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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