It’s launch day for Call of Duty: Ghosts, and plenty of people are getting the current gen versions, thinking of upgrading via one of the many options, from PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 to PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. That and next-gen pre-orders also being on sale today means that there’s going to be a healthy boost to day one sales.
However, in addition to upgrades and transferring DLC purchases, there’s one more feature for online players called COD ID, a really neat system by which you can take your online profile and hop around consoles from the same manufacturer willy-nilly. The main way it has been pitched is to allow an Xbox 360 owner, for example, to go round and visit their Xbox One owning friend, log into their account and have access to all of their squad characters, weapon unlocks, progress and stats for a bit of split-screen play.
Everything they do on this console is updated as they play, and any further progress is stored on Activision’s servers for them to pick up when they get home. It will even work in reverse, so if you’re in the PlayStation camp, you could go from PS4 to PS3 or sideways to another PS4. There is quite a big visual gap, as shown in our comparison video, but it’s nice to be able to skip back and forth if you so wish.
Now, we’ve known about this feature for a little while, but have been chasing after specific details – hence why we’re a little behind the curve with this story – which we finally got from Mark Rubin, Ghosts’ Executive Producer, at the Ghosts review event last week. In particular, we wondered how platform agnostic COD IDs might be, and if you could jump from PlayStation to Xbox.
Speaking to TSA, Mark Rubin replied, “It’s within the console family, and the two first parties don’t want that kind of thing. Think of it as you having one Xbox profile and one PlayStation profile, and it then doesn’t matter which system you’re on within those families. It can be that every other day you’re on one machine or the other.
“Initially, I think a lot of people thought that it was designed to let them upgrade and take their character with them to the next thing, but it doesn’t do that. You can start on PS4 and move your character to PS3, if you wanted to. The idea was just to make things easier for people.
“It started as looking at how we could make upgrades easier, but it became just us owning and managing the data and deciding to let people bring it back and forth between generations. It was a pretty simple thing to realise that we should do it, and I hope that this makes the console transition easier for people.”
It will certainly make it nicer to keep that bedroom console in use when the main TV is occupied with a bit of Strictly.
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