What you need to know
- Activision has broken Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 1 + 2 for users who upgraded to next-gen.
- Many users are reporting crashes, but the game seems to work in offline mode, indicating some kind of server problem.
Update March 28, 2021: In our own testing, it seems you can "fix" this by uninstalling the next-gen "upgrade" patch and reverting back to the Xbox One version of the game. To do this, press the hamburger (three-lines) button on your controller with Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 1+2 selected, then go to Manage game and add-ons. From here, select the upgrade patch and remove it. You may also need to uninstall the THPS1+2 "Xbox Series X|S" client, and re-download the other non-Xbox Series X|S client instead. This is a temporary work around while we wait to see if Activision fixes the Xbox Series S/X version, which is a separate client entirely.
When Call of Duty Black Ops: Cold War launched last year, the game had an intriguing next-gen omission that set the game apart from its peers launching across Xbox One and Xbox Series S and Xbox Series X consoles.
Instead of using Microsoft's Smart Delivery content management system, which allows developers to ship resolution and frame rate upgrades to Xbox One games running on new-gen hardware, Activision opts for its own "upgrade patches" in order to nickel and dime console players out of resolution and frame rates that are a given on PC.
In any case, Call of Duty Black Ops: Cold War was broken for several weeks, as a result of Activision not using Smart Delivery. If you had the non-upgraded version of Call of Duty Black Ops: Cold War, the game would crash relentlessly on Xbox Series S and Xbox Series X, until you purchased the upgrade pack and re-downloaded the entire game. Activision's methodology for "cross-gen upgrades" seems to have now claimed another victim in Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 1 + 2.
Users who purchased the $10 upgrade patch have reported widespread crashing (via Pure Xbox), although some have reported that playing the game in offline mode seems to work as a temporary workaround. The issues seem to arise when the game attempts to connect to Activision's servers, indicating that there may be some version mismatch shenanigans taking place.
It's a bit of a shame, since Vicarious Visions' faithful remake of Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 1 + 2 is quite easily one of the best Xbox games out there. I'm low-key intrigued how Activision didn't learn from the problems it created with Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War, potentially as a result of not using Xbox's Smart Delivery feature. In any case, we'll be sure to update this article if and when Activision sorts it out.
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Jez Corden is the Managing Editor for Windows Central, focusing primarily on all things Xbox and gaming. Jez is known for breaking exclusive news and analysis as relates to the Microsoft ecosystem while being powered by caffeine. Follow on Twitter @JezCorden and listen to his Xbox Two podcast, all about, you guessed it, Xbox!
Funnily enough, Crash Bandicoot 4 uses Smart Delivery for its Series X|S upgrade. Activision loves inconsistency.
This is really bad, especially when people who didn't buy the deluxe edition are paying for this. This should have been free
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