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Xbox Project Scorpio final specs revealed

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Microsoft revealed the details on the specs for the new Xbox Project Scorpio console to exclusively EuroGamer. Microsoft has touted this new console as the “world’s most powerful console.”

Here’s a look at the specs, compared to Xbox One and PS4 Pro.

The Xbox Project Scorpio is available to run games at native 4K, 60 FPS. EuroGamer shared some footage of Forza running on the system in 4K.

“To me, [4K] means a very specific set of things. It’s a lot more than delivering than those eight-million-plus pixels to the screen while playing games,” says Kevin Gammill, Group Program Director of the Xbox Core platform. “It’s about delivering those pixels with 4K assets, so they look great. It’s about delivering those pixels with HDR and wide colour gamut fidelity. It’s about delivering those pixels with no loss of frame-rate compared to the 1080p version of that title – that’s super-important to us. Spatial audio adds to the immersive experience as well: to truly land that gameplay experience, it’s not just about what you see, but what you hear.”

The new system on chip for Project Scorpio is developed in partnership with AMD.

In addition to allowing developers to improve games on Scorpio, playing non-Scorpio updated games on the Project Scorpio has improvements too. The system itself provides a smoother performance and reduced screen-tearing.

“We’ve taken the approach that we do with 360 [games] on Xbox One, where you will never see a torn frame, because we have enough performance there to ensure that.”

Alongside this, Microsoft plans for a GameDVR for Scorpio which should record and capture gameplay at 4K60FPS resolution, alongside with overall faster loading up and system performance.

We should note that Microsoft says this new console is a “premium console” for high end users. Pricing wise, it will be priced higher than the PlayStation 4 Pro. EuroGamer estimates the console may cost $499 at launch. It is expected to launch in Holiday 2017.

SOURCE: EuroGamer (1, 2)

Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War

How to fix Black Ops Cold War Xbox Series X crash issue

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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.

Crash Fix

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.

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How to download Black Ops 3 for free on PS5

Get Black Ops 3 on PlayStation 5.

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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

  1. Navigate to the PS Plus tile at the top
  2. Click on PlayStation Plus Collection tile
  3. Scroll down to “Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 Zombies Chronicles Edition”
  4. 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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Fix for Black Ops Cold War PS5 hitching issues coming – UPDATE

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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.

Hitching: Players may encounter hitching while playing on PS5.

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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