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Big disadvantages for Warzone players on PS4 and Xbox One found

Published: 15/Mar/2020 15:36

by Daniel Cleary

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Popular YouTube channel Digital Foundry has revealed not-so-surprising disadvantages for base console players after testing Call of Duty: Warzone on each of the different devices for cross-platform play.

The release of Call of Duty’s second battle royale mode has attracted players from different platforms looking to test their skills in Warzone, with 15 million having dropped in already.

However, despite Modern Warfare’s support for cross-platform play, Digital Foundry has revealed there are significant disadvantages for some console players.

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YouTube Digital Foundry reveals disadvantages for Xbox and Ps4 Warzone players.

When comparing results from all of the consoles available, PS4, PS4 Pro, Xbox One and Xbox One X, the tech experts revealed that two base consoles suffered some shortcomings.

Poor visibility at long range

DF’s Thomas Morgan explains that players at a longer range would often not be visible at all on regular PS4 and Xbox One, due to the consoles’ graphical limitations. “As with Blackout last year it’s this drop off in visibility, especially at range, that can sadly be the reason you miss an enemy far far away.”

“It’s just less defined and you’re at a real disadvantage when pitted against PS4 Pro, One X and especially PC players,” he continued, confirming that Warzone’s graphics on PC were a step ahead.

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Morgan followed up by demonstrating how different chunks of the map would be loaded in a certain way so that the game could be best optimized for console players.

Warzone FPS on consoles

Digital Foundry then moved on to testing each of the consoles’ FPS rate during a game of Warzone and found similar results with the base consoles underperforming in comparison.

While the PS4 Pro and Xbox One X maintained a consistent 60 FPS during the matches, their base versions would drop significantly lower at stages, particularly in the early game, with lows as bad as 39 FPS on Xbox One.

Those on the PS4 would experience slightly better performance with lows on Sony’s console dropping to around 47 FPS, although it would improve as the player count decreases until eventually reaching a stable 60 FPS towards the end of the match.

Despite the inconsistencies with some of the base consoles, results like this are often expected in battle royale titles with 150 players and a massive map as seen in Call of Duty: Warzone.

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Black Ops Cold War already set new Call of Duty player record in the Beta

Published: 23/Oct/2020 6:20

by Brad Norton

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The Call of Duty franchise is showing no signs of slowing down anytime soon as Treyarch’s recent Black Ops Cold War Beta went above expectations and shattered records.

Ever since the release of the first CoD title in 2003, the franchise has only continued to grow. Year after year more players hop on board to see what the latest title has in store. Whether fans gravitate towards single-player campaigns, cooperative experiences, or classic multiplayer competition, there’s something for everyone.

2020 is shaping up to be no different as Treyarch is firing on all cylinders for the Black Ops Cold War release. Everything from Zombies to Warzone will be on offer and it’s already clear that the community is hungry for it all.

After an impressive Alpha test on the PlayStation 4 that became the biggest in franchise history, that record has once again been broken. This time, by the Black Ops Cold War Beta that followed just weeks later.

Having kicked off exclusively for PS4 users on October 8 before jumping to all platforms on October 15, the Black Ops Cold War Beta was played by a staggering number of people. In fact, it was “the most downloaded [Beta] in Call of Duty history,” the developers revealed on October 23.

No exact figures were revealed for the history Beta. Though it being publicly available across Xbox One, PS4, and PC over the final days was sure to have helped boost the figures.

Not only is this a hugely positive sign before the launch of Black Ops Cold War, but it continues a trend from previous iterations. 2019’s Modern Warfare also broke records with its early access Beta period. 

Last year’s records also didn’t come with any specific numbers, though Activision assured the Modern Warfare Beta attracted more players than ever before.

Also of note, those players logged more hours played than any Beta in franchise history. It’s now clear that Black Ops Cold War has been yet another step up in terms of early engagement.

Black Ops Cold War gameplay
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The Black Ops Cold War Beta was live across Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC.

It’s obviously too early to tell just how this might indicate sales for the release come November 13. However, to get into the Beta early, a majority of players needed to preorder on their platform of choice. So that’s certainly a good sign just weeks out from launch.

2019’s Modern Warfare topped over $600 million in sales across its first three days on the market. That instantly made it the highest-selling CoD of the generation. Though Black Ops Cold War could be on track to go even further this year.