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MLB The Show 21 Patch 17 Available Today - Patch Notes

MLB The Show 21 Patch 17

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MLB The Show 21 Patch 17 Available Today - Patch Notes

MLB The Show 21 patch 17 is available for PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S increasing the PCI range and sensitivity to reach the corners of the zone, mostly noticeable on higher difficulties.

The team also increased the difficulty for Pinpoint Pitching on Competitive Settings and Legend difficulty in all modes.

Check out the patch notes below and let us know what you’re seeing.

GAMEPLAY

  • The PCI range and sensitivity has been increased to reach the corners of the zone. This is most noticeable on Hall of Fame and Legend difficulties.
  • Increased the difficulty for Pinpoint Pitching on Competitive Settings and Legend difficulty (in all modes). The gesture, release timing and direction now have a less lenient criteria for ‘Good’ and ‘Perfect’ pitches when using competitive gameplay style settings.

    From the devs: After reviewing the feedback and data since UPDATE 11, we believe Pinpoint is still a little bit too easy right now in a competitive setting. Like before, this change will make the timing window for “Good” and “Perfect” slightly more difficult to achieve.

CHALLENGE OF THE WEEK

  • Fixed the stats displayed for Shohei Ohtani and Ramon Laureano in the pre-game screen.

MISCELLANEOUS/UI

  • Players now display the correct MLB Stats in the Player Cards and on Score Bug in Exhibition Live Roster games.
  • Fixed a bug where settings would reset (including Dynamic Difficulty) when players would exit an offline game.
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  1. Curious to see how the PCI change impacts my play experience.
    Though I could've used it last night against the Brewers where I struck out 12 times :lol:
    So just to clarify...the adjustment to Pinpoint Pitching only effects "Competitive" game styles and not "Simulation?"
    I've been playing on Simulation all year, but have also thought that it is a bit too easy to get perfect inputs with PPP.
    countryboy
    Curious to see how the PCI change impacts my play experience.
    Though I could've used it last night against the Brewers where I struck out 12 times :lol:

    Are you playing on competitive?
    Because I am reading this as applying to Comp/Legend on all modes - not Competitive and Legend (on Comp/Casual/Sim).
    (I'm not saying I am right either....I think the wording in their notes is a touch unclear)
    JoshC1977
    Are you playing on competitive?
    Because I am reading this as applying to Comp/Legend on all modes - not Competitive and Legend (on Comp/Casual/Sim).
    (I'm not saying I am right either....I think the wording in their notes is a touch unclear)

    I'm playing on simulation.
    I read it to be that the PCI change was universal and the pinpoint accuracy pitching mechanic was tuned for Competitive and Legend.
    countryboy
    I'm playing on simulation.
    I read it to be that the PCI change was universal and the pinpoint accuracy pitching mechanic was tuned for Competitive and Legend.

    OOOOHHHH....I gotcha
    countryboy
    I'm playing on simulation.
    I read it to be that the PCI change was universal and the pinpoint accuracy pitching mechanic was tuned for Competitive and Legend.
    Oh....this would definitely be good news if its the case. I play on Legend pitching so I would still get the changes without having to switch to competitive.
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    Heisman
    I really want to give this game a shot, but there’s no way I buy it with the start time glitch not fixed.
    SdS obviously doesn't have the ability to fix it. Nor night games in created stadiums as promised.
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    baconbits11
    SdS obviously doesn't have the ability to fix it. Nor night games in created stadiums as promised.
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    I can understand created stadiums causing some problems.
    Not having night time games in Dodger stadium is unacceptable and game breaking. I don’t understand how people can even play the game with that type of bug.
    Heisman
    I can understand created stadiums causing some problems.
    Not having night time games in Dodger stadium is unacceptable and game breaking. I don’t understand how people can even play the game with that type of bug.

    It's annoying. But hardly makes the game unplayable.
    jcar0725
    It's annoying. But hardly makes the game unplayable.

    I mean technically you’re right. The game isn’t unplayable.
    But this almost the same thing as always playing rain games. Yea you can still play and enjoy I guess.. but wtf is this sh!t?? They had all year to fix this. I bought every game since mlb 15. One reason is because I trust the studio to make a quality game. Sad to say that took a hit this year.
    Heisman
    I mean technically you’re right. The game isn’t unplayable.
    But this almost the same thing as always playing rain games. Yea you can still play and enjoy I guess.. but wtf is this sh!t?? They had all year to fix this. I bought every game since mlb 15. One reason is because I trust the studio to make a quality game. Sad to say that took a hit this year.

    On a positive note, if you play multiple seasons, the issue for those few teams only happens in year one. Also, you could just use a different team as your franchise team.
    Probably the addition of the PS5 and the addition of xbox, plus maybe covid? made this a tough year for their product. I expect great things next release. And I've been playing this version all summer and having a great time with it.
    As been stated before, there was a similar issue with the Cubs game times in a previous version and when SDS fixed the issue, it caused existing franchises to become corrupt therefore causing people to lose franchises they were deep into.
    My guess would be that this is a similar situation where the fix would cause a corruption of existing franchise, so while its extremely frustrating and annoying, the better option is to leave as be, and fix for '22.
    Or it could be they cannot figure out how to fix it since its such an obscure bug in that it effects only 4 teams and only at a certain portion of the schedule, and isn't existent in year 2, or year 3 from my experience.
    Got to be honest, I have kind of just rolled my eyes every time some one brought up the schedule bug in the previous update threads, but after just starting a 4 game set in LA and having to play 4 day games, I definitely understand the frustration. Having that for 81 games would suck
    Like others have said though it seems like they are unable to fix the big without rendering existing franchises unplayable, which IMO would be far worse.
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    I know they won't but if they can acknowledge that they won't be able to fix it for this year that would be great
    As a Dodgers fan, I've been waiting to start my franchise just in case they fix it and it would only apply to new franchises so some acknowledgement would go a long way
    Or if they can somehow patch the option to select game time like in exhibition mode without affecting what the franchise schedule says for start time...
    We already have the option to change weather with each game in franchise so here's hoping they can add time too
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    The schedules are on a 5 year loop. Have been for a while now. I sim years into the future so I can confirm this. What this means:
    Same schedule for 2021, 2026, 2031.
    2022, 2027 are the same.
    2023, 2028 etc are the same.
    This means that the schedule bug is only in years 1, 6, 11, 16, etc.
    Fixing it is potentially franchise breaking and while immersion breaking, would cause problems for more than it would fix. I think they are smart not to fix it knowing it would break more than fix. And this is coming from someone who has lost faith in SDS.
    I am glad they fixed the dynamic difficulty glitch.
    I am surprised they didn’t just add the option for start time after each game. Make it default to the schedule so if you don’t want to change it you don’t have to touch it. That seems like that would have been the easiest option. But probably too late in the game for that
    It was probably more frustrating cause it happened to be probably the more popular teams. Dodgers, Red Sox, Gaints, and Angels? If it was the Orioles people wouldn’t care as much. Or even the Rays lol.
    countryboy
    I'm playing on simulation.
    I read it to be that the PCI change was universal and the pinpoint accuracy pitching mechanic was tuned for Competitive and Legend.

    Still kinda confused lol
    So I play legend pinpoint simulation, does that mean pitching will be harder for me?
    countryboy
    As been stated before, there was a similar issue with the Cubs game times in a previous version and when SDS fixed the issue, it caused existing franchises to become corrupt therefore causing people to lose franchises they were deep into.
    My guess would be that this is a similar situation where the fix would cause a corruption of existing franchise, so while its extremely frustrating and annoying, the better option is to leave as be, and fix for '22.
    Or it could be they cannot figure out how to fix it since its such an obscure bug in that it effects only 4 teams and only at a certain portion of the schedule, and isn't existent in year 2, or year 3 from my experience.

    It would be nice if they came out and said that.
    It's not game-breaking for me, but it is franchise-breaking in that I wouldn't ever play a franchise with that team that had that issue.
    It is also a huge QA frustration that the game came out with this bug.
    I'd be satisfied with an explanation for the schedule bug and why they broke their promise that night games in created stadium was being implemented in a future patch. A little transparency and a sorry heres why goes a long way.
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    baconbits11
    I'd be satisfied with an explanation for the schedule bug and why they broke their promise that night games in created stadium was being implemented in a future patch. A little transparency and a sorry heres why goes a long way.
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    I could be wrong, but I don't think they promised night games in created stadiums in a future patch. I think they were pretty vague about hoping to add it in the future....which at the time I took to mean next year at the earliest.
    baconbits11
    I'd be satisfied with an explanation for the schedule bug and why they broke their promise that night games in created stadium was being implemented in a future patch. A little transparency and a sorry heres why goes a long way.
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    While I never 'expect' a company to have incredibly open communication with their customers, I do think it is good form to do so (particularly for more service-driven products like video games).
    SDS communication this cycle has been pretty darn bad; which honestly makes me yearn for the pre-COVID "live stream" days SDS had (even those that were DD content reveals often contained other little 'nuggets' of information). My gut feeling is that we're seeing a tightening of what information is released and it is coming from higher-up the food chain than SDS (e.g. Sony). Pre-recorded vids offer just as much opportunity to throw in other info as live streams; they just haven't done so (so this isn't a "well, we can't do it live because of the pandemic" thing).
    Saying things like "something is broken and we can't fix it" or "we can't follow-through on that patch update" is construed as casting a negative light on the company - something that can impact stock prices and so on (even though it is a customer-driven approach to be transparent with them). Some companies keep a very tight reign on ANYTHING that could be construed as negative (unless they are regulatorily obligated to report it); others are a bit more open (as EA has been more recently with Madden and even those were carefully crafted communications to the public).
    Would I like for them to be more open? Sure. But I definitely understand how corporate can bog-down that transparency.
    CBoller1331
    I could be wrong, but I don't think they promised night games in created stadiums in a future patch. I think they were pretty vague about hoping to add it in the future....which at the time I took to mean next year at the earliest.
    https://theshow.com/faq/ "promise" not said true but they've been "working" on it a long while....
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    Played a few games and honestly don't feel a difference with the PCI coverage. It may be there, but I don't notice it.
    I play default Legend, Zone hitting with PCI off.
    bryanm1982
    I am glad they fixed the dynamic difficulty glitch.

    Awesome… glad i can turn this back on. I thought i was going crazy when every game started at the same point the last game started on 😂
    green94
    Awesome… glad i can turn this back on. I thought i was going crazy when every game started at the same point the last game started on 😂

    I did to. But then I was extremely pissed off thinking WTF!? I deleted the game and reinstalled it. Still nothing! Then my question "WTH did SDS do!? How could they break this!?" I adjusted the CPU sliders to compensate so now I can either stick with them or revert back and get the level right...hmm? What to do...
    its easy to over commit the PCI already resulting in poor contact. This change has made this even worse IMO. With greater room for error its really difficult to get solid contact in the corner of the strike zone now unless u are an absolute wizard with the PCI
    I have had the game crash 2 games in the past 10 games and in 2 weeks. All in the 8th inning when I’m batting. Says Game or App error and it asks me if I want to report it. Which I do. First time ever that this has happened to me in the show. It freezes in mid pitch and then the error message comes up. Just sucks that I’m now entering the playoffs in my franchise and I don’t want to lose games and have to start over. Guess the only way would be to save the game half way through.

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