Call of Duty

Do you need Xbox Live Gold and PS Plus to play Warzone?

Published: 23/Jan/2021 12:17

by Joe Craven


As a free-to-play game, do you need to pay for Xbox Live Gold and PlayStation Plus to play Call of Duty: Warzone?

Since its release back in March of 2020, Call of Duty’s Warzone has been completely free for all players regardless of platform. However, its status as an online game means that there has been some confusion over whether a paid subscription is necessary to play it.

Here, we’ll break down everything you need to know in order to play Warzone, regardless of whether you’re on Xbox or PlayStation. Needless to say, PC players can download Warzone and dive in without worrying about any of this stuff.

Warzone characters
Warzone has been popular across the world since its launch.

Do you need PS Plus to play Warzone?

We’ll tackle Playstation first, because it’s the more simple of the two. Warzone players playing on PlayStation 4 or PlayStation 5 do not need an active PS Plus subscription.

The subscription costs £50/$60 for a 12-month period, but is not necessary for free to play titles. For example, players wanting to play Black Ops Cold War or Modern Warfare multiplayer will require an active subscription. Players who only want to play Warzone will not need to pay this annual fee.

Do you need Xbox Live Gold to play Warzone?

Unfortunately, for the time being, the opposite is true of Xbox Live Gold. The subscription service, Microsoft’s version of PS Plus, is needed to play free to play titles. It also costs £50/$60, but changes are coming.

On January 22, Xbox announced that they would be doubling the cost of Xbox Live Gold. While a $60 payment would previously get you 12 months access, this was cut in half to 6 months. Understandably, considerable backlash followed as Xbox players protested the price hike.

In response, Xbox immediately reversed their decision, stating that the cost of Xbox Live Gold will remain the same. They also announced that, “in the coming months”, it will no longer be necessary to have a Live Gold subscription to play free to play titles online.

In short, as of the publication of this article, Xbox players need an Xbox Live Gold subscription to play Warzone. PlayStation players do not need a PS Plus subscription.

Xbox players can look forward to Microsoft implementing the changes they have promised, which should be in place by the Summer of 2021. We’ll update you when they’re finalized.

Call of Duty

Why Clayster flipped off CDL on-broadcast during Royal Ravens matchup

Published: 24/Feb/2021 4:13 Updated: 24/Feb/2021 4:14

by Brad Norton


James ‘Clayster’ Eubanks flipped the bird to the Call of Duty League moments before the New York Subliners took on the Royal Ravens. Here’s why the veteran was all too frustrated before his latest matchup.

As players got settled into the lobby for the second week of CDL action in 2021, something clearly ticked off NYSL. There was visible frustration from the players before they kicked off the opening map.

Coming off a difficult 0-3 loss to the Los Angeles Thieves a week prior, the lineup was looking to rebound with a bang. Before they got their boots on the ground, however, a key moment from the previous week was broadcast for the world to see.

The CDL stream revealed Clayster’s heated comms after the disappointing loss. This private matter shouldn’t have been aired at all, according to Clay, let alone moments before their next match.

So, he took out his frustration the only way he could: flipping the bird on-stream.

“I had complained last time about showing my cam when I was super upset with my team,” he explained. “So I was pretty upset with them airing my after-match comms.”

Despite the 0-3 scoreline, NYSL’s series against the LA Thieves was one of the closest all week. The Hardpoint came within nine points, SnD went to a round 11, and Control went the distance as well.

Understandably, Clayster was fairly heated after the extremely close series that very well could have been a 3-0 in their favor.

“That was really bad guys,” he said in the now-public aftermath. “I don’t know what the f*** I watched. That was so stupid. We’re up 5-3 in the Search and we can’t close it out?”

This moment was captured on the broadcast last week but the comms were only just revealed today. Frustrated with the CDL running it without permission, Clayster stuck his middle finger up the next time his camera was on-stream.

“It was basically a nice little screw you before the match,” he said.

“I don’t appreciate that. I’m going to be having a talk with the league. If they’re going to make us sit here, I think it’s a little unprofessional to use the comms in the video. Especially right before we play a match.”

The NYSL vs Royal Ravens series begins at the 1:31:50 mark below.

While the video could have brought the team down, they didn’t let it get to them. NYSL dominated the Royal Ravens to rebound with a lopsided 3-0 win in Week 2.

If the League does try to punish Clayster, it looks like he’ll be alright: the official Subliners account tweeted “we’ll pay his fine” in response to the situation.