Battlefield 4's multiplayer beta is coming very soon, and DICE has been keen to talk about how the game will cope with being released on both current and next-gen consoles. One of the biggest differences is that it'll far easier on next-gen for players to get hold of the latest updates. The idea is to offer an "ongoing service."
“People won’t have to struggle so much getting updates,” says executive producer Patrick Bach. “We can just push it out to them and the game is as good as it can be.”
The main advantage on next-gen is that consoles will be able to download updates and patches while the system is on standby. They should also be able to make faster work of it too.
This is good news for PC gamers, as their version of the game won't be quite so hobbled by a need to keep it within reach of consoles.
“We want to get feedback not only from the beta but also from the actual game when it’s out on the market,” says Bach. “We have a history of following up with a game for months and months after its release. So to us it’s an ongoing service.”