Pub­lish­er EA and devel­op­er DICE have announced a new part­ner­ship with Microsoft mak­ing Xbox the offi­cial con­sole of Bat­tle­field 2042. How­ev­er, this does­n’t mean the game is exclu­sive to it.

Accord­ing to the press release, the Xbox Series X and Series S, specif­i­cal­ly, are the ” offi­cial­ly con­soles of Bat­tle­field 2042.” All three com­pa­nies stat­ed this was to “ensure that the next entry in the Bat­tle­field fran­chise is the best one yet.” It’s unclear exact­ly what advan­tages DICE will use from the Xbox Series X|S hard­ware or what this means for the play­ers. It could be a sit­u­a­tion like what Sony has with Call of Duty, where PlaySta­tion users get access to cer­tain con­tent before every­one else.

DICE and EA also announced four oth­er part­ner­ships in prepa­ra­tion for the release of Bat­tle­field in Octo­ber: Nvidia (for the “ulti­mate PC expe­ri­ence”), Log­itech (to “ensure play­ers have Log­itech inte­gra­tion”), Polaris (to bring play­ers the oppor­tu­ni­ty to oper­ate authen­tic Polaris vehi­cles”), and WD_Black (for the “best pos­si­ble gam­ing experience”).

All five part­ner­ships are point­ing to a bol­stered Bat­tle­field 2042 game per­for­mance across Xbox con­soles and PC. Nei­ther EA nor DICE have men­tioned what this means for the PlaySta­tion con­sole and its user base.

We’ll get anoth­er look at Bat­tle­field 2042 dur­ing EA Play Live on July 22nd. 

In case you missed the news, Bat­tle­field 2042 fea­tures 128 play­er match­es on cur­rent-gen con­soles and PC, although servers will be pop­u­lat­ed by bots if real peo­ple can’t fill the slots.

Bat­tle­filed 2042 releas­es on Octo­ber 22nd for PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, and PC. You can check out our Bat­tle­field 2042 pre­order guide to see bonus­es and edi­tions avail­able to grab right now.