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F1 2010 – PC/Console Graphics Comparison

F1 2010 – PC/Console Graphics Comparison

German PC Games magazine has released a very interesting bunch of screenshots, showing us comparisons between the console and PC versions of Codemasters’ upcoming F1 2010 title.

As you can see in the high-resolution comparison shots below, there’s quite the difference between the version both in terms of crispness and lighting. While the Playstation 3 version arguably is the least-impressive looking, the PC version comes with the sharpest textures but sports a yellowish glow the console versions lack.

Keep in mind that the PC version won’t be DirectX 11 enhanced from the get-go as Codemasters will be releasing a DX11 patch sometime after the release.

Following their maiden Formula One title that was released only for the Playstation Portable and the Nintendo Wii, Codemasters will be bringing the 2010 Formula One season to the PC, the Xbox 360 and the Playstation 3. F1 2010 has been confirmed to be released September 24.

Screenshots via PC Games

  • ZowLe

    Has PC version a HDR filter? It looks so bright imo.

  • F1Racer

    Well this one’s easy.   1st=PC,  2nd=XBox, 3rd=PS3 which looks dire by comparison.

  • Tim

    You can also adjust the gamma on the PC which would account for it being a lot brighter.

  • Himself

    Well, it was to be expected that PC will look far better than consoles on max settings.

  • NitroStar

    Can’t wait to get the PC version 😎

  • AFC

    Another game poorly optimized for PS3, even GT5 Prologue looks better than that :S

  • totalO

    I’m sorry but I’m not really noticing a big deal in the difference between the 3. I mean yes there are differences but definitely not OMG or even WOW or even “hmmm interesting” differences in my opinion.

  • Saywhat

    PC had the best graphics but the PS3 has the more realistic lighting. Xbox are way to much contrast and PC has some weird effects in it even though it looks extremely good.

  • AFC

    No offence but you need too put on glaces then, if you look at the pics from the PS3 and compare them with the XBOX360, you can clearly see the lack of texture from the PS3, and it seems to bee running at a sub HD resolution up scaled to 720p

  • Marcel Penzkofer

    Anyone noticed on the onboard-pitstop-screen, that the pitcrew on the PS3 is totally f***ed up? The crew is split into two halfs, especially the lollipop-man and the guy on the left front tyre. That looks not even better than the 2D pitcrew from Grand Prix 2.

  • bodai

    Look at the picture of the picrew working on Barrichello’s car from the outside of the car. Zoom in at the nose of the car, beetwen the front wing and the front suspension. On the PC and XBox pic, there’s a line on the edge of the car, lighter than the asphault, but it does not appear on the PS3 shot. Also, it’s funny to see the shadow of the wheels on the ground reflect the brake disk(?) and not the wheel LOL.

    At the picture that shows the “DURCHSCH…” and a speed number, check the number on the nose of the car, you can see there’s a square around the number 6, maybe a difference on the texture of the number and the texture of the car.

    Game looks pretty good. Hope it’s as good as it looks!

  • bodai

    Yes, I did. It was the first thing I noticed, but it seems like a image problem other than the game itself. After that I started a “mistake hunt” on the pics and found those I mentioned above.

  • Tim

    I see what you mean about the refletion of the wheel drums. Looking at the picture again the pit crew and the spare wheels don’t seem to be casting shadows for some reason, only the car itself, and it’s the same on all 3 versions.

  • mike88

    PC wins easily. plus the benefit of customizing should be great.

  • Creatorex

    Oh my god! the first time in this forum everyone agrees in the game’s great graphics!!!! For me the best is PC by far, more realistic and i think it will be more configurable in the in-game settings.  In any case in every platform is ok. But in pc you will get more details like roof cables and better anti-alias, reflections, etc. Even engineers look better 😛 for me Xbox looks dark, PS3 is right but looks like a little worse in quality than XBOX and PC is awesome 🙂

    I have it preloaded in Steam and see binaries but can’t run game makes me crazy 😛

  • spoonana

    it does seem a bit suspisious that the PS3 looks so bad, i don’t remember it being that bad when I played it. Also I would have thought the game developers would have caught up with the ps3 by now and possibly make them better.

  • F1Racer

    Ever thought of taking up forensic work ? 🙂

  • F1Racer

    Revenge on Sony for making their F1 titles PS exclusive ? 🙂   Seems fair.

  • Gaiajohan

    The PS3 has always been this bad with non-exclusives. Mostly the games are developed on PC and since PC and X360 are basically the same development is pretty easy. For PS3 a cheap port with some losses is mostly done.

  • kkacper

    Yes After all those years now The PS3 is getting seriously reprimanded by someone by basically making effects a lot worse for their console 🙂  (sorry just couldn’t resist,no offence to Sony but I really wanted all those PS2 and the PS3 games for pc and now we get it back better than PS  🙂 )

  • Gaiajohan

    Just have a look at the PS3 version of Mafia2. Especially take a look at the grass, or blood..

  • bodai

    LOL, I downloaded the pictures to see the difference between the platforms. After I started to compare each other, I saw those little flaws. Nothing big really. The PS3 has better contrast in my opinion. The PC version has a glare(?) effect, looks like when games started to use HDR, with all the new visual effects. If the player will be able to dial down these effects, it’ll be even better 🙂

  • felipe

    ps3 is the best console out there I didn´t need a new blu-ray player for 3d movies besides that it has the best graphics but I always stick to the exclusives!

  • Big Ron

    Oh man, another bad PS3 conversion. Too silly, that no developer learns to handle the PS3. Give applause for exclusive games.

  • Spaceman

    Looks like the PS3 version is using a Quicuxx 2xAA filter which blurs the image but it also looks like the TV isn’t set properlly to FULL HDMI mode as most of the comparison sites like to do. You can tell with the colours especially when the PS3 can do full blacks and whites. Looks so washed out.
    Bare this in mind though. You won’t get 7.1 surround sound anywhere else nor will you get to use a shiny Logitech G27 et al on the xbox console, just those cheap MS efforts. Maybe there’s a bit of a hit doing advanced controller support.
    Who bloody cares anyway. Daft not to get the PC version. Bring on the mods I say.

  • Spaceman
  • AFC

    What is odd about this is that Dirt2 uses the same game engine as F1 2010, and Dirt 2 looks as good on the XBOX360 and the PS3, while the F1 2010 with updates on the game engine looks worse.

  • Substance242

    I still like my PS3 and will continue to do so even more come November 🙂 , but Sony could really throw more RAM in it… well, too late for that. I have a decent PC but I ordered PS3 version because I’ll still take stable framerate, no technical issues, Logitech Driving Force and free online over maybe better graphics or crashing out during important race because some part of Windows decided you don’t really need your game running in fullscreen right now. 🙂  No offense, let’s all enjoy it, pity we won’t meet together in one online world. This game seems to be a sadly rare example of a project looking better and better with more infos coming, I believe at the start there weren’t many believers.

    Well, next week this time, I expect myself driving for an HRT probably, looking forward to it! 🙂   I also hope I will receive some kind of an award for not using the time shift feature on my way to Mercedes. 🙂

  • Carbonfibre

    Always nice to take an interest in these tests as the average non-spoilt person doesn’t own all systems and will never know how much PC’s will always beat consoles, muhahah!

    Yet given the choice between receiving a free xbox360 or a free PS3, who in the right mind is gonna pick a xbox?

  • F1Racer

    Actually you can use a nice Fanatec wheel on the Xbox and Playstation.

  • M

    wow the ps3 really shows off its graphical power here… nart.

    GTA4, red dead redemption, now this… I’m getting the PC version (I hope my 5850 can run it triplehead!) but it’s poor that PS3 owners get screwed with upscaled low resolution graphics. The PC shots look AMAZING. I can’t wait for this to be released, not long now Ferrari Virtual Academy will tide me over (still trying to get into the 57s) but I think I’m gonna be glued to this game for a long time.

  • spritzz

    get a life you dorks   🙂

    no matter the color temp differences its still an arcade racer’s dream

  • ennisfargis

    I think all this demonstrates is that their PS3 screen capture technique is lacking.
    Have a look at the “vgl5” pic & you can see ghosting around the text on the PS3 version but not on xbox or PC. PC is always going to look better as it is higher resolution & screen capture is accurate.
    PS3 owners shouldn’t be put off by this I wouldn’t think. It’s not like you’re ever going to run them all side by side anyway.

  • Slimjim

    the PC version seems to have the more realistic hue from the glare of the lens…
    not saying the others are bad, just a bit different.. and you never know what GPU or settings they are running on the pc version… so the thing about the pc version, everybody is going to get something a little different, depending on their system..

  • Substance242

    PS3 pictures look could also be affected by PS3 “RGB Full Range” setup option, I can see clear difference on my setup:

    Same setting is e.g. also in “Media Player Classic Home Cinema” for Windows, menu View – Renderer settings – Output range.

  • stabiz

    Based on these pics, I would.

  • Gaiajohan

    I would, but I already have both consoles. Just prefer in the X360 of them..

  • Gaiajohan

    That just depends on the screen. PS3 needs a different setting than X360 for example to get the colours the same 🙂 .

  • Husky42

    I’d take the 360, but only becuase my current 360 is RROD.  My PS3 is flawless, and i will argue it has the games with the best visuals period  I love both my consoles, however I only used my 360 to play arcade games with my gf at the time when we werent at each others houses. Live is great!

    The PS3 is just better rounded IMO, though admittedly even before the RROD neither of my consoles got much play time. My pc is where its at!

  • Der_KHAN

    i think the PC version still looks too realistic. there is still some blue left in the sky in some pictures.  they should make the colors more greyish and add more bloom!

    in fact, every scene should look like a black and white picture of the sun!

  • Explosive Face

    That’s called screen-tearing, it’s just a graphical bug.

  • Carbonfibre

    Shit, well this backfired on me. 😀

    From my point of view I have a great PC and no consoles. So considering my PC handles all my gaming needs I’ll eliminate that factor from the console and focus on the luxuries. Exclusive titles I can’t get on PC and a Bluray player, which I also don’t have. PS3 surely, but I guess if some people really have nothing at all (not even a PC) then xbox would be most logical for games, I see.

  • Dan

    They all look great to me. The pit crew look super realistic! Not like that over-animated rFactor 😀

  • Vmk

    I noticed that the Anisotropic filtering is way low on consoles, specially on PS3. The texture resoliton, even comparing to the xbox360, is horrible.

  • totalO

    I said I can see the difference but it isn’t like night and day STOP THE PRESSES different. That’s what I’m saying in particular. It doesn’t make a difference to me because I’ll be getting it for the 360 since the vast majority of the people I race with are on that console but I don’t see reason for PS3 user to be up in arms with pitchforks and torches ready to burn down Codemasters. If I had to get it for my PS3 I wouldn’t be stark raving mad about it.

  • totalO

    Don’t forget you can get a Fanatec also that can…. oh I see F1Racer beat me to it. lol.
    Fanatec rocks, it has sent my G27 to exile in the box it came in. All 10 hours of driving I did on it. lol

  • ac

    pc is where it’s at 🙂

    Don’t forget though there can be quite a difference with light and shadeing from ati to nvidia on the pc alone.

  • Ben

    You can say that again…

  • Vettel

    Very bizarre. The PS3 is way more powerful than the Xbox 360. How come it doesn’t look better on the PS3. Has to be a mistake with the version PC Games has testet.

  • Big Ron

    You forgot Mafia II…. horrible conversion

  • Gaiajohan

    The CPU is more powerful, but the GPU isn’t. And usually multi-platform games are ported to the PS3 because it’s very different than a pc or X360, Name me one non-exclusive that looks better on PS3. There isn’t any.

  • F1Racer

    Agreed.  When my G25 gave up (both of them) I opted for the Fanatec GT3RS and it took me a couple of semi-frustrating weeks to get used to it (slight diameter difference and thickness etc).
    I was 2-3s off my lap times at first.   But once I got used to it which took longer than I would have preferred, i was back on my pace and even beating my old laptimes.  
    Fanatec rock and their customer support is first class from my experience.

  • Vettel

    Assassins Creed II looked better on the PS3 than on the Xbox.

  • Gaiajohan

    Looking at this:
    I disagree. PS3 has much more tearing, lower framerate and the graphics itself are moer or less equal..

  • vik15

     Console versions have a weird violet tint on some of the pictures. PS3 looks less contrast and thus a bit more realistic with a bit more sense of an ambient lighting. Pc version plagued by overexposed spots here and there ( hdr, bloom or whatever,  the same as in many other games)
     In all versions colors are very artifical: grey,violet and too desaturated . It make some “graphical” hand painted appearance , like it was watercolored on a paper.  I can understand such approach for consoles considering how awfully over-contrasted and overs-saturated most TVs come to customers but for PC version I’d prefer to have  realistic colors.

  • SergeantBoner

    When’s the Wii-version comming out?

  • stabiz

    I dont have any of the consoles either, nothing on them I want to play. (Except Heavy Rain)

  • Spaceman

    Actually the PS3 has a both better GPU and CPU but it’s the ram that’s an issue. Plus Xbox gets AA for free were it’s a bit of a hit on PS3 so they tend to go for the blurrier 2xAA Quincux option but to be fair any developer worth his salt should be able to get around such issues. It all comes down to time and an effort. You can tell Codemasters worked primarily on PC, then quick port to Xbox thanks to its DX architecture then slapped it on PS3 and then traded off options instead of optimizing. It’s what Take2 just did with Mafia2.
    Some multiplatform games look alot better on PS3 if coded correctly. Look at Vanquish, Bad Company 2, Final Fantasy 13, Crysis2. Unfortunatlely most games are made with the xbox friendly Unreal engine because it’s cheap, this doesn’t port well to PS3
    Then you look at exclusives then the PS3 really shines with Uncharted series, Killzones and Gears of War not to mention Gran Turismo 5.
    Plus I’ve had the oportunity to try 3D Motorstorm at my local PC World and my God it’s amazing, as amazing as when I first saw Avatar.
    Remeber Dev’s don’t want to show off their programming talents anymore. It’s a buisness and they’ll do it as cheaply and quickly as they can just to get cash out of you.

  • mikemav

    ^^+2, agreed, I have several Fanatec wheels and they rock! 

  • f0xx

    PC version looks great and can be greater 🙂

  • F1Man

    Well on the console versions you can tweak with the contrast and the brightness of your TV to make it a bit better

  • F1Man

    There is no Wii version coming out.

  • mf

    Well, I’m certainly not buying an XBOX or a new PC simply because the PS3 graphics are a tad softer. I’m not sure if I’ll even notice when I’m playing the game on my PS3, actually.

  • F1Man

    PS3 version has one plus over the other two. PS3 version has most the realistic colours. The PC version looks to shiny in my opinion, whilst the Xbox 360 version is too dark.

  • Gironimo

    Easily the best is PC, and that may not even be highest settings.

    Glad i made the right choice 🙂

  • speedy

    You can tweak both in terms of color, the console version through the TV settings, and the PC version with the driver control panel. But the texture sharpness can’t be tweaked on the consoles > advantage PC.

  • Raikku

    Ok. Changed my PS3-F1 order to X360-F1, due this. That PS3 really look bad. Although now I can only use PWTS and not both PWTS + GT3 RS

  • F1Man

    PS3 looks better. Xbox 360 is too dark, PC looks to light and shiny, PS3 looks most realistic.

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  • The Thorn

    Every screen setting can be changed, and for a PC it is even better to do. This will cancel out the differences in brightness.
    But it i very game-specific if a game looks better on the PS3 or 360. This one seems to show a bit more (almost not noticeabe) detail on the 360. Another game, Assassin’s creed 2, shows better quallity on the 360 too. But there are other games that are the other way around. The PS3 and 360 are in any way just as powerfull, but the 360 costs less.
    But I will go and stay with the PC version, because I think it can even get beter.

  • Creatorex

    Keep into account that PS3 is compatible with g25 and g27 and XBOX no.

  • F1Racer

    Im going with the PC version too.  2 reasons really.  PC looked best and the DX11 patch is still to come, and also cos I don’t have a console 🙂

  • Ross Siggers

    I think (hope) he was joking 😛

  • totalO

    I got the Porshce 911 Turbo S. So I got both consoles and PC’s covered. 😉 Love the thing. Gotta be one of the few peripherials that i actually feel I not only got my money worth but got over.

  • Jack

    well i only have a PS3 and a pretty much dated computer (core 2 duo E6600 and 8600 GT)….
    i guess i will have no choice but have to go with the PS3 version

  • Gaiajohan

    And screen settings can’t be changed f1man?

  • Basement Walrus

    The PS3 version looks bad compared to the PC but I’m sure it looks fine.

  • temujin

    The tires have green borders on the PC and PS3 versions but not on the 360.  Seems like a strange difference.

  • DrTrouserPlank

    That’s because those are the option (soft tires), those without the green band are the prime tires.

  • George Foot

    PC, then PS3, with the Xbox looking very artificial.   I’m glad I got the PS3 version.   Of course static images don’t tell the whole story, I heard there are some REALLY horrible framerate dips and tearing on the Xbox version.  I’ve yet to see those problems on the PS3 version, and of course the PC version will always be shown with a £1000 graphics card and a i7 CPU (totally unrealistic spec).

    In short, unless you upgrade your PC every year with another grands worth of components, the PS3 one is the one to get.

    Well actually no, as GT5 is out soon, and there won’t be any multiplatform compromises there, it will be 100% PS3 juice powering that.

  • George Foot

    The Xbox looks really bad.  Are you sure you didn’t mix the labels up.  I much prefer the PS3 version to the Xbox one.  The Xbox has bad screentearing and framerate dips apparently too.

  • George Foot

    I laugh at idiots like you.   You fell for the media hype.  The PS3 version has better metacritic scores of Mafia II than the XBox version.

    Static images don’t protray what the entire games is like.

  • ScHiRoCk

    Only difference i see the ps3 is more dark then the other 2…

    Will PS3 version support a descent wheel?

  • Tim

    lol there’s hardly any difference between the 3 and the PS3 version is no better full stop. Stop sounding like a fan boy it makes you come across very immature.

  • Vmk

    You gotta be kidding me, on PS3 all I see its blurryness and that awful quincunx anti aliasing. Very low anisotropico settings, even the xbox 360 (that looks average to say the least) its better.

  • lee

    final fantasy blew the 360 away, stop being a drivelling fanboy

  • Bose321

    You’re saying it wrong. The G25/27 are compatible with the PS3 and PC. Not otherway around. 🙂

    If you want a nice wheel, that also supports xbox, get the fanatec, they kick logitech’s butt.

  • Pokiou

    you all missed the main effect on the PC version.. the heat coming off the back of the car.

  • Emperor Rosko

    LOL i just bought GT5 today and its absolute bollocks, stick to F1 2010 and maybe NFS shift, stay away from GT5, its like they have just slapped GT4 through the HD enhancing machine and stuck a 5 on the end!!