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Microsoft and Sony announce partnership to explore cloud based solutions for gaming

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In an unexpected move this afternoon, Microsoft and Sony announced a partnership to explore how to apply future cloud based solutions to their respective gaming and content platforms.

Under the memorandum of understanding signed by the parties, the two companies will explore joint development of future cloud solutions in Microsoft Azure to support their respective game and content-streaming services. In addition, the two companies will explore the use of current Microsoft Azure datacenter-based solutions for Sony’s game and content-streaming services. By working together, the companies aim to deliver more enhanced entertainment experiences for their worldwide customers. These efforts will also include building better development platforms for the content creator community.

Microsoft Azure platform has been accelerating its development as Microsoft pushes towards a cloud based future for Xbox consoles, with streaming options and digital options for gaming. Microsoft attempted to do this with the Xbox One initially but was met with backlash.

Sony acknowledges in the statement that the two companies are competitors in the industry but see the benefit in working together to advance interactive content, semi-conductor chips, and AI in the industry and beyond gaming itself.

Statements from the CEO of Sony and CEO of Microsoft were shared as part of the announcement:

“Sony is a creative entertainment company with a solid foundation of technology. We collaborate closely with a multitude of content creators that capture the imagination of people around the world, and through our cutting-edge technology, we provide the tools to bring their dreams and vision to reality,” said Kenichiro Yoshida, president and CEO of Sony. “PlayStation® itself came about through the integration of creativity and technology. Our mission is to seamlessly evolve this platform as one that continues to deliver the best and most immersive entertainment experiences, together with a cloud environment that ensures the best possible experience, anytime, anywhere. For many years, Microsoft has been a key business partner for us, though of course the two companies have also been competing in some areas. I believe that our joint development of future cloud solutions will contribute greatly to the advancement of interactive content. Additionally, I hope that in the areas of semiconductors and AI, leveraging each company’s cutting-edge technology in a mutually complementary way will lead to the creation of new value for society.”

“Sony has always been a leader in both entertainment and technology, and the collaboration we announced today builds on this history of innovation,” said Satya Nadella, CEO of Microsoft. “Our partnership brings the power of Azure and Azure AI to Sony to deliver new gaming and entertainment experiences for customers.

SOURCE: Microsoft

Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War

How to install Black Ops Cold War PS5 high-resolution texture packs

Here’s how PS5 users can download new high-resolution texture packs for Black Ops Cold War, making the game look better than ever.

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How to install Black Ops Cold War PS5 high-resolution texture packs

PlayStation 5 Black Ops Cold War players have been treated to some brand new high-resolution texture packs with the Season 4 Reloaded update, so here’s how to install the Cold War PS5 high-resolution texture packs.

Black Ops Cold War’s mid-season update is almost here, finally bringing the Mauer Der Toten Zombies map, the OTs 9 SMG, and Tactical Nukes to regular multiplayer modes. On top of that, PlayStation 5 players will get some brand new high-resolution texture packs for “the best visual experience.”

Here’s when you can start downloading the new texture packs and how to apply them to Black Ops Cold War.

Black Ops Cold War PS5 high resolution texture packs

Black Ops Cold War’s Season 4 Reloaded update is now live, and all of its new content is now available for players to experience. When you launch Cold War for the first time after the update, you’ll be prompted to download the new high-resolution texture pack.

This gives significant graphical improvements to the game, making even the game look even better if you’re playing at 4K. Warzone has already received these texture packs, but now they’ve come to Cold War on PS5.

Players were met with a “This content can’t be found” error message up until now when trying to download these packs. However, they are now available for players to utilize. You will be met with an image like the one below:

Black Ops Cold War PS5 high-resolution texture packs

How to install Black Ops Cold War PS5 high-resolution texture packs

Here’s how to download the high-resolution texture packs following Season 4 Reloaded going live:

  1. Launch Black Ops Cold War
  2. Accept the on-screen download prompt
  3. Follow the on-screen steps to download and install the texture pack

If you don’t accept the prompt the first time it pops up, you can find the high-resolution texture packs through the Game Installs menu. Here’s how to do it:

  1. Launch Black Ops Cold War
  2. Click ‘R3’ (Right Analog Stick) while on the main menu to bring up File Management
  3. Locate the new high-resolution texture pack
  4. Follow the on-screen steps to download and install the texture pack

And that’s it! Black Ops Cold War multiplayer, Zombies and Dead Ops Arcade 3 will be looking their best on the PlayStation 5.

You can also check out how to get daily Double XP Tokens in Cold War Season 4 and beyond.

Image Credit: Activision / Treyarch

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Battlefield

Battlefield 2042: Last-gen vs. next-gen console differences

Battlefield 2042 players on PS4 & Xbox One will play on smaller maps with less enemies than PS5, Xbox Series X, and PC.

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Battlefield character with PS5 & Xbox Series X

Battlefield 2042 officially launches on October 22, 2021, but players who purchase the game on next-gen consoles like the PS5 or Xbox Series X/S are set to enjoy a different experience compared to their PS5 and Xbox One counterparts.

After weeks of hype, Battlefield 2042 was finally announced on June 9, 2021. The first entry in the series for almost 3 years, 2042 brings three exciting multiplayer modes, although no single-player or battle royale mode at launch. On top of that, Specialists make their first appearance in the Battlefield franchise this year, with 10 characters equipped with their own abilities to help you in combat.

Set to be the biggest and most ambitious Battlefield game to date, there had been rumors that the game would skip the last generation of consoles entirely. While we now know that isn’t the case, there will be some major differences between the two versions of the game.

Helicipter flying in Battlefield 2042

Battlefield 2042 on PS4, Xbox One vs PS5, Xbox Series X, PC

During a pre-launch presentation with DICE and EA, the developers confirmed that the game was built with next-gen players in mind, with 128 players on PS5, Xbox Series X, and PC.

Unfortunately for those still using older hardware, DICE and EA state that lobbies will max out at the usual 64 players, meaning that you won’t be able to experience the same combat as those with newer hardware.

Due to the fact that there are fewer players, Battlefield 2042’s maps will be “tailored to smaller scale to ensure epic battles,” although gameplay and mid-map events will “all be the same” regardless of what platform you play on.

battlefield 2042 vehicle gameplay

In a recent briefing from Battlefield’s Senior Design Director, Dan Berlin, DICE provided more details on the differences between the two versions.

“Our intention is to ensure that nothing detracts from the overall experience of playing Battlefield 2042,” he explained. The main differences are that they’ve reduced the player count and “made adjustments to the playable area on the maps to ensure a fluid play experience.”

He reiterated that “Weapons, Vehicles, Specialists and Gadgets all remain the same no matter what generation of console you’re playing on.” Weather effects and “Environmental Hazards like EMP storms will also be experienced by all players,” he continued.

Players jumping out of a helicopter in Battlefield 2042

In the same briefing, DICE also confirmed that Battlefield 2042 will feature crossplay. However, Xbox One and PS4 users won’t be able to play with their next-gen counterparts and will be limited to matchmaking with the previous

On the bright side, Battlefield 2042 will also feature cross-progression and cross-commerce, so if you decide to either advance to the next generation of consoles or switch to PC, you’ll keep all of your progress and purchases.

While this is likely to be disappointing for those on PS4 and Xbox One, it doesn’t come as a huge surprise. While the last-gen consoles are powerful, EA and DICE have to ensure that gameplay and graphics remain spectacular, and it’s possible that the older hardware wasn’t capable of handling 124 players.

How this will actually feel while playing the game remains to be seen, and we’ll have to wait until we get our hands on the Battlefield 2042 Open Beta to be sure.

Image Credits: EA / DICE

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Call of Duty: Warzone

How to fix Warzone’s never-ending “Update Requires Restart” loop on PlayStation & Xbox

Warzone’s developers have offered a potential fix for console players having to continuously reinstall the most recent update.

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Warzone Xbox and PlayStation players

Warzone players on console have been stuck in a never-ending update loop where they need to install the update multiple times over, but Raven Software has offered players a solution to fix this frustrating issue.

Since Warzone’s update on April 6, some console players have had to install the same updates over and over. This has continued into Season 4, and the never-ending update loop is still preventing players from accessing Call of Duty: Warzone as the download never completes.

Some players reported this issue after the mid-Season 2 update dropped, but the problem appears to be a persistent nuisance all the way into Season 4.

Fixing CoD: Warzone’s never-ending “Update Requires Restart” issue

A player sniping in Warzone

To end the update loop and access the game, players have reported that they have had to completely uninstall the game and reinstall it.

However, Raven Software acknowledged the issue in Warzone and has possible solutions for frustrated players.

Install Modern Warfare Campaign & Special Ops Packs

picadilly campaign mission in modern warfare

A solution for Warzone players that Raven has recommended is for players to have all of the game’s content installed, this includes the game’s Campaign and Special Ops side content.

Usually, players will delete the Campaign or Spec Ops once they feel they’ve played all there is to play, but in this case, it might help with the update issue.

To do this:

  1. Load Modern Warfare or Warzone
  2. Go to the DLC Management screen from the Main menu or via the Settings menu
  3. Install both of the Campaign & Special Ops Packs

Perform a Hard Reset of the PlayStation or Xbox

Warzone players running in Verdansk

If you’re getting the message endlessly, then an easy fix for many is to simply shut down the console, and boot it up again.

To do this, simply:

  1. Hold down the main power button for a few seconds until it begins to shut down
  2. Wait until you know for sure that the system has ended all operations
  3. Unplug the console’s mains, and leave it to rest for a few minutes
  4. Plug it back in and start up the console again
  5. Load up Warzone and see if the issue persists

Uninstall and Reinstall Call of Duty: Warzone / Call of Duty: Modern Warfare

cod warzone battling near satellite

The option that no one, understandably, wants to do as it will take a large amount of time and effort to reinstall Call of Duty’s large file size.

However, it is a solution, and one that you may have to try. If you’re going to do attempt this long process, this is what you’ll need to do.

  1. Go to your system’s memory storage settings
  2. Find ‘Call of Duty: Warzone’ and/or ‘Call of Duty: Modern Warfare’ and then press to delete them from your hard drive
  3. Allow the process to complete, and then reinstall them

Raven emphasized that one of these solutions should fix the update loop, but asked players to let them know the results. You can get in touch either through their Twitter or the CoD Warzone subreddit.

While this bug has most often been reported on PlayStation and Xbox, it’s worth trying to adapt these solutions for PC too. Also, if you have the same issue on Black Ops Cold War, it’s worth trying this method here too.

Also, check out how to get Black Ops 4 for free with PlayStation Plus.

Image Credit: Activision

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