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Battlefield 3: Does Hi-Res pack prove that console graphics are poor?

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.

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?

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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Theor3au
Theor3au

Obviously the Pc’s graphics are better. My xbox was under 200 used with many a game and controller. Many people don’t have money for a gaming pc, and get angry when they see it is better. Im happy knowing i get a good experience for barely any money

Last Dominion

When you port a pc game to consoles, console players freak.
When you port a console game to pc’s, pc gamers freak.
No-win scenario for developers. Usually they just port from console to pc (which sucks), as it’s generally more profitable because the console community is somewhat larger than the pc gamer community; for better or worse…
That said, everyone should be pleased. The console versions look great (at least better than the previous iterations) and the pc version looks incredible. Kinda win-win?

Trevor Stluka

The HUGE problem I have with EA’s advertisement campaign for BF3 is that they’re showing ALMOST EVERY GAME PLAY on the PC, and probably on high or ultra settings. They’ve showed MAYBE a couple of game plays on console…and the problem is many don’t understand the technology in consoles is in fact behind of the PC today. I laugh at EA every time I see a BF3 commercial on tv, because every little kid that wants the game because it looks good is going to ask their parents to buy, they will, they’ll play it, and most likely ask for… Read more »

RuGaRR
RuGaRR

I bought a new PC a couple of weeks ago… considering that the graphics for all my games look so much better and all at 60 fps, I’m never touching a console again! Well not until the next gen anyway…

Chris C
Chris C

Considering the myth that people have about PC gaming, no wonder people cling to fossils they call gaming consoles. PC gaming can be built at 500 dollars.

And don’t even bullshit me about the added accessories, there are plenty of console players out there that buy $150 headsets and all these different controllers and “theme/avatar” packs that cost them money.

I had a friend running his 3yr old pc with Geforce 9800GT with better graphics then his xbox.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Get over it kids, PS3 was released 5 years ago, XBOX 360 is even older. Don’t expect to get the graphics I get on my PC that is a few months old. My video card alone cost more than a PS3 at release. Yeah I spend a buttload on my computer, but I use my PC for more than gaming and I could afford it too. Until you can afford paying for this kind of hardware and not depend on your parents getting this stuff for you, or using my tax money for all you lazy, unemployed, ghetto-project-living parasites, stop… Read more »

Dynasty2021
Dynasty2021

Consoles are too dated to keep up with PCs.  They always will be.

This article is terrible really.  Of course the graphics suck on the consoles.  Even their best looking games suck in comparison to PC versions.  Uncharted 3 looks great yeah, but games 4 years older on the PC look better.

Yeah the consoles need replacing.

Got £400 lying around?

Oh right, right, you’re paying for it with MY taxes claiming you’re ‘looking’ for work.  Gotcha.

RAM
RAM

I had to laugh when reading this article. Remember that BF3 had bad textures AND framerate on consoles. So you figure out easily that by adding high-res textures the framerate will drop again.
I am really really disappointed by BF3 and the new Frostbyte. Even my old Battlefield 2 looks better on console and this by having fun with more possibilities to destroy the environment…

Mark
Mark

I wonder how that crow tastes to all the ppl screaming in defense of the beta’s shitty visuals, LOL.

tellingthetruth
tellingthetruth

If you play on the computer, you might as well kill yourself now because you are a worthless human being who will never lose their virginity and never amount to more then living with your mom until she dies and then you commit suicide after.

John
John

actully it will make a differnce, rage uses the same tech, by installing the 2nd disk of rage the game just looks amazing something youd come to expect from a pc title, so dont worry about it, its an upgrade, not a last ditch effort, with out this type of tech you wouldnt be able to see graphics like them on console… DO YOUR RESEARCH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! and who ever made this page and posted this, Shame on you, go do some reading for once, who ever published this article is a troll….. and sam have you played rage, go play that… Read more »

Sam
Sam

The so called “high-res” package probably won’t make much of a difference. Its still gonna run in sub-HD and it still going to be 20 times better on PC. I don’t get all the articles about the console port being close to the PC version, its impossible. 512mb of ram don’t compare to 8 gigs on a PC get over it. Graphic and performance are gonna suck on console pack or not

Anonymous
Anonymous

I’d say this is a bit of a sensationalist article.  Coding the game to stream graphics off the HD isn’t something they’re going to do a couple of weeks before launch, so I’d say this has been in the works for quite some time.  And then there’s the headline – how do you define ‘poor’?  Some PC indie games look like they were coded in 1995, other big-budget PC games (Witcher 2) melt your eyeballs, but even the Witcher 2 is mainly an issue of lighting, texture detail and frame rate.  The difference between top-notch and PC is significant, but… Read more »

Hobodealer
Hobodealer

I still don’t get why everyone is complaining about the graphics. There is no reason why anyone should be “concerned” about the console graphics, I’m an xboxer and the graphics are great! People should spend less time caring about graphics and more about the gameplay! Which is what really matters. Besides! They’re still 10x better than CoD.

Tom
Tom

Alan Ng, You realise it was a Beta test environment? If so, do you actually understand what that even means? Obviously not. It’s purpose was the detect faults/defects/glitches/animation & gameplay flaws. Impressing people with Graphic power is NOT a priority.Textures, lighting and Particle effects take up an insane amount of room in today’s games. They made the correct decision not to cram all this into the beta file as it would have meant an unnecessarily large download, and would have no benefit to the objective of a beta test.All this just to impressed ill informed people such as yourself.  As a Gaming journalist, you have a poor… Read more »

kris.pennant
kris.pennant

Simply…… retarded.

Juto Kuto

Lets make 3 things clear 1)consoles are from 2006, for fucks sake, bring new one, this is the reason you cant do more on current systems. You can tell that by look at how much assasin creed revelations graphics look like brotherhood and 2 or take a look at mass effect 3, same graphics as mass effect 2, or uncharted 3 or killzone 3. This is the problem with mw3 too, 60 fps and better graphics? HOW you cant do them both without newer hardware and NO a “new engine” for the sake of having something “new” wont take advantage… Read more »

André Miguel
André Miguel

came here just to say yes….YES!

Sheldon Prescott

It proves that the current generation of consoles (Xbox 360, Wii, & PS3) are outdated. Developers have to struggle to make a game look as gorgeous as Rage or LA Noire, and those games are usually on multiple discs. The only exception is Crysis 2. We need a new console gen already!

You may have to install “textures” on the HD. That’s a sign that we need a new console gen to me. Also, not many people have HD space like that. I do, but most don’t. I would like to see new consoles :). That’s my main point.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Um…is the author of this article completely retarded? The consoles are still streaming “hi-res” graphics. It’s simply a matter of having to install the textures to the consoles’ HDD instead of streaming from the DVD/Blu-ray.

Clearly the author is too stupid to realize this, otherwise this article would have never been written.

Tim Durocher

Wow, this is a retarded article.

Of course console graphics will be worse, you’re incredibly trollish article is pointless though, everyone knows that.

If consoles get better graphics, what the hell does that have to do with the PC? NOTHING!

I’m Commander Shepard, and this is my least favorite article on the citadel.

Jay303593
Jay303593

briiliant news

Anonymous
Anonymous

Wow

Analyzing iPhone 4S sales and install base

Mocking Aakash (sky) tablet specs, but should we?