Battlefield 3: Beta Disappoints XBox 360 Users
The day that FPS fans have been waiting for has finally arrived. The closed Beta for premier FPS Battlefield 3 has finally opened. The internet has been awash with rumors that the game’s consoles ports will feature inferior graphics in comparison with Battlefield 3′s PC version. Unfortunately it seems from the first few screenshots to hit the internet that the rumors have proved to be true. Certainly from shots coming from XBox 360 Beta testers, Battlefield 3 appears to be suffering from low resolution textures.
Now before anybody jumps to conclusions it is important to remain positive. This is only a Beta after all. It is perfectly plausible that DICE have turned down the resolution in order to make the Battlefield 3 Beta download smaller and the Beta is far from being problem free in other areas, for example some testers have reported that some objects appear to be floating. Community manager Daniel Matros, earlier this month, tried to lay the rumors that Battlefield 3 would suffer on the consoles to rest by confirming that DICE do not back down on quality. Not that this did much to dampen the spirits of the most hardened doubters.
However with the Xbox 360 graphics leaving a nasty taste in the mouths of the Beta testers should PS3 owners be worried? At the beginning of September Sony’s vice president of publisher relations, Robert Dyer, slammed Microsoft for “protecting inferior technology”. It has long been considered that the technical muscle of the Xbox 360 has held back games developers from reaching their full potential so could the poor graphics be the fault of Microsoft and not DICE? Time will tell if the PS3 can compete with the PC port of Battlefield 3 as more Beta screens hit the web. We only hope that Xbox 360 can keep the pace.
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