Is Black Desert for Xbox One pay-to-win?

Is Black Desert for Xbox One pay-to-win?

Best answer: Depending on your definition, Black Desert can be seen as pay-to-win. At the very least, it's definitely pay-to-progress.Bare necessities: Black Desert (opens in new tab) ($10 at Microsoft)Upgrade for more: Black Desert Standard Edition (opens in new tab) ($30 at Microsoft)

What does pay-to-win mean?

Pay-to-win is exactly what it sounds like: a way for players to pay real money in order to gain in-game advantages that allow them to win. These come in the form of microtransactions.

How this definition is applied to specific games is a bit unclear and varies from person to person. Pay-to-win for some people means that you're paying for advantages over other players in multiplayer games. Others think the term applies to all microtransactions that give you an advantage, even in single-player games where you're not competing against other people.

What microtransactions does Black Desert offer on Xbox One?

Black Desert for Xbox One currently allows players to buy packs of Pearls which can be used at its in-game Pearl Shop that contains "cosmetic and convenience items." These can range from anything like outfits and furniture sets to inventory expansions and pets.

There are also currently two different versions of Black Desert you can buy. One is a basic edition, but the other is more expensive and comes with Pearls you can use in the shop, along with a pet.

But are these pay-to-win?

Its cosmetic outfits certainly don't fall under pay-to-win, but some of the "convenience items" do. Some of the items you purchase allow you to increase your carry weight limit, expand your inventory, buy pets that can pick up loot for you, buy outfits with stat boosts, and even increase the chances of your gear levelling up.

In Black Desert, there is a chance to "fail" at upgrading your gear, effectively regressing its stats instead of levelling up. Your chance of success increases after every failure. Through the use of an item called Valks' Cry, you can increase this "fail stack" and thus increase the chances of upgrading your gear. Though you can't purchase Valks' Cry outright, you can melt down cosmetic outfits from the shop to acquire it. This mechanic came to Black Desert Online for PC in 2018.

Jennifer Locke has been playing video games nearly her entire life, and is very happy Xbox is growing a stronger first-party portfolio. You can find her obsessing over Star Wars and other geeky things on Twitter @JenLocke95.