Activision's Modern Warfare 3 beams at offering a buttery smooth 60fps experience no matter the platform, but unfortunately it appears chief competitor Battlefield 3 will not be able to make similar claims since developer DICE confirmed on US talk show "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" last week that console versions of their upcoming shooter would be "limited" to 30fps at 720p.
DICE reassures that the quality of the gameplay itself will not be compromised. Johan Andersson, a rendering architect at DICE, defended Battlefield 3's console graphical quality:
"99.9% of PS3 and Xbox 360 games are 720p. and a lot of them, including MW2 is way lower than that.
"How is that a shame? Name a single FPS game that runs at 1080p on any of the consoles? [DICE] would have to do huge gameplay cuts."
Andersson further explained that it will be much more important to guarantee large scale multiplayer with big maps and plenty of players, and varied gameplay for players on consoles.
The reality is that many console games won't be running at 60fps these days despite the (relative) power offered by current hardware, and many certainly won't be doing it 1080p unlike PC. Perhaps the disappointment stemmed from the hype built around DICE pulling a rabbit out of the proverbial hat for Battlefield 3 when it came to performance and graphics on consoles.