DICE: Consoles “Can’t Handle” More Players in BF3

March 27, 2011Written by Sebastian Moss

With the PC release of first-person shooter Battlefield 3 boasting impressive 64-player matches on large maps, some console gamers were understandably annoyed at the smaller maps and 24-player matches that they will be limited to. If you were wondering why you couldn’t experience the game to its full glory, developer DICE has revealed that it’s due to a very simple reason – consoles are getting too old.

DICE’s Rendering Architect Johan Andersson tweeted a response to someone asking why we weren’t seeing 64-player battles on consoles:

The consoles are 5-6 years old, can’t handle it. PC on the other hand can

While MAG boasts matches of up to 256 players and Resistance 2 supports 60 simultaneous players, its important to note that the games are vastly different, and do not share the same level of graphical fidelity or destructible environment as Battlefield 3.

With this in mind, do you think consoles are starting to show their age, and we should start preparing for a new generation? Share your thoughts in the comments below.