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DICE Talks Battlefield 3 Console/PC Differences

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The console version will only allow for 24 simultaneous players compared to the PC's impressive 64-player military mayhem.

We already know what DICE is focusing on the PC as the primary platform for its upcoming shooter, Battlefield 3. But recently DICE revealed some of the differences between the PC version and the version planned for the consoles, and they're enough to fill any PC gamer with pride (finally).

"The biggest difference between the PC and console version of Battlefield 3 is that we have 64 players on PC and 24 players maximum on console," said DICE boss Patrick Bach. "The rest is more or less the same: we use the same engine, the same technology, the same animation system, the same lighting system. Our aim is to give the player the exact same experience and not try to dumb down the console version."

OK, so maybe the differences aren't that drastic. But then Bach started to elaborate on the "more or less" aspect, admitting that the team tried to squeeze more players into the console version but realized it required the team to scale down all the graphics, scale down all the destructibility, and in some cases scale down the map sizes.

"Everything is a compromise," he said. "It's not that we're evil or stupid. We didn't choose not to have more players - we would love to do 64 players on console but then we would have to cut away so much; people would get very upset that it looked worse, played worse and wasn't as fun as the PC version. We would never do that because the fun is always more important."

Adding more than 24 players also meant removing the vehicles, as they require a lot of data that's shoved through the network and the CPUs. "If you had more vehicles, that would mean less players and vice versa," he said.

So what about the maps? Will they be smaller than what will be available on the PC? Or will both versions be the same? Here's where he really elaborates on the "more or less" aspect.

"When we say they are smaller, it's not that we have cut them in half," he said. "But we tried to compact them slightly to keep the action up. If you compare it to Battlefield: Bad Company 2, the maps weren't really small on console. We actually had huge maps even for console. We have the same kind of angle on it right now [in Battlefield 3]. We want to create the same experience for PC as for consoles."

Battlefield 3 is slated to hit the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and Windows PC in October.

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    digitalexplosives , July 27, 2011 2:47 AM
    hardcore_gamerNo graphics improvement for PC ??? Shame on you DICE


    WTF are you on about?
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    LuckyDucky7 , July 27, 2011 2:49 AM
    Quote:
    We want to create the same experience for PC as for consoles.


    Well, that's exactly what PC gamers hate- sorry to break it to you.

    You're always going to be "dumbing down" a game for either a PC or a console when releasing for both systems: looks like the PC gets the short end of the stick again this time.

    At least there are those two token differences, but there is no difference graphics-wise (just toss in AA for the complainers, eh?) since the same technology is used, why buy a better computer for that?
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    kcorp2003 , July 27, 2011 3:10 AM
    The comments here are just idiotic. If you follow the Battlefield 3 forms then you know how special it is on PC. We do have the superior graphic enhancement, confirm by repi. Supports multiple cores and scale well on SLI/Crossfire. Also they are doing an Alpha trial for their game! how many developers do that with their triple A games? Their only saying this to let the console player feel secure.
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    ikyung , July 27, 2011 2:39 AM
    Too many games to play end of 2011..
  • 26 Hide
    digitalexplosives , July 27, 2011 2:47 AM
    hardcore_gamerNo graphics improvement for PC ??? Shame on you DICE


    WTF are you on about?
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    LuckyDucky7 , July 27, 2011 2:49 AM
    Quote:
    We want to create the same experience for PC as for consoles.


    Well, that's exactly what PC gamers hate- sorry to break it to you.

    You're always going to be "dumbing down" a game for either a PC or a console when releasing for both systems: looks like the PC gets the short end of the stick again this time.

    At least there are those two token differences, but there is no difference graphics-wise (just toss in AA for the complainers, eh?) since the same technology is used, why buy a better computer for that?
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    Anonymous , July 27, 2011 3:01 AM
    By that logic the PC version should only be playable on a $4000 monster PC with the graphics settings all fixed to super-ultra.

    PC games have to be scalable to lower power systems anyway, and scaling them for consoles is no different. The difference with BF3 is it is being primarily developed for PC and THEN ported for consoles. Having the game ported to console doesn't automatically damage the PC version, even if DICE plan on doing a good job of the port.
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    jimmysmitty , July 27, 2011 3:02 AM
    digitalexplosivesWTF are you on about?


    They said that pretty much everything else is the same. That means graphic wise it will be the same. Yet they say DX11 support so not sure how it could be the same when consoles can't do anything beyond DX9 graphics.

    Guess we will have to wait and see.
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    kcorp2003 , July 27, 2011 3:10 AM
    The comments here are just idiotic. If you follow the Battlefield 3 forms then you know how special it is on PC. We do have the superior graphic enhancement, confirm by repi. Supports multiple cores and scale well on SLI/Crossfire. Also they are doing an Alpha trial for their game! how many developers do that with their triple A games? Their only saying this to let the console player feel secure.
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    Lobodomy , July 27, 2011 3:17 AM
    Silly console players think they're being treated equally! At least DICE is doing a good job of keeping the console players happy :) 
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    bustapr , July 27, 2011 3:36 AM
    the graphics will obviously be different on the pc because of resolution and all the little tweaks that you can do, and framerates on godly pcs. They have theyre own engine, theyre not going to make a brand new engine for the pc only just to make it look better than the console version. The current engine looks improved and amazing, and if the consoles can support it, then great.

    I hate to say it but alot of pc gamers like to whine about everything console related.
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    ozchoz , July 27, 2011 3:52 AM
    @codyjt5150, not too sure what "trust" has to do with anything. The recent debacle by Sony on the PS3 security doesn't leave one with much trust as to their ability or honesty though.
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    reyshan , July 27, 2011 4:24 AM
    headlessfrogI dont think you have to be worried abotu that tbh the wiiu is supposed to be more powerful then the 360/ps3 isn't it? What I would be worried about their is the online support because I know with the regular wii you have to rely on friend codes and stuff which sucks but I don't know about the new one.


    I feel sorry for you. Not trusting your pc over a console is just sad.
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    henydiah , July 27, 2011 4:26 AM
    i love Battlefield 1,2,3
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    reyshan , July 27, 2011 4:26 AM
    sorry headlessfrog, I commented on the wrong one. Sorry!
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    reyshan , July 27, 2011 4:27 AM
    codyjt5150@lobodaomy, not everyone has fast computers, such as myself. I don't feel like wasting my money on a computer game when i don't trust my computer. i trust ps3 better with my games.


    Your the guy i feel sorry to, not the other one i commented earlier. Not trusting your pc over a console for a game is just sad.
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    JOSHSKORN , July 27, 2011 4:37 AM
    Great...thanks for screwing over PC gamers again just so you can milk a 5-6 year old console. Screw console gamers.
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