Battlefield 3 PC on Low is Console Settings, says DICE

GB: "Well now we finally know the truth. Console versions aren’t comparable to the PC version at all. In fact, DICE has optimized the PC version so much that it towers above the console versions. Also, to run the game on ULTRA settings on the PC, you need multi-GPUs to maintain a 60fps framerate."

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terrordactyl2918d ago

Gee, thanks for letting us know. It's important that we hear the pc version is better at least 459 times per day.

What this site needs is more articles telling us that BF3 is best on pc.

/sarcasm off

Tachyon_Nova2918d ago (Edited 2918d ago )

There's a difference between being better on PC and the bare minimum PC spec being the same as the console versions though surely. Kind of points out that you really don't have to spend much on a PC to beat console graphics.

zeeshan2918d ago

There is NO way consoles can match the PC quality. Consoles are old tech now and PC tech keeps changing every now and then. So lets please put the whole PC vs Console aside for a second and hear me out.

Lately, I think that DICE are trying to scream PC superiority because they want some of that COD crown migrating to BF titles. I am not going call it a fact since I haven't played COD titles on PC but from the footage I saw on youtube, PC versions are not that different from their console counterparts even with superior PC technology. It seems that DICE are begging PC COD fans to see that they have done something for them and they made this game for them while throwing the left overs for us console owners.

Ok, DICE, I get it. Can you please move on now? And can the moron who keep posting this sh&& on their site every day stop doing this now? It is not like that we don't know. We KNOW, WE KNOW! We knew it when we saw the Caspian border trailer for the first time.

ProjectVulcan2918d ago

Last time i commented on this, was because people were saying that you needed a killer PC to beat the consoles.

I pointed out that the MINIMUM spec for BF3 was a core 2 and an 8800GT- a machine and GPU considerably faster than the consoles. Thus EVERYONE playing BF3 on PC, i.e everyone that meets bare minimum spec would be playing a version at least as good as console but in reality probably end up better.

This comment did not go down well and got tonnes of disagrees. Well read the article and argue i wasn't right first time around...

Dark_king2918d ago

@zeeshan Really no way,I can think of a way to make the 360 or PS3 match PC.Its actually not that hard to do,Its this lovely thing called cloud computing.Just think Onlive but using the consoles.However this wouldn't really be the consoles matching PC but who cares about the little details.

Persistantthug2918d ago (Edited 2918d ago )

they almost always have problems.....they usually barely run, if at all.

Battlefield 3 may be different, who knows, maybe they optimized well for these lower end PCs....but typically, games not running well on Minimum spec'd PCs is almost always the case.

For consoles, there is no "go between"....developers HAVE to make those games run, or else.

We'll see how it turns out, but I'd bet that Battlefield 3 on the consoles runs better overall than the typical 2gig machine with 2 gigs of ram and an 8800 card or equivalent.

We'll find out shortly.

Edit in.....Oh...I see you've blocked me. LOL
I suppose I do grate on some peoples sensitivity.
Oh well. Maybe next time, vulcanproject.
Take care.

Pandamobile2918d ago (Edited 2918d ago )

People block you because we get tired of your insane ranty PMs.

iamgoatman2918d ago


Well you're wrong again, like I pointed out to you in the last big BF3 article with a comment very similar to vulcan's, seeing as a 8800 series card is pretty much the default minimum requirement for games these days, theres no way a console will be able to outperform it. At the very worst you'll have to put everything down to console settings, so no AA and 720p which is awful for a PC game but still no worse than consoles.

To say theres almost always problems with running at min specs is also wrong. I know this because I own an old PC with a dual-core CPU and a 8800GT, so basically the recommended spec for modern games, hell It even runs games perfectly fine when the min requirement is something higher like a GT260. I can tell you it has NEVER failed to run anything I've thrown at it, and if a game is properly optimised I can boost the res to true 1080p with maybe 2xAA which is something the consoles can't do.

What I think you're doing is overstating how well consoles actually run games, developers have to use a lot of smoke and mirror effects that mimic a PC game at higher settings as to not have a truly enormous gap in visuals. For example as long as the game has roughly the same overall look without anything too major missing, it can then implement the necessary cutbacks needed for it to run properly, so reduced textures sizes, small draw distances, less complex lighting, lower res shadows etc.

evrfighter2918d ago

I enjoy pesistants ranty pm's I especially loved the time he thought steam was coming to ps3.

Hows steam working out for you btw pesistant. Better than you thought itd be?

Winter47th2918d ago

The consoles' version of BF3 plays better than the PC. At least you don't have to optimize/update/reinstall 600 different drivers to get that piece'a shit working like it's supposed to.

Buy the consoles version, more streamlined, great online service, and all your cool friends are playing on it while some other dudes are too busy counting how many pixels to FPS ration are happening every second.

iamgoatman2918d ago


"The consoles' version of BF3 plays better than the PC."

HAHAHAHAHA! Seriously, the trick to trolling is subtly and believability, and your comment is about as subtle as screaming as loud as humanly possible, waving a sign with "I'm a colossal idiot" written on it.

ProjectVulcan2918d ago (Edited 2918d ago )

After casting a quick glance at the beta performance of people with dual core and 8800GT systems i see they had no trouble at all playing the game on 'low' in 1440 x 900 even with a smidgen of AA and vsync too, over 30 frames a second. 1440 x 900 being over 40 percent more resolution than the console resolution, which also have no AA and a 'soft' vsync that can and probably will tear when they drop frames.

I think this is conclusive evidence that BF3 will be better on PC for absolutely anyone who is playing it even with minimum requirements.

Typically betas perform poorer than final versions too, mainly a mix of last minute optimisations and sorted drivers for the game's launch giving you better performance.

Winter47th2918d ago

Hey goat did you install that pirated BF3 yet and contributed typically with the PC community or not.

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elshadi2918d ago (Edited 2918d ago )

either this news on N4G
about how much better BF3 on pc for the 9000 time
carmack blaming everyone on earth for the 9000 time

yeah ..true

Sarobi2918d ago (Edited 2918d ago )

I'd rather read thousands and thousands of replicated BF3 articles that continuously repeat the "Consoles are inferior" topic, than to read one of carmack's ragefests

ATi_Elite2918d ago (Edited 2918d ago )

I'll be playing on ULTRA....8xMSAA 16xAF 60+ FPS.....

1600p 30" 3D monitor for SP
5760 * 1080p 3 monitors for MP
flight stick for jets and Heli's
128 player Conquest mode maps! (hack servers)
9.1 Dolby Sound Surround
plus sometime in the future....BF3 w/ Icenhancer mod
and don't forget Carmack sucks!

*Edit* actually I bought Flight Sticks n Pedals for Take on Helicopters but I'm gonna use the stick in BF3 also!

elshadi2918d ago

yep bf3 on pc will be a beast of a game
day 1 for sure
my GTX580 is sooooooo ready for this game

Aggesan2918d ago

U really got the equipment for that?! That's insane.

skip10202918d ago

hope my Mac can run this just as good

torchic2918d ago (Edited 2918d ago )

here's my equipment for Battlefield 3

Sony PS3
Dualshock 3 controller
Sony Bravia 40" 1080p HDTV
my little sister's folding chair (provides perfect elevation for TV)
my bedroom pillow for added spine support

nowhere near what you have but i bet i'll still enjoy the game as much as you :)

bumnut2918d ago

I didn't know 1600p 3D monitors existed, which one do you have?

Captain Qwark 92918d ago (Edited 2918d ago )

my equipment list....

xbox 360
xbox 360 controller
sony bravia 40" 1080p tv
5.1 surround sound
24 player servers

torchic ir right.....
prob cost me 5000 less and i will enjoy the game just slightly less than you i bet, actually maybe more because i will have pizza and you wont....cant beat it for the price

Perjoss2918d ago

I'm sure if you looked hard enough you might find a cheap helicopter chasis with cockpit that you could install at home for that extra level of immersion.

nycredude2918d ago (Edited 2918d ago )

Ati Elite

I'll be playing on:

My PS3
DS3 Controller
Sony Bravia 52" Full LED 3D HDTV
7.1 Onkyo Surround Sound

and when I get bored I will put in Uncharted 3, maybe some Gt5 with my racing setup, Dark Souls, or Catch up on ICO Collection or GOW Origins.

OR I can just buy it for my laptop and connect it to my HDTV. Or both just to see the difference in Graphics.

hiredhelp2918d ago

Dude you have made the best comment on any bf3 yet.
Bubble voted dude he he.

limewax2918d ago


No offence but there isn't a laptop out there that will max it, Unless you built a custom one with a dual SLI 580s or a 590

Ghoul2918d ago

no offense but, does it make you feel to be someone special ATi-Elite?

just wondering really no offense but such comments allways make me wonder if you kinda push your ego by posting your pc specs ?

it doesnt make for a better game you know it just looks prettier.

We will all enjoy the game no matter what platform, bf3 is incredible i love it.


im pretty sure he means 1600p 30" with 3d glasses by nvidia

Yomaster2918d ago (Edited 2918d ago )

Xbox 360 w/ Xbox Live
Xbox 360 Controller
Samsung 51" Plasma 1080p Active 3D w/ 2D-3D Conv.
Onkyo HD 5.1 HDMI Surround
My fucking couch

If it got any better for me, I'd be beaming BF3 directly into my cerebral cortex while riding Nyan Cat, eating unicorn meat, drinking orphan tears, and shooting rainbows out my ass.

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Spinal2918d ago

I really cant wait for this game to come out!! I'm so pumped!

Still using my Radeon 4870 1gb but i will be buying the Radeon 6950 in a week or two anyway so I can play on Ultra.

On Beta my Radeon 4870 was able to play on High settings.

meetajhu2918d ago (Edited 2918d ago )

i don't understand people,fanboyism. When a game runs very well on console and pc. The PC users bash the game because of console quality graphics. When a game runs better on PC the console users bash the developers and their game comparing it to their console exclusives which are always superior.

Eg1:-Rage-IMO best FPS this gen.
Eg2:-BF3 & Crysis - Both are kick ass games and also MW3 hopefully.

Tarantino_Life2918d ago

Rage best FPS this gen? Lol!

Yomaster2918d ago

Everyone is entitled to their opinion, but....c'mon bro, RAGE was balls!

I didn't even waste my time beating it before I sent it back to GameFly. XD

I had WAY more fun with Crysis 2 in 3D, IMO.

Gamer19822918d ago

like we already didn't know 0_o

solar2918d ago

Kinda like the 10,000 article of how powerful the ps3 is? Yeah i get annoyed of that lie too. Facts however i can read all day long.

MWong2918d ago

Are you sure you read the article?

I know everybody who has been playing any of the Battlefield games since they've been on the consoles arleady knew this fact.

InNomeDiDio2918d ago (Edited 2918d ago )

I doubt that it is even LOW in every detail on PS3 and X360. Well, is it native 720p on consoles or Sub-HD?

But who cares ... I don't have a console. So I'll play on Ultra Settings and Keyboard/Mouse - that alone is priceless.

hiredhelp2918d ago

Well i cant wait my sli is ready for this game Hell my build was built for this game.
That said i chosen pc over my ps3 leaving my online buddy's on ps3 playing bf3.
After recent ps3 mp map's being played it still looks awsome.
Bc2 was nice stop gap but now the real bf game starts boy am i stoked.

To the minimum spec
When i was enterd to play the pre alpha summer time, My coolermaster Haf X Setup wasnt ready so i ran this on my old system i now gave to my gf.
Core 2 duo e6600 2.3ghz
Ati 4870
With 4gb ddr3. Back then there no video graphical options but the game played well looked awsome. still had the edge over the consoles so if medium settings suits you.
Then that kinda setup wont break the bank.

dantesparda2917d ago (Edited 2917d ago )

You know you PC fanboys are a funny bunch. While i agree that the mouse is better for aimning thtan the analog stick. But come on, you're telling me that a kb is more comfortable than a controller?

MariaHelFutura2918d ago

It ok to be a graphic whore....if your a PC gamer.

iamgoatman2918d ago

I wouldn't say it's ok, but at least it doesn't make you look like a complete loon :p

ATi_Elite2918d ago (Edited 2918d ago )

Yeh PC Gamers are such GRAPHICS WHORES yet we love playing:

League of Legends
Counter Strike
Team Fortress 2
a few of the LEAST graphical games ever but we are Graphical Whores while it's perfectly O.K. for a consoler to play on a $2000 T.V. but PC gamers get bashed for having a $2000 PC.

How Hypercritical.

ShiftyLookingCow2918d ago

This is really not about the PC version being better as much as the need for a next generation console now that we are 6 years into this gen.

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Heishiro__Mitsurugi2918d ago

pc is better blah blah blah. We get it. But, lets use MOH as an example when you dont focus on whats important, namely, the gameplay. I have faith in Dice to make them all rock, but this game is labelled a COD killer. MOH was hyped to oblivion, then the reviews hit and EA's stock plummetted. I want this game to succeed, but I hope these kinds of hype doesnt contribute to its loss if the gaming sites review and rate a console version. And I mean the big sites that investors take seriously.

000000000000000000012918d ago

My PC would be great also if it didn't freeze up every 15 minutes or so when trying to play a game like the Witcher 2!

jack_burt0n2918d ago

Check your PSU load, temps, also try gently hoovering all the heatsinks lol i know it sounds odd but my rig was doing the same and just needed a good venting sometimes the more fans you have the worst this can be after couple years.

This is if you mean by freeze, the machine will literally lock or power down.

maxqubit2918d ago (Edited 2918d ago )

Imho the MAJOR difference of PC versus console version of BF3 is the 64 player MP!

A mid spec PC won't be seeing so much difference over the console version BUT, and this is the important thing, even a low spec PC can enjoy the 64p MP

THAT is for me the only REAL difference (and the reason why I'm also going PC low-mid spec, me being a true console player for last 10 years)