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Battlefield 3 beta is old code, PS3 and Xbox 360 tweaks promised

If you have been keeping up to date with the latest developments surrounding Battlefield 3, you’ll know that there has been a overwhelming response to the recent multiplayer beta that released for the game last week, some of it good, but a lot of it bad as well.

If you have played the PC version of the game, you are less likely to have any concerns over the game, but those of you who played either the Xbox 360 and PS3 versions of the beta, may feel like DICE has some serious improving to do before the full game is out on October 25th, with the graphics quality in particular taking a pounding.

Naturally, DICE is paying attention to all the feedback from the beta, both good and bad and you’ll be interested to hear that DICE General Manager Karl Magnus Troedsson has posted an update on the official Battlefield blog, stating that the beta is actually based on earlier game code.

Here is a portion of his message to give you a better idea:

”The Battlefield 3 Open Beta is based on software that is more than one month old. Just like normal procedure when releasing a game, the Open Beta has had long lead times due to testing, certification, and setting up. This means that the code you are now playing is actually quite early and not representative of the final game.”

So for those of you who are currently tearing your hair out over poor graphics featured in the console beta – relax, things are probably going to improve a lot before the final game is out. From our point of view, it is certainly eyebrow raising to see the difference of quality between console and PC, but overall you have to say that DICE has still done a pretty amazing job overall, and the beta plays really smooth on console with maximum players on the servers at once.

Do you have any criticism on the Battlefield 3 beta, or do you think it plays just fine? Has the whole graphics quality debate been blown out of proportion perhaps? See you all on the Battlefield, October 25th!

Written by Alan Ng

Alan has been working for Product-Reviews since 2009 and became the Editor-in-chief in 2014. He has a passion for technology, the latest mobile phones and gadgets, and the gaming industry. Alan is a graduate of Canterbury Christ Church University and completed a B.A in Commercial Music in 2008. While expressing a keen interest in all areas that PR cover, you'll usually find Alan in the gaming section, where he'll be keeping enthusiasts up to date on all the latest news and reviews for consoles and PC.

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I have been looking forward to this game for a while as I was a fan of BC2,  I had played COD for many years but have become sick of hackers destroying game play.  Unfortunately the beta, for me, was very disappointing, lag issues combined with graphics, fit for the original xbox, has seriously got me considering cancelling my pre order.  On the other hand game play was enjoyable, (except for the somewhat obligatory kill from the guy hiding in a bush), how ever if DICE could polish the graphics to the xbox best abilities and adjust server issues this may be a great title.  What concerns… Read more »


The graphics debate is utter stupidity, anyone with any understanding of tech should be able to see why the consoles 5 year old hardware can’t keep up, it’s common sence really 5 years of improvement is generally alot. What myself and alot of other people are dissapointed about are the servers. I can tell you that for me the game most definantly doesn’t run smoothly. I live in Australia and most servers are so laggy I run 5 metres and get rubber banded back to where I started. If I’m lucky to find a working server it’s absolutely horrid lag… Read more »


I got a PC cost I knew the console versions would never be as good…

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No, I will not criticize Dice for the errors and bugs in the beta because it is what it is – a beta. I think some players have misunderstood the whole thing. It seems that many believe that what we are playing now is the final game. But it is not (thanks for confirming this in your post, Alan). Beta versions, whether it are games or other software products, will almost always have errors. Beta tests are used for finding as many of those errors as possible and eliminate them. Dice and EA are also using the beta period to… Read more »


An issue that i have with Battlefield 3 beta is that i get disconnected from the EA servers really often, and idk why, i use wireless but i can play any other game without having the same problem.

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