We already know the Battlefield 3 Xbox 360 achievements, and now we’ve got the PlayStation 3 counterpart, the Trophies, leaked before an official announcement. A reader sent us in a complete list of Battlefield 3 trophies, which seem to mimic the Xbox 360 achievements quite a lot, if not 100%. You can find the full list of PlayStation 3 Trophies after the break. READ ON »
In a new interview with the official PlayStation Blog, DICE producer Patrick Liu spoke about the PlayStation 3 version of Battlefield 3, and how the team at DICE are handling the game. Liu said that, with Frostbite 2.0, DICE is pushing the PlayStation 3 hardware “big time”.
“We’re pushing the hardware big-time. Of course, we have a performance budget that we have to hit. Everything counts into that: the scale costs performance, destruction, animation, special effects…those are all the things we cram in there. I feel really good about where we ended up with on the PS3.”
Lui added that Frostbite 2.0 has a new streaming technology which allows them to build bigger maps, both interior and exterior locations. Despite the new technology and tools, Battlefield 3 is still limited to 24 players on the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, compared to 64 players on PC.
Battlefield 3 is currently undergoing a large, public beta where hundreds of thousands of players are participating on consoles and PC.
Timed exclusives are nothing new, and it appears that Battlefield 3 will join the list of games that offer exclusive content on a selected platform for a set period of time. Much like Microsoft and Activision, which have a deal on Call of Duty DLC arriving earlier on Xbox 360, Sony and EA have teamed up to bring Battlefield 3 DLC earlier to the PlayStation 3.
According to the official PlayStation Blog, where DICE’s Tommy Rydling announced that Battlefield 3 DLC will arrive 1 week earlier on the PS3, starting with Back to Karkand later this year.
We can’t say that we’re surprised by this, especially considering Microsoft’s deal on exclusive Call of Duty DLC, which has been very lucrative for them. Also, a week is much shorter than the 1 month time frame that Call of Duty DLC gets on the Xbox 360.
We already know that Battlefield 3 will run at a lower resolution and frame rate on consoles compared to the PC (no offense to console players): the Xbox 360 and PS3 versions will run at 30fps and 720p. But not quite.
DICE has revealed that Battlefield 3 runs at 1280 x 704 resolution on consoles, which is just 16 horizontal lines short of true 720p. But unlike other games that run at a lower resolution, Battlefield 3 won’t be upscaled, instead, there will be two small black bars (just 8px high) at the top and bottom of the screen. If the image was scaled, it would “just ruin the picture”, as DICE rendering architect Johan Andersson revealed via Twitter. According to Anderson, removing the 16 lines of resolution increases performance and saves memory.
While both Microsoft and Sony stipulate that games support at least 720p resolution, many games, including Halo and Call of Duty, actually run at a lower resolution and are then upscaled, for performance issues. For instance, Call of Duty Black Ops ran at 1040 x 608, while the last few Halo games ran at 1152 x 640. Both were upscaled to 720p (1280 x 720).
We first saw Battlefield 3 running on a PlayStation 3 right after E3, when it was showcased on the Late Night Show with Jimmy Fallon. Now Italian blog videogame.it had a chance to stop by at DICE’s office in Sweden, where they got their hands on Battlefield 3 on the PlayStation 3. Judging from the image above, the game looks pretty good on the PS3, even if it’s in alpha. In fact, it looks a lot like the PC version, which we’ve seen a lot of during the alpha test.
Now all we need is to see the Xbox 360 version, which, still to this date, hasn’t been shown. You can check out more photos of DICE’s office here (via videogame.it).
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.
Last night, a couple of EA representatives took stage at the Late Night with Jimmy Fallon Show to show off Battlefield 3 to the audience, and for the first time, they showed a working PlayStation 3 version of the game. It’s the same Fault Line level we’ve seen many times, although it wasn’t as fun with Fallon around (especially when he took control of the game and tried it out). And for those who doubted the console version of Battlefield 3, it’s looking pretty solid judging from the footage.
Sony’s E3 press conference is currently underway, and we’re present with some great seats in this huge auditorium with thousands of people. Sony just announced that several EA games including Need For Speed The Run, SSX and Battlefield 3 will have exclusive content on the PlayStation 3.
For Battlefield 3, the exclusive content will be a copy of the downloadable Battlefield game, Battlefield 1943. If you’re wondering whether to get Battlefield 3 on PS3 or Xbox 360, the PS3 version just got a lot more interesting.
According to the latest issue of PlayStation Magazine (UK edition), Battlefield 3 developer DICE is looking into the possibility of supporting 3D on the PlayStation 3, in addition to PlayStation Move — the PS3 motion controller — support as well. We already know that Battlefield 3 supports 3D on PCs, but adding console support for the PS3 would be a first in the series.
We still haven’t received many details on the console versions of Battlefield 3 — which is set to hit the PS3 and Xbox 360, in addition to PC. So far we only know that the multiplayer will be limited to 24 players on consoles, while PC will feature up to 64 players.