rtaImageEA introduced Battlefield 4's 64-man multiplayer component earlier today at its E3 2013 press conference and touched on its "connected experience" features, which lean on smart devices to give players more information and power in battle.

From what we're gathering, with an iPad, iPhone, or whatever, Captains will be able to order around their fellow players or deliver intel using real-time mapping via their mobile device. Obviously, the gameplay implications of this is crazy huge, making this maybe the most meaningful use of mobile devices as a cross-play device we've seen so far.

Using an iPad as an over-arching strategic device seem pretty cool. You gotta wonder, though, if this is just an exclusive Xbox One feature. We'll get that detail as soon as we can. BF4, by the way, is slated to hit this fall.

  • Karzay

    So what they are going with is a makeshift WiiU controller. Nice.

  • LearnIIBurn

    Bring the Commander back into Battlefield is an extremely smart move. One of the most missed features of Battlefield 2. Hopefully this means there will also be artillery, comm stations, and other stuff to bomb and C4 to stunt a commanders power.

    The inclusion of the tablet/phone functionality is so rad. Great idea for them to pioneer on. Hope this all pans out to make Battlefield separate itself once again as a tactical squad based shooter from an arcade style FPS point grind

  • ikari_paul

    There will be an app for the PS4/PC version for sure. A official Batllelog app, maybe

    • Duhbyo47

      NFS Rivals was controlled via tablet and PS4 controllers which leads me to believe you are correct!

  • pauldavidmerritt

    "iPad as an over-arching strategic device".

    Those of you that have been intelligently following the gaming trends are probably making very educated guesses on this being used as another iAP portal--with a different marketing angle, of course :)

    Cheers for the upcoming APPSBOX WON!

  • greg1007

    I would like to point out that this is NOT an xbox one only feature. Wanna know how i know? That was pc gameplay. Did anyone think they would show something like that on anything less than pc?

    • pauldavidmerritt

      I understand BF4 to be a PC and AppsBox release, but would they showcase a game like this to dumbed down COD-ers? Absolutely. COD-ers don't understand the advanced detail and gameplay ability of PC games. Why do you think The Force Unleashed 2 was a pathetic port of an xbox game? And, yes--for PC gamers, it was a major failure (go figure).

    • SmackDatButt

      Was the gameplay twitchy and quirky? Uhh, no. If you we're you use a mouse for that gameplay, it would've shown quite easily, with the protagonist looking left and right all shakily. It wouldn't have been a good showcase.

      • CrazyDutchman73

        Well, if you were paying attention you'd notice that this was indeed on a PC (elevator scene: press E to activate the elevator). You would also notice that there was a mix, some people were using mouse and keyboard, however a fair amount had XBOX controllers. Well, if you knew anything about gaming then you'd know that you can use an XBOX controller on a PC (even wireless with an adapter, ****GASP).

        The XBOX controller on the PC is the reason why it was smooth. Although I can't think of a single person whom has any logic that would actually play this game with a controller on the PC against people using mouse and keyboard... Flying may be the only exception to this.

        You should expect Battlefield to be a PC-first franchise, it always has been (with the exception of the Bad Company games; we will forget Modern Combat... hopefully). But games will always look better on a PC. It may run better on an XBOX because it was simply ported to the PC as people have mentioned, but a PC has so much more computing power that it will almost always look better. I guess we will have to wait and see this cloud accelerated thing that XBOX and PS4 are trying though.

      • greg1007

        I posted a similar comment, but a link is keeping it moderated, good job for making those points. In fact, im going to delete my comments when they get posted finally.

  • Edosh

    That wasnt pc gameplay. That was xbox one. And bf4 if exclusive release first on xb1. Later pc and ps4.

    • pauldavidmerritt

      Yea the side-step aiming tactic (which is why I can't stand console "gaming") is always the first sign of a xbox gameplay video. I'll be happy when BF4 appears on the real, advanced gaming system, PC :)

      Sidestep aiming is a joke, it's an extra learning curve that cheapens the control tactics of what gaming was supposed to be (Even NES games don't inject dorky control "workarounds").

      Sorry for the rant. It was real fun though. Let's see how many "Nuh-ugh!!" comments I get from COD-ers (I do respect the game for its super-tight action style).

  • klingon666

    And $99 for that game and all ps4 or Xbox one

    • WarMachine

      Where are you getting that from? If your looking at Amazon those are just place holders.

  • XxNMYPeTeRxX

    Choosing a commander will be a BIG problem....

    • greg1007

      If they take a cue from Red orchestra 2, it shouldn't be. It is first come, first serve, but players with high scores are periodically given the choice of promotion. That could only be implemented if the commander is also able to simultaneously play, and it seems from the gameplay they don't, but i'm sure they can do something similar using rank, or even more simple is simply a separate matchmaking system, where people on tablets will just be placed as commander in a matched game.