in the patch notes, but it was for a while and now it isn't and it makes me sad. Can us MacBook with retina display users get some love?
Other threads mourning the loss of Retina: one, two, and three.


June 14ish: We learn that the hotfix was not just a disable of the Custom Item Sets feature, but a reversion of the PvP.net Client to 3.6 (also observable based on the fact that the Item Sets tab disappeared, but still functioned in-game):
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Originally Posted by RiotBahamut View Post
The Item Sets feature was released in patch 3.7. As many of you know, some issues came up and the decision was made to hop back to 3.6. While those issues weren't related to the item sets feature, it had the unfortunate side effect of taking it down by going back to a point in time when it wasn't set up to be released.

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Here's the part where we come full-circle. The reason that some people are still seeing item sets that they created while 3.7 was up is this: At some point, you created some item sets and then went in to a game. The item sets feature wrote those special files, and the game used them to display those items in the shop. However, the item sets feature was taken away when we went back to 3.6 and those files were left behind.
(The bold is mine, for emphasis.)


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TL; DR / Conclusions: Retina support arrived in 3.7. It disappeared along with Custom Item Sets when the PvP.net Client was reverted to its 3.6 edition. Item Sets have since made a valiant return. Retina support has not. Without any real insight into the inner workings of Riot's platform development process, it's only logical to presume that someone in charge of production forgot, in all the related hubbub and game service disruption, that Retina made it through as part of 3.7.

As requested by our Great Mac Teammate, Brentmeister:
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Originally Posted by RiotBrentmeister View Post
Could you make a more detailed (separate) thread about how retina doesn't work anymore with the air client? I've seen people mention gaining/losing it around item sets but I have no idea what they are talking about.


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Picklwarrior

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06-29-2013

Retina wasn't all I lost, I also had a much snappier, less buggy client, and my log in screen animations had higher than the ~5 FPS they have without it.

I really, REALLY want retina support/3.7 back

RiotBrentmeister, you are my only hope


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Yordlelicious

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07-01-2013

I'm glad more attention is being brought to this. I know it doesn't affect a huge portion of Mac users, a small player base as it is, but it is quite important. ^^


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Damiya

Technical Analyst

07-01-2013
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Hey guys, Brentmeister pointed me this thread. Retina support is probably tied to the 3.7 Air SDK which will be making its return in 3.9


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Apygoos

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07-01-2013

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Originally Posted by Damiya View Post
Hey guys, Brentmeister pointed me this thread. Retina support is probably tied to the 3.7 Air SDK which will be making its return in 3.9 tonight
wait the patch is tonight?


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Zerglinator

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07-01-2013

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Hey guys, Brentmeister pointed me this thread. Retina support is probably tied to the 3.7 Air SDK which will be making its return in 3.9 tonight
TONlGHT?


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Kchaosrei

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07-01-2013

did the red edited their post?


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Yordlelicious

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07-01-2013

Oh wow that is very good news.


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Mirror

Senior Member

07-01-2013

ty RobotDamiya, I hope to see you in the LCS threads this weekend.


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Damiya

Technical Analyst

07-01-2013
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Hey guys,
I had some out of date info, please don't get hung up on the 'tonight' bit.


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