Call of Duty Ghosts on Xbox 360 is now playable via Xbox One, thanks to the console's backwards compatibility programme.
The timing of its addition is interesting - Activision has just this week started selling Modern Warfare Remastered standalone for £34.99, after previously only including it in the pricy Legacy edition of Infinite Warfare.
Ghosts was far less popular than Modern Warfare, however - it's unlikely it will see its own Remastered-style re-release.
The next Call of Duty will feature a radical departure for the series - it's set in space.
Gaming analyst group NPD has revealed the top 10 highest selling games in the US retail market.
Sledgehammer's first-person shooter Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare blocks PlayStation 4 Share Play.
Share Play is one of the PlayStation 4's most eye-catching features.
Call of Duty: Ghosts is getting its fourth and final DLC pack next week with Nemesis, debuting on Xbox One and Xbox 360 on 5th August.
It will likely come to PlayStation consoles and PC after 30 days, like all Call of Duty DLC.
As with the other CoD: Ghosts DLC packs, Nemesis includes four new maps and a new episode of the sci-fi alien-blasting saga Extinction.
UK newspaper The Sun has been getting stick today for an article it published which carried the headline: "Gaming as addictive as heroin." But what's the real story?
UPDATE 19/06/2014: Call of Duty: Ghosts' Invasion DLC is set to launch on 3rd July for PS4, PS3 and PC, Infinity Ward has announced.
Call of Duty: Ghosts' second DLC expansion, the Devastation Pack, is now available for PS4, PS3 and PC.
Infinity Ward's first-person shooter Call of Duty: Ghosts is the best-selling PlayStation 4 and Xbox One game, Activision has said.
Call of Duty developer Infinity Ward has acquired Tony Hawk's Pro Skater developer Neversoft.
ESPN's X Games competition is now allowing eSports as part of its roster of things people can win trophies for.
Earlier this week Activision announced that it would be releasing Call of Duty: Ghosts DLC that makes Snoop Dogg narrate multipayer matches. Now the game is adding another colourful character to its roster of narrators with actor R. Lee Ermey lending his aggressive vocal chops to the popular FPS.
Call of Duty: Ghosts is about to receive what is unequivocally the best DLC ever with an add-on that makes the game's multiplayer narrated by Snoop Dogg.
UPDATE 31/03/2014: Activision has confirmed the Predator appears in the next Call of Duty: Ghosts DLC, Devastation.
Climb out of your Titans! Activision wants you to play Call of Duty: Ghosts' new Onslaught DLC this weekend without paying a penny.
Call of Duty: Ghosts' second DLC pack, Devastation, will launch on 3rd April, exclusively on Xbox Live.
"For the first time in franchise history", Activision will release a free multiplayer demo of Call of Duty: Ghosts on Xbox 360 and Xbox One this weekend.
Ghosts and Modern Warfare might be two separate Call of Duty universes, but they're both developed by Infinity Ward, and so, we have a crossover.
Last week Infinity Ward released an update for Call of Duty: Ghosts, designed to prepare the game for the recently released Onslaught DLC in addition to implementing various bug fixes, new features and balance tweaks to the title's multiplayer mode. The goal was to create a more stable and fairer online experience that is better suited for tournament play, but shortly after the patch went live players started noticing significant performance issues with the Xbox One version of the game, to the point where even "sub-20" frame-rates were reported.
Recent feedback indicates the new frame-rate issues appear most prominently on the Stonehaven level, with explosions and alpha-based effects appearing to cause these fluctuations. The reports are somewhat worrying, given that the Xbox One version of Ghosts previously had no notable frame-rate problems outside of the campaign mode, with online multiplayer featuring action mostly locked at 60fps with very few dips in performance. While resolution may be unimpressive at 720p, Ghosts on Xbox One mostly delivered the 60fps gameplay that defines the series.
Bearing in mind that reports on game patches tend to be based purely on perception, we decided to run some fresh multiplayer captures through our analysis tools in order to get to the bottom of the issue. We loaded up the standard Team Deathmatch mode and recaptured gameplay on some of the key maps allegedly affected by the update, while also introducing Stormfront into the mix - a stage that features regular alpha effects in the form of frequent rain.
Call of Duty: Ghosts' first DLC pack, Onslaught, will be available on PS3, PS4 and PC on 27th February, Activision has announced.
The moment thousands of haters have waited for is finally here. Call of Duty is wobbling. Reviews of Ghosts were more wearily critical than usual, and with sales noticeably down on those of its predecessor, it seems gamers too may be growing tired of the annual "corridors and carnage" formula. It's still the top dog, but the rest of the pack is nipping a little closer at its heels.
Onslaught, the game's first add-on pack, captures this precarious moment perfectly. Once upon a time, just a few short years ago, a map pack was just that: four maps, packed together. In Onslaught, it's notable that the quartet of maps - three new, one classic - are no longer treated as the main attraction. They're the burger and fries in the Happy Meal. The toys that make the sale come in the form of an episodic addition to the Extinction sci-fi co-op mode and a slasher movie Easter egg.
Those maps, then. Of the four, the best is Containment. Set in a ruined Mexican town, it has an unexploded radioactive warhead smack bang in the middle. The area around the warhead sends your mini-map offline, adding a little tactical wrinkle to play. Savvy players can lurk in the hot zone, essentially invisible to enemy tech, but at the risk of being picked off by similarly hidden opponents.
UPDATE: Activision has confirmed that Onslaught's 28th January release is exclusive to Xbox Live, of course.
Activision is stumping up a whopping $1m for the next Call of Duty Championship.
FIFA 14 is the UK's Christmas 2013 number one video game.
Confirming a leak from last month, Activision has announced the content of the £34.99 Call of Duty: Ghosts season pass.
It includes four downloadable map packs: Onslaught, Devastation, Invasion and Nemesis, to be released throughout 2014. Their initials spell out ODIN, the name of Ghosts' troublesome orbital strike platform.
Also thrown in is a four-part Extinction "experience".
The gaming industry has wrapped up for Christmas and it's the familiar faces staking their claim for that coveted festive number-one spot.
Channel 4 News presenter Jon Snow hasn't played a video game before. That much is clear.
With the release of the PC version of Call of Duty: Ghosts, Infinity Ward offered up a first taste of its vision for the future of the megabucks Call of Duty franchise and now - finally - we have both Xbox One and PlayStation 4 versions in-house, allowing us to ascertain just how close the next-gen console editions will match up. In truth, we went into this feature with lowered expectations, the Resolutiongate debacle suggesting that, on Xbox One at least, Infinity Ward had significant issues coping with the transition to the new generation of console hardware.
Not that PlayStation 4 got off lightly, with the initial retail release suffering from performance problems, along with a bug that set native resolution to 720p instead of the previously announced full HD 1080p presentation - something that was recently addressed with a day-one patch. With all of this drama in mind, just how close do the next-gen consoles get to the PC gold standard, and are we looking at a worthwhile jump in quality that justifies the increased price tag that comes with next-generation software?
To kick things off, we start by taking a look at the PS4 and Xbox One versions of the game - both patched and updated - with comparison video and screenshot assets. Here it's abundantly clear that one platform has a distinct advantage over the other owing to the vast resolution differential: fine details, subtle edges and complex scenery all appear sharper and more defined on PlayStation 4, while these elements simply aren't displayed with the same level of clarity on Xbox One, giving the game a distinctly fuzzy look that doesn't really tally with our expectations of a next-gen experience.
Like he just stepped out of the salon: Colin, the dog in Call of Duty: Ghosts, has been patched on PC to receive Nvidia's next-gen fur.
As it stands, Sony's games are more expensive on PlayStation 4 than Microsoft's are on Xbox One.
UPDATE: Xbox One sold around 150,000 in the UK during its launch, according to a report by MCV.
The Xbox 360 sold 70,000 units during its launch eight years ago.
ORIGINAL STORY: The Xbox One outsold the Xbox 360 two-to-one in the UK when you compare both console's launch periods.
Activision appears to have accidentally revealed the names of four DLC packs coming to Call of Duty: Ghosts.
Call of Duty: Ghost's PlayStation 4 debut hasn't gone too smoothly, with some reviews citing noticeable performance issues - even compared to the 360 game - along with the recent revelation that the single-player campaign is only running at 720p and not the full HD 1080p resolution promised by the developer.
Curiously, it turns out that the resolution issue is just a bug that slipped passed quality assurance testing, and this has since been resolved in a day-one patch. All retail and download copies of Call of Duty: Ghosts are affected, so in order to get the full 1080p experience you'll need to download and install the update when it goes live in time for the PS4's European release on the 29th November.
So, the PS4 version of Ghosts now runs natively in 1080p across all modes, but how much of an upgrade are we looking at? And have the performance issues pointed out by early reviews been resolved? While working on the upcoming next-generation Face-Off, we took the time to find out, capturing a few hours of the game with and without the patch installed to get a comprehensive view of the situation. Our head-to-head video below should give you an idea of what to expect, and we've also put together a small comparison gallery.
UPDATE: Infinity Ward has released the full list of patch notes for its latest update to Call of Duty: Ghosts. Most of the tweaks seem relatively minor in the grand scheme of things, though the 4k display option sounds rad for those with 4k displays. Read the full list on the official Call of Duty: Ghosts site.
ORIGINAL STORY: A patch for the PC version of Call of Duty: Ghosts is available, Infinity Ward has announced.
Reddit user "mkapex1" reports the patch reduces the minimum amount of RAM required to run the game. Ghosts had required 6GB of RAM to run, but the new 400MB update to the PC version means it now requires 4GB.
Activision will issue a day one patch for the PlayStation 4 version of Call of Duty: Ghosts that improves the native resolution of the single-player campaign, Eurogamer can exclusively reveal.
The patch makes the campaign output at a native 1080p resolution. Without it, the campaign outputs at 720p.
Digital Foundry's tests with a retail copy of the PS4 version of Infinity Ward's shooter turned up surprising results: the multiplayer runs natively at 1080p resolution - but the single-player runs natively at 720p. This clearly contradicts messaging from both Infinity Ward, Activision and Sony about the resolution of the game, which on Xbox One runs natively at 720p across all modes.
Annual Activision bullet-fest Call of Duty: Ghosts has zipped straight to the top of the UK all-formats chart.
Making Call of Duty is hard; hard for both Infinity Ward and Treyarch, the two studios Activision charges with sharing the responsibility of producing a new game in the gargantuan first-person shooter series each year.
Call of Duty publisher Activision has dodged questions around the resolution of next-generation games and power comparisons between the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.
Activision sold $1 billion worth of Call of Duty: Ghosts stock into retailers for its launch on Tuesday - a figure lower than in previous years.
A new Call of Duty game launched this week, and so Activision blows the sales trumpet. But this time, it's done so a little differently.
Unlike in previous years when Activision has disclosed the amount of money generated by sales of the game on day one, this time around, for Infinity Ward's Ghosts, it's chosen to use the term "sells into retail".
The fact: Activision sold more than $1 billion of Call of Duty: Ghosts into retail worldwide as of day one.
The current-generation Call of Duty: Ghosts went on sale across the world today and our YouTube Editor Ian Higton spent the morning acquainting himself with it. If you're interested in seeing how Infinity Ward has done this year, be sure to join him online for a pair of multiplayer streams this afternoon, starting with PS3 at 3pm GMT, followed by Xbox 360 at 5pm. You should also be able to jump into games with him if you're online at the same time - not that we're suggesting you've bunked off work.
Do you remember that bit in The Dark Knight Rises when Bane escapes from a plane in flight, blowing it in half and whisking himself to freedom as the fuselage falls away? Infinity Ward certainly does. It recreates the scene almost exactly in Call of Duty: Ghosts. It's just one of many widescreen blockbuster moments in a game that is, as always, propelled more by macho bombast than narrative coherence - but in lifting so blatantly from such a famous scene in a recent popular movie, it offers us a glimpse at the desperate emptiness that can so easily creep into a series when annual updates require a constant stream of wow moments.
Following Treyarch's mostly successful attempt to inject change and ambition into the COD formula with Black Ops 2's branching narrative and loadout-agnostic construction, the Ghosts campaign can't help but feel like a step backwards. Penned by Hollywood screenwriter Stephen Gaghan - whose work includes such intelligent political thrillers as Traffic and Syriana - the dimwitted, flag-waving, chest-beating story is perhaps the biggest letdown.
In the opening scenes, we see how a US military satellite armed with kinetic rods - essentially giant space spears that use gravity alone to create horrifying devastation when they crash to Earth - is captured and turned against San Diego by the forces of the Federation. In one of the game's only surprises, this Federation is composed not of scheming Russians, imperial Chinese or demented Arabs, but of vengeful South American countries which turn a global energy crisis into the touchpaper for their own worldwide revolution.
Call of Duty: Ghosts has found itself in the firing line of the next-gen console power war. With Infinity Ward's COD: Ghosts a next-gen launch title, the news that the PlayStation 4 version runs at 1080p resolution native, whereas the Xbox One version runs at 720p native upscaled to 1080p, was seen as a huge blow to Microsoft. This from a game series that over the course of the current-generation has become synonymous with Xbox.
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"The biggest thing in terms of the number of compute units, that's been something that's been very easy to focus on. It's like, hey, let's count up the number of CUs, count up the gigaflops and declare the winner based on that. My take on it is that when you buy a graphics card, do you go by the specs or do you actually run some benchmarks? Firstly though, we don't have any games out. You can't see the games. When you see the games you'll be saying, 'What is the performance difference between them?' The games are the benchmarks." - Microsoft technical fellow, Andrew Goossen.
The Call of Duty: Ghosts single-player campaign requires a 3GB install on Xbox 360, Activision has revealed.
Infinity Ward has announced the resolutions of the next-gen versions of Call of Duty: Ghosts.
Infinity Ward has explained in detail the Call of Duty: Ghosts Perk system.
Fighting game Injustice: Gods Among us has joined Sony's PlayStation 3 to PlayStation 4 digital upgrade programme.
Infinity Ward has confirmed the Call of Duty: Ghosts PC minimum specifications.
Earlier this month graphics technology company Nvidia published a list of minimum and recommended system requirements for the shooter, and mentioned it would need a whopping 50GB of space on your hard drive and 6GB of RAM to play.
Now, Infinity Ward has published the official specs, and they're slightly different. Ghosts does indeed require 6GB of RAM to work, but the hard disk space requirement has dropped to 40GB.
Want to play Call of Duty: Ghosts on PC? Then you'll need 50GB of space on your hard-drive.
Call of Duty: Ghosts dedicated servers have been confirmed for all platforms.
It had already been announced that the Xbox One version of the upcoming shooter would use Microsoft's 300,000 server Xbox Live Cloud to power dedicated servers. And we also knew that the PC version would benefit from dedicated servers.
Now, as Infinity Ward chief Mark Rubin teased in an interview with Eurogamer in August, the PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Wii U and Xbox 360 versions will support dedicated servers, too.
War games are becoming so realistic that it's time virtual soldiers started obeying the Geneva Convention, the Red Cross has argued.
Expect larger, more open campaign levels in Call of Duty: Ghosts than in previous games in the series, Infinity Ward has said.
Infinity Ward has unveiled a new Call of Duty: Ghosts multiplayer map - set in a medieval castle.
Be advised! In case you hadn't guessed already, visitors to this year's Eurogamer Expo will be able to play Call of Duty: Ghosts multiplayer on the show floor, sampling things like dynamic map events, the Marksman Rifle weapon class and new killstreaks and modes.
Call of Duty: Ghosts is rated 16, Eurogamer can reveal.
Activision has announced the Call of Duty: Ghosts next-generation upgrade plan.
We all love Reilly, aka Colin, aka the Call of Duty Dog, because grunting, slobbering canines are way more adorable than grunting, slobbering homo sapiens. But they're also more badass. Way more badass. For example, the Call of Duty dog single-handedly takes down an enemy helicopter at 1:28 into the new trailer for Call of Duty: Ghosts.
UPDATE: Now that the Xbox One release date has been announced retailers like ShopTo and GAME have begun taking pre-orders.
There are several bundle options available. The Day One Edition of Xbox One already comes with a digital copy of FIFA 14, a commemorative controller, wired headset, wireless controller and HDMI cable. Additionally, Shopto has bundles that include Battlefield 4 and £15 of Xbox Live credit for £489.85; a copy of Forza Motorsport 5 and a year subscription of Xbox Live Gold for £499.85; Dead Rising 3 with the same Gold subscription for £519.85; or a second wireless controller with a year-long Gold subscription for £504.85.
Curiously, both Game and Amazon have a listings for an Xbox One Day One Edition that includes Forza Motorsport 5 instead of FIFA 14 for the same standard price of £429.99. My hunch is that this isn't a proper Day One edition, but rather the standard Xbox One with Forza included in lieu of FIFA, but I'm following up with Microsoft to see if this is the case. More on that when I hear back.
UPDATE: GAME has clarified a few details in the small print of its game upgrade promotion.
Think the release of a new Call of Duty game every year is too much? Activision boss Eric Hirshberg told Eurogamer that all the company is doing it meeting fan demand.
The Call of Duty: Ghosts £10 upgrade plan is designed to help gamers out with the costly console transition, Infinity Ward has said.
Infinity Ward has confirmed dedicated servers for the Xbox One and PC versions of Call of Duty: Ghosts, but what about other platforms?
During Microsoft's Gamescom media briefing this week Infinity Ward executive producer Mark Rubin announced the Xbox One version of the upcoming shooter would benefit from dedicated servers powered by the Xbox Live cloud in a similar fashion to Respawn's Titanfall.
In an interview with Eurogamer following the announcement, Rubin confirmed dedicated servers for the PC version also - but wouldn't be drawn on PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3 or Xbox 360.
Call of Duty: Ghosts will have dedicated servers on Xbox One thanks to the cloud, Activision announced during Microsoft's Gamescom 2013 press briefing.
Infinity Ward has said the difference in terms of visuals between the current-gen and next-gen versions of Call of Duty: Ghosts will be clear for all to see.
Call of Duty: Ghosts' new dynamic maps let players set traps, destroy the environment and trigger game-changing events mid-match - but just how much scope is there to tear up the battlefield?
Good news*! Companies signing up to Microsoft's Season Pass Guarantee - and the big names apparently are - will give you automatic access to Season Passes for Xbox One games that you've bought on Xbox 360.
After I ask Infinity Ward executive producer Mark Rubin what it is about Call of Duty: Ghosts, exactly, that is innovative, he makes a "hmm" sound and thinks for a while.
Call of Duty players have long called for the addition of dedicated servers in the hope they would reduce lag and other negatives experienced during online multiplayer, but so far these wishes have fallen on deaf ears.
Call of Duty: Ghosts' Prestige Edition will include a wearable 1080p water resistant tactical camera, Activision announced at today's COD: Ghosts multiplayer reveal event.
Join us from 6.30pm BST for guns, killstreaks and (hopefully) bomb dogs.
You'll be able to earn two sets of achievements for cross-generational games if you own Xbox 360 and Xbox One copies, Microsoft has announced.
Pre-orders for Call of Duty: Ghosts are down compared to pre-orders for last year's game, Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 - and Activision reckons it knows why.
Activision has confirmed a line-up of six Wii U games this autumn and said it is "committed" to continuing support for Nintendo's struggling console.
Shoot those PDW-57s in the air because, in a huge financial move, Activision Blizzard has bought its independence from Vivendi.
Infinity Ward's highly anticipated Call of Duty: Ghosts aka "The One With the Dog," has now been confirmed for Wii U.
While a Wii U version of the game had been hinted at, it was never confirmed until today when a picture of its box art recently popped up on Nintendo's official Wii U Facebook page. Additionally, Activision noted that the upcoming game would feature Wii Remote and second-screen GamePad support.
Call of Duty: Ghosts will be out on 5th November on PC, Xbox 360, PS3, and Wii U. Xbox One and PS4 versions will follow shortly thereafter.
Those who pre-order Call of Duty: Ghosts will get the multiplayer map Free Fall, Activision has announced.
It's been three weeks since Microsoft introduced Xbox One, in a presentation that heavily focused on the platform's media capabilities rather than actual games.
Call of Duty: Ghosts runs at 1080p resolution on Xbox One and PlayStation 4, Infinity Ward has said.
After much fan speculation, Activision has revealed that the dog in Call of Duty: Ghosts is named Riley.
In the latest of Digital Foundry's 60 frames per second video blog posts, our focus shifts to the first next-gen title from Infinity Ward - Call of Duty: Ghosts.
This week on Outside Xbox, we saw the face of a new generation: the device Microsoft hopes will define our entertainment habits for the next 10 years. It looked like a VCR from the future for watching American sports. That's not to say the Xbox One won't have games, only that the TV-centric reveal event was short on buzz if you were hoping to catch some new videogames.
Infinity Ward has revealed the inside details on the greatest AI companion in the history of video games, Colin the dog from Call of Duty: Ghosts.
Gamers have had - and are still having - their say on Microsoft's divisive Xbox One reveal, but what say developers?
I don't think it's any exaggeration to say the most exciting thing at Tuesdays's Xbox One reveal was the Call of Duty dog.
"Simple, instant and complete."
The next-gen version of Call of Duty: Ghosts, the first game in the blockbuster shooter series to appear on the PlayStation 4 and next Xbox, has perfectly round weapon sights to go along with its ear-splitting explosions and relentless Michael Bay action.
The next Call of Duty game has been announced.
Confirming previous rumours, it's called Call of Duty: Ghosts and is in development at Infinity Ward. It launches on 5th November 2013.
Ghosts is confirmed for release on PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, and "next gen platforms."
Call of Duty: Ghosts is built on a new engine, according to a shop description for the game.
UK supermarket Tesco listed and quickly removed information on an unannounced Call of Duty game, Call of Duty: Ghosts, on its website.