We are structuring our message input logic in the server runtime and we are curious on what is the ideal way of sending updates to all connected users.
In our case:
- Each connected player sends a position update ten times a second
- The server processes the input at a fixed tick rate (in this case the same 10 times a sec)
- After doing some distance calc to send updates for visible opponents only, it should send to each user the position of the players close to him.
In that case, is it better to compose a single big message with all the visible players and send it to the user? Or send smaller messages, one for each visible player?
We are aware of the generic rule keep the messages small and flowing, though in this case we are tempted to pack everything together.