Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War is here, and as is par for the course with CoD games, it needs a big old piece of your hard drive for installation. But you can solve your storage woes with an external SSD, and Activision has partnered up with Western Digital to bring you a CoD: Blops Cold War SSD just for the occasion.
The new title weighs in at a massive 250GB on PC, 133GB on PS5, 136GB on Xbox Series X, 95GB on PS4, and 93GB on Xbox One. If you're a PC player you have the added bonus of choosing to install specific modes, trimming down the space required if you're struggling to accommodate everything.
The PS5 and Xbox Series X have 667GB and 800GB useable storage, respectively, so Black Ops Cold War is going to gobble up a significant portion of that. No matter what your platform, you'll be looking into SSD options eventually, especially given size of Xbox and PS5 games.
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Activision has partnered with Western Digital to release a limited run of Call of Duty-themed storage drives: The WD_BLACK P10 Game Drive, WD_BLACK P50 Game Drive SSD, and the WD_BLACK SN850 NVMe SSD. They’ve been designed to visually capture the nuclear era of the Cold War, and come bundled with bonus Call of Duty points to spend in-game.
The WD_BLACK P10 Game Drive is aimed at players looking to expand the storage of their console. The 2TB hard drive is compatible with the PS4, Xbox One, as well as the PS5, Xbox Series X, and PC, and can provide some much-needed space for storage-hungry games. Players will receive 1,100 Call of Duty points with each purchase. It'll set you back $109.99 (approx £83/ AU$150).
If you’re a PC gamer, then check out the WD_BLACK SN850 NVMe SSD designed to deliver smoother loading, and increased performance. It’s powered by next-gen PCIe Gen4 technology, and also comes with a free 2,400 Call of Duty points, and will lighten your wallet by £180/ AU$329).
Players can also opt for the WD_BLACK P50 Game Drive SSD, which provides 1TB of storage, and all the perks of an SSD. It promises “blazing fast speeds” and comes bundled with 2,400 Call of Duty points. You'll need to fork over $249.99 (approx £188/ AU$342).
The Call of Duty-themed SSDs are expected to be available for purchase by early December 2020.
Newly developed games require increasingly large chunks of hard drive and SSD space to install, making expandable storage ever more important. Seagate has released a 1TB expansion card for the Xbox Series X, but Sony has yet to announce any storage devices compatible with the PS5, and has disabled the console’s expandable storage at launch.
Although these Western Digital products are compatible with the new generation of consoles, they can only store PS4 or Xbox One game data. Their portability also allows players to carry their game library with them, and easily transfer data between systems.
Fancy expanding your console’s storage but not too keen on the Call of Duty design? Keep an eye on the upcoming Black Friday deals to snap an SSD bargain.
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