Introduced in Battlefield 3, the Battlelog system showed promise as the primary interface for the PC version. Console fans, however, were less compelled to interact with it. DICE hopes to change that with Battlefield 4.
On next-gen consoles, the Batttlelog experience is nearly indistinguishable from the PC version and fully integrated into the game. In the top right corner of your screen, a quick glance will tell you how many friends are in BF4 matches and if you have any mission challenges available. If you want the full Battlelog experience, you can pull up the overlay at any time. Here, you get the full suite of features, including stats, weapon loadouts, leaderboards, and player profiles.
DICE is also doubling down on the connected experience with an improved companion app for mobile and tablet devices. Instead of just perusing your stats while away from the game, this new app gives you real-time functionality that can come in handy while you're in a map. Rather than diving into the menus to change your loadout in between respawns, you can use the touch interface (which DICE claims is more user friendly) to tweak your weapons. Hit save and you can immediately carry them onto the battlefield. You can also remote join another friend's game straight from the app. As soon as you select your new server, you will leave the game you're currently playing and jump into queue. The final banner feature for the new app is the Battle Screen, which allows squad leaders and commanders to issue orders directly from the app.
Other features worth noting are the Geo Leaderboards, which show you where you stand amongst other Battlefield players in your region, and a new emblem creation that lets you create a logo that appears on your gun, soldier, and vehicle.
To read a deeper dive on these features, head to the Battlefield blog.
Battlefield 4 launches on PC, Xbox 360, and PlayStation 3 on October 29. The PlayStation 4 and Xbox One versions launch on November 12 and 19, respectively.