Battlefield 3 Beta: A Graphical Comparison Between Xbox 360 and Playstation 3

Sure, the Battlefield 3 beta, unlike many other game betas, really is an early build of the game’s multiplayer. It really does feel like DICE and EA are trying to test the thing, and not just using it as a marketing tool, as indicated by its many bugs and weirdnesses. On the PC, we also know that the beta isn’t what we’ll be (literally) seeing at retail release — DICE hasn’t even allowed users to access BF3′s ultra settings. So it’ll be a great deal prettier.

But what we’re getting with the Xbox 360 and Playstation 3 versions is probably pretty close to what the game will look like in the end. And while both consoles will be blown out of the water by the graphical quality afforded to PC players, it’s also worth a look to see how the console market’s two aged warriors handle EA’s would-be Call of Duty-killer.

Our intrepid video team has put together a little graphical comparison for those two versions (we couldn’t get a decent frame rate going on the PC beta to make a worthy comparison). Don’t expect this to be exactly how things will look on launch day, but this might color your decision on which non-PC version to acquire.

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5 Comments on Battlefield 3 Beta: A Graphical Comparison Between Xbox 360 and Playstation 3


On September 30, 2011 at 3:16 pm

hmm…. Pretty hard to compare without side by side direct comparisons of the same scenes. But It looks like the PS3 version is more crisp, where as the xbox version looks muddied a little. Smoke, particle effects look a little more smooth on the PS3 version as well. This will be the only game ive EVER bought a copy for my PC and for PS3. Cant wait!


On October 1, 2011 at 6:54 pm

I need a froking 360 or a ps3 to play this thing, because my pc i more likely a ps2. I still play the legendary bf2 and the awsome bf 2142, but i realy want to play bf3 and codcw3, because i am a fan of bot series.
Talking about the comparison i think that i have to see the game on the 3 platforms at the same time to choose the winner, but i always say that the pc version is the best.


On October 3, 2011 at 10:15 am

Why do we feel the need to do these comparisons and not use an actual retail copy of the game. Dice has already said that the beta build is an older build and not at all the final engine……Aside from that its has already been said over and over that of the 2 the ps3 version is superior to the 360 version and neither look as good as the PC…..This just seems more like flame bait than anything else to get site hits…If we feel the need to compare atleast wait till the full finished retail game is out


On October 3, 2011 at 9:56 pm

You couldn’t get a decent framerate going with the PC? Are you guys playing on a netbook or what?

If you run it at 720p, which is perfect for console comparisons, you should be able to run it at 60+ fps. Maybe you guys should check out some other YouTube videos of people who COULD record at a decent framerate. That’s ridiculous.

Phil Hornshaw

On October 3, 2011 at 10:00 pm

@Out Fox Em

I wasn’t there, but I believe there were some technical issues involved.