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Players using the newly announced . want to play Call of Duty Black Ops: Cold War on the PlayStation 5 or Xbox Series X, you have to pay an additional $10 for the privilege. And whether fans agree with that call or not, a slew of versions and clarifications about physical copies doesn’t help coverage for today’s news.

Following the game’s official reveal today, Activision is revealing three different versions of the title for pre-order ahead of its launch on November 13:

    • Standard Edition ($59.99): The standard game available for Xbox One, PS4, or PC, complete with “cross-generation, cross-play, and cross-progression support” if you upgrade later.
    • Cross-Gen Bundle ($69.99): The standard edition with “a double right…that lets you play on current (PS4, Xbox One) and next-gen consoles within the same console family (PS5, Xbox Series X).”
  • Ultimate Edition ($89.99): Current and next generation versions of the game, plus exclusive skins and a Season Pass. (also available on PC)

In addition to these digital packs, Activision also lists physical Standard Editions of the game, which cost $59.99 for current-generation consoles and $69.99 for next-generation consoles. And while the physical Standard Edition of the Xbox Series X will include a copy for Xbox One, the physical edition of the PS5 . will will not attach a copy for PS4.

To make matters more confusing, the cheaper PS4 and Xbox One digital versions of the game will play via backwards compatibility on the PS5 and Xbox Series X respectively, according to online store listings. Those versions should get some basic performance improvements on the more expensive hardware, but they won’t be able to get fuller benefits like more detailed textures, higher native resolutions, and faster loading times.

One more makes a trend

Activision’s move comes weeks after Take Two similarly set a price of $69.99 for the next-gen versions of NBA2K21, which is also $10 higher than the Xbox One and PS4 versions of that game. But Take Two is asking players of different generations to pay $99.99 for a “Mamba Forever Edition” if they want access to both a current and next-generation version of the game in one package.

Since the announcement of Take Two, no other major publishers had followed suit with prices of $70 for their own PS5 and Series X games. Take Two has explicitly said that the price of the game will be determined “title by title” in the future. Ubisoft has promised that all of its “Christmas games” by 2020 will cost $60 across all consoles (and are free to upgrade from current consoles to the next generation).

Take Two and Activision’s price changes come despite reports earlier in the summer that Microsoft urged third-party publishers to make Series X upgrades free for those who purchase a game for Xbox One. Many publishers do just that by using Microsoft’s Smart Delivery system. Other publishers offer free next-generation upgrades in their own way, such as with EA’s Dual Entitlement program or Bethesda’s free optimized upgrades.

We’re still in a tough transition period where major publishers are trying to figure out how best to manage a console transition, with intergenerational compatibility playing a prominent role. Whether or not $70 will eventually become a new standard price for high-end console games, though, it’s worth remembering that inflation means the face price isn’t what it used to be.

By akfire1

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