Gamers’ Big Debate: Is Black Ops 3 cross-platform in 2023?

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The big question that many gamers all across the world ask is whether what is arguably the most popular game in the Call of Duty franchise, Black Ops 3, is a cross-platform game after being updated in 2023.


Black Ops 3, is a force to reckon with worldwide and took the world by storm in 2015, as far as video games are concerned. While cross-platform games are slowly but surely the next stage of innovation in a gaming world craving collaboration, gamers are unsure of whether this top-tier game will be a cross-platform game where people can play together on various consoles and machines.

Black Ops 3 is a 2015 first-person shooter game developed by Treyarch and published by Activision. It is the 12th entry in the Call of Duty series and the sequel to the 2012 video game; call of duty, Black Ops 2. It was published for PS4, PS5, XBOX, and PC.

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The game features Black Op soldiers, in a world greatly affected by climate change and new technologies. It also features standalone zombies and a nightmares mode. Cool, right?

During its release in 2015, Black Ops 3 received a ton of praise from critics and fans in equal measure. Some of the major platforms that support the game are Microsoft Windows, PS3, PS4, PS5, XBOX 360 & ONE, XBOX SERIES, and MacOS.

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Does Black Ops 3 being supported by several platforms mean the game is cross-platform? The answer is, no. It is not a cross-platform game, at least not yet. While cross-platform games allow several layers to interact with their fellow players even during different situations, gamers playing Black Ops 3 on different platforms cannot play together.

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Only those players accessing the game on a similar platform can enjoy playing together, regardless of geographic location.

Black Ops 3 not being a cross-platform game despite being a product of Call of Duty can be attributed to a myriad of reasons. Among them:

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  • The costs of production- it is much cheaper to sell games via one main channel than using a variety
  • Black Ops 3 comes with different features, which limit players from the ultimate gamer experience if used across different platforms
  • High-quality graphics offered by some consoles over others

All that said and done, perhaps the game developers will provide more cross-platform games to enhance player experience among the gaming community worldwide.


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