Battlefield 4 developer “underestimated console gamers”
The Battlefield series has historically been a PC franchise — it started on the PC, and PC gamers always got the best version of any game. Which is also the case with the upcoming Battlefield 4.
But that’s not to say that console gamers have been left out in the cold. Battlefield 4 on consoles will include all the major features found in the PC version, and the PS4 and Xbox One will even support 64 player online multiplayer.
According to DICE’s Lars Gustavsson, creative director on Battlefield 4, they initially “underestimated console gamers” as he put it. Speaking to MMGN, Gustavsson said that they had to dumb down the Bad Company games on the consoles, adding:
“We’ve come to realize that the the console market is definitely a hardcore audience that’s in line with the PC crowd. It was always a matter of bringing that [PC version] over to consoles, rather than changing it to better fit consoles.”
Recently, there have been some complaints about the PlayStation 4 version of the game, where people reported that it ran at 720p and was visually inferior to the PC version. DICE clarified that they haven’t decided on whether it’s 720p or 1080p on consoles, and that the PS4 version would look like the PC version on medium settings.
Battlefield 4 is currently being shown at PAX, but we’ve heard reports from NeoGAF that the Xbox One version actually runs on Windows 8 PCs with controllers attached. When players paused the game, a mouse cursor appeared. The game is running on high-end PCs that are masked as Xbox One consoles, according to the report.
This wouldn’t be the first time Battlefield 4 ran on PCs disguised as consoles. Back at E3, during Microsoft’s presentation, the Xbox One console wouldn’t launch and DICE used a PC to show the game instead.
While the next gen consoles bring some powerful hardware and features, it’s still a safe bet that the best Battlefield 4 version will be found on the PC. Just as it has been the case throughout the history of the series.