Battlefield 3 release and the shelf life of PS3 and Xbox 360

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Since Nintendo announced the new Wii U console there has been a lot of speculation to when Sony and Microsoft would be bringing out their new gen consoles. Both companies have said that the PS3 and Xbox 360 still have a lot of life in them yet. The upcoming Battlefield 3 release could lead to some changes though with regards to the shelf life of the PS3 and Xbox 360.

An article on Oxcgn.com is looking at the fact that Battlefield 3 and the fact that the PC version will offer true 1080p HD graphics, while the version on the consoles will run at 720p HD. The PC version will also offer multi-player for up to 64 gamers, and unrestricted map size, with the consoles only supporting multi-player for a maximum of 24 players and cut down maps.

For some this means the current generation of home consoles has reached the end of their shelf life, and are now outdated. The information for the resolution the game would run at was first announced by DICE themselves. Currently no console game is available which runs at true 1080p, and modern video cards for PCs are made to run at 1080p. Consoles are designed to run at around 720p and are then up scaled.

The game on the likes of the PS3 and Xbox 360 will have some of the smaller features either taken out or cut down. These include motion blur and particle effects amongst other things, as well as reduced player count and slightly reduced maps. It is set to be a large game and being made for the PC first, and then shrunk down to fit onto a console.

With the latest blockbusters which are set to come out over the coming months it looks like the limits of the PS3 and Xbox 360 have finally been reached. If developers were able to tap into more powerful hardware the new titles could look even more impressive. The next Wii console looks like it won’t be much of a leap forward from the current offerings from Sony and Microsoft.

Gamers are now beginning year six of the current consoles with no new generations currently in sight. Owners of high end PCs can easily upgrade their hardware as technology evolves, but not everyone can afford such hardware. If Sony and Microsoft were to shortly bring out powerful new consoles the price may put many consumers off, which was one of the early problems faced by the PS3.

Do you think the current generation of consoles have come to the end of their shelf life?

Also See: Titanfall Xbox 360 digital version dropped

  • Dabomb1234

    There will not be any new ps3 or xbox360 for a while so don’t get your hopes up and if they make a new one how good will it be xbox360 is perfect already. ;)

    • Jmiles55

      xbox sucks

      • Vapor_smoke

        to each there own u dont have to be a jack-a$$

      • http://profiles.google.com/consiliumetanimus Tom Sawyer

        Fanboys suck

      • http://profiles.google.com/consiliumetanimus Tom Sawyer

        Fanboys suck

      • Jgarreti

         so does a 1 core cell cpu.

             lol

  • Gigagator

    I personally don’t think PS3 and 360 are near the end of their useful life – that’s ludicrous. Just because a massive game which, lets face it, was born for PC, is being cut down a bit for consoles doesn’t mean we should now roll out the generation of hardware.

    I think you have to expect to lose some features with big titles like Battlefield. But I’ll still get the game on PS3 and I’ll still enjoy it regardless of what resolution it runs at. Although I’d like to, I simply can’t justify spending all that money on new PC hardware, and have to continually upgrade it.

    Besides, I feel I’m one of the few people now who doesn’t care so much about graphics anymore. I’m absolutely fine with current generation graphics on PS3 and 360. My biggest gripe about games now is the quality of the content.

    I find myself regularly going back to N64 and Sega Mega Drive now – they’re not running at 1080p, but there is so much quality software for them.

    • Rsmith

      I would have to “continually upgrade it” as well if I bought Celeron cpu’s, matted it to a motherboard with graphics onboard, and then threw in 1GB of DDR.

      New hardware will allow for better gameplay and visuals.

      Intel i5
      AMD 6870
      8GB DDR3
      500GB HDD
      WIN7

           TOTAL
                   < $650
      That is more than enough hardware to run most games with details MAXED out and at resolutions ABOVE 1080p for a couple years.

      If our ancestors believed we didn't need to better our technologies, and should stick with what we have for a while until we advance, we would still live in caves.

          J@ck@$$

    • Rsmith

      I would have to “continually upgrade it” as well if I bought Celeron cpu’s, matted it to a motherboard with graphics onboard, and then threw in 1GB of DDR.

      New hardware will allow for better gameplay and visuals.

      Intel i5
      AMD 6870
      8GB DDR3
      500GB HDD
      WIN7

           TOTAL
                   < $650
      That is more than enough hardware to run most games with details MAXED out and at resolutions ABOVE 1080p for a couple years.

      If our ancestors believed we didn't need to better our technologies, and should stick with what we have for a while until we advance, we would still live in caves.

          J@ck@$$

  • Gigagator

    I personally don’t think PS3 and 360 are near the end of their useful life – that’s ludicrous. Just because a massive game which, lets face it, was born for PC, is being cut down a bit for consoles doesn’t mean we should now roll out the generation of hardware.

    I think you have to expect to lose some features with big titles like Battlefield. But I’ll still get the game on PS3 and I’ll still enjoy it regardless of what resolution it runs at. Although I’d like to, I simply can’t justify spending all that money on new PC hardware, and have to continually upgrade it.

    Besides, I feel I’m one of the few people now who doesn’t care so much about graphics anymore. I’m absolutely fine with current generation graphics on PS3 and 360. My biggest gripe about games now is the quality of the content.

    I find myself regularly going back to N64 and Sega Mega Drive now – they’re not running at 1080p, but there is so much quality software for them.

  • Raskilinov

    One game comes out and because it doesn’t offer the same experience as on the PC platform the OP via the Oxcgn article announces the end of consoles. Absolute tosh.
    Why are so many writers on this site jumping to three conclusions forward from very shaky opinion pieces. 

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PYWY3TI6I2IKXRGOSYLBBNBM2A Andre

    PS3 and XBOX are old. People do not want change because they have money orbought their console lately. Do not think it’s ridiculous to say that the life of the PS3 and Xbox over. I am not speaking of graphic quality. Let’s imagine a game that has 500people on the street interacting. It will be impossible on the PS3. Why?. It’s old, old.Technology is quick thing. Sony is charging a high price for disrespecting each game.The pc is in front of many years. Just is not very far ahead because games are exclusive to consoles.

    • Gigagator

      Yes PS3 and 360 are old, but they’re still very capable. The example you have given about 500 people on the street interacting is a bad one in all honesty, because such a thing doesn’t exist yet even on PC. Off the top of my head I can’t really think of a game on PC that couldn’t theoretically be ported to PS3 or 360 if it hasn’t been already, even if some lesser features are lost in the process.

      Crysis 2 made it to consoles, and the first Crysis is coming to the two consoles soon too and that’s still used for PC benchmarking. In fact, Crysis 2 was such a stunning game for me on PS3 – absolutely beautiful. To me, that reinforced my belief that we just don’t need new hardware yet. If developers can max out the systems like that in their games and compliment it with a thrilling single player campaign and well executed online gameplay, then the PS3 and 360 could easily go a couple more years.

      Andre is correct in what he says in that when a game comes out on PC that is technically impossible on consoles, that is when their hardware is obsolete and we can look forward to the next generation.

      There’s so much more to consider on this issue, too much in fact. We could go on for hours about hardware and efficient use of it in consoles etc. but I still disagree that we need new hardware yet for consoles.

      • http://profiles.google.com/consiliumetanimus Tom Sawyer

        I have always thought a console with an upgradable architecture would be the next logical step. Of course, then it would basically just be a pc with a controller attached! They’ll never do that though, as they’d either have to create an entire line of proprietary graphics cards, CPUs, etc, or allow anybodys third-party shwag to be used. Not likely, but a cool idea nonetheless. Until then, consoles will always be second to pc’s as far as computing power and customization.

      • Rsmith

        LOL

    • Raskilinov

      This article is pure speculation. You don’t produce something like the Kinect or Move and then expect consumers to throw out the main hardware after a year because of, essentially BF3 – to clarify as per Oxcygn, the PC game is more complete than the console version. 

      No ones’ disagreeing with you that the Xbox360 or PS3 are beginning to show their age, but I believe publishers can make more revenue from releasing on the console rather than on the PC. 

      Its not about disrespecting games; its about the shareholders and ensuring that the price of ERTS or ATVI is as high as possible. 

      Frankly giving reasons over 500 people interacting live on your screen, just as Gigagator has said is not possible, even on PC. Whilst I agree with some of your points, similar to Gigagator I think its foolish to disregard console platforms at this juncture. 

  • Rik Dunphy

    I don’t know what the fuss is over – other games run at 720p on console and 1080p on PC.. This isn’t the first and will never be the last..

    The current consoles are far from dead. Gaming houses are still getting to grips with the intricacies of each and each year push both xbox and ps3 that bit further. The comparison of PC and consoles keeps happening – but they are very different, and they’re cost structure to consumers is different too.. Try get a PC for the price of a PS3, or Xbox, that will play anything modern at 1080p – you won’t find it.

    As for games running at 1080p.. there are plenty on the PS3 – Wipeout HD, GT5, Ridge Racer 7. None are cross platform – but so what..
    DICE/EA have chosen to concentrate on getting the game right on everything and visuals on PC – that’s they’re prerogative – as do so many.

  • http://profiles.google.com/consiliumetanimus Tom Sawyer

    The last time I checked, 1280×720 (720p) WAS High Definition. Also, with new compression formats and modeling plugins that increase poly count while reducing filesize, you can rest assured that the PS3 and Xbox 360 still have a few years left in them. Also, there ARE games on both platforms that are 1080, albeit far and few between (and to reiterate not 720 upscaled).

    Besides, who cares really? If the games are fun and look pretty Im sold! People should stop counting pixels and just enjoy the games already. As a Maya 3d modeler and rigger (and avid gamer) Im quite impressed by the constant evolution of graphics on todays consoles. Games made this year look far better than the ones produced two years ago on the very same platforms (texture resolution/poly count/mocap/etc), and they’ll keep looking better up until the next gen, as we keep developing more advanced plugins, graphics engines and compression types.

  • http://profiles.google.com/consiliumetanimus Tom Sawyer

    The last time I checked, 1280×720 (720p) WAS High Definition. Also, with new compression formats and modeling plugins that increase poly count while reducing filesize, you can rest assured that the PS3 and Xbox 360 still have a few years left in them. Also, there ARE games on both platforms that are 1080, albeit far and few between (and to reiterate not 720 upscaled).

    Besides, who cares really? If the games are fun and look pretty Im sold! People should stop counting pixels and just enjoy the games already. As a Maya 3d modeler and rigger (and avid gamer) Im quite impressed by the constant evolution of graphics on todays consoles. Games made this year look far better than the ones produced two years ago on the very same platforms (texture resolution/poly count/mocap/etc), and they’ll keep looking better up until the next gen, as we keep developing more advanced plugins, graphics engines and compression types.