Wow... that sucks for you console owners. I feel sad. A year ago, DICE was ranting about Activision, saying DICE would never charge for map packs, that they truly value their community, etc..
But EA is just turning them into money whores... =/
Let's be fair, though, that shortcut kit has been around in previous games, and unlike other shooter games, guns you unlock later on are not necessarily better, they just handle differently. IN FACT, the best assault and support guns are the very first unlocks in their class, and the best engineer gun is one of the first ones as well. Of course, this is up for debate and these are just my any many others' preferences, but the truth remains that later unlocks are not "better" by default. That is something I truly appreciate about the game.