What is the alpha stage in video games and their testing

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  1. JohnGreasyGamer profile image85
    JohnGreasyGamerposted 5 years ago

    What is the alpha stage in video games and their testing

    I hear its the final product ("Patch 1.0"), but I've also heard it's another phase of testing like beta? Is it just when the developers go over everything one final time before release? This is just out of curiosity! ^^

  2. loveofnight profile image80
    loveofnightposted 5 years ago

    according to Yahoo!answers: "For new games they have Alpha stages where things are totally raw. Then a beta stage where they usually release to the public and let them play to find more bugs, then the game gets released after that."

  3. neco555 profile image88
    neco555posted 5 years ago

    In simple, general development terms, typically the alpha stage is testing internally (within the company) and the beta stage is released to the public (or testing externally).  From my knowledge, the alpha stage is just more testing from the very early development of the game through to beta or release but strictly internal.  They find all the bugs they can and polish the game up until they feel comfortable releasing it for beta or as a final product.  Hope this helps! big_smile

    1. JohnGreasyGamer profile image85
      JohnGreasyGamerposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      It does, aye! I often see people say "I've played since alpha" and wondered what it meant. Perhaps they meant open/closed beta, but it's hard to believe regular forum posters and the like say they've played since non-public testing ^^

    2. neco555 profile image88
      neco555posted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Ya I'm sure there's exceptions to the definitions I gave.  Like major supporters might get access to an alpha or an alpha might be leaked or a version of a game might be incorrectly called an alpha.  Nothing enforces these definitions on devs.

  4. BlissfulWriter profile image71
    BlissfulWriterposted 5 years ago

    While development teams test throughout the entire development process.  Alpha is only the first stage of "final testing".  After alpha, there is "beta testing" which is what most people hear about.  Typically, the product goes for general availability release after "beta testing".

  5. Vlorsutes profile image83
    Vlorsutesposted 5 years ago

    The alpha is a pre-beta phase of testing and construction. The alpha essentially the earliest version of the completed project that's available to be played, and is where the biggest tests for glitches, errors, etc are done. Sometimes it is available in a limited sense to the outside public, but usually the alpha testing is done strictly by testers associated with the company.

  6. Dense profile image71
    Denseposted 5 years ago

    The development process goes something like this:
    Alpha: Early version, buggy.
    Beta: More stable than Alpha.
    RC (Release Candidate): Used by Microsoft mostly. Just prior to production version.
    And after that, comes the public release (/production) version.
    Alpha is not the final product. Hope this helps.

    1. Dense profile image71
      Denseposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Answered this, and then noted that it is already answered. big_smile

    2. JohnGreasyGamer profile image85
      JohnGreasyGamerposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      You needn't worry about this already being answered - the more the better, so I can get as much info as I need (but with this question it's just curiosity) ^^

  7. cebutouristspot profile image72
    cebutouristspotposted 5 years ago

    Alpha - is usually raw and usually tested internally while Beta is open to a more wider audience in other to catch bugs that the alpha phase miss

  8. Ashleign profile image88
    Ashleignposted 5 years ago

    In independent games, or just "Indie" Games, The alpha stage is a low cost release to gain popularity before the game is released as a retail copy. Players go into testing understanding that the game is still in testing, and not a finished release. It also allows Indie game companies to receive bug reports from potentially thousands of testers, that they do not have to pay to do so. In fact, many indie game development companies charge for the Alpha copy.

    In normal development, (Your more famous, and big game development companies) Alpha is the phase where paid employees test and release early videos and screenshots for marketing and bug fixing purposes. Beta is the final phase of testing, this is where the game has been more defined as far as gameplay and graphics go. It allows the company to continue to do bug fixes and patches to fix such bugs, while focusing energy on better defining, graphics, sound, and story lines. It also allows them to work on additional gameplay fixes and bells and whistles.

    The Patch numbers are different from game to game. It depends on how the outline for the game has been pitched. The numbers are more or less meaningless. They are just bookmarks for where and when something happened in testing. Generally there will be an Alpha 0.1 - 3.0, Beta 0.1 - 3.0 Retail release usually starts at 1.0.


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