The PS3 and Xbox 360 versions of Battlefield 3 will support 720p resolution and run at 30 frames per second, "just as 99% of all games for those platforms".
That's according to Johan Andersson, a rendering architect at DICE working on the Frostbite engine and Battlefield 3.
Fielding questions on Twitter, he said the developer is prioritising level sizes, player numbers, destruction, vehicles and varied gameplay over resolution and frame rate.
"how is that a shame?" he said. "name a single FPS game that runs at 1080p on any of the consoles? would have to do huge gameplay cuts... 99.9% of PS3 and Xbox 360 games are 720p. and a lot of them, including MW2 is way lower than that.
"we always do 30 fps on consoles, not possible to fit in vehicles, fx, scale and all players otherwise," he added. "we think huge levels, lots of players, great fx, destruction, vehicles & varied gameplay is more important than 1080p."
Battlefield 3 made its console debut on the Jimmy Fallon show last week, but the PS3 demo wasn't to everyone's liking, with some gamers complaining that it didn't stand up to the PC gameplay shown off to date.
Having already defended the console version, Andersson added: "... some console gamers have really no idea what they are playing on or what a modern PC is capable of."
Infinity Ward has said that rival shooter Modern Warfare 3 "will be locked at 60 FPS".