UPDATE: I’ve included some screenshots below so that gamers can better compare some key differences.
Here at Gamer Thumb, we’ve put together a brief comparison between a mid-range PC and a PS3 to see how well each handles the Battlefield 4 beta.
It’s already a given that you’ll grab BF4 for PC if you own a high-end machine: it looks amazing.
Therefore, the purpose of this comparison is to help those who are tossing up between the console and PC versions for fear that there mightn’t be much difference without some expensive PC hardware.
This is important because nearly every demonstration we’ve seen to date is running on PC or next-gen hardware: until now we’ve had no way of assessing BF4’s visual merits for PC gamers who can’t afford to upgrade.
Our test PC was an MSI GE60 gaming laptop featuring:
– Intel Core i7 4700MQ;
-Nvidia GT750M GPU with 2GB DDR5 RAM;
-750GB 7200RPM HDD
-8GB DDR3 RAM
We ran the demo on High settings (one notch below Ultra, the highest available) and at 1600×900, given 1920 was a little too choppy for our liking.
Here’s our video comparison of gameplay:
Even on the laptop we saw the power of a more modern GPU capable of producing realistic lighting effects. The sun flared as it should, light beamed through into dark rooms, and shadows looked more natural, too.
When the skyscraper goes down, it covers the landscape in dust. On the PS3, it looks like the map’s original textures haven’t rendered properly. Yet on PC, it looks natural, and there’s a much better looking haze in the air, too.
Definitely no competition here: BF4’s water looks and moves more naturally on PC.
To be honest, I thought the PS3 did an admirable job of reproducing a modern game on 2007 vintage hardware. But the textures are still a bother. I’m hoping this is because the beta simply doesn’t come with them in order to keep the download small. For comparison’s sake, the BF4 beta on PS3 was around about a 2GB download. On PC, it was 5.5GB.
Visuals aside, both games played extremely well. But you’ll be itching to enjoy the 64-player matches in the PC version if you’re a true Battlefield aficionado.
And when you bear in mind that the PC version ran buttery smooth on a gaming laptop with close to this number of players and a larger scale map, perhaps it’s worth considering the platform for your Battlefield 4 future.
Having said that, the next generation of consoles is just over a month away. They, too, will have buttery smooth frame rates and 64-player battles, so the question now is: how keen are you to play an inferior version of BF4 on your PS3 or Xbox 360?