We all know that Battlefield 3 is coming. Tomorrow. Or Friday – if you’re living in Europe. We also know that in order to have the best gameplay experience, the PC version is the way to go. Unfortunately, not everyone has a GTX580 to play the title on Ultra settings, therefore many gamers will be getting the game on consoles instead. That’s a bit of a problem. You see, thanks to the game’s engine Frostbite 2, Battlefield 3 is meant to be future-proof – supporting all kinds of fancy visual standards and effects. Seeing as you really need a high-end PC to play the game on highest possible settings smoothly, alot of optimization for the console versions needed to take place as they aren’t as powerful. Without it, consoles wouldn’t stand a chance. If you’re trying to figure out where’s the catch, let me throw you a bone here: textures.
The PS3 version has HD textures of the game pre-loaded on the Blu-Ray disc, so no need to worry if you’re a Sony gamer. The Xbox 360 version, however, approaches the issue differently and offers players wheter they want to install the recommended 1.5GB download onto their HDDs or not. It’s not mandatory, but not installing the HD textures will dramatically decrease your gameplay experience and send the game graphically to the Stoneage.
Even Johan Andersson, rendering architect at DICE, stresses how important this is:
When playing BF3 on Xbox 360, please do install the HD pack for high-res textures & meshes, that’s how the game is meant to be played.
Don’t beleive sacrificing that HDD space is worth it? Check out the screenshots for comparison below: