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Analysts believe publishers to raise prices of games for next-gen

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A new report from games researching firm IDG claims that multiple publishers are reportedly discussing raising the standard prices of next-generation games beginning this fall.

Standard editions of games have always been $59.99 since 2006, when the Xbox 360 and PS3 generation began, and has not changed since then. In that same time period, developmental costs of games has risen 100-200% for new IPs, large franchises, and more. In those same years, costs of Netflix, Amazon services, and more have steadily increased and reacted to market trends, while gaming prices have remained the same.

“Even with the increase to $69.99 for next-gen, that price increase from 2005 to 2020 next-gen is only up 17%, far lower than the other comparisons. While the cost of development and publishing have gone up, and pricing in other entertainment verticals has also gone up substantially, next-gen software pricing has not reflected these increases. $59.99 to $69.99 does not even cover these other cost increases completely, but does move it more in the proper direction.”

The first next-generation game to announce their price was Take Two with NBA2K 21. The company announced on July 2 that the PS5 and Xbox Series X versions of the new game will cost $69.99, a $10 spike compared to standard $59.99.

This could potentially be a standard for next gen, IDG predicts based on conversations with some publishers already.

He continues: “IDG works with all major game publishers, and our channel checks indicate that other publishers are also exploring moving their next-gen pricing up on certain franchises, for the same reasons outlined above.

“Not every game should garner the $69.99 price point on next-gen, but flagship AAAs such as NBA 2K merit this pricing more than others.”

Many companies are offering free next-gen upgrades for games that are releasing cross generation this fall for free, either through the platform’s services or by offering cross buy.

Activision has not announced any of their next generation plans yet. Call of Duty 2020 is expected to be a launch title for PS5 and Xbox Series X. The last generation, transitioning from Xbox 360 and PS3 to PS4 and Xbox One, the company offered upgrade options – eventually free to players.

SOURCE: GamesIndustry

Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War

When does Black Ops Cold War launch on next-gen?

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Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War arrives worldwide this November across platforms.

The title represents the first Call of Duty game to launch for the next-generation consoles. The newest entry is developed by Treyarch and Raven Software.

Some fans have been looking for clarification as to when Black Ops Cold War launches for each platform, so let’s breakdown the release dates for the different platforms.

Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War will launch on November 13 on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC worldwide.

PlayStation 5

Sony PlayStation has announced that Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War will ‘launch alongside’ the new PS5. PlayStation and Activision are continuing their marketing partnership for Call of Duty with this title.

The PlayStation 5 launches in select countries on Thursday, November 12, and the rest of the world on November 19.

Black Ops Cold War will be available on Friday, November 13 on PS5 in the US, Canada, Mexico, Japan, South Korea, Australia, and New Zealand.

Black Ops Cold War will then be available on Thursday, November 19 on PS5 for the rest of the world.

Xbox Series X | S

Activision confirmed that Black Ops Cold War will release on the new Xbox consoles.

The Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S will launch on Tuesday, November 10 in 36 countries.

Black Ops Cold War will release on Friday, November 13 on the Xbox Series X | S worldwide.

Game Editions

Here’s a breakdown of which edition you need to get for the different next-gen consoles.

PS5 Disc Edition or Xbox Series X

If you’re buying the PlayStation 5 with Disc Tray or Xbox Series X, here’s the different options available:

  • Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War Current-Gen Digital Standard Edition ($59.99):
    • The Current-Gen Digital Standard Edition is playable on the PS5 and Xbox Series X. However, this is the current-gen version played via backwards compatibility and does not include next-gen features.
    • On PS5 and Xbox Series X, players will have the ability to upgrade for $10 to the next-gen version of the game.
  • Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War Current-Gen Physical Standard Edition ($59.99):
    • The Physical Standard Edition for PS4 and Xbox One is playable on PS5 with Disc or Xbox Series X (within console family). However, this is current-gen version played via backwards compatibility and does not feature any next-gen upgrades.
    • On PlayStation 5, you can upgrade from the PS4 edition to PS5 edition for $10. Upgrades for Xbox are not available with the Xbox One Physical Standard Edition. PS5 players who buy the PS4 physical standard edition will be required to insert the PS4 game disc into the PS5 in order to play the game.
  • Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War Digital Cross-Gen Edition ($69.99):
    • The Black Ops Cold War Cross-Gen Edition includes access to both the current-gen version of the game, alongside the upgraded next-gen version of the game as part of the bundle.
    • The Cross-Gen Edition is available as a digital purchase only on PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, and Xbox Series X, Xbox One.
  • Call of Duty: Black Ops Next-Gen Physical Standard Edition ($69.99):
    • Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War for PS5 and Xbox Series X will also be available as a physical disc edition for those interested.
    • The PS5 Physical Standard Edition of the game only includes the PlayStation 5 version.
    • Xbox Series X Physical Standard Edition of the game will include a copy of the game for both the Xbox Series X and the Xbox One.
  • Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War Ultimate Edition ($89.99):
    • Black Ops Cold War Ultimate Edition includes access to both the current-gen version of the game, alongside the upgraded next-gen version of the game.
    • Ultimate Edition is available as a digital purchase only on PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, and Xbox Series X, Xbox One.

PS5 Digital Edition or Xbox Series S

If you’re getting a disc-less console (PS5 Digital Edition or Xbox Series S), here’s the options different editions available:

  • Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War Digital Standard Edition ($59.99):
    • The Digital Standard Edition can be played at no extra cost on PS5 and Xbox Series X. However, this is just the current-gen version played through backwards compatibility and does not feature any next-gen upgrades.
    • On both PS5 and Xbox Series X|S, players will have the ability to upgrade for $10 to the next-gen version of the game from their console store.
  • Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War Digital Cross-Gen Edition ($69.99):
    • The Black Ops Cold War Cross-Gen Edition includes access to both the current-gen version of the game, alongside the upgraded next-gen version of the game as part of the bundle.
    • The Cross-Gen Edition is available as a digital purchase only on PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, and Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One.
  • Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War Ultimate Edition ($89.99):
    • The Black Ops Cold War Ultimate Edition includes access to both the current-gen version of the game, alongside the upgraded next-gen version of the game as part of the bundle.
    • The Ultimate Edition is available as a digital purchase only on PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, and Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One.

Hopefully this guide helps you navigate the best edition and release date for Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War as November approaches.

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PlayStation 5: Release Date & Price announced

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Sony PlayStation has officially announced the details on the release date and the price for the PlayStation 5 console.

In an announcement, the company revealed that the PlayStation 5 will launch on November 12 in select regions, with November 19 launch in the rest of the world.

There are two editions of the PlayStation 5: The PlayStation 5 with Blu-Ray Disc Tray and PlayStation 5 Digital Edition. There are no differences between the editions beyond the disc tray.

In addition, the company also revealed the price.

  • PlayStation 5 with Disc Tray: $499
  • PlayStation 5 Digital Edition: $399

Previously, PlayStation revealed the PS5 design and hardware information during an event back in June, unveiling the new design alongside the first batch of first party games for the console.

Pre-orders will go live at retailers worldwide including PlayStation Direct, Amazon, GameStop, BestBuy, and more soon.

Check your local retailers’ site for pre-order information. PlayStation 5 accessories include the DualSense Wireless Controller, DualSense Controller Charging Stand, Platinum Headset, and Media Remote.

Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War is a launch title for the PS5. Activision is partnered with PlayStation for the new game.

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Infinity Ward dev: Xbox Series S could be ‘bottleneck’ for next-gen development

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Earlier this week, Microsoft officially announced their lower-performing next-generation console called the Xbox Series S.

The company announced that the Xbox Series S will be perform lower than that of the Xbox Series X as it’s an all digital console and priced at $299.

As part of the announcement, Microsoft presented the specifications for the Xbox Series S console.

Here’s the specifications, compared to the Xbox Series X:

The biggest differences developers have instantly noticed is the CPU clock speed of 3.4GHz and the GPU of only 4 TFLOPS compared to the 12 TFLOPS of the Xbox Series X.

Developers have stated online that the fear this could be a potential development hurdle console when games completely switch over to being ‘next-gen’ only developed. Right now, majority of 3rd party devs are making games for the PC, PS4, Xbox One family, alongside Xbox Series X, S, and PS5.

Infinity Ward’s Designer says on Twitter that the Xbox Series S could end up being a bottleneck for development when next-gen only games start to be developed, as they’ll have to develop for a console with only 4TFLOPS. PS5 has around 10TFLOPS of power in its GPU.

The first Call of Duty game to hit next-gen consoles will be Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War. The game is expected to be ‘true 4K’ on PS5 and Xbox Series X with up to 120FPS play for those consoles.

Treyarch has not stated what the performance will be like for the Xbox Series S console.

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