DICE has been pretty vocal about its support for the PC as a platform, and has proudly shown off code for its Windows version of Battlefield 3 whenever possible. This PC centric approach has led many to question why the console version is such a secret, and just how much visual definition will be sacrificed for users without proper PC gaming hardware. If you count yourself among the curious, wonder no longer my friends. DICE has not only released footage of the Xbox 360 version of Battlefield 3, but they were kind enough to post snippets of gameplay that was revealed recently in a PC trailer.
After taking a look at both videos side by side I was actually somewhat surprised. The PC version looks better, no contest, but it wasn’t as dramatic as I had expected. When you consider that Sandy Bridge integrated graphics are quickly approaching the processing power of an Xbox 360 GPU, I wasn’t expecting much from 6 year old console hardware. It’s also worth noting however that the cloak of the night might be hiding more visual blemishes that would be more obvious in daytime missions, so we’ll just have to wait and see.
Of course graphics are only one side of the story. With support for larger multiplayer matches, dedicated servers, and the inevitable mod’s that are sure to follow, the PC version is the one we would recommend for anyone interested in picking this one up.