Battlefield 3 Beta Graphics Comparison: PS3 vs Xbox 360 vs PC

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It’s well known that the PC is the “lead platform” for the upcoming shooter from DICE and EA. However, some out there wonder just what the difference in graphics will be between the three platforms Battlefield 3 will release on. Well, we’ve taken a little time to make this comparison video for you.

The video shows the game on consoles stacked up against medium settings on the PC. Why medium you ask? Well, it’s the closest to the console versions. However, there are some differences. You will notice them when you watch the video.

We also decided to compare the medium specs against the ultra. The Ultra generally had better looking textures, lighting, and a few other things compared to the medium settings — but that was to be expected. That’s why it’s Ultra settings. However, Ultra utterly dominated the consoles in terms of looks, but again — that was to be expected. Battlefield 3 releases on the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC on October 25th.

Editor’s Note: Footage was filmed in 720p for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 using a BlackMagic Intensity Pro. PC footage was recorded at 1280×720 for the purpose of comparison. Medium Footage Filmed on a DirectX 10 Rig. Ultra Footage Filmed on Direct X 11 Rigs.

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  1. By EMiR360 on 10-05-2011 00:46

    Ps3 has better lighting than the Xbox :) That's mainly what I noticed.

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  2. By Omnislasher on 10-05-2011 00:55

    Oh nice. I have both PS3 & 360 versions of the beta, but I couldn't really see the difference since I couldn't play both side by side. I don't really notice much of a difference in the textures, but the lighting seems to be better on the PS3.

    When I get this I'll likely get it on my PS3. Also I tried running the beta on my PC on the lowest settings, getting like maybe 5 fps and it still looked better than both console versions. I though that was kinda funny.

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  3. By DCmarc15 on 10-05-2011 01:02

    Well of course the PC version looks the best but between the consoles the PS3 had a little bit more lighting than the 360 version. But thanks kreyg for making this video and taking your time to make a good comparison video. So The PC won this war but the consoles will have their day maybe sometime in the future.

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  4. By UFC345 on 10-05-2011 01:08

    out of the 360 and ps3 the ps3 has a lot better graphics and the pc just went psycho on the consoles with its graphics

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  5. By MrM13D on 10-05-2011 01:12

    Honestly I can't see much difference, and even on the direct x11 very little. Maybe its because I don't care about graphics as much as other people.

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  6. By LazyArtist on 10-05-2011 01:26

    The PC is the clear winner for detail. If I pause the video at 0:58, I see pickets on the fence straight ahead behind the lamp post that are not visible in either console version. Pausing at 1:50, studying the top of the gun, the PC version again shows better detail, but between the two console versions, I prefer the reflections off the gun in the PS3 version. Just my opinion. (I don't really mention the Ultra settings version because that just blows the others away.) Now all I need is that computer upgrade...

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  7. By JustAndrew on 10-05-2011 01:56

    Can definitely see some major differences when you switch to PC.

    Be nice if you could also make a comparison video when the game is fully released. As the ultra version on PC is going to see a lot of improvements with the full release.

    Though I'd say spending $180 for that is a little over the top. Lol.

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  8. By NicoNikoND on 10-05-2011 02:27

    Thanks for the comparison dude!

    as always pc wins :D

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  9. By iluffsasuke on 10-05-2011 02:37

    Graphics are cool and all but when I'm busy playing a game I don't stare at the graphics... they are more distracting then anything imo :/

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  10. By EnigmaticHeretic on 10-05-2011 05:32

    It looks good on all three platforms I just want to play it

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  11. By xDSJxPyro on 10-05-2011 05:40

    HURRRRRR THE 360 FOOTAGE LOOKED THE BEST BECAUSE THAT IS WHAT I PLAY THE BETA ON. HERRRRRRRP.

    This just FURTHER hammers home the fact that I want to so build a PC to run this game.

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  12. By Ryz on 10-05-2011 07:49

    PC is the worst

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  13. By UserAccount on 10-05-2011 11:40

    Looking at this video, there is a huge graphics difference, even between the Xbox360 and the PS3. Good video Kreyg!

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  14. By Hunter on 10-05-2011 13:10

    Great video Kreyg! Thanks for taking the time to make it!

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  15. By smokey on 10-05-2011 16:14

    Definitely some better textures on the pc side, but other than that i really couldn't tell the difference between the three platforms

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  16. By gohmasmasher on 10-05-2011 16:19

    I still love my 360 but this game is just pointing out that the 360 is getting old. With it still using DVDs and limited updates.

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  17. By JustAndrew on 10-05-2011 16:25

    Originally Posted by smokey:
    Quote Definitely some better textures on the pc side, but other than that i really couldn't tell the difference between the three platforms

    Usually you have to see it first hand. The PC version right now is rather old and incomplete. The final version is going to have DirectX 11 among other things.

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  18. By smokey on 10-05-2011 16:33

    Originally Posted by JustAndrew:
    Quote Usually you have to see it first hand. The PC version right now is rather old and incomplete. The final version is going to have DirectX 11 among other things.

    yeah

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  19. By MrPixel on 10-05-2011 16:35

    I've only played PC and it looks amazing. I think everything is set on High on my PC. I didn't mess with the settings but that's just what it said.

    Also of course all 3 versions may look better by the release.

    Nice video of course :P Thanks for taking the time to make it!

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  20. By swatmaster68 on 10-05-2011 16:48

    Originally Posted by MrM13D:
    Quote Honestly I can't see much difference, and even on the direct x11 very little. Maybe its because I don't care about graphics as much as other people.

    OMG, how can you seriously say that? Obviously they look way dif...oh wait, you're right. I honestly don't see it either, but I don't understand why it even matters. But I could see a lot of PC gamers saying how it looks radically different, because to them, gaming is a dick measuring contest constantly bragging about PC specs and graphics instead of the actual quality of the game itself.

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  21. By Christian M. on 10-05-2011 16:51

    Great video guys! The PC is obviously superior and from my perspective, the PS3 has far better lighting than the 360.

    I couldn't really tell the difference until it was in the tunnel around some of the fire. Man, I wish I had a good PC to truly experience this epic game.

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  22. By JustAndrew on 10-05-2011 16:54

    Originally Posted by swatmaster68:
    Quote OMG, how can you seriously say that? Obviously they look way dif...oh wait, you're right. I honestly don't see it either, but I don't understand why it even matters. But I could see a lot of PC gamers saying how it looks radically different, because to them, gaming is a dick measuring contest constantly bragging about PC specs and graphics instead of the actual quality of the game itself.

    Sounds like you're just deliberately trying to start a flame war. Pretty immature comment, really. Nothing about PC versions of games looking better is a dick measuring contest. There's absolutely nothing wrong with people SAYING the PC version looks better either, considering it's the truth.

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  23. By junxtown on 10-05-2011 17:02

    ack! i cant tell the differences :(

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  24. By M4TH3W on 10-05-2011 19:30

    Is it just me, or does Battlefield 3 look really ugly on Xbox?

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  25. By chileno2010 on 10-05-2011 19:34

    PS3 and Pc obviously the best, but to be honest they all look good. I really don't care much about graphics, but it's amazing what they have done with BF3.

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  26. By veigns on 10-05-2011 20:08

    The 360 looks more contrasted and slightly sharper, the ps3 is just as sharp but lighter, and pc looks pretty good with ultra 10. Thats my opinion :p

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  27. By networkned on 10-05-2011 22:25

    Between the consoles, there isn't enough of a difference to really say anything; but the ultra PC settings, drool.

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  28. By Gilbert1978 on 10-07-2011 12:08

    to summarize this comparison...

    last place: xbox
    second place: ps3
    first place: pc (but depends how well of a setup you have in your pc)

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