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Battlefield 3 Beta: PS3 graphics and player models concerns

A lot has been said on what the final outcome will be in terms of graphics quality for upcoming shooter Battlefield 3, and the opening day of the multiplayer beta yesterday did a good job in helping to piece together the puzzle for worried gamers.

EA has now opened the beta for all three platforms of the game and access is available right now for those who qualify for early access, you can see a previous article here if you still can’t get in.

As expected, a ton of gameplay footage has now been released for the game, with EA now opening the floodgates for websites to give their opinions on the game, but more importantly – answer some of those nagging questions about the graphics quality on console.

Judging by the feedback we’ve seen so far and from my own experience playing the beta, it does look like the PS3 version is well up to standard and that DICE have done a fantastic job of delivering a solid version of the game on console, especially since DICE has made no secret of the fact that the PC is the lead platform.

Having said that, there are going to be some graphical limitations between the PS3 and PC platforms of the game, and some screenshots provided from the PS3 beta does a good job of highlighting this. Check out one example from the PS3 beta courtesy of VG247:

We don’t want to be too critical, but you may feel that player model visuals are not too far off from models seen in Bad Company 2, and it does give you an example of just different visuals look compared to the PC version. Take a look at one more screenshot taken from the beta which shows another player model.

It’s clear that the graphics are far from perfect on console, and we’re yet to see a detailed comparison between PS3, Xbox 360 and PC. Overall though, the beta plays fantastic on PS3 and don’t forget, Battlefield is all about the gameplay so this shouldn’t be too disheartening for you. If you have played the beta on console already, give us your thoughts on the graphics quality – are you impressed or a bit disappointed?

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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spenceman
spenceman

it will b fine its beta cant really judge its a test by that full game will b better im sure

Ishan
Ishan

It appears I was expecting way too much in terms of graphics from the PS3 version of the game. I was disappointed with the graphics in the beta that I hardly played it for like an hour. And then deleted it. I am even wondering if the visuals looked so bad just on my PS3, which is idiotic. I wonder whatever happened to all the hoopla surrounding Frostbite 2 and what not. I remember also downloading and watching a video “Battlefield 3 – Frostbite 2 Highlights” from the PSN Store which showcased lifelike graphics and claimed the footage was “in-game”. Considering the… Read more »

Bseamj
Bseamj

I played the beta quite a bit on the PS3. I reached level 43 so I had a fair amount of time with the game. While I enjoyed the gameplay, I was constantly distracted by the dated graphics. Textures look terrible. The Frostbite 2 engine may be god for the PC but the console version flat out sucks. No more Beta talk. The core graphics engine will not improve. Only bugs and glitches will be corrected before the final release and with future updates. I have read about an optional high res pack that can be installed on consoles so… Read more »

Isaacespapa
Isaacespapa

the beta really sucks on xbox 360 the graphics are sub black ops in my opinion i havent dl’d it yet on ps3 but i dont think its gonna make too much difference the graphics are nothing new and exciting, is it just me or does bf2 seem to actually play better than this beta? people falling thru the ground when laying prone fine its a beta im sure it will be addressed but the crappy graphics and textures arent doing much for me at this point. the audio is great on war tapes but the graphics just fell way short… Read more »

Isaacespapa
Isaacespapa

i think its a huge let down thus far. when i saw the videos of this game i thought okay cool this is the next level of graphics on console

Snemak234
Snemak234

I’m holding onto the hopes of alot of hearsay “Dice dumbed down the engine, textures and graphics , destructability and is running old code…ect. for the sake of beta testing on the PS3.” The fact that there is no tank on the console Beta version may support this.  And to the happy ending of Crysis 2 where the beta looked similarly shity, yet on the day of release just days later improved alot graphicly.   @MidianGTX:disqus  as far as glitches I need go no further than the disapearing man who melds waist deep in the concrete pavement by the first set of MCONS, before totally vanishing… Read more »

Skat_1995
Skat_1995

alot of people are saying that its BETA and all but man i swear i hope its nothing compared to beta when it come to graphics. thats the main reason i bought this, besides the gameplay. very awsome in BETA got nothing to complain about there

How
How

I’ve never thought the frostbite engine was any good. The single player graphics for battlefield 3, I have no doubt will be just fine across all platforms…the multiplayer graphics I fear, will not. The game is les than a month away from releasing. This whole “it’s only a beta”argument is bullshit.

Arnan540
Arnan540

i am veryyyy disapointed in the whole graphics thing. i mean cmon 720p at 30fps!!!!! Its 2011 almost 2012. How much longer till they start making games in 1080p fps that is… theyre not going to… u know why they want people to buy ps4 and the new xbox whenever that comes out. As for pc version. how much money does it take to keep up on a pc constantly with new demanding games constantly coming out. I dont know about you guys but i really was hoping for better. Dont get me wrong im still getting the game and… Read more »

Fryto
Fryto

“Judging by the feedback we’ve seen so far and from my own experience playing the beta, it does look like the PS3 version is well up to standard and that DICE have done a fantastic job of delivering a solid version of the game on console”

Have you been playing other console shooters? Killzone 3 looks way better, even MAG does. Compared to these, the beta is far from ‘up to standard’. One can of course not speak of what the release version will be like.

Wolfwing0100
Wolfwing0100

Graphics dont make a game………Gameplay does. People need to learn that graphics arent everything. Theres a reason why Minecraft has pixelated graphics yet its one of the top most played PC game of all time. And this is only BETA not the full game. 

Jamie
Jamie

BETA BETA BETA BETA BETA BETA BETA. You cannot judge a game on a beta; the whole point of a beta is for us to play it and point glitches and bad texturing etc out to the developer. So @Kiltthebinnues saying “I won’t waste any more money…. Don’t pay for this…” is totally unjustified. Some people need an education.

Nikon133
Nikon133

Played PS3 beta last few days. In general I like it. There’s prone (which I was missing much in BC2) and additional gear that makes difference in gameplay (flash lights and laser pointers). I also like little animation candies (soldier’s legs when jumping over obstacles etc). Visuals wise, I’m hoping there will be more improvements in final version. It is not that the game looks too ugly to be enjoyable; it doesn’t. But it also doesn’t look better than BC2 in this demo… in fact, I’d say visuals in BC2 were better balanced (less ugly looking models and textures). So…… Read more »

Kiltthebinnues
Kiltthebinnues

I came looking for this site so someone would hopefully tel me that, ‘don’t worry about the graphics, it’s beta, they’ll be much better when the game comes out’. THESE GRAPHICS ARE S##T! hard to identify enemies as well as a host of other problems that I’m not going into because if EA spent all these years making this crap then they obviously don’t give a monkeys anyhow. Its also more buggy than windows 95. One could even be forgiven for thinking one was playing it on a Win95 PC. I’m so pissed off I put a deposit down already, never mind, I wont waste any… Read more »

Xpkomi
Xpkomi

I LOVE the game play, and realism of the beta. Especially recoil on the guns. it clears up a lot of the open trigger spray and pray, and button mashing kill methods. I’m one of those guys that like to stalk and stab, and to do so effectively  in BF3 requires actual talent, Compared to my method of taking a half a clip and stabbing someone in the throat just to spite them in cod.  I don’t however like the visuals of the game much at all. I am hoping that they held back the graphics on the console beta’s… Read more »

J_king33
J_king33

The graphics and player models are very poor. Enemies are hard to identify most of the time. Did I mention the graphics are terrible? I hate that there is no kill cam, just a short video of the enemy who killed you and their kit. Game mode was ok. But all in all, beta battlefield 3 did nothing but convince me to buy MW3; and leave the sports games to EA, activisions got the shooters just fine.

Holden McNeal
Holden McNeal

The graphics on the PS3 beta are worse than the graphics in Battlefield 2 on the PC (which is now a 6 year old game). I remember playing BF2 when it first came out and couldn’t help but smile at the way it looked, this beta however immediately made me cancel my pre-order for the PS3 and perhaps when I can afford a new PC somewhere down the line I’ll invest in a PC copy. From what I’ve seen so far, it is extremely poor on the PS3… awful visuals, buggy gameplay, v-sync issues. Am gutted, have been looking forward to this… Read more »

Web
Web

It’s bush league for a company to say “Here’s my product, it’s available for PC, Xbox, and Playstation,” and then spend the next six months showing incredible footage from the PC version without bothering to mention that it looks absolutely nothing like that for the consoles. No way I am buying this game if it isn’t vastly improved graphics-wise and glitch-wise when officially launched. It’s false advertising. You can defend EA all you want and spout off shiny ignorance like “No one said it was gonna look incredible on PS3.” You know what? You’re right! Unfortunately you’ve been brainwashed, and… Read more »

Cgsci
Cgsci

What about the GLITCHES? Enough about the graphics and gameplay. If a game prevents you from playing it then the game is useless. I play primarily as a Recon sniper which means I lay prone A LOT. I have found that if I crouch or lay prone on a hilled or uneven surface I fall INTO/BELOW the map, making me unable to move and resulting in numerous deaths. This happens FREQUENTLY. Another issue that has occurred several times is getting stuck in a narrow space with other teammates to the point of trying to kill each other just to respawn.… Read more »

Fillerf
Fillerf

just tested the ps3 beta version,, the gameplay is faster , everything moves faster. But the grafic is actually not good at all… anyone that  says the beta look sooo much better than battlefield 2 bad company online maps , should get their eyes checked…even the score meny after the game   “looks back in tha days” so gamleplay should an  probably will be good as promised , but im suprised that grafics are soo  “cheap” trees leaves bushes,,, its just really bad when comming close to it.. Is not awfull, but when comming from bf2 bad company online , you… Read more »

Sinkingputts
Sinkingputts

These graphics suck! I think Bad Company has better graphics. I am on XBOX.

Moritz
Moritz

I am not that surprised as I have seen through EA/ DICE’s cynical marketing strategy from the beginning, showing nothing but the admittedly outstanding PC footage in a pathetic, juvenile and embarrassingly desperate attempt to sway sales away from COD. Still, having said that I was willing to give the console versions a chance and fired up the PS3 beta version yesterday. What a piece of ugly, glitchy crap it turned out to be, with poorly modeled weapons, DICE just can’t seem to ever get this right, COD may be arcadey but they are dead on with authentic weapons and… Read more »

Kurt_2k1
Kurt_2k1

Do most of you people even know that DICE turned down the graphics, destruction, hell basically everything for the beta so it would be a small download? Way to sound completely ignorant.

Ross
Ross

The beta version graphics suck, I wanted to stop playing and go back to BF2. That’s bad, and I’m a huge fan. Maybe the real version for PS3 will be better, but this game will rock tits on a PC with a good graphics card – right now that doesn’t mean anything for me though.

Squall
Squall

BF3 for consoles just does not make it, especially if your comparing it to MW3. The campaign has been re-fitted with an obvious call of duty influence, making for more tight and smaller confrontations for the most part akin to call of duty games. The appeal of this huge war, is not supported by player cap on consoles. No veterans of the battlefield series will get this for consoles, unless they are starving. Player cap does not allow you to utilize all the vehicles, and the map to the truest experience. On top of all of this, the graphics are… Read more »

Stan
Stan

the console beta sucks and the graphics are very underwhelming…..such a disappointment…i had high hopes for this one….gameplay is not tight nor is it polished……the pc version doesnt mean anything because console sales is what makes the money not pc…this aint a strategy game or a mmo…..sooo…yea…..i think im gonna stick to cod this year and hope for bf4

PSN: S13SFC
PSN: S13SFC

I’ve been really disappointed. So much so that I’ll be cancelling my pre-order and just be getting MW3.

A pity as I’ve really been looking forward to this for ages.

Sander237
Sander237

totally disappointed, bad ocmpnay 2 had better graphics. hate b3, loss my money on the pre order

Akhilesh Gutta
Akhilesh Gutta

I played the PC game and even there the soldier animation looks very dissapointing…its just like an emotionless cartoon…they said ANT technology is used,but i dont think they used it in multiplayer.

Big Boss
Big Boss

texture pop in on ps 3 is garbage try to kill someone and half way thru the cover he was using will pop up ….. retarded

Chris Lavender

Overall I’m a little disappointed, the hype for me was all about the graphics. The videos were stunning, but this is just bad company with new maps so far. I’d of liked EA to release some vehicle maps soon to see the true power. I also hope EA plan to polish the graphics a little. Smoke and light effects seem to be too bright and can make the game really uncomfortable for the eyes. So… It is looking as though I might just get this for the single player campaign and keep multi player for MW3 :( 

Will
Will

I know its not all about graphics. But i was truly disappointed when i played the Beta on PS3. I’ve seen MUCH better graphics on ps3, unfortunately these were amongst the worst 🙁 Guess its meant for PC.

Ryan Turner

just played the playstation 3 version today and i have to say that im more than a little dissapointed in the player models and animation. I feel like the game doesnt even resemble the trailers downloaded from the ps store or any of the screenshots, and it definetly does not feel like this is nex gen technology for current consoles. I’d say its not looking to good at the moment

FrailSwan
FrailSwan

Played both PC and PS3. Tried PC first and it was absolutely great. Then tried the PS3, which I have the game reserved for. Graphics look actually worse than Bad Company 2. EA only talks about making map sizes for 24 players on console so that they don’t have to dumb down the graphics. Uhhhh what? I’d say they look pretty terrible. And no more of this “ITS JUST A BETA” nonsense. Name me one game that has had major graphical changes after a crappy beta. You can’t. Know why? Cause they’ve already got the games boxed up ready to… Read more »

How
How

Just got done playing the multiplayer beta on ps3…holy crap the graphics look like doo doo. Don’t tell me graphics don’t matter. They absolutely matter when I’m buying a nice set to play my games on and they look like utter sh*t.

Fjasogtov
Fjasogtov

Assuming the beta looks close to the finished game, it’s not very impressive. And don’t give me that old ‘it’s because PS3 is outdated hardware which sucks balls’. Killzone, Uncharted and tons of other games look fantastic on PS3. Honestly, it looks lika a good old fashion PS2 game. Again, assuming this is pretty much as good as it gets graphic wise for PS3. With under a month to release date, how much better can it get? Preorder hereby canceled.

Whzziywazoo
Whzziywazoo

WTF is this reviewers actual problem??
There’s NO WAY MW3 will look that good.
Are you telling me, the PS3 on board GPU will look as good as lets say one of the top 3 Nvidia cards on the market for PC?
All of your articles relating to BF3 just seem like total nonsense from educated but logically incompetant gamers.
Completely pointless posts highlighting just the poor bits.
Why not talk about the fantastic lighting, excellent sounds, atmospheric environments, excellent battlelog (loving the platoon set up and stat compliments that are free), firing animations, ETCC ETCC…
There’s loads more to this game than your petty issues.

Abdul Magid Ahmed A

i cant download it say you can download the beta on your account can someone help me

Peace

John Ln
John Ln

Its good Overall! (I played the PC and the PS3 version)
The graphics on the PS3 should be improved a bit (as possible). And the PC version got quite too many bugs, but the graphics are pretty good and run great on my 5970 :)I know its a BETA of course!!I was also expecting a Hardcore mode on the Beta, but at least there is gonna be one on the final release!Im buying the game for the PS3 next month when its out! (Im getting the PS3 version cause i hate hackers on the PC, and i also just enjoy the games more there)I cant wait!!!

John Stirzaker

dissappointed (a bit) trees look rubbish but when all is said and done the ps3 & 360 are getting on a bit and it plays exactly the same as BFBC2 which is a massive plus.  

Tony Ren

One blurry, low-res screen-stamp, taken from a beta version of a game, and we’re already crucifying the graphics? Why do the character models even matter when most of the time you’re gunning them down from 50+ meters away anyway (unless you suck).

And where’s the same in-game character model from the PC version for a true comparison?

Nowitzki2004
Nowitzki2004

Its a BETA!!!! Be happy with what you got. We werent supposed to play this game for another month.

Jonathan C. Duncan

I am surpised that every one thinks the beta is going to be how the real game looks. we will see.

Jose Lopez
Jose Lopez

LoL why do people care your just going to be using hands

matt
matt

I read an article earlier this month mentioning that BF3 would come on two disks (xbox). First Disk to have High Res Texture install and Multiplayer, with the second disk being strictly singleplayer. Maybe the beta doesn’t have this ‘High Res Texture’ pack installed?

CoD - B3 = Consoles - PC
CoD - B3 = Consoles - PC

no one said it was going to look incredible on the ps3, wth do you people want, magicians? “Hey here’s a trick, I’ll create a game filled with the newest directx effects, high res textures, high res game and I’ll make it run at 60 fps on 5 year old hardware…” meh sorry that’s not possible

Payperview
Payperview

Overhyped as the next best shooter graphics on the PS3. VERY DISAPPOINTING! EA just rode the Sony overhype train and underdelivered once again!

rd
rd

I thought I was playing bfbc2 for a bit

Brett333
Brett333

After all of the details that they said about the ps3 and xbox 360 versions looking “Stunning” I would have to disagree completely.  The physics, graphics, and textures pop in so badly that it distracts me from the actual game play.  Rocks and things pop in as your trying to kill people its just overall horrible. 

Nicholas Paolino

a bit disappointing… =(

Grypheon
Grypheon

Very dissappointed in the textures and physics…touting Destrustion 2.0 and I have yet to see anything beyond a few chunks of tile in the metro or ground craters caused by granades. I still enjoy the gameplay, but hoping some of the issues improve when released. Sound issues, lackluster menu screens and level shoutouts don’t impress niether, nor does the physics (clipping, tearing, going thru enviornments, sporatic sound effects…etc. Last point, for a game that is all about vehicle warefare, there is non, not even a gun placement, to be found in the BETA???

Edededec
Edededec

graphics suck I expected a lot better grom the previews I have seen,almost looks like a ps2 version

Eric
Eric

I have been playing the beta all day and must say although the PC version is far Superior as far as the console versions MW3 just wont be able to compete even with the console versions. Ive been playing the 360 version and although you have your pop ins it still looks great. Everyone has to take into account the size of the maps and it still looks this good.

Anonymous
Anonymous

I really have no idea why people play FPS on consoles.
The control pad is just terrible. 

Aaron Gabbard

mine wont work 🙁 cannot access

Technoguy
Technoguy

i hope they fix all the problems ive seen in the beta….. its really starting to bug me

Juto Kuto

ARE YOU KIDDING ME? You think thats low detail? take a look at rage.

Jon-Paul
Jon-Paul

Overall I love the beta.  There are a few things that could be fixed or upgraded.  But this is why it’s the beta and not the actual game.

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