Ever since they launched, Sony’s PlayStation 5 and Microsoft’s Xbox Series X have been a hot commodity that not everyone is able to get. Luckily a Twitch bot is checking if you can purchase a console before Christmas time.
This year has been hectic enough as it is, but the arrival of the latest next-gen consoles have created a huge rush. Many who had hoped to get the PlayStation 5 or Xbox Series X during the first few weeks of their respective launches, ended up going home empty handed.
Many retailers have been running out of stock almost immediately and with the imminent Christmas season on people’s minds, the demand for units is extremely high. If you want the consoles then you have to keep checking their availability.
Thanks to one Twitch bot, you don’t have to worry about that anymore. It will browse through many different sites to keep check when either of the two consoles is in stock so that you don’t have to.
This channel is run by Cam Ritz. Simply head over there and watch the bot work live. You can check when the latest hit was and enter the !local command to see if you can find the consoles from any store within your vicinity.
Ritz has stated that the the bot has helped viewers secure consoles through a few different retailers such as GameStop and Sam’s Club. Don’t get your hopes up too much though, as the stream will mainly show you “OUT OF STOCK” in glaring red.
Due to the rather unpredictable nature of the way retailers are stocking up on the consoles, there is no sure way to get yourself a PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X before Christmas time. However, checking in with this stream daily will greatly increase your chances of finding one soon.
Microsoft changes course: Xbox Live Gold price to remain unchanged
In a stunning move, Microsoft has doubled the cost of Xbox Live Gold in a move that pushes players to the Game Pass Subscription.
UPDATE: Following extensive backlash from fans and personalities alike, Microsoft has announced that they are pulling a 360: the Xbox Live Gold Price will not be changed going forward.
In an upeate on the Xbox Wire, the company says “we messed up today and you were right to let us know.”
Connecting and playing with friends is a vital part of gaming and we failed to meet the expectations of players who count on it every day. As a result, we have decided not to change Xbox Live Gold pricing.
If you are an Xbox Live Gold member already, you stay at your current price for renewal. New and existing members can continue to enjoy Xbox Live Gold for the same prices they pay today. In the US, $9.99 for 1-month, $24.99 for 3-months, $39.99 for 6-months and $59.99 for retail 12-months.
Taking it a step further, the company also announced that they will be removing the Xbox Live Gold requirement to play free to play games on their platform, including Call of Duty: Warzone. This change will happen in the “coming months” and details will be announced soon.
We’re turning this moment into an opportunity to bring Xbox Live more in line with how we see the player at the center of their experience. For free-to-play games, you will no longer need an Xbox Live Gold membership to play those games on Xbox. We are working hard to deliver this change as soon as possible in the coming months.
Microsoft has doubled the price of the Xbox Live Gold Subscription in an effort to get players to switch to an Xbox Game Pass Subscription.
In the XboxOne subreddit, users earlier today posted images of retail 6 month Xbox Live Gold subscription cards. The cards were priced at 59.99 USD; up $20 from the original $40 price tag. For reference, an entire year of Xbox Live used to be $59.99, before Microsoft discontinued yearly subscriptions.
This also affects 3-month and 1-month subscriptions as well, putting the $9.99 and $24.99 subscription plans up to $10.99 and $29.99 respectively. The price rise reflects a $1 increase for a month to month subscription and a $4 increase for a 3-month subscription.
This means if you plan to buy Xbox Live Gold for a year, your subscription will come out to $120, or double the old price. The move is clearly a marketing ploy by Microsoft to get players to change to Xbox Game Pass or Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, which is priced at the same $120 yearly rate.
Xbox Game Pass Ultimate currently includes Xbox Live Gold Subscription, along with access for PC Game Pass.
Microsoft: Game Pass, or bust
Microsoft’s Game Pass is, without a doubt, one of the best deals in gaming. For the price of two fully priced games, players can get access to a large library of 100+ games to play on demand. This library is constantly updated with games, while also receiving all first-party Xbox games the day of release.
This means games like Halo and Gears of War are available to all Game Pass users for no additional charge day-one of release – alongside any other games that come from Microsoft owned studios.
This will also most likely be the case for Bethesda games moving forward, since Microsoft’s pricy acquisition of the studio in September 2020.
Regardless of all the benefits, Microsoft will most likely anger consumers with this move. Game Pass is essentially being forced on all Xbox users, and now the Xbox Live Gold subscription price has also been steeply raised to make it unattractive when compared to game pass.
Worst of all, Xbox is still the only platform that requires a subscription to play free-to-play titles online, which means players who strictly play titles like Fortnite, may reconsider their options when selecting a new game system.
This price hike shouldn’t affect existing Xbox Live Gold members until they renew their membership.
Image Credits: Microsoft
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.
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