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.
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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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