Released almost two years after Battlefield 3, the sequel Battlefield 4 had a lot to prove; after all Battlefield 3 is considered to be one of the best multiplayer games, the game that is responsible for converting a lot of gamers into hardcore FPS fans. In 2013, EA and DICE decided to come out with Battlefield 4, a bigger and better sequel that offered larger than life environments that were fully destructible as well.
However, the one question about Battlefield 4 always remained. Is Battlefield 4 cross-platform? Available on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Microsoft Windows, one would assume that EA and DICE would make this multiplayer success a cross-platform but the truth might surprise you.
Is Battlefield 4 Cross Platform?
Sadly, Battlefield 4 is not cross-platform. I do understand why this might come as a shock to some but there are multiple reasons behind that.
For starters, the game was released back in 2013, at that time, the concept of cross-platform was barely there as the console wars were on the rise. Sony, Microsoft, and Steam/Origin had an opinion that there platforms are more superior than others.
Another reason is that back in 2013, there were not a lot of technological advancements that would make cross-platform possible. Sure, the PS4 was an exceptionally powerful console but it simply did not have enough power to match the same power a PC would possess, and therefore, the idea of cross-platform was not on the list.
Last but not the least, Sony was always the biggest proponent against cross-platform support because it found that opening cross-platform support would be unfair to the players and the company itself. It was not until September 2018 that Sony decided to open cross play after a public outcry. Still, even in 2022, Sony is not as open to the idea of cross-platform support as Nintendo or Microsoft, for that matter.
These are the reasons why Battlefield 4 is not cross-platform.
For a game that is still alive and kicking as the servers are still operational. Battlefield 4 is a behemoth of a multiplayer game that people play on a daily basis. It is understandable that cross-platform is not supported for the game and that too, for a number of reasons that I have mentioned above.
However, as the gaming landscape changes and becomes more inclusive to having multiplatform support, there is a possibility that future Battlefield games and other multiplayer games could end up having full support of cross-platform.
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