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Battlefield 3 release and the shelf life of PS3 and Xbox 360

Since Nintendo announced the new Wii U console there has been a lot of speculation to when Sony and Microsoft would be bringing out their new gen consoles. Both companies have said that the PS3 and Xbox 360 still have a lot of life in them yet. The upcoming Battlefield 3 release could lead to some changes though with regards to the shelf life of the PS3 and Xbox 360.

An article on Oxcgn.com is looking at the fact that Battlefield 3 and the fact that the PC version will offer true 1080p HD graphics, while the version on the consoles will run at 720p HD. The PC version will also offer multi-player for up to 64 gamers, and unrestricted map size, with the consoles only supporting multi-player for a maximum of 24 players and cut down maps.

For some this means the current generation of home consoles has reached the end of their shelf life, and are now outdated. The information for the resolution the game would run at was first announced by DICE themselves. Currently no console game is available which runs at true 1080p, and modern video cards for PCs are made to run at 1080p. Consoles are designed to run at around 720p and are then up scaled.

The game on the likes of the PS3 and Xbox 360 will have some of the smaller features either taken out or cut down. These include motion blur and particle effects amongst other things, as well as reduced player count and slightly reduced maps. It is set to be a large game and being made for the PC first, and then shrunk down to fit onto a console.

With the latest blockbusters which are set to come out over the coming months it looks like the limits of the PS3 and Xbox 360 have finally been reached. If developers were able to tap into more powerful hardware the new titles could look even more impressive. The next Wii console looks like it won’t be much of a leap forward from the current offerings from Sony and Microsoft.

Gamers are now beginning year six of the current consoles with no new generations currently in sight. Owners of high end PCs can easily upgrade their hardware as technology evolves, but not everyone can afford such hardware. If Sony and Microsoft were to shortly bring out powerful new consoles the price may put many consumers off, which was one of the early problems faced by the PS3.

Do you think the current generation of consoles have come to the end of their shelf life?

Written by Gary Johnson

Gary has a background in engineering and passion for motorcycles, gadgets, and home cinema. In his early years, his obsession for Hi-Fi technology would see him creating the perfect setup with a good ear for sound quality. While Gary is keen to write about most topics that PR covers, his love for phones finds him reporting a lot of news about applications for iPhone, Android, and other popular operating systems

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Tom Sawyer

The last time I checked, 1280×720 (720p) WAS High Definition. Also, with new compression formats and modeling plugins that increase poly count while reducing filesize, you can rest assured that the PS3 and Xbox 360 still have a few years left in them. Also, there ARE games on both platforms that are 1080, albeit far and few between (and to reiterate not 720 upscaled). Besides, who cares really? If the games are fun and look pretty Im sold! People should stop counting pixels and just enjoy the games already. As a Maya 3d modeler and rigger (and avid gamer) Im… Read more »

Tom Sawyer

The last time I checked, 1280×720 (720p) WAS High Definition. Also, with new compression formats and modeling plugins that increase poly count while reducing filesize, you can rest assured that the PS3 and Xbox 360 still have a few years left in them. Also, there ARE games on both platforms that are 1080, albeit far and few between (and to reiterate not 720 upscaled). Besides, who cares really? If the games are fun and look pretty Im sold! People should stop counting pixels and just enjoy the games already. As a Maya 3d modeler and rigger (and avid gamer) Im… Read more »

Rik Dunphy
Rik Dunphy

I don’t know what the fuss is over – other games run at 720p on console and 1080p on PC.. This isn’t the first and will never be the last.. The current consoles are far from dead. Gaming houses are still getting to grips with the intricacies of each and each year push both xbox and ps3 that bit further. The comparison of PC and consoles keeps happening – but they are very different, and they’re cost structure to consumers is different too.. Try get a PC for the price of a PS3, or Xbox, that will play anything modern at 1080p… Read more »

Andre

PS3 and XBOX are old. People do not want change because they have money orbought their console lately. Do not think it’s ridiculous to say that the life of the PS3 and Xbox over. I am not speaking of graphic quality. Let’s imagine a game that has 500people on the street interacting. It will be impossible on the PS3. Why?. It’s old, old.Technology is quick thing. Sony is charging a high price for disrespecting each game.The pc is in front of many years. Just is not very far ahead because games are exclusive to consoles.

Raskilinov
Raskilinov

One game comes out and because it doesn’t offer the same experience as on the PC platform the OP via the Oxcgn article announces the end of consoles. Absolute tosh.
Why are so many writers on this site jumping to three conclusions forward from very shaky opinion pieces. 

Gigagator
Gigagator

I personally don’t think PS3 and 360 are near the end of their useful life – that’s ludicrous. Just because a massive game which, lets face it, was born for PC, is being cut down a bit for consoles doesn’t mean we should now roll out the generation of hardware. I think you have to expect to lose some features with big titles like Battlefield. But I’ll still get the game on PS3 and I’ll still enjoy it regardless of what resolution it runs at. Although I’d like to, I simply can’t justify spending all that money on new PC… Read more »

Gigagator
Gigagator

I personally don’t think PS3 and 360 are near the end of their useful life – that’s ludicrous. Just because a massive game which, lets face it, was born for PC, is being cut down a bit for consoles doesn’t mean we should now roll out the generation of hardware. I think you have to expect to lose some features with big titles like Battlefield. But I’ll still get the game on PS3 and I’ll still enjoy it regardless of what resolution it runs at. Although I’d like to, I simply can’t justify spending all that money on new PC… Read more »

Dabomb1234
Dabomb1234

There will not be any new ps3 or xbox360 for a while so don’t get your hopes up and if they make a new one how good will it be xbox360 is perfect already. 😉

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