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How to get a PS5 or Xbox Series X – Holiday 2020 Guide

Struggling to buy a PlayStation 5 or Xbox Series X/S? Here’s how to find them this holiday season.

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Here’s how you can get your hands on a PS5 or Xbox Series X/S this holiday season.

The PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X/S are the most in-demand items of the holiday season. Stock virtually flies off the shelves, and inventories seem to run dry within mere seconds of every restock.

If you missed the original PlayStation 5 and Xbox pre-order window, you’re most likely in a situation where you are scrambling to find a system to purchase.

Don’t fret quite yet; there are still some ways to get one before the new year, if luck permits. Here are some ways to get these systems.

Stock Checker Accounts

Accounts on social media offer bots that automatically notify you when stock is available for the PlayStation 5 or Series X. It may trigger a false positive on occasion. Still, it’s mostly accurate and beneficial.

Here are our picks for stock checking accounts:

Be sure to turn on notifications for all accounts to be notified as soon as you follow them so you never miss a drop!

Where to buy

There’s nothing more annoying than trying to purchase a product with a laggy website just to figure out the product is in stock. Most retailers have fixed this issue, but we highly recommend buying a PS5 or Xbox from Best Buy if you can.

Best Buy has a queue system where you will enter a digital line. Stock will be added periodically, and if they have enough stock depending on when you added the product to your cart, you will get your console.

It’s a stress-free system that’s straight forward. Instead of spamming “add to cart” you’ll be able to sit back and wait.

PS5 Links

Xbox Series X Links

Xbox Series S Links

Drops for the system should pop up periodically throughout the week. Keep an eye on stock checkers and retailers for announcements regarding more inventory.

Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War

How to fix Black Ops Cold War Xbox Series X crash issue

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Many Xbox Series X players continue to experience crashes with Black Ops Cold War MP. The game crashes when matches are about to begin, amongst other things.

Now, many users on the Xbox Series X subreddit have identified a potential way to avoid the crash issues in matches.

Treyarch has confirmed that they’re actively investigating all crash related issues across all platforms, but have not provided a timetable for more specific fixes overall for the Xbox issue.

Crash Fix

On Reddit, users have found a way to avoid the game from crashing while entering a MP match. Here’s the fix, which is reported to work 100% time. Note: this fix is apparently working for both Ray Tracing enabled and disabled settings.

When a MP match starts up, if you notice frame rate drops (operator is jittering, or other things look off), or if the controller vibration is not working immediately, then press and hold the Xbox button until the “Turn off Console” option shows up. And then just press B to back out of that menu.

This fixes the crashes issues and will prevent the game from crashing. Users on Reddit report this works 100% of the time for them.

“I noticed this aswell everytime my game crashes but when i press the xbox button frames and vibrations are back to normal and no more crashes.”

We’ll update as we learn more from Treyarch on a more permanent fix for these issues.

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How to download Black Ops 3 for free on PS5

Get Black Ops 3 on PlayStation 5.

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The PlayStation Plus Collection for PlayStation 5 is now available for those with the console.

This new feature is a free addition to all PlayStation Plus subscribers who get a PlayStation 5. It allows PS5 players to experience a collection of games from the PS4 generation, immediately at launch for no additional charge.

Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 – Zombies Chronicles Edition is included with the PlayStation Plus Collection.

The Black Ops III Zombies Chronicle Edition includes:

Call of Duty®: Black Ops III Zombies Chronicles Edition includes the full base game and the Zombies Chronicles content expansion.

Call of Duty: Black Ops III combines three unique game modes: Campaign, Multiplayer, and Zombies, providing fans with the deepest and most ambitious Call of Duty ever.

All games as part of the PlayStation Plus Collection will be available to play immediately on your PS5 console, as long as you have an active PS+ membership.

How to Download on your PS5

  1. Navigate to the PS Plus tile at the top
  2. Click on PlayStation Plus Collection tile
  3. Scroll down to “Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 Zombies Chronicles Edition”
  4. Hit “Add to Library”

The game file is 56.7GB needed to play.

The game is yours to own so long as you are an active PlayStation Plus Subscriber.

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Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War

Fix for Black Ops Cold War PS5 hitching issues coming – UPDATE

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Treyarch has confirmed they are aware of the issues in Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War on the PS5 version since the newest update.

UPDATE – Dec 26 at 1:20PM ET: Treyarch has released a new patch update, version 1.009, for Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War on the PlayStation 5 which appears to fix this hitching issue. More information is available here.

PlayStation 5 players have been reporting issues with the game hitching and drop frames while playing multiplayer mode.

In their blog post and Trello board, the studio has confirmed they are actively investigating issues with hitching on the PlayStation 5 consoles.

Lastly, we’re aware of an issue with occasional hitching on PlayStation 5 since this update went live, and a fix is currently scheduled to release as soon as possible.

The studio also added in a new Trello card to confirm the issue is being actively investigated and a fix is being worked on.

Hitching: Players may encounter hitching while playing on PS5.

The studio confirms they want to release the fix “as soon as possible” but an exact time frame has not been given yet.

This issues seems to affect PlayStation 5 players in MP only. Zombies players are not showcasing any hitching drops to the extent of which MP is.

A temporary fix for the hitching issues is to launch the PS4 version of the game. To do this, on the console’s home screen, hover over the game, press the three dots, and select the PS4 | Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War option. Loading this up is not the next-gen version, but does provide a temporary fix till an update is available.

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