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What's the difference between the $79.99 and $89.99 versions of games that play on both generations?

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What's the difference between the $79.99 and $89.99 versions of games that play on both generations?

For example, COD Black Ops: Cold War is playable on both generations yet has a $80 version and a $90 version.
What exactly is the difference other than the $10?

https://www.bestbuy.ca/en-ca/search?sea ... x+cold+war
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I'm not sure how the PS5 upgrade path works for this but there should be zero difference on the Xbox versions.

If you put that Xbox one disc into your series x it will load the series x version.
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Kevin8se7en wrote: For example, COD Black Ops: Cold War is playable on both generations yet has a $80 version and a $90 version.
What exactly is the difference other than the $10?

https://www.bestbuy.ca/en-ca/search?sea ... x+cold+war
Yeah, this is going to get confusing, especially at the onset...

So your PS5 or Xbox Series S/X will be able to play both the "current gen" and "next gen" versions just fine. But if you want the upgraded features like higher frame rates, ray tracing (I think that's enabled in COD CW?) or faster load times, you'll want to buy the more expensive version. If you buy the cheaper current gen version and play it on a next gen console, then you're basically going to be playing a Backwards Compatible version of the game, and so it wouldn't take advantage of the nvme SSD architecture and other features.

If you only have a PS4 or Xbox One and have no plans to upgrade to next gen consoles just yet, then just buy the cheaper current gen version, and if you ever do decide to upgrade consoles, there's a digital upgrade path available.

This link might help explain the different versions better
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The current gen versions will play on the new consoles via backwards compatibility.

Current gen versions wont have the next-gen version's upgrades.
Next gen versions will have ray-tracing (much improved lighting calculated on the hardware level),
much faster load times, higher quality textures and support smoother/faster framerates.

^ Not all cross-gen games have an upgrade path.
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XFactor11 wrote: ^ Not all cross-gen games have an upgrade path.
Totally, I was talking specifically about COD since that was the example mentioned, but for sure, only some games have a digital upgrade path to next gen.
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On Amazon it only shows Assassin's Creed Valhalla Xbox One version and on the box art it clearly shows "enhanced for Series X". Meanwhile on Amazon there is clearly separate listings for Assassins Creed Valhalla PS4 and PS5....

So does one just get the "Xbox One" version of the game and it'll include all the enhanced graphic visuals of the Series X?
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With cross-gen games XBox Series X and XBox One games are the same disc.
If you buy the regular Xbox One version, I think you would likelnstay also have to download a patch for the next-gen updates to take effect and it
may not use the features such as faster loading of the next-gen versions by default without a patch.

All next-gen versions of games have mandatory installation to the internal NVME solid state drive and are designed to
take advantage of the faster load times as a result.

Current XBox One, Xbox 360 games have the option to be illed to the internal drive or
installed to external regular mechanical hard drives but will load up significantly slower as a result.

Assassin's Creed Valhalla does have a separate PS5 version and I think that one would only work on PS5s.
The plus side is likely all the content is there already without needing to download a patch to make
use of any Next-Gen features since it should be specifically a PS5 game disc, whereas with the XBox Version,
it is designed to work on both current and next-gen with patching likely needed.

The only source I could find is this one:
https://www.tweaktown.com/news/74528/wh ... 0disc%20in.


It says even if you buy the last-gen version (PS4, XB1 version), you would still need the (XBox One, PS4) disc in the drive to authenticate
the digital rights of the next-gen version for the free digital upgrade to next-gen offer to work.
pureelite1 wrote: On Amazon it only shows Assassin's Creed Valhalla Xbox One version and on the box art it clearly shows "enhanced for Series X". Meanwhile on Amazon there is clearly separate listings for Assassins Creed Valhalla PS4 and PS5....

So does one just get the "Xbox One" version of the game and it'll include all the enhanced graphic visuals of the Series X?
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XFactor11 wrote: With cross-gen games XBox Series X and XBox One games are the same disc.
If you buy the regular Xbox One version, I think you would likelnstay also have to download a patch for the next-gen updates to take effect and it
may not use the features such as faster loading of the next-gen versions by default without a patch.

All next-gen versions of games have mandatory installation to the internal NVME solid state drive and are designed to
take advantage of the faster load times as a result.

Current XBox One, Xbox 360 games have the option to be illed to the internal drive or
installed to external regular mechanical hard drives but will load up significantly slower as a result.

Assassin's Creed Valhalla does have a separate PS5 version and I think that one would only work on PS5s.
The plus side is likely all the content is there already without needing to download a patch to make
use of any Next-Gen features since it should be specifically a PS5 game disc, whereas with the XBox Version,
it is designed to work on both current and next-gen with patching likely needed.

The only source I could find is this one:
https://www.tweaktown.com/news/74528/wh ... 0disc%20in.


It says even if you buy the last-gen version (PS4, XB1 version), you would still need the (XBox One, PS4) disc in the drive to authenticate
the digital rights of the next-gen version for the free digital upgrade to next-gen offer to work.
This is great info. I would much rather buy a Xbox Series X disc rather than an Xbox One disc. Would rather have all the files on the Series X disc instead of downloading patches to get the optimization. Unfortunately it seems there is no SPECIFIC Series X disc for Valhalla at this time...
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pureelite1 wrote: This is great info. I would much rather buy a Xbox Series X disc rather than an Xbox One disc. Would rather have all the files on the Series X disc instead of downloading patches to get the optimization. Unfortunately it seems there is no SPECIFIC Series X disc for Valhalla at this time...
You'd pay $10 more not to download what will likely amount to a few Gb (at most) patch?
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Right now, Ubisoft game prices are the same for current and next-gen cross-platform games.
Only the PS5 version seems to have its own unique disc. XBox One/XBox Series X share the same retail disc.

Growingupisold wrote: You'd pay $10 more not to download what will likely amount to a few Gb (at most) patch?
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Growingupisold wrote: You'd pay $10 more not to download what will likely amount to a few Gb (at most) patch?
Good point but I right now some retailers don't have an extra $10 price for next-gen games. Assuming the disc price stays the same (which it is for some) it's a lot easier to have it all on the same disc and run smoothly rather than being patched
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Kevin8se7en wrote: For example, COD Black Ops: Cold War is playable on both generations yet has a $80 version and a $90 version.
What exactly is the difference other than the $10?

https://www.bestbuy.ca/en-ca/search?sea ... x+cold+war
https://www.theverge.com/2020/8/27/2140 ... ation-xbox

https://support.activision.com/black-op ... itions-faq

Basically Activision is charging you $10 more if you want PS5/Series X full specs. Sounds like the full spec Series X package comes on two discs. Pretty damn confusing for non-gaming consumers. Unlike Ubisoft, who will not be charging, nor CD Projekt with Cyberpunk 2077.

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