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Missing Battlefield 3 console features, PC minimum specs concerns

We have further gossip on the never-ending debate on console vs PC graphics for Battlefield 3 to tell you about now, and perhaps this is the most conclusive yet. A member of DICE’s development team for the upcoming shooter has stated that the console graphics for BF3 is equivalent to the PC version running the lowest settings.

Johan Andersson is the Rendering Architect at DICE and he recently gave a speech at the NVIDIA GeForce LAN 6 conference. During his keynote, he revealed a chart which the level of quality in terms of graphics that PC gamers will be getting with Battlefield 3, depending on what type of hardware they have and the best possible results achievable.

Here is a screenshot showing the chart, provided to us by MP1ST:

As you can see, that the PC version of the game with the lowest settings selected with have ‘lots of stuff disabled, similar to consoles’. If you are picking up the Xbox 360 or PS3 version of the game, that statement alone is hardly reassuring, especially with a lot of criticism already aimed at DICE following on from the level of graphics seen in the console beta.

Having said that, the game doesn’t look terrible at all on console and if you’re a neutral looking in on the debate, it is no secret that the PC version of the game will have the best visuals from all three platforms – DICE’s chart above confirms that. PC gamers looking for the ultimate settings will have to have a machine capable of running multiple GPUS, to achieve a solid 60fps in-game.

Meanwhile, those of you looking to play on PC with high settings, or what DICE call ‘intended settings’ will need at least a Geforce 560 TI processor or higher. We’re guessing that some of you will not have this so you’ll have to find out if your current card can run the game – just don’t expect 60fps as you won’t get it.

Firstly, what are your thoughts on Johan’s comments about the console version having ‘lots of stuff disabled’ – is this a worry for you? For PC gamers, are you now getting concerned that your system will not be able to run Battlefield 3 on your current processor? Feel free to list your current setup so other readers can provide some insight on whether you’ll be able to run the game or not.

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