Battlefield 4 server rental coming to consoles, no word on pricing

Soon Xbox and PlayStation owners will be able to rent servers for multiplayer shooter, DICE says; pricing not yet divulged.

Battlefield 4 players on PC already have the ability to rent servers for the multiplayer shooter, and soon console users will have the same access, developer DICE has confirmed.

Writing on Battlelog, an Electronic Arts representative said, "Indeed, it is coming. I'm afraid we don't have any information on this quite yet, but it is coming soon!" Details on console server rentals will be shared at a later date through Battlelog.

PC players can currently rent Battlefield 4 servers for a fee that varies depending on duration and provider. Similar server rental functionality was available for Battlefield 3 across PC and consoles.

Why pay for a Battlefield 4 server? As a server administrator, you can configure game rules like making your server private/public, determining which maps and modes are played, and more. You're also able to manage players on your server and can kick, ban, and mute them at will.

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94 comments
glennm90
glennm90

I rented a 500% gulf of oman server for 6 months straight on BF3. Me and my buddies got raped on a weekly basis by other clans and such. Not once did I drop the ban hammer though (not for that reason anyway...). You find that those servers are the 48 hour passes where kids spend their pocket money on to play god for a couple of days. My server stayed full daily because everyone knew me and the other admins well and we were fair game. 


Dont worry about bad servers, you will get them, but thats why they added the favourites tab, so you can find good respectable and mature admins and a server that you know is always up and running. The DICE servers will still be there. But its nice to change it up a bit, nice long games, just the way BF2 used to be (the PC version) "good times!"

psychomas
psychomas

Finally!! Yess!! I was getting bored of small ticket matches. Can't wait to get more than 100 kills in a match!

JalalBlack
JalalBlack

Private matches anyone, it's free in COD , you can even play against bots , FREE . Why do EA and Dice treat you BF4 fans so bad?

Daemoroth
Daemoroth

 Have fun... EA will use this to shut down most of its own servers, and you'll be left with one map and 500% tickets.

Also, be extra careful that you're not accidentally better than the owners or they might kick you.

*Edit - every time I try to post a vid, it stays pending for, like, forever, so just search for 'battlefield friends administrator' if you feel like a laugh.

Sarg1010
Sarg1010

Incoming 24/7 Metro/Locker 7x or above scopes no shotguns noobtubes or c4 SWAG servers...

mikz_nyc
mikz_nyc

When this comes out,here's what you gonna have to pay : 1-your internet provider,2-buy the game,3-pay online service for the console,4-server rental,5-buy DLC 's so you don't feel left out. Godspeed.

TheWatcher000
TheWatcher000

EA is literally seeing how far they can push everyone.


The company must be in trouble, because no entity can be this reckless, tone deaf, gamer unfriendly, arrogant, and completely dismissive of their customers indefinitely.   


Maybe they are just going as insane as they can until they finally burn down.

xcollector
xcollector

So you have to pay money to play a game that is broken. Then you have to pay for a live subscription to play the broken game online. But, than you have to pay to use the online servers to get decent performance, though it will probably still suck. Then there is DLC to pay for too. Gaming doesn't seem so great anymore.

guardianofhonor
guardianofhonor

Getting kicked for using shotguns was my favorite feature from BF3, thanks DICE.

beuneus12
beuneus12

lol paying for EA's shitty server

Aaronp2k
Aaronp2k

finally I can play with my friends on the same team in the same squad without having to wait an entire match. still sucks that we have to pay for it though.

MikeManiac61
MikeManiac61

I guess the pilots are gonna ban the Stingers/Iglia again, whooopeee -_-

Jamex1987
Jamex1987

I thought PC gaming was free. 

cboye18
cboye18

I would rather pay a technical designer to fix the game to a playable level. 

pharoe777
pharoe777

Rented a server once on BF3, just so all my buddies and I could play in a private match... was fun for a little while, def not worth renting.

teller76567
teller76567

Oh wow so if i am kicking someones a*s and powning the sh*t out of them they can boot and band me at free will?? Yeah that is some bull

LingeringRegime
LingeringRegime

The audacity of EA charging for more shit after their servers don't even work half the time.   I didn't buy BF4 because nearly everyone know I told me how they can't get into a game.  

Merseyak
Merseyak

its a shame it runs and looks like shite on my xbone

S001_PRIMAL
S001_PRIMAL

so they have servers that constantly make trouble on a regular basis and now they want to rent servers...what could possibly go wrong


tigress666
tigress666

I wonder how many of you people bitching about EA still buy EA games? If so, shuttup. I'm sick of hearing you bitch about it when you refuse to do anything that might actually get them to change. EA isn't going to change cause you don't like it. They'll change when it stops making them money.

notfrylock1987
notfrylock1987

Not to be that guy but, if Im already paying for PSN+ or Xbox Live, things like these should be free to do since Im already paying to access the internet I'm already paying for anyway.

Gen007
Gen007

Yup this is what ruined BF3 on consoles for me once the rent a servers hit the game tanked hard. Why? cause the official servers vanish completely and then youre stuck playing on servers with mad stupid rules and admins. Kills someone in their clan you get the boot. Use a knife boot. You dont like playing 300,000 ticket? games oh well your in for the long haul here. Only thing youre allowed to do is stand still and die. I still stand by this being an amazing shady tactic by EA.

Link3301
Link3301

Wow the backlash from this is surprising. I think this is a great feature that will add a sense of community to console games. I hope more console games do this. I always preferred being in a community of regulars on PC than just playing with random people I won't see again.

nl_skipper
nl_skipper

What they don't mention is servers are only provided by a few select companies hand picked by EA.  There used to be a plethora of server companies you could rent from in their past games... not any more though, only the companies who are in bed with EA are supported!

dethtrain
dethtrain

This is why I avoid EA products

M3o5nster
M3o5nster

BF3 became terrible when they added rent-a-servers, so I can imagine how great BF4 will be -.-

Kalifornia
Kalifornia

Server rentals =  10 year old admins kicking everyone who shoots down/gets in their chopper.  A money grab for DICE a horrible experience for gamers.  This could all be fixed if they would let the gamer search ONLY for DICE servers and not user servers...but they wont do that.

deadpen
deadpen

@JalalBlack  I guess they have to make money some how, since when they add a different number to the end of their game title it is actually a new game.

wallacom
wallacom

@Sarg1010  Ohh yea, and more tickets!!!!!!!! a conquest with 800 tickets is a sham.

Lacarus
Lacarus

@xcollector  You pay for the rights to administrate your own server, as to boost the ticket count, the time, the score or whatever. You can still, as always, continue playing on EA's official servers. It's free for other players to play on either.

ziproy
ziproy

@guardianofhonor  I always took it as the greatest complement they could give you. You annihilated them so badly that they just couldn't go on fighting you any longer. I wasn't even using Frag rounds either.

ziproy
ziproy

@Jamex1987  SHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!! EA wants you to forget that Pc gamers have been able to host their own servers since the Stone Age. 

sanchango
sanchango

@teller76567  they're paying for the rental, not you. So if they're feeling butthurt, then yes they can do whatever they want.

drysprocket
drysprocket

@Gen007  

Totally agreed. In theory, this could be good, but it didn't work out that way for BF3. I think them taking away official servers is the huge problem.


I fucking hate EA with everything in me.

notfrylock1987
notfrylock1987

@Link3301  

you wont be saying that a few months down the road when most of the official servers shut down and your left with user servers with asshole admins and retarded rules and hacks.

Link3301
Link3301

Because they created a feature that greatly enhanced their product?

Aaronp2k
Aaronp2k

@Kalifornia  umm they did this on battlefield 3 and have the feature on battlefield 4....


you can select official servers in filter.

TheWatcher000
TheWatcher000

@ziproy @Jamex1987 

EA would like you to forget the 90's completely, when there were thousands of levels, total conversions, and maps for many games, including some of the greatest games ever made, all produced by the gamer community for FREE.


That's what "DLC" USED to be.


Gaming needs a clue (stop supporting all this money draining nonsense) and a time machine.

spartanx169x
spartanx169x

@Link3301 It only enhances the product(BF4) ff they will keep the DICE servers too. I expect them too, but who knows given the way they have been managing this new game.

Link3301
Link3301

I know, I'm just saying he picked an odd reason out of the many reasons to avoid EA products.