We know that the BF3 beta will drop in September, and we’re scratching for details about maps, game modes, etc. But let’s be honest here, what most of you really want to know is how to join the Battlefield 3 beta.
Purchasers of the Limited Edition of Medal of Honor all receive access to the Battlefield 3 Beta. Right now that is the only known way to assure yourself a beta code, though it is unlikely that it will be the only way in the end. While no other methods have been announced yet, it is likely that many codes will be given out to sites like this one to give away to their users (so keep checking back!) and there will likely be additional methods of joining beyond that.
As mentioned previously, the beta will be available on all three platforms. The only known requirement thusfar is that Xbox 360 users must be Xbox Live gold subscribers in order to gain access to the beta even if they have a beta code. PSN users will not have to be PSN+ members and of course there is no premium service on the PC that the beta could be attached to.
Keep checking back for new info about how to join the BF3 beta. We’ll have it for you as soon as it becomes available!
The Battlefield 3 beta was only just recently announced officially (the announcement happened at E3). However, we’ve all known about the beta for a long time now since it was announced prior to Medal of Honor coming out.
The BF3 beta will begin in September of 2011. The exact date is not known yet nor is how long the beta will last, what maps will be available, or anything else. More info should be coming soon though with the beta date coming up in just under three months now.
The beta will be available on all three platforms including PC, Xbox 360, and Playstation 3.
EA/Dice have been reluctant to show the console versions of Battlefield 3 so far. We’ve seen quite a few videos and a lot of screenshots of Battlefield 3, but it’s always been of the game running on the PC. This has left a lot of people worrying if the console versions of the games will be significantly worse than their PC counterparts. Of course we know that they won’t live up to the PC version of the game as the Xbox 360 and PS3 are far underpowered compared to modern gaming PCs, but the lack of info thus far has left everyone wondering just how far behind they’d be.
I’m here to tell you that you can set your fears aside, as the console versions of the game were finally shown on the Jimmy Fallon show and they look good. Of course, there is a noticeable difference between them and the PC versions of the game, but they still look good and run smoothly. One thing that doesn’t run smoothly, however, is Jimmy Fallon with a controller in his hand. For a guy that claims to be such a big fan of gaming he sure does look lost when he actually gets his hands on a controller. Oh well, I suppose we all still owe him thanks for putting gaming in the spotlight for a while, which is very cool to see.
Back to BF3, some additional details have come out about the console versions of the games and I intentionally waited to bring these up until after I’d commented on the gameplay videos. The console versions of Battlefield 3 will run at 720p resolution and 30 frames per second. The 720p resolution isn’t that much of a shocker given that, even though the Xbox 360 and PS3 support 1080p, most games don’t use it and one wouldn’t expect a game as graphically complex as Battlefield to be the one pushing that boundary. The frames per second, on the other hand, are a little more concerning. 30 frames per second is pretty much the bare minimum you can run an FPS game at, and even at that rate the difference is still noticeable. Of course, the immediate comparison will be made to BF3′s biggest competitor, Modern Warfare 3. All of the Call of Duty games since the first Modern Warfare have run at a steady 60 FPS which gives them their nice smooth gameplay.
One has to note, however, that BF3′s graphical engine is much more complex than Modern Warfare 3′s. Not only does it actually look better, but the Frostbite 2 engine being used by DICE for BF3 also brings a lot of features that the Call of Duty games do not such as full destruction to the environments and significantly larger maps. Really, it’s astounding what DICE has been able to squeeze out of the consoles on these fronts and they’re banking on the 30 FPS gameplay being a worth tradeoff.
I guess we won’t know for sure until we all get our hands on the Battlefield 3 Beta and get to test it out for ourselves. One other quick note is that the console version of the game will also be limited to 24 player matches in multiplayer, again another reasonable tradeoff.
We’ve embedded the video that this whole article spawned from up above, so you can see the game running on the consoles with your own eyes and don’t have to take my word for it. It is running on the PS3 in that video.
The Battlefield series has always been about taking warfare beyond simple infantry gameplay. All of the footage we’ve seen so far, however, has been focused around that infantry gameplay.
We all knew that EA/DICE would be showing Battlefield 3 off at E3, but they took it one step further and showed us a part of the game we’d not yet seen…vehicular combat. In particular, tank combat. We got to see a gorgeous demo of some tanks rolling through a seemingly barren desert before engaging into a tank battle and then an all out assault on a town/bunker. It definitely conveyed the differences between Battlefield 3 and other shooter games as you could tell this action was taking place on a much more global scale. It’s not just about you the individual soldier, it’s about a nation and organizing and coordinating a team assault to complete your mission.
Check out the demo for yourself using the embedded link up above.