Battlefield 3 server rental $25 per month

Latest patch for DICE's modern-day shooter lets players lease virtual battlefields for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC.

Console and PC gamers eager to secure their own piece of DICE's Battlefield 3 can now do so, with the launch of dedicated server rental for the modern-day shooter.

Gamers can rent their own little piece of Battlefield 3 for $1.50 per day.

As detailed on Battlefield's website, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC gamers can secure a server for 120 Microsoft points ($1.50) per day, 560 Microsoft points ($7) per week, 2,000 Microsoft points ($25) per 30 days, or 4,800 Microsoft points ($60) for 90 days.

Server renters can tailor the shooter experience in a number of ways to their liking. Renters can determine which maps and game modes will be included in rotation, kick and ban players at will, and designate VIPs: players who can skip to the top of queues.

The rentable servers arrived as part of a larger Battlefield 3 patch that found its way to the PC and PlayStation 3 versions of the game last week. This update brought a long list of fixes and tweaks to the shooter, which can be perused in full at the Battlefield blog.

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Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and would like to see the Whalers return to Hartford.

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metal_zombie
metal_zombie

how expensive would it be to build and run your own server

Krispykleen
Krispykleen

I hate EA for this. They totally ruined this game for me. Now every time I play this game I get booted by the host for no reason. They need to change this. I don't wanna play on somebody's server. I just want to play the damned game. Why do they have to fuck everything up.

Xellos976
Xellos976

@Scottisme well maybe i didnt write it but i meant every game other than bf3 (even cod!) allows you to use your pc as a server @GriffinBalls well just make that halo for xbox and crysis for pc

Scottisme
Scottisme

@Xellos976 well for starters it's not on the PC or Xbox and allot of people prefer a modern setting (battlefield ARMA, ghost recon, ranbow six, Operation Flashpoint etc) when it comes to being a more authentic battlefield experience, obviously it can't be authentic if it's it the future I'm just saying there are only a few large scale games that are set in the future that use more realistic warfare with vehicles and what not as opposed to a paintball match which COD is , plus is killzone even large scale warfare it's more halo style is it not?

mike300zxt
mike300zxt

@General_Myke74, I don't follow your point. All current gen consoles have sold more games for more $ and more profit than in the early 2000s, so regardless of whether the "cost" of making games is up, the fact is, on average game devs are making higher profits today than they did last gen. All this online pass BS is just devs finding more ways to get more $ from consumers, while providing less and less value out of the box.

mike300zxt
mike300zxt

@lockedge, I see what you're saying, but I think there's a balance. Just because 3 people buy a game used doesn't mean they would have bought it new, which is what the game devs try to claim. If I can only afford a used Ferrari, that's not a lost sale for a new Ferrari! We all have a fixed budget, and can only spend so much on games. The popularity of used games just shows there is a pricing problem with new games, and that the used market serves the needs of consumers with lower budgets. The industry could easily solve this problem, but they chose instead to whine and complain and blame used games.

Xellos976
Xellos976

killzone 3 is completely free and allows you to make custom servers yet ppl play cod and bf3

tenz01
tenz01

@brynhyfryd I don't care what kind of connection you have, you will not be able to host anymore than 12 players even if you have a T1-T3. @all This is actually cheap price considering the normal prices for rental servers across other FPS games over recent years. I know we all want to hate on EA for milking every penny, but what did you guys expect them to do? Give out free servers?

brynhyfryd
brynhyfryd

So why would I need a server to be able to do that. Players should be able to host their own games using their own connection. BF3 made EA a profit of $1.03 billion ending September 30 2011. Yet they are not satisfied so need to milk yet more cash. EA are a bunch of con artists.

DarkMellie
DarkMellie

The Xbox version of PS3 has been needing a shakeup. I would absolutely love a 1000 ticket Metro only server or a Flyboys server... and while I'm not going to spend that money, someone will, so thank you to whoever that is. Also, if you think it costs too much, have a look into how much it costs to rent a server for PC... it's not cheap. Anyway, great move, really looking forward to seeing what combinations are available.

rmartinezdl
rmartinezdl

Meanwhile im MW3 you can have your own server at the cost of unlimited lag! :D

TheIfym20
TheIfym20

So why do we need an online pass if we are going to have to pay more money????

Sigil-otaku
Sigil-otaku

EA wonders why it got voted worst company in america :/ Always trying to rip people off. And for gods sakes make sure Bioware makes a game and then doesn't have half the features removed in the sequel. It's ruining the continuity of every game I play of theres.

Cru3lGam3r
Cru3lGam3r

I think its not worth it I can just buy My own dedicated server than renting one from EA.

zenstrata
zenstrata

The point here is they are charging for something that should be free. And as for the 'cost' of persistent online servers. . . they are as cheap as turning on your home PC and loading a server client up on them. This server client should be released with the main game already. People should be able to load this up on their home computers and run it from there. I should not have to pay some company extra money every month for something that should come with the game! In fact, I will not buy this game because of this. Nor will I buy any game from a company that tries to squeeze unfair amounts of cash from gamers with these types of marketing tactics. They won't be getting one penny out of me.

twztid13
twztid13

@Lockedge 1 last thing. You keep mentioning the people that pay $55 instead of $60 for a game. I highly doubt that the percentage of gamers that do this is very substantial at all, but I applaud the ones that choose to do that at EB & GS, where you get the EXACT SAME PRODUCT for the 2 prices. You get an OPENED, gutted, stickered up box & a scratched disc that either a gamer, or an employee has taken home & played. Why would you pay more for the exact same product? Consumers are there to buy the game, not to fund some EA exec's yacht. You need to be mad at EA & Gamestop's business practices, not the savvy gamer that spends their money how they choose. Your harsh judgement is misplaced, imho.

twztid13
twztid13

@Lockedge I find it unfortunate the publishers (not devs, as they don't do anything beyond what they are paid/told) have suckered you into believing that the online passes, dlc schemes, etc. are a result of used games. They are the result of greed. Nothing more. If the market was being hurt by used sales, you best believe these greedy companies would be getting in on it. They use it as a crutch to blame the gamers for their inadequate products (I mean c'mon...If used games were so 'evil', the publishers would bring the pain/competition/SOMETHING to Gamestop, and not punish their law-abiding customers).

twztid13
twztid13

@Lockedge I buy the games that interest me & that I want to play. I think others should, too. Say what you want about the prevalence of used games, and how terrible they make you feel, but I think every gamer should buy the games they want, in the manner they want. If they want to buy a CE for $300 (Dirt 3 CE), fine. If they want to buy AC:Revalations for $55, fine (but I bet the dummies that bought day 1 new were mad when it was $30 everywhere, new, a week later, lol). How I buy my games is irrelavent to that point I'm trying to make. You should decide how you buy games, and I should decide how I buy my games (and where, and in what condition). That is all.

PugnaciousBOA
PugnaciousBOA

should be fun getting kicked for stupid s**t

Lockedge
Lockedge

@twztid13 I wasn't aware initially that used game sales were so prominent. Over time it started to wear on me and I eventually found a better job where I wouldn't feel guilty at work. *shrug* My goal to push new game sales just wasn't catching on, and it wasn't worth trying anymore. Say what you will about how the market works, and the economy. If someone has $55 to spend on a game, they have $60 to spend on a game. And while used game sales aren't killing devs, they're forcing them to throw in contingency plans like DLC and DRM that publishers want. I just figure, if you don't support a game due to DRM, don't buy it at all. Don't play it at all. Support devs that don't use DRM. Get The Witcher 2 or Galactic Civ rather than Assassin's Creed 2 or Portal. But a lot of gamers don't. They see no DRM as easy pirating(hell, most DRM is easy pirating), and just pirate the DRM-free games anyway instead of supporting the games, and in turn, games that are DRM-free.

crazyintheface
crazyintheface

I don't understand renting a server. For what reason? You can already play for free. What am I missing?

p40tomahawk
p40tomahawk

holy cow Id rather download software and have my own dedicated server that way then spend 25 Bucks a month

shad0wmoses
shad0wmoses

They charge these prices because they know that there are people out who will pay them. If someone wants to lay down $60 bucks for a dedicated server of their own, by all means, go ahead. I'll be more than happy to save my money for Halo 4 when it comes out.

twztid13
twztid13

@Lockedge Did you not loathe used sales before you helped support a company, whose main profit comes from used sales? Odd that you would compromise your ethics for money. Weird how that works, huh?

twztid13
twztid13

@Lockedge Why do these game companies that Do loathe used games sales, give the number one place for used games (Gamestop), the best preorder deals. They lure people into this store, then whine because people buy from it. If something is hurting your business, you don't help it out. Capitalism is a great system, imho. If you have a better product, people will buy it. Don't like that someone else is making profit off of something they bought legally? Give them a better choice (whether it's cheaper games, or competition). If anyone can offer up GS some competition, it's the biggest game publishers in existence. You don't treat your paying customers like criminals, and make it even harder for the casual audience you "oh, SO want to woo" by draconian DRM measures & hurdles for us to jump through. As long as companies do that, I hope people buy used. In America, we should have the choice to buy used if we want to. The DMCA & 1st sale doctrine says used is legal, and until that is overturned, let them make good games, at a decent price, if they want to survive (as it's worked this long, and will continue to). The whole world's economy is bad now. That's why Zipper & other studios are closing. NOT because of used games. Sure the David Cage's want to blame the failure of their games on used sales. It's not. Opportunism at it's worst.

supertom221
supertom221

This is bulls***. Valve would never take that amount of money for Counter Strike. This is bulls*** EA. You don't even allow mods, what's the f***ing point to even open a server at this price?? You just want to kill off requests and still cop out and say you did what you were asked.

CocaColaNinja
CocaColaNinja

Don't make servers so this doesn't even affect me

fightingfish18
fightingfish18

This isn't something to complain about. There have been dedicated server rentals for various games for a LONG time now. What people should be complaining about is not being able to create their own private games for free. i.e. the server goes offline when the host leaves, you know, how multiplayer used to be? Dedicated server =! Private game hosting

DrBob27
DrBob27

@AdamKAME88 Yeah, yeah, yeah, you and every other chump who throws their toys out of the pram.

nyran125
nyran125

you know whats coming next dont you? Starts with S

white_wind
white_wind

so this is like creating your own semi private online session, only more expensive. I don't blame EA because they know there are many "young adult" turds that will pay more for anything FPS.

AdamKAME88
AdamKAME88

I would pay 50 bucks to smack the living hell out of the owner of EA. Its time the consumer really let it be known that this money hungry crap is too much. I now will not buy a game from EA ever again.

ROTTENCORPSE666
ROTTENCORPSE666

Thats nice, too bad the new patch has ruined the game...it makes spawn camping on foot and the now invincible chopper so much easier, and has made the mortar (spawn camping defense) unusable now by making it unable to deploy unless you are right in the middle of everything. Lock on range to target air vehicles is now alot shorter making it almost impossible to lock on to a air vehicle...yet they still refuse to make the destroyed MCOMM stations off limits to spawn campers. Its bad enough this game fails by letting the choppers hover over your spawn (WITH UNLIMITED FLARES) but it also allows the other team to camp your spawn and take your vehicles....good job and making an already broken game worse...oh, but we can rent a server...WOW, thats awesome....morons

Yusuke420
Yusuke420

I think this solves the problem of the endless **** about dedicated servers. Put your money where you mouth is people!

omghaxor45
omghaxor45

these developers swear as if their games are like gas. we DONT need your pathetic games to live! raising your prices, stopping the trade of used games, and rushing to release a game first WONT help your company. make it the way it used to be!

omghaxor45
omghaxor45

the price is rediculous this should be free all pc games do it for free why cant they?

Setho10
Setho10

Renting server space costs money. I don't see what people are complaining about. As long as the controls for server masters are good enough I could see people who would want this. Back when I played Counter Strike there were a ton of dedicated servers paid for by fans. These weren't run by Valve, but you can't get a free server. No game offers this for free that I know of. PC games will often let you set up your own servers but you still have to pay someone for the server space or buy your own server and run it off your home connection which isn't always a great idea.

Damagectrl
Damagectrl

So sick of all these people QQing, if you want to buy there unlock packs or "rent" a server then dont... leave it for the morons who do.

i-rock-socks
i-rock-socks

i guess this is what the BF3 crew meant when they said sumthing about dipping into cod's fan base and were talkin all that ****. BF3 is becoming more of a joke everyday, i wish i was a cod fanboy so id feel something other than this disappointment. or maybe 40$ unlock packs and 25$ server rentals are a step forward?

liam-G
liam-G

someone correct me if im wrong but did killzone 2 have dedicated servers? i remember being able to set up a game and people being able to join from around the world. It also had custom options such as specific maps, weapons e.t.c. I didnt pay a dime for that so why would i pay for this?

partybro
partybro

game-60$, online pass-10$, sever fee-25$, hearing your opponent rage-priceless

slyguy65
slyguy65

servers arent free stop saying its a scam its just fact.

thetravman
thetravman

I don't understand this. They have power to change rules and what not, but does this only involve of a group of friends or a small community? Or does this apply to the existing community? The description here is a little vague.

Laxer04
Laxer04

well this game is being sold. i was hoping this update would come and it would be free. f you ea you will never see another dime from me

Laxer04
Laxer04

i saw this on my ps3 the other day. sadly i bought the game at launch thinking these features were included for free. just another scam from ea. im tempted to go play MGO again, all of these features are included

Unfallen_Satan
Unfallen_Satan

So, BF server rental has become easily accessible to all with an official price tag. Does this mean future BF games will have subscription-based VIP accounts? You pay $X a month and EA guarantees you an instant access spot in a dynamically generated game on its own servers. It sure beats having to pay for your own server. I wonder, general outrage aside, whether adding such an option will actually improve EA's bottom line. Have enough gamers grown sufficiently attached to BF and sufficiently apathetic about post-purchase fees that they will just take whatever EA gives to them?