Call Of Duty Players Have A Distinct (And Potentially Unfair) Advantage On PS5

We are just days away from the release of Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War, but fans of the game are calling foul on Activision and Sony for what some are calling anti-consumer behavior. That’s because, according to a PlayStation blog post, Call of Duty players have a distinct—and potentially unfair—advantage on the PlayStation console.

Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War was playable first on the PS4 when the beta was released, a tactic that’s been used by console makers for years. Typically, these console “exclusives” amount to cosmetics or “first-in-line” advantages that don’t change the way the game works—they’re just fun little reasons to entice you to buy a particular console.

However, Sony has taken this concept to another—potentially unsporting—level. In a blog post on October 23, the company announced several exclusives for Call of Duty players who chose to play on either the PS4 or the PS5. First on the list was the Battle Pass Bundles that allow PlayStation players to skip 25 tiers for $20. Next, was the PlayStation Party Bonus that gives PlayStation players a full 25% extra weapon XP when they’re in a party—even if their party members are playing on Xbox or PC. As if that weren’t enough, there was more.

There will be “exclusive Monthly Double XP events (24 hr duration)” for PlayStation players and—as seen in the above tweet—two extra loadout slots that aren’t available to anyone else. All of that is in addition to a full year of exclusive access to the co-op “zombies onslaught” mode for the game.

When you couple the three distinct XP advantages that players have on PlayStation consoles, the climb to the top of the new Prestige rankings looks unbalanced in favor of those playing on PlayStation.

It remains to be seen if or how Sony and Activision will remedy this situation. For now, just know that playing on the PS4 and PS5 gives you a significant advantage.

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