Battlefield 4 looks “soft and muddled” on PlayStation 4

Scott Lowe, a writer for IGN and one of the many gamescom 2013 attendees, has voiced his concerns about how Battlefield 4 looks on the PlayStation 4.

Stating that the “true” Battlefield experience did not seem to be coming to next-gen consoles, Lowe described the PS4’s visuals as “soft and muddled”:

From the moment I sat down, I was surprisingly underwhelmed by the visuals. Instead of the crisp, detailed textures I’ve encountered this week on the PC version or other next-gen shooter titles, Battlefield 4 on PS4 looked soft and muddled. Wall textures looked half-finished, lacking some of the smaller material nuances or 3D variation. Environmental destruction was more extensive than Battlefield 3 and explosions would send larger chunks of buildings into the air, but once again, the particles looked dull. Weapon models looked great at the hip, but as soon as I raised them to look down the iron sights or scopes, imperfections became apparent.

While Lowe does make some unfair comparisons to the beastly gaming rigs powering the PC demo versions of the game, he is not being unreasonable in his criticism of the texture quality and overall dullness of the game in its current “next-gen” state.

We have been shown some incredible looking games running on the PlayStation 4, with textures looking to rival those seen on mid-range PC builds. It is curious then, that Battlefield 4 doesn’t look as good as it perhaps should.

Lowe also commented on the resolution of Battlefield 4 on PS4, which has now been confirmed to be 720p upscaled to 1080p confirmed to be at a resolution between 720p to 1080p. With the difference between 720p upscaled and native 1080p resolutions being “readily apparent” to Lowe, this again caused him disappointment as the game’s visuals simply failed to impress.

DICE wanted to bring the “PC experience” to the next-gen consoles. They are bringing 64-players, and 60 frames per second. However, these great features may come at the cost of visual fidelity, and higher resolution textures.

Let’s see what the launch build brings.

Check out our analysis of the Battlefield 4 “Levolution” trailer here.