If you are picking up the console version of Battlefield 3 on October 25th, we have some very important news for you. It has been revealed and then confirmed by EA DICE that the Xbox 360 and PS3 versions of the game will come with an optional install pack to improve textures in the game.
As you know, the console quality in terms of graphics have come in for considerable criticism after the beta released, more evident in the fact that the PC version of the game looks far more impressive visually than their console counter-parts.
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Now then, in a recent interview with GamerZines, DICE producer Patrick Liu has revealed that there will be a ‘Hi-res’ texture pack that will be available as a optional install on the console disc. The only difference between the Xbox 360 and PS3 versions, is that the Xbox 360 texture pack will come on a separate disc, and the PS3 version will come on a single Blu-Ray disc.
Two things to think about here: 1) It’s great that EA DICE are thinking about improving the graphics further for the console version, but 2) Does it mean that gamers were generally correct in slating the quality of the console graphics, and this is a last ditch attempt by DICE to calm the fears? Why haven’t they included the hi-res textures from the start, and why has this bombshell only come out one week before release?
Our thoughts on this, is that it’s great news regardless of what the reasoning is behind it. If there is anything that DICE can implement on console to make the graphics similar to that seen on the PC version, then we welcome it with open arms. This story seems to have been reported with regards to a mandatory install on the Xbox 360 version only, but as you can see over at this report from IGN, the hi-res texture pack has also been confirmed for PS3 as well.
If you are getting the PC version of the game, let us know your thoughts on this. Were you concerned about the console graphics quality from the start?