DICE has confirmed that some of its updated Battlelog features won’t be available to those playing Battlefield 4 on PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.
Speaking with Engadget, Battlelog assistant producer, Jesper Nielsen, stated that Battlescreen is locked to both PC and next-gen consoles. This is mainly due to the way Battlelog transfers live data via the web, with current hardware unable to keep up whilst juggling every other aspect of online matches:
Battlelog is powered by the web, and that has a lot of implications. There are a lot of different things you can do, things you can do faster, rather than building stuff in native code… It’s going to be a lot easier for us to actually update things from the in-game Battlelog than would otherwise be the case. You’d have to do patches normally; here we can actually do things almost by the flick of a finger.
Battlescreen allows players to view a map and other information on their tablet whilst in-game, doubling up as a interactive tactical display. For example, you can tap certain areas of the map to activate checkpoints for squad-mates, triggering an instant response between the app and game itself.
Regular stat-tracking and mobile loadouts will still be available on current-gen version, though Battlescreen is perhaps the service’s biggest innovation to date and one EA will no doubt continue to push.