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Black Ops Cold War Editions & Upgrades FAQ

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Activision Support has shared a lengthy FAQ on their website detailing exactly the different bundles, options, and more for Black Ops Cold War and which editions are compatible with next-gen consoles.

At a high level look, here’s the key points:

  • Digital Standard Edition of Black Ops Cold War on PS4 and can be upgraded to the PS5 version for $10
  • Digital Standard Edition of Black Ops Cold War on Xbox One upgrade to Xbox Series X is “being evaluated”
  • Physical Standard edition of Black Ops Cold War on PS4 can be upgraded to the PS5 version for a fee, and it requires the PS4 disc to be in the PS5 in order to play. You cannot buy the physical PS4 edition and upgrade to PS5 version if you decide to buy the PlayStation 5 Digital Console.
  • Physical Standard edition of Black Ops Cold War on Xbox One can not be upgraded to the Xbox Series X version
  • The base, digital and physical standard edition of Black Ops Cold War can be played on PS5 and Xbox Series X via backwards compatibility if you don’t want to get the Cross-Gen bundle or upgrade, BUT you don’t get the next-gen version. It is just the standard PS4 or Xbox One version played on the next-gen consoles
  • You can only upgrade within console family (PS4™ to PS5™ or Xbox One to Xbox Series X)

Here’s the full breakdown from Activision Support:

Standard Edition Info

Digital Standard Edition – PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC on Battle.net

The digital Standard Edition features the base game Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War along with the Confrontation Weapons Pack that includes two Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War weapon blueprints, available at launch.

Pre-order and get the following rewards:

  • Early access to the Multiplayer Open Beta
  • Instant reward Woods Operator Pack – featuring a Sgt. Frank Woods Operator Skin, M4 Weapon Blueprint, Voice Quip and Finishing Move available for immediate use in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare and Warzone

Next-generation upgrade options for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Both digital console versions of Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War offer upgrades, within the same console family, from PlayStation 4 to PlayStation 5.

  • PlayStation 4 will have an option to upgrade to PlayStation 5 through the PlayStation Store.
  • Xbox One upgrade to Xbox Series X through the Microsoft Store is currently being evaluated and new information will be updated in this FAQ when available. Please see information below regarding the Xbox Series X version as part of the digital Cross-Gen Bundle.

Both current generation versions (PlayStation 4 and Xbox One) will be playable on their respective next-generation console via backwards compatibility by downloading the game from your account’s digital library. But, the game will not include any of the next-generation features, such as higher framerate, hardware based ray-tracing, faster load times, and more.

The digital Standard Edition is available for pre-order on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC on Battle.net through platform stores and select Call of Duty in-game stores.

Physical Standard Edition – PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

The physical Standard Edition features the base game Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War, and is available for pre-order now on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One through select retailers.

Next-generation upgrade options

  • PlayStation 4 version will have an option to upgrade to PlayStation 5 through the PlayStation Store. Please note: The PlayStation 4 disc must be inserted into the PlayStation 5 to access the digitally upgraded PS5 version of the game.
  • Xbox One version cannot be upgraded to Xbox Series X. Please note: Please see the information below regarding the Xbox Series X version as part of the digital Cross-Gen Bundle.

Both current generation versions (PlayStation 4 and Xbox One) will be playable on their respective next-generation console via backwards compatibility by inserting the disc into the console. But, the game will not include any of the next-generation features, such as higher framerate, hardware-based ray-tracing, faster load times, and more.

Can I upgrade the current generation physical disc version of Black Ops Cold War to work on a discless next-gen console?

A physical Standard Edition disc to digital next-generation upgrade will not operate with a disc-less console. If you choose to upgrade your physical PlayStation 4 disc to the digital version of the game on PlayStation 5, the physical PlayStation 4 disc must be inserted into the PlayStation 5 disc drive in order for the PlayStation 5 version of the game to play.

If I buy a physical copy of Black Ops Cold War on PlayStation 4, upgrade it to the digital version on PlayStation 5 and then lend or sell the physical copy, can I still play the digital PlayStation 5 version of the game I’ve downloaded?

No. For the digital PlayStation 5 version of the game to play, you must have the PlayStation 4 disc inserted into the disc drive of the PlayStation 5.

Next-Gen Physical Standard Edition – PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X

  • PlayStation 5 Standard Edition: Includes the PlayStation 5 version of the game on disc. The PlayStation 5 Standard Edition works on the PlayStation 5 console with a disc drive. This version of the game will not operate on a discless PlayStation 5. For a version of Black Ops Cold War that is compatible with the discless PlayStation 5, please refer to the digital Cross-Gen Bundle.
  • Xbox Series X Standard Edition: Includes both the Xbox Series X and Xbox One version of the game on disc.

Previous generation compatibility

  • PlayStation 5 Standard Edition will not operate on a PlayStation 4.
  • Xbox Series X Standard Edition includes an Xbox Series X disc that is also playable on an Xbox One.

What comes with the digital Cross-Gen Bundles?

The digital Cross-Gen Bundle includes the base game Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War for both console generations within the same console family. Players also will get the Confrontation Weapons Pack that includes two Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War weapon blueprints, available at launch.

Pre-order and get the following rewards:

  • Early access to the Multiplayer Open Beta
  • Instant reward Woods Operator Pack – featuring a Sgt. Frank Woods Operator Skin, M4 Weapon Blueprint, Voice Quip, and Finishing Move available for immediate use in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare and Warzone

Cross-generation compatibility

  • PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5: Purchase the Cross-Gen Bundle on PlayStation 4 and receive a digital entitlement to both the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5 versions of the game. The PlayStation 4 version will download immediately to your console when Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War launches on November 13th. The PlayStation 5 version of the game will automatically become available for download from your account library once the PlayStation 5 launches later this year. If you purchase the Cross-Gen Bundle on PlayStation 5, you will also receive an entitlement to the PlayStation 4 version of the game.
  • Xbox One and Xbox Series X: Purchase the Cross-Gen Bundle on Xbox One and receive a digital entitlement to both the Xbox One and Xbox Series X versions of the game. The Xbox One version will download immediately to your console when Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War launches on November 13th. The Xbox Series X version of the game will automatically become available for download from your account library once the Xbox Series X launches later this year. If you purchase the Cross-Gen Bundle on Xbox Series X, you will also receive an entitlement to the Xbox One version of the game.

The digital Cross-Gen Bundle is available for pre-order on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One through platform stores and select Call of Duty in-game stores.

What comes with the digital Ultimate Edition?

The digital Ultimate Edition includes the base game Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War for both console generations within the same console family and for PC on Battle.net. Players also will get the Confrontation Weapons Pack that includes two Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War weapon blueprints, available at launch.

The Ultimate Edition also includes the following Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War content:

  • One Season of Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War Battle Pass Bundle, including 20 Tier Skips
  • The Land/Sea/Air Pack for use in Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War
    • Three Operator Skins
    • Three Weapon Blueprints
    • Three Vehicle Skins

In-Game Store Ultimate Edition Bonus Content

By pre-ordering the digital Ultimate Edition from the Call of Duty: Modern Warfare and/or Call of Duty: Warzone in-game store, players will unlock 10 instant reward Modern Warfare and Warzone Tier Skips for immediate use with the current Modern Warfare and Warzone Battle Pass Season.

Pre-order and get the following pre-order rewards:

  • Early access to the Multiplayer Open Beta
  • Instant reward Woods Operator Pack – featuring a Sgt. Frank Woods Operator Skin, M4 Weapon Blueprint, Voice Quip, and Finishing Move available for immediate use in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare and Warzone

Cross-generation compatibility

  • PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5: Purchase the Ultimate Edition on PlayStation 4 and receive a digital entitlement to both the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5 versions of the game. The PlayStation 4 version will download immediately to your console when Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War launches on November 13th. The PlayStation 5 version of the game will automatically become available for download from your account library once the PlayStation 5 launches later this year. If you purchase the Cross-Gen Bundle on PlayStation 5, you will also receive an entitlement to the PlayStation 4 version of the game. The Battle Pass, Tier Skips, and Land/Sea/Air Pack content will be available for use across both the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5 versions of the game when upgrading/transitioning between console generations within the same family.
  • Xbox One and Xbox Series X: Purchase the Ultimate Edition on Xbox One and receive a digital entitlement to both the Xbox One and Xbox Series X versions of the game. The Xbox One version will download immediately to your console when Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War launches on November 13th. The Xbox Series X version of the game will automatically become available for download from your account library once the Xbox Series X launches later this year. If you purchase the Cross-Gen Bundle on Xbox Series X, you will also receive an entitlement to the Xbox One version of the game. The Battle Pass, Tier Skips, and Land/Sea/Air Pack content will be available for use across both the Xbox One and Xbox Series X versions of the game when upgrading/transitioning between console generations within the same family.

The digital Ultimate Edition is available for pre-order on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC on Battle.net through platform stores and select Call of Duty in-game stores.

SOURCE: Activision Support

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How to get the Ray Gun in Black Ops Cold War Zombies

Follow our easy guide to get your hands on the most powerful weapon in CoD: Black Ops Cold War’s Zombies modes.

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You can’t have Call of Duty Zombies without having the most powerful weapon to feature in the franchise. The Ray Gun is back, and here’s how you can equip it in Black Ops Cold War.

It’s single-handedly the reason why so many Zombies players have lost thousands upon thousands of points to the Mystery Box. It’s the reason why Zombies players have been able to reach Level 100+ in Zombies. The Ray Gun is simply unstoppable – and you need it.

The fast rate of fire combines nicely with the gun’s supremely overpowered nature which probably makes the Ray Gun the most powerful weapon in CoD. Whether if it’s to blast a group of Zombies in a confined space in Die Maschine, or you need some serious crowd control in Cold War’s Outbreak mode.

Here are a few ways that you obtain your very own Ray Gun.

Where is the Ray Gun in CoD: Cold War Season 2?

Ray Gun Method #1 – Die Maschine Coffin Meme Easter Egg

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An easy way to get yourself a Ray Gun is to complete Die Maschine’s Coffin Easter Egg. The viral meme was Black Ops Cold War’s first proper Zombies Easter Egg to do, and upon completion, gamers can earn some great rewards.

One of those rewards can be a Ray Gun, and although it’s not a guarantee by any means, this is an effective way to increase your chances of securing one. If you’re unsuccessful, you’ll still be rewarded with points and various other necessary resources.

You can read a full guide here on how to do the Coffin Dance Easter Egg.

Ray Gun Method #2 – Aether Crystals

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When entering the Dark Aether, you will notice strewn about the place some shiny purple crystals emanating a mystical aura. You will want to make the most of your time in this realm by smashing as many of these as you can.

Aside from points, these crystals also have the ability to drop a free Perk or two, and if you’re really lucky – a Ray Gun. It’s extremely unlikely they will, but keep smashing and hope for the best.

Ray Gun Method #3 – Mystery Box

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The original way of picking up a Ray Gun is still as tried and tested as its original appearance back in Call of Duty: World At War.

As usual, it’s the same as trying to earn the Jackpot on a slot machine, it could take you 5 spins, it could take you 50. But that’s a lot of points to be throwing away on probable Sniper Rifles and various other weapons useless for Zombie-killing.

If you’re later in the game and have points to spend, or just simply crave a Ray Gun, then find one of the Mystery Box locations.

Ray Gun Method #4 – Outbreak Golden Loot Chest

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One of Outbreak’s exclusive ways of securing a Ray Gun are the very rare Golden Loot Chest’s that can only be obtained by completing a side mission.

Here’s how to find and complete the side mission:

  1. On your map, look for a symbol that looks like a cloud with a lightning bolt striking a chest
  2. Approach the chest and hold the prompted button to activate the side quest
  3. Lots of Zombies will now teleport into your location
  4. You need to keep killing them until they stop spawning
  5. Once you’re certain the area is clear, approach the Golden Loot Chest and hold the use button
  6. It will spew a host of rewards, including the Full-Power ability, and hopefully a Ray Gun

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Black Ops Cold War player uses bizarre Superman glitch to score a kill

An incredible bug in CoD: Cold War has been found that can turn players into Superman. One player did this to score an amazing kill.

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Everyone has dreamed of being Superman at some point, and one Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War player was able to do just this thanks to an insane glitch.

CoD: Cold War has had its fair share of weird and wonderful moments that defy the physics and mechanics of the game. From leaving players quite literally legless to turning the game into Lord of the Rings, Cold War has had a few oddities.

But if you thought those were slightly peculiar, then you need to feast your eyes on this crazy glitch that saw one CoD: Cold War player take flight. Not only that, but they even had the audacity to capitalize on this by pulling off an unbelievable no-scope in midair.

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The moment of madness comes courtesy of Reddit user OhhZio who took advantage of the truly freakish bug they encountered during a game of Black Ops Cold War.

During a game of Fireteam: Dirty Bomb, the player parachuted down as normal to deploy into Alpine, and they flew straight into a ladder.

They didn’t cling to it and ascend or descend to reach a part of the building, they instead jumped off and headed off in a different direction – parachute still engaged.

The next sequence was remarkable as the player was able to fly directly into several trees, bounce off of them, and gain elevation in doing so. They seemingly had the power of flight and took full advantage by quickly equipping their Sniper Rifle and delivering a killing blow to an enemy through a house window – whilst no-scoping.

The top comment for the clip said, “In all my years of playing and watching Call of Duty, this is the best clip I have ever seen.”

We’d be hard-pressed to disagree as the footage is fantastic, but it does raise a question as to why players are suddenly able to transform into Superman without donning his cape.

Whether this is a one-off or a repeatable bug, it’s probably something Treyarch will need to look into to avoid having a Fireteam lobby resembling the DC Universe.

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When is the next Cold War & Warzone Double XP event?

We have the dates and times for the next CoD: Cold War and Warzone Double XP event to help rank, weapon, and Battle Pass progression.

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With so many Prestige levels, different weapon levels, and Battle Pass levels in Cold War and Warzone, it’s only natural to want more XP. Here’s when the next CoD Double XP event is going to be.

XP has been a vital component of Call of Duty’s multiplayer for many years. It’s the quintessential upgrade mechanic that allows you to increase your in-game level and provide you access to better gear and attachments.

Every now and again CoD will throw out some awesome Double XP events that allow players to increase their earnings and level everything up faster. Season 2 of Cold War and Warzone has already provided lots of new content to help the race for XP, and now another ample opportunity is being offered.

This will be the final one for Season 2 as Season 3 is set to begin shortly.

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How to get Double XP in CoD: Cold War & Warzone Season 2

It’s been announced that Call of Duty’s next Double XP promotional event will officially start on April 16 and will expire on April 19.

PlayStation players will actually get a head start on Xbox and PC players by a full 24 hours. Meaning that PlayStation users can start earning Double XP from April 15.

What time does CoD: Cold War & Warzone Double XP start?

Here’s a full list of the event’s start time & dates in some of the key timezones:

  • EST – 1pm
  • CST – 12pm
  • PST – 10am
  • GMT – 5pm

Double XP will be available on Black Ops Cold War’s Multiplayer and Zombies, and all currently available playlists in Warzone.

As well as your player level, the boost will also apply to the Season 2 Battle Pass too.

These special Double XP Events usually occur during a weekend, and this one is no different. It naturally gives players the most free time as it’s away from school hours and generally when people are off work.

If you’ve got those last few items to clean up on the Battle Pass, or you’re a touch shy of Prestige Level 200, then this is a great opportunity to try and do just that.

Don’t miss out on leveling up and getting the new Season 2 additions, the FARA 83 and LC10, added to your best loadouts!

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