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Battlefield 4 to be optimized for different PC graphics cards

DICE is working with Nvidia and AMD to optimize Battlefield 4 for different PC graphics cards.

Battlefield 4 is being designed with the PC as a lead platform, and developer DICE revealed that they are working closely with PC hardware manufacturers to optimize Battlefield 4 for all the different hardware out there.

Battlefield 4 PC graphics cardDICE’s Patrick Bach said in an interview that just like BF3, they are working with the likes of Nvidia and AMD to release special drivers just for Battlefield 4. When BF3 was released, both Nvidia and AMD released new driver updates with improvements specific to BF3.

The Battlefield series has always been known to push PC hardware to the limit. It’s one of the games that usually warrants a PC upgrade if players want to enjoy it at its highest settings. The recent Battlefield 4 single player demo ran on a $800 Radeon 7990 graphics card, which featured 2 GPUs and 6 GB of RAM (!)

It’s common for game developers to work with hardware manufacturers to ensure proper compatibility and performance. Expect both AMD and Nvidia to release special Battlefield 4 drivers when the game hits the stores this Fall (on October 29, according to rumors). Either way, if you want to enjoy Battlefield 4 at its best, you’ll probably have to upgrade your hardware.


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    April 4th, 2013 at 1:51 pm

    Oh. PC is the lead platform again? LOL!

    • N-Shifter
      April 4th, 2013 at 2:16 pm

      As it was before, yes. It’s built for PC and scaled down for consoles which is obvious since it’s harder to scale up than to scale down.

      • Lensflare
        April 4th, 2013 at 2:32 pm

        What good is the PC as the lead platform if the game is designed for consoles?

        Awesome graphics. That’s all.
        Dramatically dumped down squad managment, simplified commander functions, only one voice actor per side, all the small details and gameplay functions that really matter will be scaled down to fit CoD gamers and consoles with limited buttons and processing power.

        But hey, it looks great!… it burns my soul to see all the waisted potential 😛

        • aeonlinux
          April 4th, 2013 at 7:59 pm

          Except nothing you’ve said is even remotely related to consoles being the lead platform.

          You just listed features missing from the game. How does that make BF3 a console game?

          BF3 is clearly a PC game. That it didn’t have some features most wanted, sure. But you’re letting your butthurt cloud your judgment.

          • Adrian23
            April 5th, 2013 at 3:38 am

            He doesn’t mean that BF3 is a console game. I get what he means and I agree on that:

            As you said, the game is in fact developed for the PC, but the problem is that the features in this PC game are developed with all platforms in mind.

            What may sound good at first glance is a huge potential waist if you look into it, as many game mechanics will be simplified for BOTH PC und console versions as DICE wants all players to have identical experiences, only exceptions: Not the same player count for multiplayer (old gen) and not as good graphics (more or less, depending on new or old gen).

            So you see, you could not only have just better graphics but also better gameplay, as the PC offers more buttons and processing power, but still, you get the same experience as on consoles. So technically, it may be PC, but the mechanics and features of the game are still limited by console counterparts.

            I have played BF3 on console and PC, and I’m disappointed that the PC Version is nearly the same just with better graphics and more players. It could be much more. Just compare BF3 versions yourself and you’ll see what I mean.

            Look at the PC-only game Planetside 2. The future setting aside, this game is much more complex and allows for better teamplay and connectivity. Reason is, that it’s PC exclusive and you don’t need to hold back for console versions.

            So why can’t BF4 support up to 100 players in multiplayer, with large maps and destruction? Everybody knows it’s not real destruction physics but “just” objects build of many pieces which will disappear if you shoot them, making it ideal for online matches.

            Because they must limit the PC Version to the same level like console versions as they develop both at the same time and want you to have the same experience on all platforms.

            The game may be PC, but it’s content is not better then console beside better graphics.
            You could say that guy is butthurt, but he’s not stupid because he realized this. Did you?

          • plakman
            April 5th, 2013 at 3:54 am

            BF3 is defenitely a console game.

            Go play bf2 and compare the squad management,
            Heli controls, player controls everything with bf3.

            You’ll notice fast that they have scaled down all functions to be even PLAYABLE on a friggin console. If it wasn’t for that we probably still would be able to do barrel rolls with the cobra and other choppers.
            All because there isn’t enough accuracy on a controler to make it as playable as it is with a mouse and keyboard.

            But oh well it’s a great game but don’t you dare say it’s made for PC.

      • WOOT FTW
        April 5th, 2013 at 2:05 pm

        DICE said the same thing for BF3 only to reveal latter on that console was the lead platform after all. It’s a repeat of what happened 2 years ago.

    • whatever
      April 5th, 2013 at 11:18 am

      “Battlefield 4 is being designed with the PC as a lead platform…” – We’ve all heard that before, and look how crappy BF3 turned out in the end; a watered down CoD clone. If I wanted to play CoD, I’d buy CoD, not BF.

      This whole PC being the lead platform is nothing more than PR and marketing crap the community is really getting tired of.

      • KsnNwk20
        April 5th, 2013 at 6:43 pm

        If I were to play CoD, I would rather play CS (same graphics, more enjoy-able).
        If I were to play BF, I play BF, cause CoD is in middle of arcade-gaming, not FPS.

  2. peanut
    April 4th, 2013 at 3:47 pm

    I doubt i will need to upgrade surely a gtx 680 will cut it

  3. Hallo
    April 5th, 2013 at 12:00 pm

    Do you think it will run well on a gtx480 and a I7 930?

  4. phobia
    April 6th, 2013 at 4:30 am

    Same old PR jazz again.
    PC was supposed to be lead platform for BF3… though at some point (I think it even was after the release) they admitted that consoles were the lead platform.

  5. ramin
    April 10th, 2013 at 4:00 pm

    if BF4 have amd logo on boot i wont buy it.

  6. Battlefield Expert
    June 13th, 2013 at 7:36 am

    The whole battlefield series including BF3 and upcoming BF4 is definitely designed for the PC. Battlefield only made it compatible with console to make more money off of CoD fags.

  7. CT
    August 16th, 2013 at 7:42 pm

    I have both pc and xbox versions of BF3. only thing console has is true voip. BF4 will be getting this. Many could just build a pc for the price of an xbox one and have good aim and movement. But, this all depends on where your friends play. Play with others and its a better experience. Playing alone gets boring fast.

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