Though today was a slower news day, there is still a handful of stories to dive into, particularly in regards to updates on next-gen games. We learned about Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War‘s install size on all platforms, Xbox Series S will apparently only have 364 GB of free space after the operating system, and more. Here’s the video game news you might’ve missed on Nov. 4, 2020.
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War’s Massive Install Size Differs Depending on Platform
Just over a week ahead of launch, Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War‘s install size on consoles has been revealed, and spoilers — it’s a hefty game. Below are the sizes across all platforms:
- PlayStation 4: 95 GB
- PlayStation 5: 133 GB
- Xbox One: 93 GB
- Xbox Series X | S: 136 GB
As noted by Activision, players will have the option to uninstall specific mode packs, freeing up space and reducing the game’s overall file size. Starting on Nov. 5, players on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One will be able to pre-load Black Ops Cold War, provided they have enough hard drive space.
Hellpoint Will Get a Free Next-Gen Upgrade Next Year
As announced by Cradle Games on Twitter today, Hellpoint will come to next-gen systems sometime in 2021. The next-gen version will be free to anyone who owns the game on current-gen platforms and will support higher frame rates and resolutions, with two modes to choose from: Performance, which features dynamic 4K/60 FPS, and Quality, supporting native 4K at 30 FPS.
A free upgrade to the existing versions, it will include support for higher FPS and resolutions, faster loading times and 2 visual modes:
Performance – Dynamic 4K resolution, 60 FPS
Quality – Native 4K resolution, 30 FPS pic.twitter.com/1OMfP0pnEo
— ⚫ Hellpoint • Cradle Games (@CradleGames) November 4, 2020
Sea of Thieves Will Run at 4K/60 FPS on Xbox Series X
Today, developer Rare tweeted out the enhancements you can expect from Sea of Thieves on next-gen Xbox systems. On Xbox Series X, you can expect a 4K experience at 60 FPS, while Xbox Series S will support 1080p at 60 FPS. Both versions will be enhanced with faster load times and will launch alongside the new systems next week on Nov. 10, 2020.
Excited about setting sail on Xbox Series X or Xbox Series S? These are the key optimisations for your next-gen Sea of Thieves experience, so get set to enjoy some silky-smooth skelly smashing:
⏱️ Improved load times
⬛ 4K, 60FPS on Xbox Series X
⬜ 1080p, 60FPS on Xbox Series S pic.twitter.com/RESsON2uxZ
— Sea of Thieves (@SeaOfThieves) November 4, 2020
Next-Gen Versions of NBA 2K21 Will Get The City, a New Multiplayer Social Setting
Publisher 2K released a new trailer for The City, a multiplayer mode in NBA 2K21 that will expand upon the foundation of The Park, exclusively for next-gen systems. The trailer displays what the new mode has to offer, featuring “the biggest map” the franchise has ever seen. The City will serve as a pseudo-open world for players to explore with their MyPLAYERs — offering quests and different boroughs to explore. This mode will launch alongside the next-gen versions of NBA 2K21, on Nov. 10 for Xbox Series X | S and Nov. 12 for PlayStation 5.
Xbox Series S Apparently Has 364 GB of Free Storage for Games
A Redditor by the name of spead20 claims to have received an Xbox Series S early and states that the system only offers 364 GB of free space after the operating system is installed. If true, this means the system devotes 148 GB of its total 512 GB to the OS, which is expected compared to how much free space was offered with the original Xbox One. Since we’re still a week out from release, we’ll have to wait until the system’s embargo lifts to know for sure, but this information seems legitimate. Get those external storage devices ready: You’re going to need them.