Battlefield 3 Beta PS3 vs. PC Comparison

There is a war between consoles and the PC. I think the PC is winning, generally (Rage aside) but it’s a good idea to check up on things to make sure all is going as it should. Toward that end, we took a look at both the PC and PS3 versions of the Battlefield 3 beta to see how they stack up against each other. I think y’all will like what I have to say.

If I had to guess, I would say that neither version of the game is running at the graphical state it will be on release, but even so there’s a noticeable difference between the two versions. On PC, the beta looks quite good on the max allowable settings, if not as good as you would hope, and the PS3 version definitely does not meet even the lowered PC standard. The environments in Metro, particularly outdoors, are filled with aliasing on PS3, and everything just didn’t quite look as sharp. Part of that may be because I was running it at 1920×1080 on PC while the game runs at 720p on consoles, but I think the difference in processing power is obvious. The graphical differences aren’t quite this, but they are apparent. For the record, I played both versions on the same 46-inch television.

Graphical differences aside, I felt like the game played differently between the two platforms as well. On PC I regularly got my ass kicked; I felt like I often barely knew what was going on before I got shot to death. The PC version, as you would expect given the elite nature of the gamers involved, is very unforgiving.

On PS3 it was obviously more accessible, though still not as accessible as Call of Duty. Part of that could be that I had already played a bunch of matches on PC and had caught up to speed by the time I booted up the PS3 version, but I’m inclined to think that’s not the case since even after several matches on PC I wasn’t doing well. On PS3 my kill/death ration jumped from about .25 to about .5, and I can’t help but attribute that to the switch in platforms. It’s difficult to pin down exactly what the difference is there, but I have to think a big part of it is that the hardest of the hardcore are playing on PC. On PS3 I definitely found myself getting my sights on more guys, and usually when I went down I knew where the shots were coming from.

As I said, though, this is no Call of Duty. This is the type of game in which you’re going to have to be very cautious if you want to do well, no matter the platform, unless you’re just f–king great at it, which you probably aren’t. But if you’re s novice Battlefield player like I am, you’ll probably want to stick to the more approachable console version.

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12 Comments on Battlefield 3 Beta PS3 vs. PC Comparison

JosephPS3 Dead State

On October 10, 2011 at 2:06 pm

I enjoy FPS but don’t really play it because I have a PS3 and I can’t get used to the controller. I really miss my keyboard and mouse. I really don’t know how these console players play these FPS shooters online.

Anybody ever try these third party FPS controllers? I read some online and watched youtube the the opinions are range from hate it to love it.

Luther

On October 10, 2011 at 2:20 pm

@ Joseph
check out PS3 Eagle Eye Mouse and Keyboard Converter, might do the job so you can enjoy fps games again on console.

I said I would never buy another console again after getting my 360 and I’ll most likely hold to that but if for some reason the next gen consoles end up being the holy grail of gaming then a keyboard / mouse adapter could pull me back in.

Luther

On October 10, 2011 at 2:47 pm

@Phil

Looking at http://www.vgchartz.com/monthly.php
I’m seeing last months video game sales at.

360 + ps3 = 23,097,616
PC = 893,307

That’s 22,204,309 more sales then the pc being tracked.

Now I’m sure this isn’t 100% accurate with steam sales may or may not be in those numbers so I think it would be safe to think pc might be a little higher but then again we would also have to assume the console numbers would be higher and at the end of the day It’s no surprise that game developers are abandoning the pc for consoles to use as there foundation.

I wonder how Nvidia and AMD feels about whats going on, They too must be taking a hit since people no longer have such a need to upgrade hardware with the stagnate graphics in the games being released.

ps.. the pc graphics for the bf3 beta where lowered, when the game is released you’ll be able to bump them up even higher.

Omega

On October 10, 2011 at 2:52 pm

@Luther

Its most definitely not accurate. Those numbers don’t track most of PC sales. Especially on Digital Distributors where sales of PC games are more popular.

VgChartz especially are normally last on the list of “in the know” game sales tracking.

Luther

On October 10, 2011 at 3:00 pm

@Omega

VGChartz is the video game industry’s leading information service.

If you know of another website I can go and check out please link it, thanks.

SupremeAllah

On October 10, 2011 at 3:09 pm

Omega is somewhat correct, Luther.

Gabe of Valve has said this previously, that online distributers like Steam don’t factor in to a lot of those sales charts, since the content isn’t being sold through a third party like Gamestop or Bestbuy. And when you factor in those massive steam sales and things they do all the time, that’s a huge chunk of sales not being accounted for. I recall when they sold Prey for five dollars, they had a shortage of CD-keys to give to all of the customers.

And I can’t speak for all mouse and keyboard setups for consoles, but I had used one of the first mice for the PS3, and I found it to be not what I expected. In a bad way. Basically the movements of the mouse felt like they were being translated into dual joystick movements. So what would happen is, in the instance you were merely trying to move the mouse straight up (think FPS aiming, as it was COD4 I was playing at the time) you’d get an uneven, somewhat diagonal upward movement. Precsion aiming was also somewhat of a chore, since the mouse movements translated like Michael J. Fox was controlling it.

Maybe things have gotten better since then, but at that time I didn’t like the end result.

Luther

On October 10, 2011 at 3:18 pm

So it would be safe to assume the console numbers in reality are much higher also thanks to digital distribution threw xbox live and ps3′s market place.

It would be awesome if we had a realistic view of whats going on but if it was true and steam, d2d, origin, xbox live, and so on are all hiding there sale figure’s then we will never know the truth.

Ron Whitaker

On October 11, 2011 at 5:23 am

@Luther – VGChartz is notoriously awful at gathering sales data. Going to them for sales info is like going to The Onion for your daily news.

In many cases, they use ‘shipped’ numbers from publishers in place of actual sales. They also depend on NPD to release their numbers so they can update the VGChartz site to be somewhat believable . You can get a better idea of this in this Wired.com article, as well as this one from Gamasutra.

Digital Distribution is where things get hazy between consoles and PC. MS and Sony both release sales data for their digital distribution platforms. Meanwhile, PC sales figures ignore Steam, Impulse, Direct2Drive, GOG and other digital distributors.

JosephPS3 Dead State

On October 11, 2011 at 7:02 am

@ Luther,

Thanks for the help. Eagle eye converter sounds interesting. I’m going to look into it.

If the next gen console has full Keyboard and Mouse support and multiple monitor support then I don’t ever see myself going back to PC. The console graphics are good enough for me. I mean if you have to put screenshots and videos side by side and still have to look carefully to see the difference then its not worth the extra cost.

If the PC graphics were drastic enough that you just have to glance and see the obvious difference like: comparing PS2 Vs PS3 even 2007 PS3 games Vs 2011 PS3 games then I’d be enticed at upgrading my PC for gaming. But as of right now its more like, “Look carefully at the lines, its jagged…see? see!?” Who cares? When you’re jumping and running and shooting and thinking your next move NOBODY is noticing the difference.

elias zastas

On October 11, 2011 at 8:02 am

Enough of this stupid fight pc vs consoles.What matter the most -or at least should be – is the fun and the content of a game has to offer,people should be able to play their game anywhere any platform no matter what we
just annoying each other.When we should really focus on buying the best game no matter the platform ,all it’s just a mater of taste and fun after all.

Robin

On October 11, 2011 at 1:53 pm

I don’t think the PC vs console “rivalry” exists outside of the Internet. I play on a PC, most of my friends play on consoles. I do not believe anyone feels any sort of rivalry with anyone else. Then again, all my friends are adults.

I’m interested in games especially when their creators make a little extra effort to use the capabilities of my PC, this is what I picture the purpose of this type of article is.

JosephPS3 Dead State

On October 14, 2011 at 2:49 pm

@ Luther and anyone else interested

Eagle Eye Converter sounds interesting but Sony just announced their own version of Keyboard and Mouse!

http://www.psu.com/PS3-mouse-and-keyboard-controller-announced–a013292-p0.php

I read all of these third party versions are not 100% compatible and not 100% responsive. If this Sony proprietary version performs like a PC keyboard and mouse it will be huge.

But that keyboard does look so lame. Why not just release a driver that supports all keyboard and mouse…oh yeah Sony wants my money.