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Battlefield 2042: Last-gen vs. next-gen console differences

Battlefield 2042 players on PS4 & Xbox One will play on smaller maps with less enemies than PS5, Xbox Series X, and PC.

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Battlefield 2042 officially launches on October 22, 2021, but players who purchase the game on next-gen consoles like the PS5 or Xbox Series X/S are set to enjoy a different experience compared to their PS5 and Xbox One counterparts.

After weeks of hype, Battlefield 2042 was finally announced on June 9, 2021. The first entry in the series for almost 3 years, 2042 brings three exciting multiplayer modes, although no single-player or battle royale mode at launch. On top of that, Specialists make their first appearance in the Battlefield franchise this year, with 10 characters equipped with their own abilities to help you in combat.

Set to be the biggest and most ambitious Battlefield game to date, there had been rumors that the game would skip the last generation of consoles entirely. While we now know that isn’t the case, there will be some major differences between the two versions of the game.

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Battlefield 2042 on PS4, Xbox One vs PS5, Xbox Series X, PC

During a pre-launch presentation with DICE and EA, the developers confirmed that the game was built with next-gen players in mind, with 128 players on PS5, Xbox Series X, and PC.

Unfortunately for those still using older hardware, DICE and EA state that lobbies will max out at the usual 64 players, meaning that you won’t be able to experience the same combat as those with newer hardware.

Due to the fact that there are fewer players, Battlefield 2042’s maps will be “tailored to smaller scale to ensure epic battles,” although gameplay and mid-map events will “all be the same” regardless of what platform you play on.

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In a recent briefing from Battlefield’s Senior Design Director, Dan Berlin, DICE provided more details on the differences between the two versions.

“Our intention is to ensure that nothing detracts from the overall experience of playing Battlefield 2042,” he explained. The main differences are that they’ve reduced the player count and “made adjustments to the playable area on the maps to ensure a fluid play experience.”

He reiterated that “Weapons, Vehicles, Specialists and Gadgets all remain the same no matter what generation of console you’re playing on.” Weather effects and “Environmental Hazards like EMP storms will also be experienced by all players,” he continued.

Players jumping out of a helicopter in Battlefield 2042

In the same briefing, DICE also confirmed that Battlefield 2042 will feature crossplay. However, Xbox One and PS4 users won’t be able to play with their next-gen counterparts and will be limited to matchmaking with the previous

On the bright side, Battlefield 2042 will also feature cross-progression and cross-commerce, so if you decide to either advance to the next generation of consoles or switch to PC, you’ll keep all of your progress and purchases.

While this is likely to be disappointing for those on PS4 and Xbox One, it doesn’t come as a huge surprise. While the last-gen consoles are powerful, EA and DICE have to ensure that gameplay and graphics remain spectacular, and it’s possible that the older hardware wasn’t capable of handling 124 players.

How this will actually feel while playing the game remains to be seen, and we’ll have to wait until we get our hands on the Battlefield 2042 Open Beta to be sure.

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EA reportedly bans Battlefield 2042 players using RGB software

Battlefield 2042 players claim to have been unfairly banned, and a huge percentage of these players were reportedly using RGB software.

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A ton of Battlefield 2042 players claim to have been unfairly banned, and industry insider and journalist Tom Henderson has discovered that 90% of these players were reportedly running RGB software at the time.

Battlefield 2042 suffered a problematic launch, with dwindling player numbers and a reportedly “very disappointed” EA considering making the game free-to-play in some capacity. However, it appears that the problems don’t end there, as waves of Battlefield players claim to have been unfairly banned.

Industry insider Tom Henderson has been looking into this issue and discovered that 90% of these banned users were “running some form of RGB software.”

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Battlefield 2042 opted to run on Easy Anti-Cheat, the same anti-cheat provider as Apex Legends and Fortnite. While Battlefield 2042 has been relatively cheat-free, perhaps because the game’s performance issues are causing the cheats not to work, players are claiming to have been falsely banned.

After reporting that EA closed a help forum post after there were “163 pages of people trying to figure out why they were false-positive banned in Battlefield 2042,” Tom Henderson shared his findings from talking to over a hundred banned players.

His data revealed that 40% of banned players admitted to playing in Portal XP farms, 48% were running MSI Afterburner, and 90% were running some form of RGB software.

He clarified that the RGB programs “were primarily iCUE and Logitech G Hub,” and Easy Anti-Cheat has a history of falsely flagging RGB as cheat software.

40% of the banned players admitting to using Portal XP farms is interesting, although perhaps not enough to form a correlation. Portal’s servers were full of modes where players could farm low-HP bots for easy kills, and devs Ripple Effect were quick to place a cap on XP.

Henderson explained that although some could argue it was a breach of EA’s Terms of Service, XP farms could “arguably be considered a “feature” of Portal at the time, as DICE and Ripple Effect failed to realize this could be a problem at launch.”

Neither EA nor Easy Anti-Cheat has responded to these false-positive ban claims but we’ll let you know if there are any further updates.


You can also check out DICE’s Scoreboard redesign, which Battlefield 2042 players have been begging for.

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Will Battlefield 2042 go free-to-play?

Battlefield 2042 is rumored to go free-to-play after its disappointing launch, so here’s everything we know about EA’s plans.

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Almost all of 2022’s top shooters have a free-to-play element, and there are rumors that Battlefield 2042 will follow the trend after its disappointing launch. Here’s everything we know about Battlefield 2042 possibly going free-to-play.

It’s no secret that Battlefield 2042 suffered from a poor launch. Performance issues, wide-open maps, the Specialist system, and the bloom mechanic turned away players new and old. 

Battlefield 2042’s player count plummeted, being overtaken by both Battlefield 1 and Battlefield V. EA are reportedly “very disappointed” with its launch, so will Battlefield 2042 go free-to-play to bring in more players?

Will Battlefield 2042 go free-to-play?

Battlefield 2042 player using wingsuit

Known industry insider Tom Henderson said that EA were reportedly “very disappointed” with Battlefield 2042’s release and are considering making the game free-to-play “in some capacity.”

As Henderson stated in a follow-up video, it would be a “PR nightmare” if EA made a $70-100 game free-to-play. Instead, it sounds like there are early plans to make an element of Battlefield 2042 free. 

What Battlefield 2042 modes will become free?

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Tom Henderson believes that EA are looking at making Battlefield Portal the game’s free-to-play mode. 

Henderson spoke to two analysts who agree that Portal is the most likely free-to-play option for Battlefield 2042 because it’s EA’s only option. Portal takes content from previous games, letting players create their own modes and experiences. It’s often regarded as the best part of the game, so it would be the best hook to attract free-to-play players.

There were some rumors floating around that suggested the game’s Hazard Zone mode, which features gameplay loosely based on Hunt: Showdown and Escape from Tarkov, would be free-to-play. 

However, this wasn’t the case, and it doesn’t appear that it will ever happen. Sources known to Henderson have said that there are only a few hundred people playing Hazard Zone across all platforms, so it’s unlikely that Hazard Zone will be used as a free-to-play element to bring in new players. 

When would Battlefield 2042 go free-to-play?

There’s no way of knowing when Battlefield 2042 will receive its free-to-play element, but it’ll most likely be at the start of one of its seasons. 

While no release date has been confirmed, Season 1 is expected to begin in March. Battlefield V’s content seasons lasted a few months each, so we wouldn’t expect Season 2 until late Spring.  


For more Battlefield, you can check out the design for the Scoreboard which finally arrives in February.

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Battlefield 2042 dev apologizes & removes “slap in the face” Portal mode

Battlefield 2042 added a ‘bot farm’ mode to Portal’s featured experiences, and a dev apologized before removing it.

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Battlefield 2042 devs added a new zombies mode to Portal, but it quickly became clear that it could be used as an XP farm. Players called it a “slap in the face” and a Battlefield Portal dev has since apologized and the mode has been removed.

Battlefield Portal gives players an incredible amount of tools to create their own modes using assets from previous Battlefield games and 2042. After assuring players that it couldn’t be used to farm XP, the devs almost completely removed Portal XP after the browser was full of XP farms.

The devs made changes to Portal XP in January 20’s Update 3.2, increasing the XP cap for unofficial servers. Then, they released the Zombie Survival mode that acted exactly like an XP farm and quickly removed it following backlash.

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Battlefield 2042 players have been desperate for Portal XP to be reenabled after it was removed from custom modes to prevent XP farms. Developers Ripple Effect increased the Portal XP cap in the January 20 update, but it’s still not as much as players would like.

Then, later on January 20, the devs added the Zombie Survival mode which players called an “official bot farm.” In this mode, players would battle waves of AI enemies who would be extremely easy to kill, earning a ton of XP and Mastery rewards in the process.

Twitter user 235Nuke said the Zombie Survival mode is “a slap in the face to gaming communities and others whom [sic] want to run experiences in portal. This zombie mode is an official bot farm which is why XP was restricted in portal.”

This tweet prompted a response from Ripple Effect’s Senior Design Director Justin Wiebe, who apologized.

“I’m not going to lie, this one shouldn’t have gotten through our review process,” said Wiebe. “I think our desire to create a fun zombies mode clouded our ability to see such a simple thing like the impact it would have on progression. I’m very sorry for the hardship this has caused.”

More and more players had the same complaint as 235Nuke and the developers removed the mode on January 21, replacing it with Gun Master 2042.

DICE is committed to getting Battlefield 2042 back on track, revealing that the next major patch will be Update 3.3 in February.

Then, Season 1 is expected to launch in March bringing new content such as the Exposure map.

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