The Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 release date is almost here and there are still many gamers using the Xbox 360 and PS3 to game. For many games that is fine, but as the Xbox One and PS4 reach the two year mark there are more reasons to upgrade.
Specifically there are five very good reasons not to buy Black Ops 3 on Xbox 360 or PS3. Of course this could just as easily be why you need to buy the PC, Xbox One or PS4 Black Ops 3 game, but if it was that easy you would likely already own a newer console.
We know that not everyone can afford the PS4 or Xbox One right now, but there are price drops that make the consoles easier to afford for some and there are big Xbox One Black Friday deals coming, which can ease the pain of upgrading.
The Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 release date is November 6th for all consoles and PC, so you will get to play the game at the same time as the rest of the population if you are using an older console, but that’s where things start to come undone.
Xbox One & PS4 Black Ops 3 vs Xbox 360 and PS3
Treyarch is making Call of Duty: Black Ops 3, but they are only responsible for the Xbox One, PS4 and PC release. A different developer is trying to translate that experience to a console with less power, and that means this is not the same game on both platforms.
On the upside you still get Zombies and Specialists on the PS3 and Xbox 360 Black Ops 3 game and you get a digital copy of the original Black Ops game.
What you need to know about the PS3 & Xbox 360 Black Ops 3 game compared to the PS4, Xbox One and PC version.
We’re not just talking about graphical differences between the Xbox 260 or PS3 and the Xbox One and PS4 — these are missing features, missing options and limitations that buyers need to know about.
Here’s why you should skip the Xbox 360 and PS3 Black Ops 3 release and wait to play until you can upgrade to the Xbox One, PS4 or PC.
No Campaign for Black Ops 3 on Xbox 360 or PS3
While many players only get Call of Duty games for the online multiplayer experience, we’ve seen more effort put into the campaign mode each year. This year is no different with big names making digital appearances in the action and an option to play co-op campaign mode.
We being Treyarch, we’re only looking at the current-gen stuff, so PS4 and Xbox One. And when we hear the old-gen stuff start having to take things away to be able to make it perform on those machines… they’re like, ‘okay, we’re going to have to lose this, and lose that, and bring this back in,’ from a purely selfish point of view, I completely agreed with Activision’s decision to cut the campaign, because I don’t want you to get a second-rate experience. So I agreed on that level.
Yes, you get the star-filled Zombies cast, but you will not get the full campaign mode that comes to PS4, PC and Xbox One.
No Weapon Paint Shop Customization
You cannot use the Paint Shop in Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 for Xbox 360 or PS3.
In the full version of Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 you can use the Paint Shop to customize your weapon in unique and varied ways.
Activision confirms that there is no access to the Paint Shop on the Xbox 360 and PS3. This is a smaller feature, but one that many users are excited about using on the newer consoles.
No Black Ops 3 Season Pass for PS3 & 360
You won’t get all DLC or a Black Ops 3 Season Pass with the Xbox 360 or PS3.
We learned recently that there is no PS3 or Xbox 360 Black Ops 3 Season Pass option for gamers. Activision does not come out and say there there will be no DLC for the older consoles, but leave it open.
The company states, “Availability of individual DLC packs for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 platforms may vary.” This likely means that you will not get all new maps and options on the older consoles, but the company will confirm this after the release.
Black Ops 3 Graphics & FPS on Xbox 360 & PS3
It goes without saying that the Xbox One and PS4 Black Ops 3 release will deliver better looking graphics than on the PS3 and Xbox 360. What are the differences that you will notice?
The biggest difference will likely be the frames per second. Beenox Creative Director Thomas Wilson told Develop-Online, “I’d say that we tried to hit that target [60fps], It becomes harder when you’re working on current gen platforms.” Wilson adds, “We’re basically looking more at something like 30fps. But still, the experience is very enjoyable, otherwise it’s not Call of Duty.”
Activision addresses this with the following statement, “The multiplayer mode on PS3 and Xbox 360 will scale between 30- 60 FPS, while the frame rate in Zombies mode is 30 FPS.”
No Theater Mode or eSports Features
If you are still playing on the older consoles it is unlikely that you plan to play professionally in eSports mode, but there are still features you will miss.
Activision confirmed that eSports tools including CODCasting and Theater Mode will not come to the Xbox 360 or PS3.
As the Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 release date approaches, you should check out the latest news in the slides below to prepare yourself for the game.
Black Ops 3 Release: 10 Things to Know With 10 Days to Go
PC, Xbox One And PS4 Black Ops 3 Digital Downloads
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After a long hiatus, you can now pre-order the Xbox One Black Ops 3 digital release on the Xbox Store. Activision and Microsoft pointed fingers for a while, but the game is back online and you can order it with an option to pre-load if you want to play right at midnight without lining up for Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 release date events.
The PS4 Black Ops 3 digital download will start on November 1st, allowing you to download the game in time to play at midnight on the Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 release date. PS4 owners need 55GB of space to install the game and play on PS4.
According to Steam, the PC Black Ops 3 download requires 60GB of space to install the game. You can also check out the PC Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 system requirements.