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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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Black Ops Cold War devs respond to Fireteam Dirty Bomb playlist issues

CoD players are currently experiencing issues with BOCW’s Fireteam Dirty Bomb playlist. The devs have now responded to the situation.

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The Fireteam Dirty Bomb playlist in BOCW has been suffering some map rotation issues which has warranted a response from the devs.

Treyarch’s newest creation, Fireteam Dirty Bomb, sees up to 10 squads fighting across a sprawling map to collect and deposit Uranium. Players must use teamwork to eradicate the enemy, find Dirty Bombs, and detonate them.

It’s a tremendous multiplayer experience that uses elements of Call of Duty’s popular Warzone mode, and the best bits of CoD multiplayer. However, players are experiencing some issues at the moment with the playlist not providing all of the available maps for selection.

The issue has prompted a response from Treyarch who have identified the problem and addressed it.

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BOCW Fireteam Dirty Bomb playlist issue

Fireteam Dirty Bomb currently has three maps for competitors to duke it out on, and these are Alpine, Ruka, and the newest addition, Sanatorium.

The game mode was experiencing issues a couple of weeks ago when it was reported that Alpine was no longer in rotation. A fix was issued soon after and it was welcomed back into the playlist for selection.

Now it seems like Alpine is the only map in rotation as the Black Ops Cold War Trello page is now reporting that Ruka and Sanatorium are not being selected.

The Treyarch team has responded to the issue with haste saying, “Update: We’ve identified the issue, are working toward a fix, and have reintroduced Sanatorium 24/7 on January 25, 2020 at 5pm/PT. Players may continue to see Alpine only when searching in FTDB modes with mixed maps.”

So Sanatorium is now officially back in the game, but only as its own exclusive playlist. Whereas Ruka fans are going to have to wait a bit longer until an official fix can successfully add the map back to mixed rotation.

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How to get Call of Duty League Stage 1 rewards

Call of Duty League Stage 1 kicks off on February 11, and by watching you can get in-game rewards such as calling cards and double XP.

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CDL Stage 1 rewards

Call of Duty League 2021 kicks off on February 11 and offers viewers a ton of free in-game items to earn, so here’s how to unlock the CDL Stage 1 viewership rewards.

Following the CDL Kickoff Classic, the Call of Duty League will officially kick off on February 11 with the Opening Weekend hosted by Atlanta FaZe.

With Dallas Empire looking to defend their title, the return of H3CZ’s OpTic, and newcomers LA Thieves looking to prove themselves, it’s shaping up to be a great year for competitive Call of Duty fans.

While watching the narratives of the year unfold, you can also earn free in-game rewards such as calling cards and double XP just for watching. Here’s how to get the CDL Stage 1 rewards.

How to earn CDL Stage 1 rewards

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To earn the free in-game rewards for the CDL launch weekend, you must have an Activision account. If you don’t have one already, you can create one on Activision.com by heading to ‘register’ in the right-hand corner.

Link CoD account to YouTube

Rewards are earned by watching CDL Stage 1 through a YouTube account linked to Call of Duty.

To link your account on PC and mobile:

  1. Open YouTube.com or the YouTube app
  2. Select your profile photo and hit ‘settings’
  3. Click on ‘Connected Apps’
  4. Locate ‘Activision’ and hit ‘connect’
  5. Sign in to your Activision account

While signed in with your linked YouTube account, watch CDL matches on YouTube, CallofDutyLeague.com, or the COD companion app to earn the rewards.

Account linking begins on Wednesday, January 27, so make sure to link accounts between then and February 11.

CDL Stage 1 in-game rewards

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For watching at least 60 minutes of the CDL opening weekend on February 11-14, you will earn the ‘cash stack’ weapon charm to hang on your weapons in multiplayer and battle royale.

And as you watch matches throughout Stage 1, you’ll earn Double XP and Double Weapon XP tokens to redeem for Black Ops Cold War and Warzone.

For watching at least three hours of the Stage 1 Major in the first week of March, you can earn three competitive CoD themed calling cards and an emblem. With these, you can channel your inner Cellium by rocking the ‘Snaked’ calling card and taunt your opponents with the ‘salty’ emblem.

With League Play confirmed to be arriving in Black Ops Cold War in the coming weeks, the calling cards and emblem will be perfect additions to complement your grind.

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Best AUG loadout to use in Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War

The AUG is one of the strongest weapons in Black Ops Cold War, so use these attachments and perks to maximize its potential.

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The AUG is arguably one of the meta weapons in Black Ops Cold War, so here are the best attachments and perks to maximize its potential in multiplayer.

The AUG appeared as an Assault Rifle in the original Black Ops and as an SMG in Modern Warfare. In Black Ops Cold War, it comes as a burst-fire Tactical Rifle. With a fast fire-rate and high damage, it’s capable of killing a player in one burst at almost any range.

With the Gunfighter Wildcard equipped, the AUG can carry eight attachments, maximizing its potential for all situations. Here are the best attachments and perks to run with it.

Best Black Ops Cold War AUG loadout

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  • Optic: Millstop Reflex
  • Muzzle: SOCOM Eliminator
  • Barrel: 18″ Rapid Fire
  • Body: Ember Sighting Point
  • Underbarrel: Field Agent Foregrip
  • Magazine: 45 Rnd Drum
  • Handle: Airborne Elastic Wrap
  • Stock: Marathon Stock

This AUG loadout takes full advantage of its one-burst potential with increased fire rate and accuracy.

For optics, it’s mostly up to you. We’ve had the most success with the versatility of the Red Dot Sights but if you want to be stronger at range, consider using a higher optic. To ensure you can take down multiple enemies without reloading, you should add the 45 Rnd Drum magazine.

To reduce recoil and keep your burst shots accurate, you should run the SOCOM Eliminator muzzle attachment and Field Agent Foregrip. These attachments combined will give a huge reduction to vertical recoil. This is vital to ensuring that all shots in a burst hit the target, increasing the one-burst potential.

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Due to this weapon being so powerful as is, the only barrel you need is the 18″ Rapid Fire. This gives a 13% increase to the fire rate, allowing you to either quickly finish the target with a second burst or take out multiple enemies in quick succession. There are no negative attributes to using this barrel, making it the best choice.

The Ember Sighting Point torch gives the AUG a boost to both its long and close-range potential. The torch reveals enemies, which makes it especially effective when players blend into the environment. It also increases hip-fire accuracy by 30%, helping you out in a tight spot.

To counter the weight of these attachments and speed it up, you should add the Airborne Elastic Wrap and Marathon Stock. These increase both your ADS and sprint-to-fire time. When moving around the map or quickly snapping onto a sniper glint at range, weapon speed is vital.

Best perks for Black Ops Cold War AUG

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Flak Jacket

With the power of explosives in Black Ops Cold War, Flak Jacket is vital. When attacking a point, there are only so many places you can be, so expect a barrage of explosives coming at you.

One Semtex or Grenade could be enough to bring you down, and you especially don’t want a random grenade ending your scorestreak.

Scavenger

There’s nothing worse than running out of bullets mid-fight, and the Scavenger perk will allow you to keep supplying as the match progresses. With Scavenger equipped, you can keep hold of your AUG all match without having to swap it out for a weapon with more ammo.

Ninja

When running around the map with the AUG, being silent will give you an extreme advantage. Whether flanking an objective or clearing out a building, having the enemies not being able to hear you will give you an easy multi-kill.

And as a bonus, having quiet footsteps means its unlikely the enemies will hear you.

The AUG is currently one of the strongest weapons in Black Ops Cold War, so try it out with these attachments and perks for yourself.

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