Battlefield 3: Are console black lines reason to panic on Xbox 360, PS3?

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We have some interesting news to bring you now, as although it was a known fact that Battlefield 3 on console will run at a 720p resolution, fresh details have emerged and revealed that EA DICE will be using a few sneaky tactics in order to achieve their native 720p objective.

Johan Andersson who is the Rendering Architect at DICE has revealed that Battlefield 3 on console will use small black lines at the top and bottom of the screen to achieve their desired 720p result. However, before you panic it has been set straight that these black lines shouldn’t be visible in game as Andersson states below that this is due to overscan.

Here is what he said in a recent comment over at framerate specialists Digital Foundry, as reported from Eurogamer:

”Battlefield 3 is 1280×704 on both PS3 and 360. Removing a few lines from 720p saves good performance and memory for us. We have tiny eight-pixel black bars that often are invisible due to overscan – scaling would just ruin the picture”

Considering that these black lines are going to be invisible going on Andersson’s word, this shouldn’t be too much of an issue to deal with, as long as it doesn’t affect the overall gameplay experience of Battlefield 3. Of course, it will still run at 30FPS compared to the 60FPS on the console versions of Modern Warfare 3, but the fact that BF3 uses black lines to achieve 720p definitely shouldn’t be used as bragging rights – although it probably will we’re willing to bet.

This may raise an eyerbrow or two with hardcore gamers who are clued up on game resolutions and frames per second performances within FPS games, but for the average gamer just looking to pick up Battlefield 3 after playing an excellent Bad Company 2 game, this is definitely not cause for concern.

What are your thoughts on EA DICE using black lines to achieve a native 720p resolution – big deal or not?

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  • Anonymous

    Sacrifices sometimes must be made, in order to reach the widest possible audience.  Just be happy they managed to get this amazing engine to run properly on console in the first place.  That grass will always be greener on the other side, as the old saying goes.

    Doesn’t mean the grass on your side isn’t a beautiful shade, as it is.

  • Anonymous

    Sacrifices sometimes must be made, in order to reach the widest possible audience.  Just be happy they managed to get this amazing engine to run properly on console in the first place.  That grass will always be greener on the other side, as the old saying goes.

    Doesn’t mean the grass on your side isn’t a beautiful shade, as it is.

  • http://twitter.com/T_e_X ☢☣TᴲX☣☢

    as long as BF3 dont run 600p like CoD MW2/3 :D

  • http://twitter.com/T_e_X ☢☣TᴲX☣☢

    as long as BF3 dont run 600p like CoD MW2/3 :D

  • Dr_Ash

    This is why I’m glad I’m playing on PC, and why PC gaming (although not for the masses) will never die, because it just looks so much better than on a console (unless it’s a crappy console port – don’t buy these). Call of Duty should remember their roots and produce a cutting edge engine that scales down for consoles but is glorious on PC – this is the future.

  • Dr_Ash

    This is why I’m glad I’m playing on PC, and why PC gaming (although not for the masses) will never die, because it just looks so much better than on a console (unless it’s a crappy console port – don’t buy these). Call of Duty should remember their roots and produce a cutting edge engine that scales down for consoles but is glorious on PC – this is the future.

  • Motorhead741812

    I can’t see why people are even talking about this, “reason to panic”, really? ” oh my goodness I am panicking because BF3 will run at 720p!!” and once again I must say, really? my trust in videogame journalist game reviews was lost a long time ago and now the one thing I enjoy in the videogame journalist realm is filled with crap like this.

  • Mattc

    EA has now confirmed that the console version of Battlefield 3, will in fact be a text based adventure…

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_7ON5TKY6VQHBVJFGLAL43W7HHY meh

    that’s a ridiculous statement as some of the best shooters have shined better on console than PC

  • Matttdog57

    It’s a shame EA can’t spend a little more time compressing information onto a 200gb blueray disc.  They are limited by the 4 layer dvd capabilities of the Xbox 360, and essentially don’t want to take the time to make the two versions different.  PS3 owners have to suffer to the lack of hardware capabilities of the Xbox, as well as lazy game developers who care more about short term gains than creating a work of art to the best of their abilities.

    For all you pc geeks out there, yeah, I could spend 3 grand on a computer to sit my fat ass in front of all day, but id rather buy a $200 ps3 and save my money for a bike… NERDS :P