The Public Test Universe is a game environment that is used to test release builds outside of the confines of the Cloud Imperium / RSI, but before releasing as a live build. Depending on confidence in the code, there may be several levels of restricted access before backers (players with a ship package) are invited to join.
The Access Sequence
Open Your Account
- Got to the RSI Website at RobertsSpaceIndustries.com
- Clear away the ‘Discover Our Universe’ overlay if there is one
- Log In
- On a wide enough browser, at the top right is the Account menu item. Click on that to log in.
- On a narrow browser at the top right will be the text ‘RSI’, click on that to reveal a drop-down menu and click on the Account entry at the bottom of the list to log in.
- The account bar changes colour from amber to green, click on Account again to open it up.
Copy Your Account to the PTU
- Underneath your User ID Image, find and click the SETTINGS button and then MY ACCOUNT page will appear.
- In MY ACCOUNT, click SETTINGS and lower half of the screen will show the options as a menu list at the left.
- Click PUBLIC TEST UNIVERSE (the last item in the list)
- Click Copy Account to PTU
A green banner appears to tell you your account details are being transferred to the PTU server and you will be given a separate password and instructions via email.
- Wait for the transfer confirmation email
Prime the PTU
Using links and password provided in the email in order:
- Log in to ptu.cloudimperiumgames.com/connect using your usual username and the supplied PTU password from the email.
- If necessary, download and install a new PTU Launcher using any links provided in the email.
- Run the PTU launcher and log-in using your usual username and password.
- Switch the PTU/LIVE option at the left of the launcher to PTU
- Allow time for the Test PTU Launcher to identify missing games files, then install them.
- You are good to go.
To save having more than one Data.p4k file on my system I transfer the LIVE Data.p4k file to the PTU folder and update from there. Updating time is shortened and I save 50 Gb of space. It means I can’t go back to the LIVE version easily, but I’m ok with that.