Find out which COD titles will be available on next-gen consoles.
The Call of Duty games franchise is one of the biggest in the world, and it’s no surprise that some fans would love the opportunity to sink their teeth into their favourite old titles once again. That’s where backwards compatibility comes in; giving players with newer consoles, the chance to slip in an old disc and play to their heart's content. Unfortunately, only PC can provide players with the chance to play every single COD title, as consoles only provide a few of the titles you know and love with backwards compatibility.
Backwards Compatibility on Current Consoles
Unsurprisingly, Microsoft has the upper hand when it comes to Call of Duty backwards compatibility, compared to Sony. The Xbox One is backwards compatible, via original disc or digitally, with several Xbox 360 titles. Check out the list below.
Xbox One (& X)
Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare
Call of Duty: Black Ops
Call of Duty: Black Ops II
Call of Duty: Ghosts
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3
Call of Duty: World at War
Call of Duty 2
Call of Duty 3
Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare
This change did not come easily however, as when the Xbox One was announced, Microsoft revealed their list of publishers who would be supporting the backwards compatibility feature, and Activision was not among that list. However, this did eventually come to pass and even had a fan-made petition to approve it.
PS4 (& Pro)
Sony has been less than agreeable when it comes to a backwards compatibility feature in the past, and it’s not possible to play PS3 games on the console either from disc or digital download. However, the PlayStation subscription service ‘PlayStation Now’, launched in 2014, lets players stream older titles (from PS2 & PS3) to play on your PS4 (or PS4 Pro) at a monthly additional cost.
Unfortunately, no older Call of Duty titles exist on the streaming service, unless the player wants to purchase them again for the latest console.
What about next-gen consoles like PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X?
PS5’s lead architect Mark Cerny revealed in March 2020, in his developer update video, that backwards compatibility would absolutely be a feature.
We recently took a look at the 100 top PlayStation 4 titles as ranked by playtime, and we're expecting almost all of them to be playable at launch on PlayStation 5.
This would definitely include several Call of Duty titles, including Black Ops 3, WWII and Infinite Warfare.
However, there was no indication that PS1, PS2 or PS3 games would be included in the backwards compatibility, and players would have to make do with the PlayStation Now streaming service to get their nostalgia fix for the time being.
Xbox Series X
When the Xbox Series X hits shelves in late 2020, COD fans will be happy to hear it is backwards compatible with all Xbox One games, included in the “thousands of your favourite games” that will also come from the Xbox 360.
At Xbox, we’ve made a promise to compatibility: you can expect thousands of your favorite games across four generations of gaming, your Xbox One gaming accessories, your Xbox gaming legacy, and industry-leading services like Xbox Game Pass to work with Xbox Series X.
So far, no announcement has been made on whether or not this backwards compatibility will be with game disc or digital downloads.
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