Call of Duty Black Ops Cold War physical disc upgrade is a mess

Rizwan Anwer
Rizwan Anwer
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With the recent reveal of Call of Duty Black Ops Cold War, it seems that fans are excited for the game. The FAQ page went up only a few minutes ago, and fans are already combing through the fine details. However, there is a disturbing revelation hidden in the fine print if you plan on buying Call of Duty Black Ops Cold War physical disc.

Call of Duty Black Ops Cold War physical disc – you must choose wisely

According to the fine print on Activision website, there is some good news and some bad news. Depending on which side of the fence you are on.

According to the FAQ page of the website, there is going to be a great divide between people who buy the disc version of the game for PS4 and the disc version of the Xbox One.

So basically, if you buy the PS4 disc version of Call of Duty Black Ops Cold War, you will be able to get a free upgrade to the PS5 version of the game – not the PS4 backward compatible version.

The only caveat is that you will need to put the PS4 disc in the disc tray every time, it acts as an authentication tool.

However, if you choose to buy the Xbox One disc version of Call of Duty Black Ops Cold War…you get nothing. You will have to buy the Digital Cross-Gen bundle if you want your game on the Xbox Series X.

To make matters more confusing, the Xbox Series X version claims to have the Xbox One Version AND the Xbox Series X version of the game. This means you can use the Xbox Series X disc on your Xbox One.

The PS5 physical version won’t work with the PS4. Only with the PS5 and won’t work with the digital only edition of the console (obviously).

Ubisoft did a similar act where they have replaced the physical copies of games in their limited and collector edition items for upcoming titles with digital codes only for the Xbox One and Xbox Series X versions.

This is a bit unorthodox of two major gaming publishers to treat a specific platform with such significant differences, but it seems that the new policy is against Xbox owners.

Ubisoft and Activision have not yet commented on the decision or why there is blatant bias, but fans are already accusing Sony of foul play.

This is a very poor way of starting the next-generation and we hope that the two companies see reason in their actions before there is significant fan backlash.

What are your thoughts on the decision? Let us know in the comments section below.

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