Finalized next-gen Xbox Series X game cases vs Xbox One cases revealed

Finalized Xbox Series X game cases are revealed alongside Black Ops Cold War, and consumers will likely get them mixed up.

@DeekeTweak
Published Wed, Aug 26 2020 5:46 PM CDT

Activision revealed cross-gen SKUs of Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War and confirmed the finalized Xbox Series X game case design. It's kind of confusing, but luckily it doesn't matter if consumers get them mixed up.

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The final Xbox Series X game cases are pretty similar to the basic Xbox One cases--so similar that everyday consumers may buy the wrong version. The next-gen case design in question is for the newly-revealed Black Ops Cold War. The next-gen Xbox Series X version comes with the Xbox One version by default so there's no worry of a mix-up.

The cross-gen cases are similar but have some differences. Namely the Xbox Series X label in the upper right, and the next-gen console is listed first on the Xbox Series X version, whereas Xbox One version has the current-gen console first. Now here's what's confusing: Activision says physical disc versions of Cold War on Xbox One won't include a free upgrade on Xbox Series X. That upgrade is exclusive for digital versions of the Xbox One port, and it'll cost you $10 extra to unlock.

So why is the Xbox Series X listed on the Xbox One version?

Because the current-gen version of Black Ops Cold War is playable on Xbox Series X via backwards compatibility. This doesn't include all the next-gen optimizations though. Popping the Xbox One version into your Xbox Series X doesn't mean you'll get ultra-fast loading, boosted FPS, ray tracing, 4K 60FPS, and other features the XSX is capable of.

The game will still play better on Xbox Series X by default thanks to the console's native boosting of current-gen games. This includes tighter frame rates, upscaled resolution, and faster load times--but not the ultra-fast 2.4GB/sec the XSX's PCIe 4.0 SSD is capable of.

This box design will be the final Xbox Series X game case when the console releases this November. The Xbox Series X is likely due out on November 5, but Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War won't be out until November 13.

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Derek is absorbed with the intersection of technology and gaming, and is always looking forward to new advancements. With over six years in games journalism under his belt, Derek aims to further engage the gaming sector while taking a peek under the tech that powers it. He hopes to one day explore the stars in No Man's Sky with the magic of VR.

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