A few days ago, Battlefield 3 was showcased on the PlayStation 3 during the Late Night show with Jimmy Fallon, and it sparked a lot of discussion among console owners who thought that the PlayStation 3 version looked inferior to the PC counterpart. While DICE has always said that the PC version would feature extra graphical capabilities in form of higher resolution textures, more anti-aliasing, among other thing, they’ve now revealed a few more details on what to expect on consoles.
DICE developers confirmed via Twitter that the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 versions would run at 720p, as opposed to 1080p, which both consoles support. Furthermore, console versions would run at 30 frames per second, which is considered the bare minimum frame rate for first person shooters. The news comes after DICE developer Johan Anderson confirmed via Twitter that the game will run at 30 fps on consoles, and later confirmed that it will be in 720p as well.
It’s not a big surprise that Battlefield 3 won’t support 1080p — very few games are run in 1080p, especially graphics intensive shooters and action games (for instance, Crysis 2 ran at 720p and 30fps as well). Regarding the frame rate, it’s interesting to note that BF3′s main competitor, Modern Warfare 3 and its predecessors have always run at 60fps, which resulted in the familiar smooth gameplay that Call of Duty is known to deliver on consoles. On the other hand, Battlefield 3 and the new Frostbite engine offer full destruction, larger maps and more features than any Call of Duty game.