Ever since Battlefield 3 the user interface for the series has been a hot topic of discussion. On PC, they utilized a web browser, which some loved and others loathed. I was firmly in the latter category, though the interface itself worked well, having to close and re-launch the game all the time was a chore. Thankfully, EA has announced a new user interface for Battlefield 1, which will also be ported down to BF4 and Hardline.
“The new Battlefield user interface is designed to improve the experience of playing with friends and to bring relevant content to your attention,” reads the announcement from EA and DICE. “Now, you’re able to create a Squad before you actually enter into a game. Being able to join up with your friends and join into a game together makes it a much smoother experience, and helps make sure you’re able to spawn on your buddies as soon as you’re in the game.”
The new user interface is already being tested by a group of players, who have reported that BF4 and Hardline will have an in-game browser, making it so you no longer need to use Chrome or another web browser to access the game. Everything will be controlled inside the game, as it has been on consoles for a while.
Still, the interface will be different for all, with the aforementioned changes and a few others that DICE wants you to discover on your own. These include a new recommendation engine that will serve you with content that is specially tailored for your interests.
Another bonus feature for the new interface is that players can seamlessly transition from one game to another, as long as they own them all. So, if you’re playing some Battlefield 1 and feel a desire to jump back into BF4, you can at the press of a button.
Battlefield 1 hits PS4, Xbox One, and PC on October 21st.