Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War has had its reveal last night and already we hear reports about the game's performance on next-gen consoles from Sony and Microsoft.
According to VentureBeat's report, Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War is a cross-gen title, which is a fancy way of saying it launches on both the current and next generation of consoles.
Now, we're not sure whether Activision will be offering next-gen entitlements, i.e. whether buying Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War for the current-gen will come with a free upgrade to next-gen, but we expect to find out real soon.
The report claims that just like Modern Warfare, Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War will not only support cross-play, it will support cross-generation multiplayer. This would mean that upgrading to PlayStation 5 or Xbox Series X won't disrupt playing with your favourite group, which isn't the case with FIFA 21 for instance.
As for next-gen performance, Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War is said to run at 4K and 120 FPS, which these days seems to draw more interest than actual gameplay. The inclusion of SSDs and related bells and whistles means no loading times, so transitions from and into gameplay will be seamless.
The report also states that Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War will rely on a global illumination system that uses real-time ray tracing. That said, we wouldn't put our money on full raytracing, but we do expect partial implementation thereof, not unlike what CDPR did with Cyberpunk 2077.
Call of Duty titles have never been shy about flaunting flashy visuals and the duo of Treyarch and Raven Software are reportedly aiming for greater photorealism than ever before. They apparently took great care in creating a 1980s look, but more on that when we get to see it for ourselves.