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Xbox Series X Controller support coming to Apple devices

Microsoft and Apple are working together to bring the new Xbox Series X Controller to iPhone and iPad.

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Mobile gaming is taking another step forward as Apple and Microsoft work together to bring the Xbox Series X Controller to iPhone and iPad.

Despite the mainstream gaming community’s rejection of mobile games, this genre remains the most popular in the world. Even the mobile version of popular PC and console titles, like CoD Mobile, have massive followings in certain counties.

One of the biggest things holding mobile gaming back from mainstream success is the platform, itself. Touchpads aren’t the most effective way to game, which has led companies like Apple to offer wireless controller support on their devices.

Apple already offers support for Xbox Controller, the Elite Wireless Series 2, Xbox Adaptive Controller, and PlayStation 4 Controller. According to a recent Apple Insider article, the company is working with Microsoft to provide support for the new and improved Xbox Series X Controller.

We don’t have an exact date of when iPhones and iPads will receive support for the new Xbox controller, but reports have it that the upcoming iOS 14.3 update will bring this functionality to Apple devices.

Sony and Apple are likely working together for support of the new PS5 DualSense controller, but neither have commented on their efforts. For now, it looks like Microsoft will beat Sony to the punch – with the latter close behind.

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, 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. 

Unfortunately, there is no timeline for the release of this update. Some believed that the next-gen improvements would drop with the launch of Season 5, but Raven have confirmed that this is not the case.

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.

Image Credits: Sony / Activision

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Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War

How to install Black Ops Cold War PS5 high-resolution texture packs

Here’s how PS5 users can download new high-resolution texture packs for Black Ops Cold War, making the game look better than ever.

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How to install Black Ops Cold War PS5 high-resolution texture packs

PlayStation 5 Black Ops Cold War players have been treated to some brand new high-resolution texture packs with the Season 4 Reloaded update, so here’s how to install the Cold War PS5 high-resolution texture packs.

Black Ops Cold War’s mid-season update is almost here, finally bringing the Mauer Der Toten Zombies map, the OTs 9 SMG, and Tactical Nukes to regular multiplayer modes. On top of that, PlayStation 5 players will get some brand new high-resolution texture packs for “the best visual experience.”

Here’s when you can start downloading the new texture packs and how to apply them to Black Ops Cold War.

Black Ops Cold War PS5 high resolution texture packs

Black Ops Cold War’s Season 4 Reloaded update is now live, and all of its new content is now available for players to experience. When you launch Cold War for the first time after the update, you’ll be prompted to download the new high-resolution texture pack.

This gives significant graphical improvements to the game, making even the game look even better if you’re playing at 4K. Warzone has already received these texture packs, but now they’ve come to Cold War on PS5.

Players were met with a “This content can’t be found” error message up until now when trying to download these packs. However, they are now available for players to utilize. You will be met with an image like the one below:

Black Ops Cold War PS5 high-resolution texture packs

How to install Black Ops Cold War PS5 high-resolution texture packs

Here’s how to download the high-resolution texture packs following Season 4 Reloaded going live:

  1. Launch Black Ops Cold War
  2. Accept the on-screen download prompt
  3. Follow the on-screen steps to download and install the texture pack

If you don’t accept the prompt the first time it pops up, you can find the high-resolution texture packs through the Game Installs menu. Here’s how to do it:

  1. Launch Black Ops Cold War
  2. Click ‘R3’ (Right Analog Stick) while on the main menu to bring up File Management
  3. Locate the new high-resolution texture pack
  4. Follow the on-screen steps to download and install the texture pack

And that’s it! Black Ops Cold War multiplayer, Zombies and Dead Ops Arcade 3 will be looking their best on the PlayStation 5.

You can also check out how to get daily Double XP Tokens in Cold War Season 4 and beyond.

Image Credit: Activision / Treyarch

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Battlefield

Battlefield 2042: Last-gen vs. next-gen console differences

Battlefield 2042 players on PS4 & Xbox One will play on smaller maps with less enemies than PS5, Xbox Series X, and PC.

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Battlefield character with PS5 & Xbox Series X

Battlefield 2042 officially launches on October 22, 2021, but players who purchase the game on next-gen consoles like the PS5 or Xbox Series X/S are set to enjoy a different experience compared to their PS5 and Xbox One counterparts.

After weeks of hype, Battlefield 2042 was finally announced on June 9, 2021. The first entry in the series for almost 3 years, 2042 brings three exciting multiplayer modes, although no single-player or battle royale mode at launch. On top of that, Specialists make their first appearance in the Battlefield franchise this year, with 10 characters equipped with their own abilities to help you in combat.

Set to be the biggest and most ambitious Battlefield game to date, there had been rumors that the game would skip the last generation of consoles entirely. While we now know that isn’t the case, there will be some major differences between the two versions of the game.

Helicipter flying in Battlefield 2042

Battlefield 2042 on PS4, Xbox One vs PS5, Xbox Series X, PC

During a pre-launch presentation with DICE and EA, the developers confirmed that the game was built with next-gen players in mind, with 128 players on PS5, Xbox Series X, and PC.

Unfortunately for those still using older hardware, DICE and EA state that lobbies will max out at the usual 64 players, meaning that you won’t be able to experience the same combat as those with newer hardware.

Due to the fact that there are fewer players, Battlefield 2042’s maps will be “tailored to smaller scale to ensure epic battles,” although gameplay and mid-map events will “all be the same” regardless of what platform you play on.

battlefield 2042 vehicle gameplay

In a recent briefing from Battlefield’s Senior Design Director, Dan Berlin, DICE provided more details on the differences between the two versions.

“Our intention is to ensure that nothing detracts from the overall experience of playing Battlefield 2042,” he explained. The main differences are that they’ve reduced the player count and “made adjustments to the playable area on the maps to ensure a fluid play experience.”

He reiterated that “Weapons, Vehicles, Specialists and Gadgets all remain the same no matter what generation of console you’re playing on.” Weather effects and “Environmental Hazards like EMP storms will also be experienced by all players,” he continued.

Players jumping out of a helicopter in Battlefield 2042

In the same briefing, DICE also confirmed that Battlefield 2042 will feature crossplay. However, Xbox One and PS4 users won’t be able to play with their next-gen counterparts and will be limited to matchmaking with the previous

On the bright side, Battlefield 2042 will also feature cross-progression and cross-commerce, so if you decide to either advance to the next generation of consoles or switch to PC, you’ll keep all of your progress and purchases.

While this is likely to be disappointing for those on PS4 and Xbox One, it doesn’t come as a huge surprise. While the last-gen consoles are powerful, EA and DICE have to ensure that gameplay and graphics remain spectacular, and it’s possible that the older hardware wasn’t capable of handling 124 players.

How this will actually feel while playing the game remains to be seen, and we’ll have to wait until we get our hands on the Battlefield 2042 Open Beta to be sure.

Image Credits: EA / DICE

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