Digital Foundry has released their analysis of the Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 Blackout Beta. Blackout is the first large scale mode for a Call of Duty game, featuring a high of 100 players in the same game — a big departure from the 5v5 or 6v6 Call of Duty has had in its MP since it’s start. The highest player count Call of Duty has had in an MP style mode before Blackout is 18 players in Ground War.
With the Blackout Beta, there were many questions about its performance and ability to handle the player count. Surprisingly, the beta performed quite well on all platforms with players only experiencing some issues in the game.
Digital Foundry’s analysis has revealed that the graphics in Blackout was rendered the highest, consistently on Xbox One X at 3840×2160.
Xbox One X tops out at 3840×2160, again running with a dynamic scaler. This figure isn’t common though, and I only caught it looking up at the sky while climbing ladders. Any sight of actual terrain just pulls that number down. The typical top end is 2240×1800 in my experience, while the lowest I’ve found is 1792×1800.
In terms of comparison to the PlayStation 4 Pro, the Xbox One X is able to upscale to higher graphics than the PS4 Pro.
The PS4 Pro’s typical output is expectedly lower than X’s. The typical peak is 1920×1800 for the majority of gameplay, and the lowest point I’ve measured is 1440×1080.
If you are comparing the original Xbox One to the original PS4, Digital Foundry has stated that the standard PS4 outperforms the standard Xbox One. The Xbox One runs the game at 1600×900 at its best, but can fall down to 1024×768 in heavy situations. In contrast, the standard PS4 runs it at 1920×1080 and adjusts to 960×1080 is needed.
In terms of FPS performance, the standard Xbox One runs at between 40-60FPS, mostly staying the upper 40 throughout the match and can dip based upon intensity. The standard PS4 also ranges from 40-60FPS but more consistently stays in the 50 FPS range compared to the Xbox One.
Surprisingly, Digital Foundry has stated that the PlayStation 4 Pro offers the best FPS results for the Blackout Beta when compared to all console versions — the PS4 Pro is able to stick to the upper 50s throughout gameplay, while the Xbox One X ranges from 40-60FPS depending on intensity.
Of course, the PC version offers the most customization and constant performance in Blackout as each individual’s PC set up can operate the mode at different set settings.
SOURCE: Digital Foundry
COD 2020 Teasers: Black Ops 4 Summit map, Treyarch social profile
As we opened our new crates that Activision sent through, Black Ops 4’s Summit map got an update.
The screens in the center of the map in Black Ops 4 turned on which seem to match to what some of our slides show:
There’s also a look at clocks of 4 out of the 5 locations that some of us got as part of the slides to see:
These changes do appear to be new, especially the screens with the targets on them. Analyzing older images of the maps showcase that the screens were not showing the same thing.
In addition, Treyarch has updated their cover photo on social channels.
It’s getting cold out there…
Gameplay from Black Ops 4’s canceled campaign mode revealed
A user on Reddit, r/BlackOps4, has shared what appears to be the very first footage of gameplay from the canceled campaign mode of Call of Duty: Black Ops 4.
Call of Duty: Black Ops 4, which released in October 2018, was the first Call of Duty game to not have a traditional campaign mode, instead opting to have three online-based modes.
Treyarch insisted throughout the year that they really didn’t have plans for a campaign and were focusing on an online connected experience for Black Ops 4, but many reports and sources described the campaign as being too ambitious and canceled because of issues with development.
On Reddit, a user has shared about two minutes of alpha footage of the gameplay of Black Ops 4’s campaign. The campaign, in alpha-state footage (meaning its not complete), had a very similar HUD to the MP experience of Black Ops 4. The user claims that the campaign and MP were supposed to be connected, and that’s why the HUD is so similar.
The gameplay starts by showing a message of “FIND THE AQUILUS CEO.”
Here’s the gameplay footage:
The user who posted this has not said where they got this gameplay footage as of now. He said he only has this footage, alongside an augmented footage of the engine of BO4, which he is not releasing at this time.
Double XP live in Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 through February 6
To celebrate the big game this weekend, Treyarch is activating Double XP Quad Feed in Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 this weekend – starting now.
Live in game now is:
- 2XP in MP
- 2XP in Zombies
- 2XP Party Game Moshpit
All of this is live in Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 on PS4, Xbox One, and PC. This is live through February 6 at 10AM PT.
For those still enjoying Black Ops 4, enjoy a new XP weekend!
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