Posted by John on October 1, 2011

Battlefield 3 screenshot comparison: Xbox 360 vs PS3 – BETA

Battlefield 3 screenshot comparison: Xbox 360 vs PS3 - BETA A debate that is starting to heat up is around which console version of Battlefield 3 is superior on. Its a given that the PC version beats them all, but this is not as clear around the PS3 and Xbox 360 versions.

Early this year DICE, the developer of Battlefield 3 did a presentation at GDC around how the studio was able to tap the PS3’s CELL CPU to do SPU-based deferred shading in Battlefield 3. This is the same type of technology used in Sony first party titles such as God of War 3, Uncharted 2 and Killzone 3.

There is no doubt that those titles are graphically impressive, and many asked if this tech would help improve the PS3 version of Battlefield 3.

Considering that there are no like-for-like single player campaign builds out yet, the only thing that can be analyzed is the multiplayer beta. Lens of Truth did their analysis across the Xbox 360 and PS3 version on the early beta.

It should be noted that this is an early beta on an unfinished game, and also that textures are usually toned down on multiplayer modes over the single player mode.

Lens of Truth’s initial analysis indicates that there is a bit more screen tearing on the PS3 version when compared to the Xbox 360 version. However, it should also be noted that the screen tearing mostly occurs at the top of the screen.

Pushing screen tearing above the screen is a normal technique game developers employ to increase performance without sacrificing visual fidelity.

Comparison Image 1: (click for larger image)


The first thing LoT noticed is that the PS3 version has bloom effect, while the Xbox seems to lack it. Another difference is that the Xbox 360 version seems to have more jaggies in the textures, while the PS3 version seems to be more smoother.

Comparison Image 2: (click for larger image)

BF3-compare2 Again in this comparison shot the PS3 version seems to have less jaggies overall compared to the Xbox 360 version. Another thing to note is that the PS3 version seems to be using sharper hi-res textures.

Comparison Image 3: (click for larger image)

BF3-compare3 This one was rather disappointing as the Xbox 360’s gun is using blatantly lower res textures, while the PS3 version has higher-res textures on the gun. Also, noticed the jaggies on the Xbox 360 version in the background.


It appears that the Xbox 360 and PS3 versions are very close. However, there are some notable differences in the beta. The PS3 version seems to suffer from more screen tearing, but again seems to be isolated to the top of the screen. The PS3 version does seem to utilize more effects such as bloom as well as employ higher res-textures over the Xbox 360 version.

Since this is an early beta, its difficult to tell if some of these things will be ironed out by the final build of the game.

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12 Responses to “Battlefield 3 screenshot comparison: Xbox 360 vs PS3 – BETA”

  1. CaptBirdman:
    September 30th, 2011

    Hmm… seeing as how the PS3 is the lead console for dev time, I am not surprised if the PS3 version looks better– however, one would think the 360 would benefit from the trickle down effect, and look good nonetheless, which doesn’t seem to be the case. I wouldn’t say it’s too far fetched that EA is purposely gimping the 360 version, to which I say


    Hey, devs that sided with 360 during the early console wars did this to the PS3, so it’s karma

    But this article is straight up flame bait, and you know it Mike

  2. CON:
    September 30th, 2011



    The game isn’t even out yet.

  3. twilight:
    September 30th, 2011

    This is a multi-platform title. When all is said and done, this game will be equal on Xbox360 or slightly better on Xbox360.

  4. CAD:
    September 30th, 2011

    Besides the jaggies I would say the 360 screen shots look better. I was saying that before I even noticed the red circles and realizing which was which.

  5. jojo29:
    September 30th, 2011

    Lol your such, ms cock sucker

    ” Besides the jaggies I would say the 360 screen shots look better.”

    Which would have been fine except..

    I was saying that before I even noticed the red circles and realizing which was which.

  6. jojo29:
    September 30th, 2011

    Fucking touch,screens….

    How the hell did you say the 360 looked better, when you admitted to not being able to tell the,difference…..hypocritical xbitch…

  7. MAK:
    September 30th, 2011

    This is surprising as the XENON GPU is stronger with better shading and anti-aliasing.
    They had to do this on purpose. For the PS3 to actually beat 360 at anti-aliasing?? Come on.

    However, as for the textures, thats definitely PS3s strength.

    Screen tearing is common, so i dont care. I even see it on Chains of Olympus HD.
    The worst screen tearing ive ever seen was on Assassins Creed 2 and AS BH. Every other game is decent with screen tearing.

  8. Roca.:
    September 30th, 2011

    PS3 able to produce much better AA than the 360.

  9. CAD:
    September 30th, 2011

    Mike now that I’ve read the article I’m LMAO. Only you would try to put down something that obviously looks better on the 360 LOL. The PS3 can keep that “Bloom Effect”. All you have on the 360 is AA which means nothing when your moving and fighting baddies. You sir are pathetic! I’m sure things will be much better when the game comes out.

  10. gunstar:
    October 1st, 2011

    Wow! just Wow!

    Again its Microsuck the drag queen …. dragging everybody down!

    It has dragged progress, innovation and quality in the gaming industry and mobile industry.

    Disc swapping in 2011?!
    shitty graphics in 2011?!
    Man M$ can’t even think of a creative OS name: ….. Windows Phone 7 Mango!?

    What the hell does windows had to do with mangoes?

    Mango OS from Apple iOS?
    Kinect from Kinetics PS2 game?

    Now cutting edge developers are held back again with its old and shitty hardware!

  11. Rhino:
    October 1st, 2011

    Wow CAD, I’m surprised you could see anything with Balmers ballsack covering your eyes.

    Fucking fanboy.

  12. oldschool1987:
    October 1st, 2011

    CAD must be the only person on the planet to think the 360 version comes out on top. There’s not much difference, they’ll both look great but the clear winner is the Ps3 version. Even professionals say so, but CAD they’re wrong so they must be, right?

    I can guarantee if the pictures were reversed, just change the 360 logo with the 360 one he will claim the other one looks better and “Bloom effects” ftw lol.

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