Posted by Chris Scott Barr on Mar 9, 2012

Mass Effect 3 Has Poor Frame Rate On PS3

It’s sad in this day and age when games are released on consoles that can’t even manage to keep a solid 30FPS. It means either consoles are feeling their age, or developers aren’t putting enough time into porting them, and ensuring that frame rates can be maintained throughout the game. It’s even worse when it happens to one of the biggest game releases of the year. Yes, I’m talking about Mass Effect 3.

To truly understand the issue, I recommend you watch the video over at Eurogamer. It shows a side-by-side comparison between the Xbox 360 and PS3 version. The point here isn’t to look at the details, but rather the frames per second. And frankly, it’s sad.

Now it should be noted that this isn’t necessarily indicative of how the entire game plays. However, no AAA title should dip below 30 frames per second for very long. If it happens once in a great while, it’s not a big deal, but this is extremely noticeable. Hell, it even drops below 20 frames on occasion. This is not something that should be in the final product.

What’s really interesting is that if you do take a moment to compare quality, the PS3 version does appear to have better details. Why not tone it down a bit to be more on par with the 360 version, and get more consistent frame rates? That’s exactly what PC gamers do, because no one cares how pretty the graphics are when your video is choppy.


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