In EA and DICE’s world, everybody wants to be looking at Battlefield 4 at all times. Taking a dump? You still need to be able to check your combat stats. Giving evidence at a high profile murder trial? Hey, you still might want to look for a good server so you can play when you get home. As a result, the new version of Battlelog will be trying to keep you hooked by integrating with smartphones and tablets.
The examples given in the video (below) are stuff like “Hey, have some time to spare after you’ve just been killed in the game? Why not grab your smartphone and change your loadout?” Those are good questions, Battlefield 4, but my question is: why would I not be able to change my loadout in-game during that period? Isn’t that a bit of an aggravating design flaw?
So yes, the smartablephone integration looks like a bit of a gimmick. However, since you can now use a tablet as a separate map, it does raise the intriguing prospect of using one of the monitors in a dual set-up as a permanent map screen.