In an interview with OXM, Battlefield 4 executive producer Patrick Bach said he feels the comparisons between PC and consoles won’t go away, but DICE won’t ever set the bar lower for PC to make sure the graphics look the same as, say, a PlayStation 3 or Xbox 360.
“You could take the coward’s way out, and just set the bar at Xbox 360 and PS3, and make it so that all games look the same on all platforms, but that’s not who we are,” Bach said. “We want to do our best with the hardware.”
Bach said they ran into gamers comparing different versions of the game with Battlefield 3, where he said DICE made a game that looked “amazing on the PC” and “amazing on PS3 and Xbox 360” but not quite as good as the former.
“It was like, you should compare it to other games on the same platform,” Bach said. “And people said, ‘OK, but still, why doesn’t it look as good as on PC? You don’t care about the consoles.’”
Bach said DICE cares about pushing the limits of the hardware on each platform, regardless of its prowess, which will create discrepancies between graphics for PC, the current-gen consoles and the next-gen console Xbox One and PS4.
This summer, however, Bach said DICE expects more of the same with Battlefield 4 in terms of people judging based on format and not with games on the same platform.
“People will still bring it up. We’ll still get the comparison videos, where somebody will judge us based on that, rather than comparing us to other games on the platforms,” Bach said.
Battlefield 4 will hit shelves for Windows PC, PS3 and Xbox 360 on Oct. 29 in North America and will release alongside the PS4 and Xbox One when the next-gen consoles launch later in November.