Crysis 3 Beta – Console version looks great but no contest versus PC

Having sampled the console  and maxed out PC version of the recently unleashed Crysis 3 beta we can feel proud by saying once again Crytek has done an excellent job of translating their game to consoles. However, the gap between the two versions is quite stark and goes beyond simply being the differences between 720 and 1080p. The console version is not as sharp looking as the PC and is missing plenty of effects and texture details,  yet the game still retains the basis of the look Crytek was aiming for. Take a look at the following two videos which show the same Museum level from the Beta on PC with Max settings and Xbox 360. Naturally Youtube’s encoding process has diminished the quality for both videos. What the videos hopefully show is that in this case, the console version has not held back  the PC version’s development and that Crytek have not bowed to the lowest common denominator resulting in an impressive looking game that highlights just what is possible when PC hardware is utilized properly. Hopefully when next gen games consoles arrive the gap will narrow somewhat.

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Written by: Rob Cram

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  1. Jamookie January 31, 2013 |

    I was very unimpressed with the entire beta/demo from the graphics stand point (PC spoiled me) to the amount of bullets it took for a kill. Maybe I’ll purchase the trilogy when it hits next gen consoles.

  2. Thatguy February 3, 2013 |

    Yeah, I wasn’t exactly thrilled with it either. A lot of the textures are just plain ugly once you get up close and personal; I was really hoping they’d hit the mark on that this time without the need for mods. Maybe the single player will prove to be different, but I really doubt it. Disappointing for as much as they hyped up the graphics.

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