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Do you need PlayStation Plus or Xbox Live Gold to play Warzone?

Warzone is a free-to-play on PlayStation and Xbox, find out whether you need PS Plus or Xbox Live Gold to join the action.

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Warzone Pacific Xbox Live Gold and PS Plus

If you’re playing on one of the next-gen consoles, it’s highly likely you pay for their premium services. For those who don’t, do you need PS Plus or Xbox Live Gold to play Warzone Pacific? We’ve got everything you need to know.

Warzone is arguably the most popular battle royale out there, with millions of players dropping into Warzone Pacific’s Caldera every day to get their first-person shooter fix. Part of the reason the game is so popular is the fact that it’s free-to-play, meaning you don’t have to pay to jump into the action.

With Warzone Pacific Season 1, now is a great time to hop on Warzone, whether you’re a returning player or new to the game. With that in mind, do you need to buy PlayStation Plus or Xbox Live Gold to play Warzone? We’ve got the answers.

Do you need PlayStation Plus to play Warzone?

For those on either PS4 or PS5, the good news is that you do not need a PS Plus membership in order to enjoy free-to-play games like Warzone Pacific.

This means you are able to also play the game with friends, in a party chat, without subscribing to PS Plus.

PS Plus costs £50/$60 for a year’s subscription, which is required if you want to play multiplayer in games like Black Ops Cold War or Vanguard. But, if Warzone is the only game you’re interested in, you can save yourself some money.

Do you need Xbox Live Gold to play Warzone?

Usually, you do not need Xbox Live Gold to play Warzone, but there’s currently a bug in Warzone Pacific where you need to have Xbox Live Gold to play.

Warzone’s developers Raven Software are aware of the issue and have listed it on their Trello board as under investigation. The majority of the dev team are on their holiday break, so we expect this issue to be fixed in the New Year.

So, much like PlayStation’s system, Xbox users should soon be able to enjoy Warzone for free without paying for an online membership.

Before April 2021, Xbox players would have had to pay for Xbox Live to play any game on their system. Fortunately, Microsoft listened to the fans and followed in the footsteps of PlayStation, allowing players to enjoy free-to-play games without getting roped into a subscription.


So, there you have it, for those wondering whether they have to pay for these subscriptions on either Xbox or PlayStation just to play Warzone, the answer is no, you do not need Playstation Plus and you’re not supposed to need Xbox Live Gold to play Warzone.

So, jump into the action and check out the game-breaking pay-to-win Warzone glitch lets you keep weapons & Perks after death.

Image Credits: Raven Software / Activision

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Warzone players call for devs to remove Shotguns after Season 3 Reloaded damage nerfs

Many now feel that Warzone’s Shotguns are pointless after the damage nerfs that came with the Season 3 Reloaded update.

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Warzone Pacific players are pretty disappointed with the Shotgun nerfs in the Season 3 Reloaded update, with some even claiming the weapon category should be removed entirely.

While some of the changes introduced in the Warzone Pacific Season 3 Reloaded update are being praised, some are not too happy with the weapon buffs and nerfs, especially when it comes to the Shotgun category.

Shotguns aren’t the most meta weapons to use in Warzone, but they have previously held their own in close-range battles. With the recent health pool change, the devs decided to nerf the damage of a variety of Shotguns, causing some discontent in the community.

SMGs have dominated the close-range battles in Warzone Pacific, leaving hardly any room for Shotguns to excel.

Things have now seemingly gotten worse for Shotguns in the Warzone Pacific Season 3 Reloaded update, as the Streetsweeper, Gallo, JAK-1, Origin 12, R-90, and Gracey Auto all had their damages reduced by 20%.

Reddit user Gtaher0 highlighted these changes with the caption “Holy Jesus,” indicating a sense of shock.

Users in the comments have chipped in, also shocked about the changes and slightly disappointed, with one player even feeling as if Shotguns should be removed from the loot pool: “Remove shotgun ground loot.”

This is mainly because, as another user states, “some shotguns don’t even have enough rounds needed to down some players.”

On the other hand, some aren’t that bothered, feeling as if most of the Shotguns that were nerfed are rarely used anyway: “Jak12 and Streetsweeper were pretty nutty. Other ones I never saw used in-game over the last 3 months.”


For more on Warzone Pacific Season 3 Reloaded, check out our guide on the new Serpentine Perk.

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Warzone players satisfied with “amazing” new Squad HUD feature

Warzone Pacific Season 3 Reloaded brought some new content to the game, including a Squad HUD feature which players are loving.

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Warzone Pacific players have been enjoying the new Squad HUD feature which came with the Season 3 Reloaded update, with some calling it “amazing.”

Warzone Pacific Season 3 Reloaded is finally here, and while players are getting to grips with the new Underground Transit System on Caldera, some are also very satisfied with the new Squad HUD feature.

This new feature gives players a clear view of the team’s resources, including the Killstreaks they are holding, the amount of money, the number of Armor Plates they are carrying, and also if they have a Gas Mask.

Although it seems like a small feature, the community is loving it, with some even describing it as “amazing.”

Reddit user Mobile750APKStore put a post up in the Warzone subreddit highlighting the new expandable Squad HUD in Warzone Pacific Season 3 Reloaded.

The feature is a nice quality of life change that gives players a better view of their teammates’ resources. This will improve the communication and flow of the game, as players will easily be able to see what their squad needs, without even having to ask or wait for a response.

The community has been reacting to this new feature in the comments of this Reddit post, with one user stating that the Squad HUD is “amazing.” In the same breath, the user hilariously also claims that it is a hindrance when it comes to lying about the number of plates you have:

“This is amazing…But now I can’t lie to my teammates about having no plates :(.”

Of course, this is actually great when it comes to teamwork, as players who lie about the number of plates they have can now be caught out and will be encouraged to share with the team.

Aside from the comedic comment, others also seem very happy with the new feature, especially as it has been asked for by the community in the past. One comment said, “I remember seeing that post and loving it. Thrilled to see that it’s become a reality.”


Hopefully Raven can continue to bring features like this to the game and make players happy. For more, check out how the brand new Champion of Caldera LTM works.

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Call of Duty players are terrified that last-gen consoles will ruin Warzone 2

Fans of the battle royale are concerned that Warzone 2’s potential compatibility with last-gen consoles could ruin the game.

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Players are hoping that the highly anticipated sequel does not include past-gen compatibility, as they fear this could completely ruin the Warzone 2 experience for current-gen users.

The next Call of Duty era is right around the corner, and excitement for Warzone 2 and Modern Warfare 2 has begun to mount ahead of June 2022. Leaks have revealed several details of the battle royale sequel including a new interrogation system and a sneak peek at what the map could look like.

Despite the overwhelmingly positive reaction at this early stage, there are players who are wary of yet to be confirmed aspects of Warzone 2. One of these unknowns is the result of the game’s compatibility with past-gen consoles.

As it stands, there has not been confirmation concerning Warzone 2’s compatibility with past-gen consoles. While we know for sure that the game will be available on PC, PlayStation 5, and Xbox Series X|S, past-gen compatibility has not been confirmed.

However, thanks to Vanguard in-game files, data miners discovered that Modern Warfare 2 will be available on PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, and PC. This reveal did not sit well with players who took to the Warzone subreddit to discuss the repercussions of a similar experience for Warzone 2.

The player who wrote the original post believes that the overall performance and quality of Warzone 2 could suffer if it has to cater to past-gen hardware. This player is worried that the same limitations holding the current iteration of Warzone back could also plague the sequel.

The comments proved that players were completely split on the issue. Some point to the shortage of current-gen consoles as a valid reason for making Warzone 2 accessible to all, “isolating people cause they don’t have new consoles is stupid and not enough people are on new gen consoles anyway.”

While others had less sympathy, stating that at a certain point developers need to move the overall experience to the next level, “once the new s*** comes out, you need the new console for the new experience and the better graphics etc.”

Early reports from renowned leaker Tom Henderson initially revealed that Warzone 2 would only release on current-gen consoles and PC, but he did not rule out the possibility of a separate version for past-gen players. This solution is similar to what the original post details, but we’ll have to wait for official confirmation from the devs to find out if this is even possible.


For more Warzone 2 news, check out how a CoD leaker showed off Warzone 2’s map & swimming mechanic.

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