Best answer: There are three versions of Call of Duty: Vanguard available for preorder. If you want the one that takes advantage of everything the newest consoles can offer, you'll need to grab the Ultimate Edition, or the more expensive option.
What are the differences between Call of Duty: Vanguard cross-gen editions?
Call of Duty: Vanguard is the next premium game in the longrunning, annual Call of Duty franchise. It's taking players back to World War II, telling a story of fictional special forces across four huge theaters in the conflict. Just like 2020's Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War, Activision has opted to forgo Smart Delivery and a free upgrade system on both Xbox and PlayStation systems. If you want the version of this game that benefits from your new hardware, you'll need to pay a bit more for it.
There are three versions of Call of Duty: Vanguard available for preorder: Standard Edition, Cross-Gen Bundle and the Ultimate Edition. On Xbox, the Standard Edition includes the Xbox One version of the game for $60. The Cross-Gen Bundle and Ultimate Edition include the Xbox One, Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S versions. On PlayStation, the Standard Edition includes the PS4 version, while the Cross-Gen Bundle and Ultimate Edition include the PS4 and PS5 versions.
How to upgrade Call of Duty: Vanguard digital editions
If you choose to buy the standard edition of the game digitally and then later decide you want the more advanced features, you aren't locked out. You can purchase the Cross-Gen upgrade for $10, so you won't be paying too much more for waiting to upgrade.
If you choose not to upgrade, you can still play the last-gen version of the game on a newer console through backward compatibility. You just won't be getting all the current-gen benefits.
How to upgrade Call of Duty: Vanguard physical editions
Physical editions are now available for preorder. Unfortunately, they work a little differently than the digital versions. If you choose to buy the standard physical version of the game, you cannot upgrade to the Xbox Series X version at a later date. If you want those upgrades, you'll need to buy the physical cross-gen version.
Call of Duty: Vanguard cross-gen editions: What are the current-gen benefits?
Right now, Sledgehammer Games hasn't shared too many details about what the current-generation versions of the game will gain compared to the last-generation consoles. If Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War is any barometer, we could see some form of ray tracing, as well as 120 FPS support. Thanks to the ultra-fast SSDs in newer consoles, loading times on the current-gen versions will be much quicker as well.
PlayStation players will also get to take advantage of the PS5 DualSense haptic feedback and adaptive triggers, which Sledgehammer has confirmed it will take advantage of.
In our preview of Call of Duty: Vanguard, we learned that Sledgehammer Games is handling the campaign and multiplayer, while Treyarch is working on a new Zombies mode. This game is coming at a time when Activision Blizzard faces a lawsuit, alleging sexist workplace behavior and systemic abuse.
Call of Duty: Vanguard is set to release on Nov. 5, 2021, on Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, PS5, PS4, and PC through Battle.net.
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