DICE Confirms Battlefield 3 at 30 FPS on Console
The console versions of Battlefield 3 have been receiving a lot of criticism since the first PS3 footage was shown on Jimmy Fallon’s show last week. Now, DICE has confirmed that the console versions will run at 30 frames per second, or half the frame rate on PC.
In a chat on Twitter, developer Johan Andersson said that DICE always makes console games at the frame rate. Andersson said,
we always do 30 fps on consoles, not possible to fit in vehicles, fx, scale and all players otherwise
After confirming that the console versions would also be at 720p instead of the PC version’s 1080p, many fans decried the decision. Andersson responded,
dude, 99.9% of PS3 and Xbox 360 games are 720p. and a lot of them, including MW2 is way lower than that
He then went on, saying,
we think huge levels, lots of players, great fx, destruction, vehicles & varied gameplay is more important than 1080p
Finally, when asked if he thought that it was time for Sony and Microsoft to release new consoles, he responded,
yes we want the Gen4 consoles to come out sooner rather than later, we’re ready!
Honestly, this isn’t that big a surprise. The vast majority of console games run at 720p, especially action-heavy titles like shooters. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 ran at 600p on consoles, so 720p isn’t a huge departure from the norm. I certainly don’t think this will convince console gamers not to buy the game.