Battlefield has always been a great-looking series on both PC and consoles, and just because Battlefield 3 uses the fancy new Frostbite 2 engine doesn't mean any particular fanbase is going to suffer.

DICE Art Director Gustav Tilleby spoke during EA's press event at GDC, and ended up telling X360 magazine (as noted by NowGamer ) that their Frostbite 2.0 engine allows them to be "a step beyond" their competitors." That much is obvious from the first few pieces of footage we've seen, but as those were rendered on high-end PCs, some were wondering if console gamers would get a slightly inferior version this time around. But nobody has to worry, says Tilleby:

"The positive thing is that the new rendering technique allows us to do more complex calculations at no extra cost. That’s the magic. The game will look very good, even on 360."

That last bit is going to prompt even more speculation; the gossip-hungry forums during GDC might want to interpret it two ways: 1. the 360 is less powerful (which of course it is, but most developers don't mention it specifically), and/or 2. for some reason, the PS3 version might actually be better than the 360 version. But we aren't going to read anything into that comment; the bottom line is that Battlefield 3 should look amazing, regardless of platform.

Related Game(s): Battlefield 3

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Temjin001
Temjin001
9 years ago

Interesting, I want to read in detail what this new magical technique is all about.

Hopefully, whatever the technique is, it's something that can be shared with other developers so all games can have the benefits.

Zorigo
Zorigo
9 years ago

exactly and then the quality of mainstream games will rise to the point at which people realise cod is good-ish at best in comparison.

Jawknee
Jawknee
9 years ago

Played the Black Ops demo last night. What the hell are people smoking? The game plays and looks terrible. Especially after playing Killzone 3 for the past week. Just don't understand it. I know people who played Killzone 3 and went "meh" only to turn back to Black Ops.

Insanity.

kraygen
kraygen
9 years ago

Jawknee

I haven't got a chance to try it yet, but I did notice the psn rating on it was only 2.something and I was wondering, if it's that low, who are these millions of people buying it.

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
9 years ago

Never underestimate the ability of the mainstream to have no mind of their own.

Temjin001
Temjin001
9 years ago

I also tried the Black OPs demos and did a quick comparison between 360 and PS3. There's a relatively significant difference between the two. Without a doubt the 360 version boasts a clearer more higher resolution picture. Including also much improved snow weather effects and more stable frame rate–gotta love that 60fps smoothness.
If I was a CoD fan I'd have a hard time settling on the PS3 version as it's noticeably a notch below it's competitor.

AshT
AshT
9 years ago

"The game will look very good, even on 360.", lol..
Looking forward for this one.


Last edited by AshT on 3/2/2011 11:03:41 AM

AcHiLLiA
AcHiLLiA
9 years ago

yes, another battlefield game, this going to be freakin awesome.

maxpontiac
maxpontiac
9 years ago

So, should we take this as "Battlefield 3 will be optimized for the 360, thus meaning the PS3 version will not be up to it's potential."

Sounds about right to me.

Jawknee
Jawknee
9 years ago

I'm tempted to get this on PC if that's the case. Sick of games getting dumbed down in the name of "fairness".

ColonelKain
ColonelKain
9 years ago

PC supports 64 players too, I'll be preordering for PC, it'll be cheaper too, theres no way I can stick to 24 player servers for this baby.

Jawknee
Jawknee
9 years ago

"The game will look very good, even on 360."

OUCH! That's gonna leave a mark on the Bots.

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
9 years ago

hah, it should but it won't.

matt99
matt99
9 years ago

They will read it as "they mentioned us! yay! we're the favourites!"

aaronisbla
aaronisbla
9 years ago

haha, so true

Excelsior1
Excelsior1
9 years ago

i find it to be a slap in the face that the ps3 version isn't even mentioned. that qoute is just another example of the xbox centric nature of multi plat developers. they always speak of the 360 version. when they debut a game or show off their games it's always on the 360.

that awesome skyrim footage was all 360 footage with no mention of the ps3. crysis2 360 gets a sp demo. march 1st they get a mp demo, and we get promises of a demo coming later. ps3 is always back of the bus so to speak

it is a real stretch to take that quote as a compliment to the ps3. i can think of only a few mult plats that have come out better on the ps3. i have little faith in developer talk when they don't showcase the game with ps3 footage, or let alone mention the ps3.


Last edited by Excelsior1 on 3/2/2011 3:38:54 PM

Lairfan
Lairfan
9 years ago

Well to be fair Excelsior, he was talking to X360 magazine, so I don't think he was going to mention "PS3" at anytime in that interview.

Although I agree with a lot of the other stuff you said.

johnld
johnld
9 years ago

@jawkee
not really. i'd say that it wont make a difference because it is more complex than COD. therefore they wont pay attention to it since modern warfare 3 is coming out in the fall. they can try to delay the announcement all they want but they'll release the new COD finished or not.

kraygen
kraygen
9 years ago

Had to do a double take, not often to see a dev slap the xbots so hard.

MadKatBebop
MadKatBebop
9 years ago

Hope it looks just as awesome on the PS3 as it will on the PC. I can't wait!!!

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
9 years ago

Why no mention of the PS3 version? Just cuz it's in their magazine? Call me paranoid but I fear it will get the bad port for some reason. Now why would I think that?


Last edited by WorldEndsWithMe on 3/2/2011 1:20:37 PM

Jawknee
Jawknee
9 years ago

Nah, if anything they will be equal. DICE seems to do a good job. Bad Company 2 looked fine on both platforms.

Excelsior1
Excelsior1
9 years ago

i share your fear. it's hard to be optmistic when in all the multi plat footage is shown with the developers always having a 360 controller in their hand.

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
9 years ago

I dont think Bad Company 2 had PC as the lead platform though, and we all know 360 gets better pc ports.

daus26
daus26
9 years ago

My dream for this game is that the ps3 should be closer in comparison to the PC than the 360 would. I'm tired of developers of having to make 360 and ps3 versions look identical, because the reality is that they're not identical consoles. Talk about holding the industry back.

matt99
matt99
9 years ago

Well said my friend, well said.

Killa Tequilla
Killa Tequilla
9 years ago

360 is killing all the Ps3 users… Fact.
Early DLC
Games dumming down
just 2 facts that kill Ps3. Ps3 can take all Xbox's little games and upscale them to perfection.

Jawknee
Jawknee
9 years ago

I wouldn't say it's "killing PS3 users." Irking them? Certainly.

tridon
tridon
9 years ago

I pre-ordered this today after watching the gameplay video. The graphics are uncomparable to any other game I have ever seen. They're just… incredible. Plus when you pre-order, you get upgraded up to a Limited Edition for free (being an EA game and all). I'm just curious to whether EA will go one step further for all the PS3 owners out there. They have been rather generous lately (Frontline HD on Medal of Honor, Extraction on Dead Space 2, exclusive Tetris and other PSN titles, etc.).

Jawknee
Jawknee
9 years ago

Umm…they're good but not that good. PS3 exclusives are still way ahead. The video footage you watched is likely the PC version. The console versions likely won't look that good. EA seems to have a habit of showing off great looking footage while the game actually doesn't look that good(cough*Medal of Honor*cough). Take a look at the screen shots. They do not look as good as that video footage.


Last edited by Jawknee on 3/2/2011 2:23:39 PM

johnld
johnld
9 years ago

upgrading to limited edition seems like all crap to me. they'll probably do what they did with bad company 2 and medal of honor. they'll release only limited editions when the game releases. i believe they did that with dead space 2. its probably what EA doing with every game release they have. I dont even remember a non limited edition bad company 2 other than the rerelease of the ultimate edition.

LimitedVertigo
LimitedVertigo
9 years ago

I'm glad when it comes to PC games I stick with the PC and for console games I stick with a console. Makes life easier.

tridon
tridon
9 years ago

I gotta say, why is everyone so worried about a bad port? If anything, I think we'll receive the best version of the game. Electronic Arts have been CRAZY good to all us PS3 owners this generation. If this was a Call of Duty, yeah, I'd be worried. Activision is tucked away nicely into Microsoft's pocket, after all. This is Battlefield, though… from EA and Dice… THIS WILL ROCK!!! ; )

Excelsior1
Excelsior1
9 years ago

ps3 owners have been burned so many times with mult plats. that's why. a lot of ea's titles still look better on the 360. ea did that crappy orange box port, too. i know that was early in this gen, and ea has been great to sony. things are better now, and me2 looked better on the ps3.

the bad ports are hard to get over, though. just when you think we're out the woods a bad ps3 port will drop. remember bayo from about this time last year?

btw guys i got kz3 yesterday and it looks amazing!! my psn id is jamiecolts if you guys want to look me up.


Last edited by Excelsior1 on 3/2/2011 4:12:13 PM

jimmyhandsome
jimmyhandsome
9 years ago

I'm agreeing with you, tridon. The game looks ridiculous, better than Killzone 3 and way better than any CoD. You guys should spend less time bickering over ports, etc and do yourself a favor and actually watch the demo they showed.

In regard to the quote, I think he was saying "even on 360" as compared to the PC, as that was platform the demo was running off of as well as being the "lead platform" for the series.

Jawknee
Jawknee
9 years ago

"better than Killzone 3"

O.o

Snaaaake
Snaaaake
9 years ago

For Battlefield 3, it'd be wise to get the PC version as it's the lead platform and feature 64 multiplayer as opposed to console's 24 multiplayer.

Qubex
Qubex
9 years ago

Ben, I don't know what to say about it other than if it is not a proprietary engine, how can the PS3 be used to its full potential. Could Battlefield 3 look better than Killzone 3… I think it is a hard one to push.

I mean Guerilla have had to use some very interesting SPU techniques in order to offload the relatively weak RSX, using the CELL SPU's to assist in calculating the anti-aliasing algorithms and some of the post processing work, such as the full screen focus pulling effects etc.

Surely a multi-plat engine will struggle with this unless DICE have done engine "tweaks" for each respective platform. Time will tell… I know one thing… it will be a day 1 purchase!

Q!

"play.experience.enjoy"

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
9 years ago

I just did a preview for Battlefield 3 and i must say it even has me intrigued and i dont dig military shooters.

thj_1980
thj_1980
9 years ago

Doesn`t matter which version looks better to me, it`s the framerate which matters the most. I hope DICE gets thie one on bulleye for the ps3. I seen a comparison between xbox 360 and ps3 version and I will admit the 360 version looks slightly better, and a bit more crisp^, while the ps3 version had jagged edges on the outlines of most the chracters and weapons. The anti aliasing in the ps3 is very poor and has been pointed out in techno buffalo`s CONSOLE WARS. I know the ps3 won which is exactly what i wanted, but really there are a lot of problems that the ps3 still has that can be fixed.

Jawknee
Jawknee
9 years ago

How have you been able to compare the PS3 version and 360 version when they have only released 2 videos where neither platform is mentioned in either trailer?

thj_1980
thj_1980
9 years ago

Sorry Jawk, I meant to say Bad Company 2, as sometimes my head thinks faster then I can type. Sorry for the confusion.

Jawknee
Jawknee
9 years ago

Gotcha.

LittleBigMidget
LittleBigMidget
9 years ago

Wish the console version had 64 players.

thj_1980
thj_1980
9 years ago

64 would be very nice, but think about resistance 2 that was one big mess!!! But a very fun mess. I hope bad company two will be great on ps3!!!

Geobaldi
Geobaldi
9 years ago

Will be picking up the PC version since DICE has already stated that the PC version will receive extra attention.

___________
___________
9 years ago

as long as the console versions look like BC2 then i wont be complaining!
nice to see a developer actually taking the time to put extra time and effort and content into the PC version!
crytek, are you listening?

King James
King James
9 years ago

After seeing that teaser trailer a week ago, I am pumped for this game.

Ignitus
Ignitus
9 years ago

Yeah, like we haven't heard that before…