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Battlefield 4 on PS4 “spotting” done via R1 button, DICE said to offer “alternate” trigger scheme to L2/R2

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Just yesterday, we talked about how Battlefield 4 is taking advantage of the PS4′s DualShock 4′s touchpad, and tilt sensors.

Now, we also know which button will be used to “spot” enemies, which button knife takedowns have been switched to and more.

Over on Reddit, eSports commentator and BF4 live-stream host GoldenboyFTW (Alex Mendez) has divulged a few BF4 details from his hands-on with the PS4 version at gamescom.

First off, he mentions how R1 is now used to spot, which readers using controllers on PC will be familiar with. While holding the R1 button is known to bring up a radial menu (commorose on console), tapping it will “spot” enemies.

I had a chance to play the PS4 version at Gamescom and spotting is done with R1 for sure. Oh and it plays wonderfully!

Of course, seeing as R1 will be used for spotting/radial menu, and the R2 trigger is now being used to fire your gun, where does this leave the knife button? Well, it seems it’s either going to be mapped to the circle button or by pushing in R3 (which was used to crouch and go prone). Here’s Mendez’s response:

It was either circle or pushing in the R3 button.

I know what you’re thinking; if knife takedowns are using the circle or R3 button, where does that leave the “use” and “prone” inputs? Sadly, that’s not clear for now. However, there is a silver-lining for those who cringed when DICE revealed that aiming down sight and firing will be relegated to the L2/R2 buttons instead of the PS3′s L1/R1 configuration.

According to Mendez, DICE will be offering an “alternate” control scheme, though he mentions using L2 and R2 are “very comfortable.”

You will feel very comfortable with it BUT they said they are providing the alternate version.

Well, there you go. Hopefully, offering an alternate control method should make Battlefield console vets feel right at home straightaway.

For more on BF4, make sure to read up on how DICE won’t be making yearly iterations of the franchise, the complete weapon camos detailed, and how the final base game will have 7 game modes across 10 multiplayer maps.

Thanks, Jonathan Mejia!

20 comments on “Battlefield 4 on PS4 “spotting” done via R1 button, DICE said to offer “alternate” trigger scheme to L2/R2

  1. Spotting just needs to go… It’s been a lame addition since the beginning considering how badly it’s spammed. I can however see a benefit from taking that ability away from individual players and giving it to the MAV…

     
    • It’s not spammed enough. Out of 10 BF players, you’d be lucky to see 2-3 people spotting for their team. It’s very annoying when you’re an engineer and no one even spots a friggin’ tank or chopper so you know where they are. =(

       
      • Varies from game to game I guess… I’ve had the opposite problem on PC matches with 32 or more players.

         
        • That would probably be because of the sheer amount of players on PC. On consoles, as we are atm, you really don’t see people spotting at all.

           
  2. shooting rapidly with pistol with R2 button is slow and painful…… I´d rather shoot with R1 button that has short and sharp movement

     
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