Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War paid next-gen upgrades & cross-gen bundles explained

Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War’s announcement has come with it the need to explain an array of different versions, bundles and upgrade options between the current gen PlayStation 4 and Xbox One and the next-gen PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X.

The game is out on 13th November for PS4, Xbox One and PC, and depending on if the next-gen consoles are out on that day, it will also be out for PS5 and Xbox Series X, or on the day of launch for those consoles.


Whether you’re planning on getting a next-gen console at its launch, or some point later, it’s important to know what all of the different options are. Brace yourselves, because…. it’s a bit silly.

Black Ops Cold War Digital Editions

  • Standard Digital Edition – $59.99 / £59.99 / €69.99 – PS4, XBO, PC – This can be upgraded to the Digital Cross-Gen Edition for $10.
  • Digital Cross-Gen Edition – $69.99 / £64.99 / €74.99 – PS4 and PS5, XBO and XSX – Includes dual licenses for both generations.
  • Ultimate Edition – $89.99 / £89.99 / €99.99 – PS4 and PS5, XBO and XSX, PC – Includes dual licenses for both generations in a console family, “Land, Sea, and Air Pack”, and the Battle Pass Bundle.

There are no Standard Digital Editions for PS5 or Xbox Series X. Seemingly the only way to get them is to buy the Cross-Gen Edition.

Pre-ordering digitally will get you into the Early Access Open Beta, Woods Operator Pack, and Confrontation Weapons Pack that you get for pre-ordering digitally. These are not included with the physical editions.

Black Ops Cold War Physical Editions

  • Standard Physical Edition (PS4) – $59.99 – PS4 – Can be upgraded to PS5 via PlayStation Store.
  • Standard Physical Edition (XBO) – $59.99 – XBO – Cannot be upgraded to next-gen.
  • Standard Physical Edition (PS5) – $69.99 – PS5 – No compatibility with PS4.
  • Standard Physical Edition (XSX) – $69.99 – XSX, XBO – Includes an Xbox Series X disc that is also playable on an Xbox One.

Update: Added PlayStation pricing revealed by Activision.

In all cases, Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War features cross-play, cross-progression and cross-gen features. Additionally, the PS4 version is playable on PS5, and Xbox One version playable on Xbox Series X via backward compatibility. However, this will mean you do not receive next-gen features like higher frame rate modes and ray tracing.

As you can see, it’s all a bit of a mess. Xbox One can upgrade digitally, but not physically, PS4 can be upgraded in both cases, but then the PS5 physical version doesn’t include the PS4 version. There’s also a question mark over the cost of upgrading, where we only have the USD price, compared to the base cost of the Digital Cross-Gen Edition, which has a $10 or £5 difference in price.

This should really be a bit more straightforward, but it seems like Microsoft’s attempts to simplify things via Smart Delivery weren’t to Activision’s taste, and they may have come to some kind of agreement on the ability to upgrade between editions on the digital store.

Sources: Activision, PlayStation, Xbox 

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  1. This is going to be the scrappiest generation launch ever. Absolute clusterfuck.

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