When the Xbox One releases on Nov 22, the Second Assault multiplayer map pack will be available to download for those who also pick up the launch title 'Battlefield 4.' Even though the PlayStation 4 releases a week earlier on Nov 15, it has not been announced when Second Assault will be hitting the system.
This equals a sizable win for Microsoft and its Xbox One in the early goings of the next-generation console battle. Having 'Battlefield 4' content exclusive to Xbox, even if it may be for as little as a few weeks, means that gamers who want the full experience as early as possible will have to look to Xbox One rather than PlayStation.
'Battlefield 4' isn't the first shooter to release timed-exclusive content on Microsoft's system. Activision has an agreement with Microsoft to release all 'Call of Duty' content exclusively on Xbox consoles before it reaches other platforms. 'Call of Duty' and 'Battlefield' are undeniably the top two console shooters, and now Xbox One will be getting downloadable content early for both franchises.
In the previous generation, 'Call of Duty' content would launch first on Xbox, but 'Battlefield' content was always released first on PlayStation. ‘Battlefield’ making the switch means that gamers who mostly play online shooters may be drawn to the Xbox One so that they can get the earliest access to any content that comes out for either of the juggernaut shooter franchises.
However, it is unclear at this point if all ‘Battlefield’ content will be released first on Xbox One or if it only pertains to the Second Assault pack.
Second Assault contains four multiplayer maps from ‘Battlefield 3’: Caspian Border, Operation Metro, Gulf of Oman and Operation Firestorm. All of the maps will be updated to run on the Frostbite 3 engine, just like the rest of ‘Battlefield 4.’