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Battlefield 3: Consoles Vs PC – Satisfied with overall console quality?

Most Battlefield 3 owners are probably tucking in to the excellent Back to Karkand DLC expansion pack that has just gone live on Xbox 360 and PC, but if you own the console version of the game, are you satisfied with the overall quality of the game, with the known fact that the PC version is DICE’s preferred platform?

Yes, if you are not aware, the console versions of Battlefield 3 are essentially a port of the PC version although this isn’t necessarily a bad thing. The console versions still play great and although they may be stripped of some features only found in the PC version like Commo Rose and 64 player support, they definitely offer the same core gameplay as featured in their PC counterpart.

DICE has recently come out and stated that porting the game, which utilizes their brand new Frostbite 2 engine, was a big challenge for them as they had to work with limited memory on console. Here is a recent quote from DICE Rendering Architect Johan Anderson in a recent interview with AMD:

“It was a big challenge to bring up the game and engine on the consoles after that [building the game on PC]. A lot of low-level optimization and adapting systems to the specific strengths of the platforms to try and keep as much as possible of the gameplay and visuals while both fitting into 30 fps as well as a fixed low memory budget.”

While it is plain to see to clear differences in visuals between the PC version and the console versions of Battlefield 3, DICE came up a solution which surely saved the company from a backlash of criticism from users, and a solution which ultimately proved crucial in terms of graphics quality on console. This solution came in the form of a separate HD texture pack, which was an optional install for the Xbox 360 version of the game, but already came included with the PS3 version. The result improved graphics drastically on console, although obviously it was still no match for the lead PC platform.

If you have the console version of Battlefield 3, are you pretty happy with the final result, are you unhappy that features such as Commo Rose have been left out for console?

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.

Contact Alan Ng: alan@product-reviews.net

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Dynasty2021
Dynasty2021

As much as I hate those door-stops known as consoles, I cant wait for the new ones to come out, so PC games can stop being such ***t console ports, limited by the console’s rubbish hardware. I dont care what anyone says, consoles are ruining games these days due to their limitations.  And they are destroying the PC industry.  Alot of console owners laugh at the PCs and dont care. Well, your little console games are made ON PCs.  The engines are made on PCs.  They have to then be tailored to your aging hardware.  As a result, the engine… Read more »

Subfusion
Subfusion

I can’t even believe this is a topic. For starters to many games these days are ported from console to pc. second how old are these consoles we talk of. it is a joke to think consoles even matter after 3 years and no upgrades. lets all complain the bf3 wasn’t released on 486 or ps2. how could they.

DOUGH-LICIOUS
DOUGH-LICIOUS

Not happy with the ps3 version the the voip issues and the horrible input lag trying to make small aiming adjustments is very difficult.

Brendan
Brendan

what is comma rose ???

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