Submitted by Abriael 442d ago | opinion piece

Battlefield 4 Is the Game With The Most Scalable Graphics in History

Battlefield 4 is now in beta, and one thing immediately became apparent to many PC Gamers testing it…Well, to be fair it’s two things: the first are the usual performance issues that are pretty much endemic of a game in beta, and that hopefully will go away soon enough. The second elements is that the game’s graphics are the most scalable in the history of gaming. (Battlefield 4, PC)

StillGray  +   442d ago
The game is freaking gorgeous, isn't it? I hope they iron out the black screen bug though.
Abriael  +   442d ago
It sure is. I'm quite sure they'll fix all the crap. That's what a beta is for, after all.
GuyThatPlaysGames  +   442d ago
I'm a BF fan but I honestly don't see any improvement at all with the visuals (at least on the console). Everything still looks and sounds the same. Not saying that it's a bad thing.
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Abriael  +   442d ago
I would say that the biggest improvement (and it's not a small one) is that the maps are much bigger and more dynamic.

As for graphics themselves, options are still missing, and effects aren't complete.

This article is about scalability though, not as much absolute quality.
byeGollum  +   442d ago
You'll need a hardware upgrade.

Frostbite 3 is all bliss.
Animal Mutha 76  +   442d ago
I think the consoles are limited in scope so prob will be similar to BF3. PC on the other hand....

Oh and BF4 on XB1 is night and day better than 360. Its like playing PC on medium to high settings albeit it a lower res than the PC crowd would use. It was fantastic on XB1 when I played it with 31 others.
Kleptic  +   442d ago
I had over 30 hours in the bf3 beta on PS3, and nearly 1000 hours in the released game on PS3...

and i can't even bring myself to download the BF4 beta on PS3 right now...saw the videos...I pretty much know what to expect from the mechanical changes...but i just can't bring myself to even try it...there is just no room to improve on the existing consoles imo...BF3 was already too much for it...

I guess i just knew with bf3 that it would be the last big shooter i played on that hardware...I'm no PC elitist...but its not 2011 any more...I don't care so much about the visuals...its the fluidity and input latency that i'm not going to put up with...considering the PC beta on low looks significantly better than the PS3 and 360, with a much higher field of view...its not even a debate imo...
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Allsystemgamer  +   442d ago
im on PC here and its a vast improvement over 3
3-4-5  +   442d ago
This gen it's harder to notice the difference right away unless you do comparison shots, and then it becomes clear as day.

This gen, it's about making the small things HD, and better graphics.

All the background stuff in games will be high definition when it used to be slightly blurry.

More things going on at once takes more power as well.

Eventually most will notice a big difference.

Might take 2-3 years though.
KazHiraiFTW  +   442d ago
I hope this is like the BF3 beta where the full graphics weren't displayed yet, because the BF4 beta looks seriously disappointing. Gameplay is ok but not really any improvement over BF3. I don't see any reason so far to spend over $100 for this game. I think I would rather just play BF3 and all the DLCs.
ala_767  +   442d ago
Graphics looks awesome but sadly its capabilities cannot be seen on next gen consoles.... And buying a Gaming PC is not my cup of tea cuz its xpensive!
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Lior  +   442d ago
2fps when playing ultra at 2560 1440 at resolution scale of 200%with gtx 680 SLI it's very badly optimized seeing that I get 60fps easy at resution scale of 100% at same settings
CandyFace  +   442d ago
Dude it's not like 680 SLI makes wonders... You're trying to play the game in high resolution by itself then scale everything by 200%. It's not bad optimisation it's just too heavy for your 680 SLI. Optimisation is not the solution to everything even though many people believe it is.
Pandamobile  +   441d ago
Dude... 2560 x 1440 with 200% resolution scale is 14.7 million pixels per frame, compared to ~2 million for 1080p 100%.

With all the fancy shaders in BF4, it's not surprising that it murders your framerate. You're likely maxing out your 680's RAM and bandwidth (I'm pretty sure SLI doesn't actually double your VRAM)
Dee_91  +   442d ago
This is great.For the people with not so high end pc's and thats not complete graphics sluts can still enjoy the game, the lighting is still pretty much there so you will still need a decent pc.I really don't understand why more games don't give you this much flexibility.But is this only for the beta or will it be in the final version?
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ion666  +   442d ago
not on ps3. i sad now.
Pintheshadows  +   442d ago
The low quality version reminds me of a really old school first person shooter with its crazy low resolution and very simplistic textures.
PurpHerbison  +   442d ago
Or... a PS3 game.
Pintheshadows  +   442d ago
Oh, hahahahahaha. You are so incredibly funny. I'm sure the ladies tell you that all the time though right?
PurpHerbison  +   442d ago
Actually, yeah they do. Lol. Besides my eyes, it's my humor that really reels in the women.
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filipakos  +   442d ago
That feature may ruin quality but at least low-end pcs can run the game with no problem.Dont know for the eyes though
Kleptic  +   442d ago
have you seen the comparisons between low and ultra settings? Its not nearly as drastic as i expected...at least if you keep the resolution the same between the 2...

compare that to low on something like planetside 2...in that game, dropping all settings results in a playstation 2 title...static lighting, no shadows on anything, etc (and it still runs like shat on decent pc's haha)...

granted, ultra in bf4 looks ridiculous...but low settings were way better than what i would've thought...Also, i know the console betas do not included the retail texture packs...does the PC beta have this, does any one know?
ufo8mycat  +   442d ago
Judging from how even the PC version looks, I would say no.
filipakos  +   441d ago
im talking about this certain feauture(resolution scale) not ultra-low comparison.This makes your game looks like pac man but at least you can play.Also why watch video comparison when im already playing the beta?i know low looks fantastic
ufo8mycat  +   442d ago
I wonder if this is a similiar technique they use to get these sort of games running on consoles PS3/360?

This is a very handy feature, as there are many people that have weak PC's and introducing this option, can further introduce a bigger audience to the game, thus increasing sales.
SpitFireAce85  +   442d ago
I wonder what this game will look like on
PS4 and the Xbone.
Allsystemgamer  +   442d ago
most likely medium settings on PC with some high
ufo8mycat  +   442d ago
I am honestly thinking low with some medium?

I think most of the extra power from the PS4/XBONE will be used for the higher res/60fps/and 64 players.

That can take a lot of resources.

Maybe I am underestimating the power of the PS4/XBONE.
SpecialK  +   442d ago
It should be on fairly high settings.

Considering that fairly low spec PC's are able to play current gen games at max/high settings with playable frame rates, next gen consoles should keep up for a year or two. Not max but Im expecting decent settings.
Abriael  +   442d ago
It's exactly the same feature they use, for instance, to run Ryse at 900p native but display it at 1080p
xrrated  +   442d ago
i wish they would fix this, you fire a rocket and get killed right after and the rocket disappears.
neoandrew  +   442d ago
Nothing new, consoles has this for years, but they scale rather objects or regions, not the whole image. (but dynamically)

Every ue3 game has this option too, for example blacklight retribution. (not dynamic)

PC's with dx 11.1/2 will also have a dynamic scale option, yes it can automatically change while playing, much the way console do it for years.

Of course there is also openGL which can do this for years, but DX is kinda monopolistic.

I'm sure mantle api will have such support also.
Abriael  +   442d ago
Consoles never had the possibility to let you control it.
neoandrew  +   442d ago
Yeah, but game devs are using it on consoles.
RevXM  +   442d ago
DS versions of Crysis and BF4 incoming!!!
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quenomamen  +   442d ago
After playing what is of course just a beta I have to say this game and probably BF3 where honestly not meant to be played on current consoles period. movement is stiff, laggy, graphics are still decent but at some point the scaling back they did to make this work on current gen makes the game less enjoyable than it should be. Do yourself a favor and get a next gen console or PC and play it how its meant to be played, if you're gonna play BF4 on PS3 or 360 your not going to enjoy it.

And eff DICE for the stupid counter knife move, I get knife counter knifed then why cant I counter that counter and they counter my counter ? And if so we now have a game where you can spend time playing knife patty cake instead if shooting people ? Good move DICE, counter knife is now the COD second chance perk of BF4.
ATi_Elite  +   442d ago
Whoa is that BF4 running on the Minecraft Engine or what?

DICE are truly Geniuses. Frostbite 3 and the Resolution Scale better make it into the gold Release so EVERYONE can enjoy BF4!

laptops with integrated GPU's can run this along side Desktop 1000 watt BEAST!

Frostbite 3 Engine is the NEW BENCHMARK! Destruction, Physics, Graphics, Scalability.
FantasyStar  +   442d ago
Uhh....maybe the wordiness of the article lost me, but most PC games have had the option to adjust their resolution for the longest time for the sake of performance. I was expecting something alongside the scalability of the Steam engine or the Unreal Engine.
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LetoAtreides82  +   442d ago
Even at those settings I don't think the PS2 could handle a map that large.
kevnb  +   442d ago
wish it was playable for me, it hates piledriver cpus right now...
norkee  +   442d ago
Interesting. I'll have to give the beta a go on my laptop. if its playable that could mean battlefield at work lol
cunnilumpkin  +   442d ago
getting beautiful 50-60 frames with all settings at ultra in 1440p on my gtx680 and i7 2600 with 8gb ram

kudos to dice, excellent job!!
RedSoakedSponge  +   441d ago
has anyone heard if they are planning on releasing another map for the beta at all? just giving us one map is pretty lame. atleast 2 would have been nice lol.

still a really fun game though!

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