With every release of new hardware, there’s always a couple of years where developers support the old consoles and the new. We are fast approaching two years after the Xbox One and PS4 launched. And Call of Duty is about to deliver one of the death blows to Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.
The Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 versions of Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 are targeting 30 frames per second, not 60. The news comes from Beenox (developer in charge of Xbox 360 and PS3 versions) Creative director Thomas Wilson.
Wilson was speaking to Develop-Online about the challenges developers face when trying to port games built with the Xbox One and PS4 in mind on older hardware. “I’d say that we tried to hit that target [60fps],” Wilson said. “It becomes harder when you’re working on current gen platforms.
“We’re basically looking more at something like 30fps. But still, the experience is very enjoyable, otherwise it’s not Call of Duty,” Wilson added.
Sorry Chris, the fluidness of 60 frames per second is one of the driving forces behind Call of Duty’s popularity. Ask any Call of Duty fan why they like it, and ‘smooth’ will come up at some point. I can’t even imagine playing Call of Duty at 30 frames per second.
Hell, even Treyarch’s David Vonderhaar knows the importance of 60 fps. He told Eurogamer in 2012 that, “I’m pretty convinced Call of Duty is as popular as it is because of how fluid it can feel.”
Beenox is in a tough spot. Only hitting 30 fps isn’t a knock on their development skills. We are two years into the Xbox One and PS4 cycle, and many developers are really starting to harness the power behind both machines. The spec gap alone has to be daunting. When going from 8 GBs of RAM to 512 MB, there are bound to be concessions. Frame rate was one of them. Campaign mode was another.
What Xbox 360/PS3 owners will get with Call of Duty: Black Ops 3
If you’re still not upgrading to Xbox One/PS4 yet, here’s what you will be getting with Call of Duty: Black Ops 3.
Most of the multiplayer experience is intact for Xbox 360/PS3. Maps, modes and specialists are in. But, certain features were designed with the Xbox One, PS4 and PC in mind. The new Weapon Paint Shop and eSports tools will not be available for Xbox 360 and PS3 versions.
Black Ops 3’s Zombies mode is in. Treyarch’s latest take on Zombies is called “Shadows of Evil” and features a 1940’s film-noir inspired adventure. Check out the latest trailer below.
Black Ops I
The PS3 and Xbox 360 versions will include a bonus download for the original Call of Duty: Black Ops.
Even with Black Ops I packaged in, $49.99 is a no-go for what’s missing. If you haven’t upgraded to PS4 or Xbox One yet, keep an eye out for Black Friday sales next month. They are going to be insane.
Dell’s Xbox One bundle leaked this week. If you’re quick enough, you can grab a Xbox One Gears of War: Ultimate Edition with Fallout 4 and an extra controller for $299.
Expect similar deals in various bundles for Xbox One and PS4.
Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 will hit all platforms on November 6.