BF3 custom servers for PS3, Xbox 360 may cost $300 per year

By Alan Ng - Mar 9, 2012

The announcement of three new expansion packs for Battlefield 3 was surely news to celebrate, but there was also one major announcement for console players – confirmation from DICE that you’ll soon be able to rent and create custom private servers on the Xbox 360 and PS3 versions of the game.

If you play the PC version, you’ll know that this feature has been available from launch and it obviously gives a lot more freedom to PC players and lets them decide what kind of specific features they want added or restricted on a particular map.

Now this is coming to console very soon and now means that console players can pay to set up private servers, which will come in very handy for clan battles and for moments when you just want to play without certain weapons – such as the USAS + frag combo which seems to be running riot at the moment on maps like Operation Metro and Grand Bazaar.

EA hasn’t disclosed specific information on the custom server feature for console yet though, such as price or when it will be available for use. Since these are private servers though, they’ll be hosted by independent companies like on PC, so we could already have an indication on how much console players will have to cost.

Take GameServers for example, they offer private servers for Battlefield 3 on PC starting at just under $20 USD a month for a 16 player server without Ventrilo. We’re guessing that voice prices won’t be included in the console private servers so for those of you that are looking to rent a 24 player public server for one year, you are looking at around $300 for the year. This isn’t too bad if you are in a clan at the moment and divide the cost between your members, so this could be an option for a lot of you.

This is just a rough idea of course, we’ll have to wait and see what the official prices will be once EA release further details. Would you be willing to cough up a small fee in order to customize BF3 servers to your liking? One example which you could do is just set up an aircraft only server, with jets and choppers enabled only, which could be quite fun for unique challenges.

Let us know what you intend to do with your server if you rent one.

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  • Austinator23

    I think its dumb theyre going to make people pay for something that should have been there in the first place. there’s thousands of unused public servers that are active all the time. how about they shut down some of those servers that no 1 ever plays on and use the new room to make private servers FREE.

  • NgTurbo

    Yeah, custom servers on console have a lot of possibilities. Imagine if DICE somehow found a way to allow vehicles on some maps that wouldn’t usually have them on normal servers.. like scout helicopters on Kharg Island and Caspian border for example. Would make a completely different game..people would pay for that.

    • Ferkins

      i think it,s just a way to bring in pay as you play which we will all have to do shortly !

  • Ruze84

    Actually, to Shea and Axe, custom ‘room’ options are available for many games on the market for console players, including Rainbow Six Vegas and Vegas 2, as well as Halo 3 and Halo Reach.  These have to other problem of host favoritism, but that’s often a moot point for ‘nickle and dime’ players who won’t dish out the dough to have a live account or pay for dlc.

    That said, this isn’t new for Battlefield, either. In fact, in BF2 it was common to find favorite ‘custom’ servers and meet groups of people with similar mindsets.  Like the anti-jet whoring crowd, and anti-helo fans.  These guys payed for their servers, and if you liked what they did, you donated a few bucks yourself.

    I’d setup a server with ifv’s and scout helo’s, that skipped Tehran Highway, Wake Island, and Damavand Peak in an all-out TDM setup.

  • Joker80422

    $300 dollars a year to have a private server? You got to be kidding. Look, I have a ps3 & I like some of the items that bf3 brings to the table. However, EA stated they release the game early, because of mw3… They release a game early, a unfinished product, in order to get some cash. Plus, Dice stated that they would not drop some minor graphics, this would have given everyone that owns a ps3 or xbox360 32 players per match; not 24 players per match.

    Now, I really did not like the new mw3. but at least they have private matchs (for free); you may not be able to fully customize them, but its free. Mw3 may not have the best looking graphics; however, mw3 wanted better gameplay over better graphics. That said, EA give us our money back; I would rather play COD at least they can patch their game & keep their players updated.

    • ThatOneGuy

      Its more expensive to keep dedicated servers up.

  • matonking

    would be easier if they just removed the friggen usas + frag wouldn’t it. The rest of the game is fine.

  • sheabutter

    I love how this option was available on the Socom the on PS2 yes the PS2 the ability to make ur own rooms and select map rotation and weapons.  Fast forward 10 yrs and we are still doing p2p in COD games and haev no options available to us.  Still cant over the fact that it was absolutelty free on playstation and now i am paying $60 a year for XBOX and dont get any customization in my online games.

    • Axe99

      Yup – DICE gives us last-gen options and charges!  You can set up custom servers in KZ2 as well, and custom rooms (although no PW) in KZ3.  Warhawk had similar, and Starhawk will have ’em (all for free).