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Stellaris: Console Edition DD#29 - Quality of Life Improvements

Hello Stellaris: Console Edition Fans!

Expansion Pass Four, Federations, and the free 2.8.1 Update is less than two weeks away!

I’m also happy to announce we are starting weekly Console Edition Streams! Later today at 2:30 PM CEST we will be streaming the first-ever look at Federations and Stellaris 2.8.1 for Console Edition. You can catch the stream on the Paradox twitch.

I know I said last week we would be talking about new Megastructures, and the Juggernaut, however, I was recently sent a document from Tantalus outlining Console Edition-specific quality of life improvements... And well, to be honest, it’s too good not to share. So today we’ll be talking about Console-Specific QoL improvements that are included in the free 2.8.1 “Butler” update coming on June 17th, alongside Federations.

New improved Tutorial

The original tutorials are awkward to follow and hidden in a submenu that new players might not be able to find easily. Tutorials now remain on screen in the bottom-left corner, and we’ve updated some of them for the 2.8 release. Previous tutorials are shown in the Outliner, if you need a reminder of how to accomplish previous tasks.

Galaxy Map Radial Menu

You can now select fleets and other objects directly from the galaxy map. Hovering over a star and holding X (on Xbox) or Square (on PS4) causes a radial menu to appear, with an entry for important objects (Fleets, Planets, Megastructures, etc) that are in the system. Selecting an object from this radial menu will bring up that object as if you’d clicked on it from the system view. We’ve included lots of extra information in this menu, as well as some shortcuts for selecting All Fleets or All Transports.

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Galaxy map

We’ve also made the icons on the map clickable as well, this allows for faster checks of wormhole connections or jumping to a system owner’s diplomacy page.

Outliner Improvements

We’ve also noticed that some of you (and some of us!) have a difficult time finding Megastructures that have started construction. To make it easier on everyone, we’ve added Megastructures as a new category in the Outliner. The outliner will show the type of megastructure, the system it’s located in and its current upgrade status.

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Empire Creation

In order to improve the flow of empire creation, empire tabs will now be colored based on if the specific tab is blocking the game from proceeding to galaxy generation. In addition, the trait option no longer needs to be revisited when changing species, origin, or ethos that add or remove traits. The game will auto-select the correct trait based on species, saving you having to go back and “look” at the Species Traits in order to remove a species-specific trait.

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Galaxy Generation

We’re aware the game can get quite slow on previous generation hardware with certain galaxy configurations, and some players might want to avoid those options to improve performance. We’ve added another line to the Galaxy Size (Large) and Xeno-Compatibility (On) tooltips: This setting may have a negative impact on game performance.

It’s important to note that 2.8.1 does come with other “under the hood” performance improvements as well, and based on our internal testing runs faster than 2.6.3 on previous generation hardware, although your experience may vary depending on galaxy settings and your specific hardware.

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Renaming Vassals and Heirs

We know you love renaming things! The Government tab now allows the Ruler and Heir to be renamed by navigating to the bottom-left corner and selecting Rename. There is also an option to rename a Vassal at the time it is created from a Sector.

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Multiplayer voice chat self-mute

In the voice chat menu in-game, when the player is viewing their own options, we’ve added a tooltip to explain the player is muted. We have also added a button to mute your own microphone from the voice chat menu, similar to how other players can be muted.

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Searching Systems

While searching known star systems, the list now defaults to showing all known systems, with the text box still available to filter the list, and the ability to skip forwards/backwards a page at a time using the shoulder buttons. The flag for the owning empire is now also displayed in the list. Display results also list System - Planet as appropriate.

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Trade Routes

When in Trade Routes mode, the cursor now displays trade information for every system (not just trade hubs). This allows you to see a detailed breakdown of the trade going through a specific system on that trade route, including losses to piracy.

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The Console Edition “Butler” 2.8.1 free update also comes with a host of fixes for other crashing and out-of-sync issues, as well as many other bug fixes for issues that have cropped up since the 2.6.3 update. We hope you’re all as excited for these changes as we are, and we can’t wait to give you your first glimpse at 2.8.1 and Federations this afternoon at 2:30 PM CEST on twitch.tv/paradoxinteractive!

Be sure to join us again next week where we will be discussing the New Megastructures and the Juggernaut (I swear!).
 
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Galandu Peilius

Sergeant
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Oh wow I like! Being able to see piracy numbers at last. Now we only need a way move up/down and lock outliner subcategory objects as on big empires with hundreds of gateways the list could break the hud
 

RhysTheT00n

First Lieutenant
Dec 29, 2019
236
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Hello Stellaris: Console Edition Fans!

Expansion Pass Four, Federations, and the free 2.8.1 Update is less than two weeks away!

I’m also happy to announce we are starting weekly Console Edition Streams! Later today at 2:30 PM CEST we will be streaming the first-ever look at Federations and Stellaris 2.8.1 for Console Edition. You can catch the stream on the Paradox twitch.

I know I said last week we would be talking about new Megastructures, and the Juggernaut, however, I was recently sent a document from Tantalus outlining Console Edition-specific quality of life improvements... And well, to be honest, it’s too good not to share. So today we’ll be talking about Console-Specific QoL improvements that are included in the free 2.8.1 “Butler” update coming on June 17th, alongside Federations.

New improved Tutorial

The original tutorials are awkward to follow and hidden in a submenu that new players might not be able to find easily. Tutorials now remain on screen in the bottom-left corner, and we’ve updated some of them for the 2.8 release. Previous tutorials are shown in the Outliner, if you need a reminder of how to accomplish previous tasks.

Galaxy Map Radial Menu

You can now select fleets and other objects directly from the galaxy map. Hovering over a star and holding X (on Xbox) or Square (on PS4) causes a radial menu to appear, with an entry for important objects (Fleets, Planets, Megastructures, etc) that are in the system. Selecting an object from this radial menu will bring up that object as if you’d clicked on it from the system view. We’ve included lots of extra information in this menu, as well as some shortcuts for selecting All Fleets or All Transports.

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Galaxy map

We’ve also made the icons on the map clickable as well, this allows for faster checks of wormhole connections or jumping to a system owner’s diplomacy page.

Outliner Improvements

We’ve also noticed that some of you (and some of us!) have a difficult time finding Megastructures that have started construction. To make it easier on everyone, we’ve added Megastructures as a new category in the Outliner. The outliner will show the type of megastructure, the system it’s located in and its current upgrade status.

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Empire Creation

In order to improve the flow of empire creation, empire tabs will now be colored based on if the specific tab is blocking the game from proceeding to galaxy generation. In addition, the trait option no longer needs to be revisited when changing species, origin, or ethos that add or remove traits. The game will auto-select the correct trait based on species, saving you having to go back and “look” at the Species Traits in order to remove a species-specific trait.

View attachment 727681

Galaxy Generation

We’re aware the game can get quite slow on previous generation hardware with certain galaxy configurations, and some players might want to avoid those options to improve performance. We’ve added another line to the Galaxy Size (Large) and Xeno-Compatibility (On) tooltips: This setting may have a negative impact on game performance.

It’s important to note that 2.8.1 does come with other “under the hood” performance improvements as well, and based on our internal testing runs faster than 2.6.3 on previous generation hardware, although your experience may vary depending on galaxy settings and your specific hardware.

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Renaming Vassals and Heirs

We know you love renaming things! The Government tab now allows the Ruler and Heir to be renamed by navigating to the bottom-left corner and selecting Rename. There is also an option to rename a Vassal at the time it is created from a Sector.

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Multiplayer voice chat self-mute

In the voice chat menu in-game, when the player is viewing their own options, we’ve added a tooltip to explain the player is muted. We have also added a button to mute your own microphone from the voice chat menu, similar to how other players can be muted.

View attachment 727685

Searching Systems

While searching known star systems, the list now defaults to showing all known systems, with the text box still available to filter the list, and the ability to skip forwards/backwards a page at a time using the shoulder buttons. The flag for the owning empire is now also displayed in the list. Display results also list System - Planet as appropriate.

View attachment 727684

Trade Routes

When in Trade Routes mode, the cursor now displays trade information for every system (not just trade hubs). This allows you to see a detailed breakdown of the trade going through a specific system on that trade route, including losses to piracy.

View attachment 727691

The Console Edition “Butler” 2.8.1 free update also comes with a host of fixes for other crashing and out-of-sync issues, as well as many other bug fixes for issues that have cropped up since the 2.6.3 update. We hope you’re all as excited for these changes as we are, and we can’t wait to give you your first glimpse at 2.8.1 and Federations this afternoon at 2:30 PM CEST on twitch.tv/paradoxinteractive!

Be sure to join us again next week where we will be discussing the New Megastructures and the Juggernaut (I swear!).
Will their be some sort of extension or similar feature to view megastructures in other empires? For many megastructures in enemy empires in my current save I've only been able to find a megastructure by the generated resources on the galaxy map or by getting lucky by viewing random systems and finding a Strategic Resource Center. If there was a way I could search for certain megastructures or find a page with all known megastructures (including under construction) that would be brilliant.
 
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SedahDrol

Private
Mar 27, 2021
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3
Is there a max amount of megastructures like there is with armies (I have armies on every planet) that will cause the megastructures outlier to dissappear? I like to build lots of gateways in my games.
 

Kemosabe73

Sergeant
Jun 26, 2020
70
57
I'm really impressed with Paradox and Tantalus as companies. It seems like they care about their fans. Too many other companies don't seem to care about what their fans think - as long as they can make a profit. It seems to me that Paradox and Tantalus care more about making a great game, and assume the profits will follow.

I've read posts asking for improvements that are included in this update. I feel like they are listening and care about our gaming experience. I can't describe how grateful I am to have found a game like this!
 
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Itscrayon1

Recruit
Jun 10, 2019
6
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Will their be some sort of extension or similar feature to view megastructures in other empires? For many megastructures in enemy empires in my current save I've only been able to find a megastructure by the generated resources on the galaxy map or by getting lucky by viewing random systems and finding a Strategic Resource Center. If there was a way I could search for certain megastructures or find a page with all known megastructures (including under construction) that would be brilliant.
It may not be the easiest way to do this but if you know a specific empire has a megastructure in their empire you can look through the galaxy map at all the systems and a special Icon will appear near the name of the system that contains the megastructure.
 
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RhysTheT00n

First Lieutenant
Dec 29, 2019
236
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It may not be the easiest way to do this but if you know a specific empire has a megastructure in their empire you can look through the galaxy map at all the systems and a special Icon will appear near the name of the system that contains the megastructure.
This doesn't always happen, the game is bugged.
 

Kasey009

Recruit
Jun 12, 2021
2
0
Hovering over a star and holding X (on Xbox) or Square (on PS4) causes a radial menu to appear, with an entry for important objects (Fleets, Planets, Megastructures, etc) that are in the system. Selecting an object from this radial menu will bring up that object as if you’d clicked on it from the system view. We’ve included lots of extra information in this menu, as well as some shortcuts for selecting All Fleets or All Transports.