You couldn't ask for a nicer story to start the week with. Following a somewhat underwhelming showing of Battlefield 3 on chat show Late Night with Jimmy Fallon last week, the Battlefield community was roused from its sleepy state of contentment. "THAT LOOKS NOWHERE NEAR AS GOOD AS BEFORE," they bellowed, probably.
That's because it was running on a PS3. The unofficial Battlefield 3 blog has amassed some info on the matter, including tweets from Dice developers stating that the PC version of Battlefield 3 will not only run at a higher resolution than the console version, it'll have double the framerate and more besides.
Don't stop, PC! Don't let those ailing console machine devices hold you back.
So, the console version of Battlefield 3 will, as with most console games, be limited to 720p, or 1280×720 pixels, but Dice are also only shooting for a framerate of 30fps. Dice say the PC version will run at 1080p, or 1920×1080, and 60fps, as well as boasting more complex lighting, more anti-aliasing, larger texture resolutions and other advanced graphical features.
On the one hand, Crysis 2 also shipped with a console version that ran at 720p and 30fps, so this is hardly unprecedented. On the other hand, Crysis 2 was always a PC focused title. Battlefield 3, though, is a game that's made a song and dance about going after Call of Duty. Let's take a pause to remember the words of EA CEO John Riccitiello.
"This November, we're launching Battlefield 3. It's going up against the next Call of Duty, which is presently the #1 game in the game industry. A game that last year did $400 million dollars in revenue on day one. [Battlefield 3] is designed to take that game down."
Mm. And Call of Duty is a series which, the Battlefield 3 blog writes, has always run at 60fps.
I suspect our side on this particular clash of the titans has been chosen for us, gentlemen.