Battlefield 4 PS4 update features 33 fixes, tweaks, and improvements

Latest patch for DICE's multiplayer game promises to fix crashes, improve general stability, and tweak weapon characteristics.

DICE announced today that it has begun rolling out a new update for the PlayStation 4 version of Battlefield 4 that promises to fix crashes, improve general stability, and tweak weapon characteristics for the multiplayer game.

Specifically, the update will lower the rate of fire for the SRS bolt action and also reduce the muzzle velocity for the MP7 and the MTAR21. This latest Battlefield 4 patch also includes Spectator Mode improvements, among a long, long list of other fixes and tweaks. The pull March 4 PS4 patch notes are below.

As the update is spread across servers, you may experience some downtime, DICE said, and it will take a few hours in all for most of the servers to update. Today's update adds to the numerous others that DICE has released since launch for the game. More issues continue to beset the game, as DICE's Top Issues Tracker counts a handful of lingering problems.

DICE also recently addressed the "netcode issues" that are currently disrupting Battlefield 4.

March 4 PS4 Game Update Notes:

  • Several crash fixes and stability improvements
  • Various improvements for Spectator Mode
  • Tweaked timing for how long the killfeed stays on screen
  • Fixed an issue where the message "Joining Server" sometimes didn't appear when the user tried to join the server
  • Added default player slots to server browser filters
  • Fix for an issue on Silk Road where players could deform the terrain to create a big, water-filled hole
  • Fix for a bug that occurred with the end-of-round camera if the player was in the bomber in China Rising
  • Fix for an issue on Rogue Transmission where it was impossible to capture a flag while riding the quad bike
  • Prevented players from interacting with an M-Com on Siege of Shanghai after it had been destroyed
  • Fixed an issue where audio for disarming M-Coms could get stuck in an infinite loop
  • Added minimap details for missing carriers in Rush on Paracel Storm and Hainan Resort
  • Fix for an exploit that would allow players to shoot two tank shells with not enough delay between shots
  • Removed a bug where squads would get split up when transitioning between Conquest and Air Superiority
  • Fixed an issue where Defuse could get stuck in an unplayable state between rounds
  • Removed a bug that would cause players to sometimes get stuck in the killcam after having been killed
  • Fixed an issue with revive icon not being greyed out in-game on map and minimap, when the player died after getting revived in Defuse
  • General improvements and bug fixes for the Battledash and Mission create screens
  • Fixed a bug where red laser dots would get stuck on textures
  • Zoom dispersion fix. When zooming in while firing the dispersion did not lower to the new max value
  • Fixed a bug where the enemy health always displayed as full in the kill-cam
  • Fixed an issue in Defuse so killed bomb carrier can’t plant a bomb in the next round without picking up a new bomb
  • The MAV has been updated to prevent players from exploiting it
  • Improved repair rates for vehicles with different base healths
  • Tweaked volume balance and other ambience parameters on the majority of base game and China Rising maps
  • Improved the track vehicles wheel friction so vehicles don’t get stuck at relatively minor hills
  • Fixed an issue with faulty zoom levels that occurred when using click to zoom in. While sprinting and zooming, will mess up the zoom levels, from hip to zoom.
  • Improved boat physics and handling, including implementation of a system that lets players push stuck boats back in the water

Weapon tweaks:

  • THe SRS bolt action time has been tweaked and the rate of fire has been lowered
  • The GOL bolt action time has been tweaked
  • The muzzle velocity for the MP7 has been reduced
  • The MTAR21 muzzle velocity has been reduced
  • Updated the handling of the 1x scopes for Type95B1, A91, SteyrAug, SAR21, QBZ951, FAMAS, UTAS, MTAR, L85A2, and F2000
  • Updated rate of fire for the RGP7 and NLAW

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79 comments
usamah_10
usamah_10

BF4 its almost ok at some point when the servers not fucked up but everything else is ridiculously shit

i get killed while in attack or scout helicopter with freaking 1 stinger shot fuck off EA

spartanx169x
spartanx169x

They have screwed up the first maps that came with the game for Obliteration. they no longer have vehicles now. It looks like its loading the wrong maps. Its looks like its the ones for small teamDomination/conquest. All of the objectives are clustered together for each team.  China rising maps and second assault maps seem unaffected.

Alucard_Prime
Alucard_Prime

I don't understand, are these problems PS4 specific or what? Been playing this on the X1 for a while now, and it's great, don't understand all the negativity towards this. Not trying to start a PS4 vs X1 debate, what about the PC/X1 versions basically, do they ahve all these glitches? Gamespot articles always leaving out important details.

offmyed
offmyed

I played this tonight on the ps4 after downloading the latest patch and the game is still a complete mess, the main game mode is unplayable because of lag and rubberbanding, the number of bugs and glitches is unbelievable. This game wins my own personal award of the most disappointing game of all time and it had some pretty stiff competition. 

Whiskey3romeo
Whiskey3romeo

And these are the clowns that are making the next Star Wars Battlefront game?


Can't wait to see how that unfolds.


Every patch they've released for BF4 has broken far more stuff than it's fixed, especially since most of the stuff they claim have been fixed in the patch notes have not been fixed.

bigruss51
bigruss51

I have BF4 on pc and the only servers I can play on are Japanese. I want to play on servers in my own country. This is a huge problem. They make a lot of big patches but what good are they if I can't even play the game. I knew 2 years was too soon for another BF game.

BadMrSnake
BadMrSnake

and it's still as broke as ever!

cejay0813
cejay0813

Still no fix to the most important aspect of a competitive shooter... Hit detection and health... what trash this is

Mayleene
Mayleene

I am just flabbergasted.  HOW CAN THEY RELEASE A GAME WITH ALL THESE PROBLEMS?

Wasn't there a class action suit about this?  If not, there certainly should be.  This is pathetic.  Is this what development studios have become?  Release the game!!!  We can make payroll!!!  We'll fix it later!!!

WOW!  Just WOW!

panaicman66
panaicman66

yet again Dice have shown them selves up..... releasing this trash unfinished....then trying cover the crappy mess up with a bandaid... what a joke they are.


What they really should fix is the blinding obvious mistakes.... like when you shot some one in the back of the head half a dozen times, only for them to look around and kill you with a single shot of the all-mighty pistol! ....sheeze i've lost count of the times i have this happen to me...



Or been killed by a single shot from the ump-45 from about 1/2 a mile away!!!!


And when you hit a group of infantry men with the MBT main gun no one dies, same with the Midi-gun, a one second burst from this would turn you into pate!!!

ryogapower
ryogapower

none of this fixes the game. just been playing it, its still broken. they even say in the patch notes they have no plans to increase the tick-rate. the main reason for the lag. brilliant. so it will stay broken forever more then. still, they added a little symbol to tell you when their servers are losing precious packets of information. thanks dice! were drowning and you're going to great lengths to describe the water.

blprater
blprater

Yet they still have not fixed the Campaign gave saves being lost when you play multi-player for the PS4.

Messenger360p
Messenger360p

The main thing to fix with BF4 is the rubber banding/lag yet EA put out patch after patch that never fixes the main big problem with the game.


I have lost belief EA/Dice even posses the knowledge to fix the rubber banding/lag.

Arther-la-Blunt
Arther-la-Blunt

The game is not better. I now get crashes, spawn with no weapon, spawn under the map, and sound looping. I still like it though. When the game works, it is a blast.

eze_sl89
eze_sl89

i really enjoy battlefield 4 for my ps4, its the only game that i play. even tough i also have killzone, ac black flag and fifa. BF4 multiplayer is addicting as ever. And im glad EA constantly improves the game experience with their weekly patches.


BUT... the question is... why dont they just release a finished product instead of just a "beta" and then improving it along with patches?? They should hire better beta testers, this crap of having to wait like 30 minutes till the 400 mb patch downloads is getting old and is pretty annoying. 


Why should i wait for a product to improve if i paid 60 bucks for it? if they plan to do this crap every two weeks, then why dont they sell the game cheaper?


They laugh at us.. the same goes for the DLCs... EA and Activision are so greedy with their fans... its sad. 

radcrab123
radcrab123

well im playing on ps3 and all the PS3 Issues are fixed so im able to play it again finally :)

cnx2022
cnx2022

This game was my favorite of all time, but I could no longer put up with all its bullshit. I put hundreds, upon hundreds, upon hundreds of hours into this and can finally say, I can take no more.


This is why I refuse to get hyped for Titan Fall. They are doing exactly what they did with BF4. Y'all remember when about 2 weeks before launch EA came out with a BETA but in reality, it was really a DEMO for people to try out a game that was SO completely super-hyped? I mean, we all know that a true BETA is launched 6 months before the final game is launched right?


With all the hype Titan Fall is getting, the Demo (BETA) being released just a few weeks before release does look like history might be repeating itself.  

/SIGH/


Time will tell.


P.S- Patch? LOL. Just played a game 2 hours ago, en got shot through a wall. 


tansei
tansei

It would be such an amazing game, but it has way too many issues to enjoy it. I am playing it on Xbox One, and it drives me crazy.

jynxten
jynxten

Rubber banding is worse than ever. At least they added new symbols recently that tells you exactly what's going on. I can see I'm dropping packets like DHL.

Yeah, thanks for that, DICE.

progdog
progdog

Empty promises. The game is as bad, if not worse, than ever. Still crashes, still freezes, still bad hit detection, still 0 health glitch... Do I need to keep going? and now they've added some psychedelic Far Cry 3 Blood Dragon style colour scheme.

lucasj81
lucasj81

I have been very patient with this game. Every time there is a patch download prompt, I get a feeling of hope that the game will finally run smooth. This has yet to be the case. After the latest patch I had more trouble than ever. The game wouldn't get past the load up screen without restarting the entire system twice. Rubber banding was worst I've seen. I've stood up for this game to buddies and I think I'm giving up. The server absolutely sucks. I actually sit there ,on the rare occasion I get to sit in front of my system, and wonder how much time I'm going to waste trying to get online. I cross my fingers for ea server connection and when the stars align everything might work for a round or two. Then all the glitches make it un playable and I shut it down and give up. Fix the servers first please.

deadpen
deadpen

33 doesn't sound like enough!

jagcivtec
jagcivtec

No bots.  Battlefield 2 betrayers.  

Whiskey3romeo
Whiskey3romeo

So they've completely ruined Obliteration now?  The timer only 75% ruined it.  I guess they felt the need to finish the job.


The only way this franchise can survive is for EA to fire the talentless and incompetent Dice and give it to someone else.  Anyone else at this point.

anvilone
anvilone moderator

"The MAV has been updated to prevent players from exploiting it"

Maybe BF4 is still broken because they've accidentally been patching BF3 this whole time.

rainbowdashvii
rainbowdashvii

No audio fixes yet it seems? (That is unless I skipped over it)

GamersKing84
GamersKing84

What about the 0 display health of an enemy when he kills me?? rubber banding/lag? sound glitch silence at beginning of rounds and sometimes when reloading a weapon? black screen when loading certain maps? some issues still need to get resolved, but this patch will do for now!!

JamesKelly09
JamesKelly09

So have they already fixed the save file being deleted on single mode yet??

Doolz2024
Doolz2024

And yet the game will still feature massive rubberbanding. All of these fixes are WORTHLESS unless they actually bother to fix the server issues that ruin the experience for so many people.

spartanx169x
spartanx169x

Just read on the Battlelog forum that vehicles are now missing from Obliteration for a lot of the maps.

shadow580
shadow580

@Alucard_Prime  Yeah I think it's PS4 specific. At the very least, the bugs differ between platforms. I got BF4 on PC probably 3 weeks ago and don't get what all the fuss is about. On the flip side, the game doesn't seem to like some configurations of PCs according to what I've heard but, I would take the complaints with a grain of salt.


Just wanted to add, this game launched on a total of 5 platforms. That's a pretty massive undertaking for a game of this caliber, not that it makes it alright to ship first and patch second of course.

anvilone
anvilone moderator

@cnx2022 The difference is that there was next to nothing wrong with the Titanfall Beta. But I completely understand your hesitation.

bigruss51
bigruss51

@cnx2022 You put hundred of hrs into bf4 before putting it down. I could only stand to play for 30+

eze_sl89
eze_sl89

@cnx2022  You got shot through a wall? so what? that doesnt mean it was a bug. NEWSFLASH some walls can be penetrated by bullets. 

radcrab123
radcrab123

@cnx2022 thats not a glitch all bullets can go threw certain walls its called environmental destruction

vega8248
vega8248

I've had very little problems online, but my campaign has been saved at all, and I went through two levels. I even played it 4 times. I gave up and just play online now.

thorn3000
thorn3000

@jynxten you know, if you have packet loss it's your ISPs fault usually

progdog
progdog

@Whiskey3romeo  Are you kidding. The only way this franchise can survive is the opposite. DICE need to break away from the corporate scumbags EA that push them into releasing broken games to meet deadlines. Big Publishers are ruining games, not developers. Unfortunately for DICE, EA have bought them and are now running them into the ground. The only hope for good games that work are independent developers.

canuckbiker
canuckbiker

Your thinking of fascist, the exact opposite of socialist. Socialism is all about equality, and free speech.

T-Bo-_-
T-Bo-_-

@JamesKelly09 Yeah they fixed the single player save glitch in the last couple updates. I was able to complete my campaign.

Whiskey3romeo
Whiskey3romeo

@spartanx169x I cant believe what I'm reading on the forums.  I don't want to play and see for myself for the rage it will induce.

Whiskey3romeo
Whiskey3romeo

@progdog This argument doesn't fly. As evil as EA is, the time for blaming them for rushing the games release has long since passed.   Dice has had ample time to make improvements and at least fix some of the games major problems and have done little if anything other than display their growing ineptitude.


How much more time do they need to make the game ready for release?They've head hundreds of thousands of quality assurance play testers...us...beta, no, alpha testing the game for the last 6 months and all they do with every patch they release is break way more stuff than they fix.


Dice are no longer anything but a bunch of incompetent, bungling buffoons.