A new report from VentureBeat report Jeff Grubb states that Microsoft plans to remove Xbox Live Gold requirement from playing online and making MP free on Xbox platform for free to play games.
In a tweet posted on his account, Grubb says that it is “going away and playing online multiplayer will be free,” which would be massive for the platform.
Right now, there’s an entry barrier to play F2P MP games on Xbox. On Xbox, you cannot play free to play games either without Xbox Live while PlayStation lets you play F2P games without PS Plus.
But he does say in another tweet that “it’s going away entirely.”
Some reports have noticed as well that Xbox has removed the ability to buy 12 month or 24 month subscriptions on Xbox Live Gold.
Microsoft moving away from Xbox Live requirement for MP for F2P would be massive shift to align with Sony.
We will keep you updated.
How to fix Black Ops Cold War Xbox Series X crash issue
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.
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.
How to download Black Ops 3 for free on PS5
Get Black Ops 3 on PlayStation 5.
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
- Navigate to the PS Plus tile at the top
- Click on PlayStation Plus Collection tile
- Scroll down to “Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 Zombies Chronicles Edition”
- 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.
Fix for Black Ops Cold War PS5 hitching issues coming – UPDATE
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.
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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