According to EA, Battlefield 3 garnered 3 million pre-orders by the day of its release. It is unknown at present whether these figures are worldwide or just for the US. The pre-order total makes it “the biggest first-person shooter launch in EA history”, according to the publisher. The engine is beautiful on the PC and very demanding of the partnering hardware.
The system performs well, averaging 67 frames per second throughout our test environment. This drops under 60 frames per second a few times, although the frame rate generally holds above this sweet spot.