Battlefield 3 screenshot
Battlefield 3 screenshot

Battlefield 3 on Xbox 360 running without the optional high resolution texture pack - found on the game's second disc - has been labelled the "standard def" version by Battlefield 3's executive producer Patrick Bach.

"There's nothing magic about it," Bach told GamerZines. "It's the same thing we do for PC and PS3, so there's nothing extra."

He continued: "So what it does is it gives you the same abilities, kind of, as the PC and PS3. You can actually stream information from the hard drive.

"That's new for Xbox 360, but it's not a new idea for the gaming industry as a whole. No one has really tried to do it properly, so us doing it will create question marks."

The option to install the texture pack (for those with a hard-drive equipped Xbox 360) comes highly recommended.

"It does make a difference, yes, absolutely. The whole engine is based around streaming textures, streaming terrain and a lot of other content.

"The thing with the 360 is that you need to be able to give consumers a game where you don't have to install it on a hard drive, because there are 360s without a hard drive. So we need to give you the option of installing it, rather than just demanding it. You could call it a 'standard-def' version for the 360 if you don't have a hard-drive."

Back concluded: "We're really trying to push the limits of what we can do on the consoles and the PC. Our goal is to see how we can utilise as many of the systems that you actually have in your machine that some people haven't utilised before. Some (developers) just do it like, if it doesn't fit into memory we just make a lesser game. We don't do that. For us, it's about how we can give you the most game ever even though the hardware is over five years old."

Battlefield 3 will be released October 28 for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC. Analysis

It sounds like Xbox 360 gamers without a hard drive might want to take this into account when considering a purchase, or else they'll end up with a game which looks ever further away from the gorgeous PC version we've all been amazed by over the last year.

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InvalidUser@ Endless

I agree but comparing the PC game to the consoles, especially as DICE themselves have already highlighted the difference is pointless. Like comparing apples and oranges, I hope the hype and the game match the pre match dick waving contest or I predict tears.


Probably the PS3 is the better option, I only say this as Forza shipped with the new 360 disc press and some older 360 users have had issues with reading the disks. Of course this is not confirmed for BF3, if they do use the new disc format I believe it's 8.7GB max per disc so you need around 18GB at most free.
Posted 16:44 on 20 October 2011
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Endless@ InvalidUser

These days you're not considered a PC gamer if you dont have a 'mega-rig' that is capable of displaying more polygons than anyone else. Anyone that doesnt have such a rig is probably playing WoW or any game thats 3+ years old.

Anyone that cares about the 'hi-def' version will find the means do view it. Those that don't, wont bother and will be no worse off by their standards.
Posted 21:18 on 19 October 2011
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Hmm, I'm now torn between the PS3 and Xbox version of BF3. I was originally going to go for the 360 but I have one of the earliest models of the console with a 120GB HD.
Posted 19:44 on 19 October 2011
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Why do we need a comparison between PC vs 360?

Even the PC footage is sexed up running on a rig most PC gamer's cannot afford.

How about DICE PC vs your turd PC. Something that will never happen.

PC gamer's think because they can slot a GFX card and overclock a processor, console owners are beyond stupid as to what they are buying.

"Aww yeah dawg, check out them textures bro. Gotta' hit that up on my 360 yo"

Is exactly what i'm saying, and no SD mode, go figure wise guys.
Posted 18:20 on 19 October 2011
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Oh, I forgot.. Back on topic. Yeah, optional install is the sensible way forward for the xbox. Doesn't alienate the older models and gives the higher resolution option for the bigger HDD owners. Seems like the obvious move.
Posted 15:56 on 19 October 2011
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munkee@ ChrisMiller

Nice sweeping statement. Unfortunately untrue. Sales staff don't just up-sell xbox consoles just "because they lose money on returns when a customer isn't satisfied with what they've purchased."

A lot of sales staff up-sell xbox consoles because the white ones die and the 4gb ones are pointless. If a customer buys a 250gb model, then they make a saving in the long run. Not everybody is a *****.
Posted 15:51 on 19 October 2011
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Battlefield 3 should never be played on a console in the first place and secondly, if anyone thinks that BF3 will look near as good on the consoles as it does on the PC is going to be really disappointed. :D
Posted 15:34 on 19 October 2011
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If you have an old version of the 360, a hard drive will cost $20 - $30 used. Buying the new 360 with only the 4gb hard drive just isn't smart and perhaps it shouldn't even be sold that way, but the sales staff at any reputable retailer (including Wal-Mart where they aren't exactly tech savvy) will encourage you to go bigger because they lose money on returns when a customer isn't satisfied with what they've purchased. Dittos to pblive.
Posted 15:17 on 19 October 2011

pblive@ Woffls

If anyone actually spoke like that then they'd deserve to play the standard def version :D
Posted 14:55 on 19 October 2011
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I'm looking forward to the comparison videos between the PC version and the "standard def" 360 version. Sucks for the people who will see adverts for this over the coming weeks and think "Aww yeah dawg, check out them textures bro. Gotta' hit that up on my 360 yo"
Posted 14:43 on 19 October 2011

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