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