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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.

Helicipter flying in Battlefield 2042

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.

battlefield 2042 vehicle gameplay

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.

Image Credits: EA / DICE

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Battlefield 2042 is so broken that cheat sellers are closing shop

It appears that cheaters are leaving Battlefield 2042 behind as the game is so broken that the cheats don’t work properly.

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While cheaters have been plaguing top multiplayer titles such as Warzone and Halo, it appears that Battlefield 2042’s multitude of bugs and performance issues are preventing cheats from working properly, so sellers are closing shop.

Even though hype for Battlefield 2042 was at an all-time high after it was announced, cheaters were a worry niggling in players’ minds. DICE sought to reassure players by announcing their anti-cheat plans, but it appears these hackers are being deterred by something else entirely.

It has been reported that alongside the declining player base, Battlefield 2042’s performance issues are stopping these cheats from working properly, so they’re not being sold anymore.

Mackay saving civilian in battlefield 2042

Battlefield 2042 uses Easy Anti-Cheat – the same provider as Apex Legends and Fortnite. However, Battlefield 2042 costs around $60, so while cheaters certainly exist, it hasn’t suffered the same way these other games have.

But it appears that cheaters might be leaving Battlefield 2042 for good as the player base is too small to be worth the provider’s time, and the game is so broken that their cheats don’t even work properly.

This was first reported by industry insider Tom Henderson, who tweeted that a Battlefield 2042 cheat provider is suspending its services to the game, and “it’s not because of Anti-cheat.”

“It’s because [Battlefield 2042’s] performance makes the cheats not work properly,” he revealed, sharing a screenshot that seems to be from a cheat seller’s Discord.

In this screenshot, the cheat seller announced, “We will discontinue BF2042 from our store.”

“The reason for this decision is the ongoing performance issue of the game which affects the cheat,” they explained. “And that most people don’t use their subscription anymore since the game is dying.”

“They aren’t the only ones,” claimed content creator Mavriq. “Couple of providers stopped support cause the userbase isn’t there to justify working on the cheat.”

While a declining player base is never good for a game’s longevity, perhaps hardcore players will find some comfort in knowing that cheaters aren’t bothering to ruin matches of Battlefield 2042.

The devs appear committed to getting the game back on track though, with the Game Director giving a reassuringly candid response to complaints.

Image Credit: DICE / EA

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Fortnite adds Battlefield 2042-style Tornadoes in January 11 hotfix: Patch notes

Fortnite’s January 11 hotfix has added Tornadoes and more to Chapter 3 of the battle royale, so here are the full patch notes.

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Fortnite has added Battlefield 2042-esque dynamic weather Tornadoes and Lightning in a January 11 hotfix, so here are the full patch notes.

Battlefield 2042 sought to change the game by including dynamic weather effects such as Tornadoes and Sandstorms, and now Fortnite Chapter 3 has taken a leaf out of DICE’s book.

As of the January 11 hotfix, players can find Tornadoes and Lightning all over the Chapter 3 Island, as well as see the return of the Flare Gun.

Here are the full patch notes for Fortnite’s January 11 hotfix.

Fortnite adds Tornadoes & Lightning

Fortnite Chapter 3’s trailer showed off some incredible weather effects, and they’ve finally arrived in the January 11 hotfix. Now, the storms can form in the Chapter 3 Island bringing both Tornadoes and Lightning.

While Tornadoes are often lethal in Battlefield 2042, they’re actually your friend in Fortnite. They’ll lift you into the air if you get near enough, and then “You’ll spin round and round ‘til you choose to glide to safety — or if you stay spinning long enough — ‘til the twister spits you out.”

And the Lightning isn’t to be feared either. While it deals a small amount of damage and sets the surrounding area on fire, Lightning will give you a temporary speed boost. You can get struck by lightning by jumping into the water below the cloud or reaching the highest land point below it.

And don’t worry about getting struck over and over again, “Lighting doesn’t strike twice back-to-back.”

Fortnite Flare Gun returns

Fortnite Flare Gun

The Flare Gun has also been unvaulted in the January 11 hotfix, where you can find it in Chests, on the ground, and from Supply Drops.

This fiery weapon deals 60 damage with an area of effect and will set alight anything it touches. You can now use them alongside Firefly Jars to burn down enemy structures.

Fortnite Tornado Week

Lightning in Fortnite Chapter 3

Fortnite will include a Tornado Week to celebrate the weather effect’s arrival, with Tornadoes being far more common from January 11 until January 17 at 6 AM PT / 9 AM ET / 2 PM GMT.

Fortnite Competitive patch notes

  • Tornadoes and lightning are not included in competitive playlists.
  • Flare Guns are currently not in competitive playlists but are subject to an evaluation period.
    • During this Season, items like the Flare Gun and Shield Keg could potentially be introduced to competitive playlists after a one-to-two week evaluation period. In this Season in particular, we’re evaluating the viability of more mid-Season items introduced to competitive playlists than in recent previous Seasons.

For more Fortnite, you can check out everything we know about the upcoming Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle crossover.

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Battlefield 2042 dev responds to claims that bug completely resets recoil

A Battlefield 2042 player believed they found a bug that completely resets recoil, and a senior developers has issued a response.

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A Battlefield 2042 player believed they found a nifty glitch that completely reset the recoil on their weapon, but a senior developer shut down the claims.

Battlefield 2042 suffered an infamously poor launch, with Steam reportedly still offering refunds to players. However, DICE have returned from their holiday break and will be looking at the major changes that need to be made.

A player claimed that an exploit that allows players to reset their recoil flew under the radar, but Lead Game Designer Florian ‘DRUNKKZ3’ Le Bihan gave an in-depth response explaining the issue.

Battlefield 2042 soldiers in front of a helicopter

Battlefield 2042 players were extremely disappointed in the bullet spread mechanic, which made it nearly impossible to hit enemies at range. This has since been dialed back, but there appears to be another issue that completely resets recoil.

Twitter user ‘SgtDangerCow’ tweeted out that “currently if you crouch whilst firing, you essentially ‘reset’ your vertical recoil.” In the video attached, we can see the aim point moves back to the starting position, essentially resetting the recoil.

DICE’s community manager Kevin Johnson said the issue would be passed on, and tagged Lead Game Designer Florian Le Bihan, who gave an in-depth explanation.

“There really isn’t anything wrong,” explained Le Bihan. “When you go crouch the camera translates downwards which moves the point of aim down like any FPS. Recoil pitches the camera upwards as you fire which is also expected.”

He continued, “In this case scenario you are firing at an object pretty close and it just happened that when you went crouch, the camera moved down enough to more or less move your sight close enough to where your first shot was hitting.”

Le Bihan then concluded that this strategy would likely be far less effective at a longer range. While SgtDangerCow agreed with his points, they stressed that this may cause crouch spam in lower gunfights, but Le Bihan believes crouch spam is a separate issue.

So if you’re struggling to control a weapon’s wild kick at close-range, you could potentially use this trick to ‘reset’ the recoil. But this isn’t a glitch or a bug, it’s just how the game’s physics works.

For more Battlefield 2042, you can check out how many people are playing in 2022.

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