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Xbox partners with PlayStation & Nintendo to commit to safer gaming

Xbox has partnered with PlayStation and Nintendo to bring safer gaming to all players, especially the most vulnerable.

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Xbox has announced a partnership with other gaming giants, PlayStation and Nintendo, to commit to safer gaming for all players.

In a post on the Xbox website, Microsoft announced they have partnered with PlayStation and Nintendo to bring safer gaming to all.

The post, written by Dave McCarthy, the Corporate Vice President of Xbox Operations, described how gaming is for everyone.

Within that group are the “youngest and most vulnerable players.” He went on to say that “all players deserve to have fantastic social gaming experiences in settings where respect and safety are mutual.”

Xbox is aligned with Nintendo and PlayStation in a mutual belief that “protecting players online requires a multidisciplinary approach – one that combines the benefits of advanced technology, a supportive community, and skilled human oversight.”

McCarthy outlined the three principles that will guide the companies work.

Prevention

Prevention is to “empower players and parents to understand and control gaming experiences.”

They will provide users with controls to customize their gaming experience. Parents will be provided with the tools and information needed to make gaming a safe place for their children.

These tools will be easy to use, and proper information will be readily available to all to reach as many players and parents as possible. Parents and players will also be kept up through their “codes of conduct, terms of use, and our enforcement practices.”

The three companies also will invest in technology to stop improper conduct and content before it ever reaches the player.

Partnership

They commit to “partnering with the industry, regulators, law enforcement, and [their] communities to advance user safety.”

“We believe that hate and harassment or exploitation of younger players in any way have no place in gaming,” said McCord. “We partner with our community to promote safe gaming behavior and encourage the use of reporting tools to call out bad actors.”

They will also partner with game rating agencies such as the ESRB and PEGI to ensure games are rated appropriately.

Responsibility

Xbox, Nintendo, and PlayStation will hold themselves accountable for ensuring gaming is a safe space for all.

They will make sure it’s easy for players to report code of conduct violations and follow up with appropriate enforcement actions such as account bans.

Rules and requirements will also be made readily available for all users to ensure “that players who have been reported understand the requirements for continued engagement with [their] platforms.”

It’s heart-warming to see that competitors are banding together to put the interests of the community first.

Call of Duty: Warzone

When will Warzone’s PS5 & Xbox Series X update release? Next-gen update in development

Warzone devs have confirmed that a PS5 & Xbox Series X update for the game is in development.

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Warzone player and Sony PS5

Players looking for an updated version of Call of Duty: Warzone on their PS5 or Xbox Series X|S are in luck. 

While next-gen consoles released at the end of 2020, players who wanted to land in Verdansk and outlast their opponents had to do so on the PS4 and Xbox One versions of the battle royale title. 

That won’t be the case forever though, as Raven Software have confirmed that their team is hard at work on a next-gen update patch for Call of Duty: Warzone.

This patch will bring features to support the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X, including support for the consoles’ SSD to allow for faster load times, along with 120HZ support.

Amos Hodge, studio’s Creative Director, told us during a press briefing that Warzone is a ‘live service’ game, and they focused on new content with the Season 3 update. 

Season 3 update includes an overhauled Verdansk map, called Verdansk 84. 

Hodge informed us that Raven has a “dedicated technology team” within their studio working specifically on updating Call of Duty: Warzone’s engine and technology for the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X|S. 

Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War supports both the PS5 and Xbox Series X|S. The game includes 120HZ support, ray-tracing, and SSD enhancements. It also supports the PlayStation 5’s DualSense controller with its adaptive triggers and haptic feedback.

The studio also stated that are “investigating” the potential of a FOV slider for Warzone on consoles.

Raven did not provide us with a timeline for when to expect the next-gen update for Call of Duty: Warzone.

Image Credits: Sony / Activision

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Call of Duty: Warzone

How to fix Warzone’s never-ending update 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, which nerfed the dominant FFAR and AUG weapons, some console players have had to install the latest updates over and over. This never-ending update loop has been preventing players from accessing Warzone as the download never completes.

Some players reported this issue after the mid-Season 2 update dropped, but the issue appears to have cropped up again after the most recent Warzone update.

To end the update loop and access the game, some players have reported that they have had to completely uninstall the game and reinstall it. However, Raven Software have now acknowledged the issue in Warzone and have provided a possible solution.

Warzone Season 2 gameplay

Taking to their official Trello board, Raven Software added a card to their Warzone list that states “Some players on console are having to reinstall the update multiple times over.”

They have confirmed that the issue is under investigation and asked players to refer to the description for a potential solution.

Here’s what Raven Suggests to fix the never-ending update loop:

  1. Let both install
  2. Launch the game
  3. Go to DLC Management screen (R3) from Main menu or via Settings menu
  4. Install both Campaign Packs, & Special Ops Packs

Raven emphasized that this 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 r/CODWarzone subreddit.

Warzone players in Verdansk

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

Hopefully, Raven Software’s solution works so you can enjoy using Gunsmith Customs and the new ZRG 20mm Sniper Rifle.

Image Credit: Activision

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Battlefield

Rumor: Battlefield 6 could launch on Xbox Game Pass

It’s possible that Battlefield 6 will launch on Xbox Game Pass following rumors of a Triple-A FPS game launching on Game Pass in Fall.

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Battlefield 6 Xbox Game Pass

Rumors that a Triple-A first-person shooter game is highly likely to launch on Xbox Game Pass in Fall have led to speculation that this is Battlefield 6.

The Battlefield 6 rumor mill has been continuously turning, with details of the game supposedly being leaked. The content and settings of the game are still unconfirmed, but we know for definite that Battlefield’s 2021 title will launch in the Holiday season.

Talking on The XboxEra Podcast, Shpeshal Ed revealed a rumor that, “There is a third party, Triple-A, first-person shooter that is very highly likely to be launching in Game Pass this fall.”

Battlefield 2021

Also talking on the podcast, Jon Clarke, the co-founder and Editor in Chief of XboxEra, explains that when you say “triple-A, third party, first-person shooter,” there are two franchises releasing games in 2021 that come to mind: Call of Duty and Battlefield.

It’s highly unlikely that Call of Duty 2021 will launch as part of Xbox Games Pass, as Activision already have an exclusivity deal with PlayStation. Therefore, Battlefield 6 is the most likely candidate.

“My other bet would be Battlefield 6 because the EA Play relationship already exists,” Clarke explained. “And I’m sure Microsoft are sharing lots and lots of lovely numbers on what it does for a player base when you’ve got 20 million people immediately available to play your game.”

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EA Play, EA’s subscription service, has now joined Game Pass, offering almost the entire backlog of Battlefield games to Game Pass owners, as well as free trials for the latest titles. This deal makes it very possible that Battlefield 6 will be available on the Game Pass.

Shpeshal Ed rebutted saying that Back4Blood is also releasing in Fall, but those on the podcast weren’t sure it would qualify as a Triple-A game. That leaves only Battlefield 6.

With Xbox acquiring Bethesda and having some of their games launch exclusively on the Xbox and PC, it’s clear that Microsoft is making moves to acquire the biggest franchises for Game Pass.

We reiterate that this is only a rumor for now, and all signs point towards Battlefield 6 being on Game Pass, but whether it’s a launch title remains to be seen.

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