Could You Be Playing the PS4 Version of Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War on Your PS5?
The next generation of consoles is here and just like with the ones that came before it we’ve got a nice collection of new games. What’s different in the PS5 and Xbox Series X generation, though, is the amount of cross-generation games that are currently available. Being able to play PS4 games on our PS5 and get free upgrades to PS5 versions is a massive boon. In some cases, though, it can also be cause for confusion. Take Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War – what a mouthful – for instance.
It seems owners of Sony’s shiny new console may actually be playing the Playstation 4 version of the latest CoD by mistake. This applies to buyers of the Cross-Gen Bundle or the Ultimate Edition of the game which includes both the PS4 and PS5 version of the game. Once you make your purchase on the PS Store, you’ll be given a few options on which parts and versions of the game to download.
If you’re on a Playstation 5, of course, you’ll want to pick up the next-gen version of Black Ops Cold War. And if you want to have all modes ready to go, you’ll probably hit the Download All option to make your life easier. What isn’t made clear, though, is that you’re also downloading the PS5 version of the game on top of everything else. Once the download is done, you’d be forgiven to hit the Play button and go but don’t do that just yet.
It seems that the PS5 defaults to the Playstation 4 version of the game. By hitting Play once the download is finished will start the game up in the previous-gen version. And we don’t want that; not on our $500 skyscraper. What you need to do is select the three dots icon beside the Play button and select the PS5 version of the game. This will change the default to the next-gen version of CoD and from that moment on, the Play button will run the correct version.
By playing the PS4 version you’d be missing out on a couple of features. The PS5 version of Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War has faster loading times. You can also play it at a smooth 120 fps as well as enjoy the awesome haptic feedback and adaptive triggers on the DualSense.
There are some reports of a download queue bug that prevents you from getting the PS5 version if you have the PS4 version installed. It’s not widespread though. What all of this is indicative of, though, is that the Playstation 5’s interface isn’t communicating game versions clearly enough. You’d expect that when you buy a PS5 version of a title, then the console would just prompt you to play that.
Regardless, with so many titles having free cross-gen upgrades, you might want to be mindful of which version you’re downloading as the PS5 is backwards compatible with the lion’s share of PS4 games.
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