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Battlefield 4 open beta begins October 1

EA explains next-gen upgrade options

The Battlefield 4 open beta begins on October 1 for PC, PS3 and Xbox 360, EA has announced.

Peter Moore, the corporation's chief operating officer, also confirmed the game will release on these consoles on October 29 - meaning that the next-gen editions will release before any others.

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DICE's highly anticipated shooter will ship on Xbox One on November 19 in North America and November 21 in Europe. The Xbox One itself doesn't ship until November 22. Meanwhile, the PS4 version will release across North America on November 12 and November 29 in Europe.

The game's open beta is for current-gen systems and PC only. It features Conquest mode on the Siege of Shanghai map. Those who have pre-ordered the game have been promised extra-early access to the game, though EA has yet to specify when.

The publisher is also offering a next-gen upgrade with various retail partners in the US. Those who buy the current-gen versions of the game can upgrade to next-gen for about $10.

Similar offers exist in the UK - the PS3 boxed copy of Battlefield 4 carries a code that allows players to download a next-gen version for £10. British retailer GAME, meanwhile, is allowing customers to trade in their PS3 or Xbox 360 version of BF4 and FIFA 14 for £40 towards the next-gen versions.

EA has already pledged that player data on certain current-gen games such as Battlefield 4 can carry over to the next-gen versions.

"We want to make it simple to start playing on current-generation consoles, and then transition to the Xbox One or PlayStation 4 later," said Moore.

"Playing early on the Xbox 360 or PS3 means you will be able to learn maps, unlock items, and build stats in Battlefield 4; or create your Ultimate Teams and more in FIFA 14 and Madden NFL 25.

"You can then seamlessly carry over a lot of cool content from the current gen game to a new Xbox One or PS4 version to get a jump on the competition."

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