Battlefield 3 will be 'scaled down' on 360 and PS3 - but still 'amazing', says DICE

"PC gamers are going to love to hear this"

DICE has conceded that its gorgeous upcoming shooter Battlefield 3 will have to be "scaled down" onto PS3 and 360, but claimed that the game will still be "amazing" on both platforms.

CVG saw the game running on PC at GDC earlier this month, and it's shaping up to be very special indeed.


However, DICE boss Karl Magnus Troedsson admitted that developing the game on PC will inevitably lead to the non-360 and PS3 SKU being the most advanced option.

"PC is the leading platform, conceptually, for this game, definitely. We are going to make this game on 360 and PlayStation 3 as well, [but] we need to scale it down to those platforms," he told the latest issue of PC Gamer in a special preview.

"The PC players are going to love to hear that, but it's a fact. The hardware specs on the console are limited. At the same time, for each iteration on these console platforms we can utilise the power of them better and better, so what we do on the other platforms is going to be amazing, and look much better on the PC too.

He added: "There's going to be unique features on the PC version of this game, some of which I think people are going to be very pleased about. I can't reveal all of them... but I can reveal that there will be a lot of extra love put into the PC version of this product."

Battlefield 3 is one of a handful of major FPS releases coming to PC, PS3 and 360 this year - fellow EA-published release Crysis 2, which is due to hit shelves on March 22 in the US.

The boss of Crysis studio Crytek, Cevat Yerli, has claimed that the PC is, technologically speaking, a "generation ahead" of its console siblings.

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