Call of Duty’s Lead Platform Switching to PS4; Digital Game Sales Higher than Xbox One’s - Insider

The Call of Duty franchise has been associated with the Xbox brand for quite a while, but something may be changing, as gathered by industry insider Pete "Famousmortimer" Dodd, that normally has a good track record with what his industry sources share with him. To provide an example, he was the one that first mentioned the difference in resolution of Call of Duty: Ghosts between PS4 and Xbox One. Today he mentioned something quite interesting about Call of Duty's lead platform and PS4/Xbox One digital sales.

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XiSasukeUchiha1407d ago (Edited 1407d ago )

Damn what now there saying COD leading platform is going to be on PS4. What an giant flip-flop!

Ghost_of_Tsushima1407d ago

Interesting. I figured it would be pretty close.

"Also, don’t sleep on inFamous. It will be very, very, close to Titanfall XB1 this month. Sony is also doing far more digital sales than MS so far (which is a weird switch from the middle of last gen)."

abzdine1407d ago

xbox has just lost it all if true!!
next stop, Titanfall 2!

johndoe112111407d ago


This does not surprise me one bit if it's true. To be honest, Activision are complete morons and they obviously lack foresight. It was blatantly obvious that Microsoft was going to ignore cod when titan fall came out. I have been saying this since last year.

Microsoft is going to focus on Titanfall because they see that as the new must have in FPS games while cod is on a very very rapid decline. Activision knowing that titanfall would be a xbox exclusive should have been targeting ps owners since before ghosts released last year.

For whatever reason they decided to remain in bed with microsoft even though microsoft started to push titanfall. The only thing that can save the cod franchise now is the PS community because the xbox and pc community will not even spit on cod now that they have titanfall.

Common sense would dictate that they focus on the ps platform now that microsoft wouldn,t give one sh!t about them and the cod series. A series that has gone from an average of 1.7 million online players to 300,000.

Cod will fail, because even the ps community is sick of it and with destiny coming out we'll have a better multiplayer game to play. Had activision not focused so much on the xbox platform with the release of cod ghosts it may have been different. I can guarantee you that right now activision must be feeling like a five dollar hooker from being used and tossed aside from microsoft. And the reality is I don't give microsoft wrong, activision were the morons.

That was one of the worst marketing decisions I have seen a gaming company make in years. Someone at activision needs to be fired. How the hell could I have seen this coming since august last year and you have these highly paid execs in a multi billion dollar company oblivious to these facts?

Septic1407d ago (Edited 1407d ago )

"xbox has just lost it all if true!! "

So now COD matters? My head is spinning!

COD doesn't define the Xbox One and nor should it do so.

But yeah, if this is true, its either because of the comparative strength of the PlayStation brand, the obvious superiority of the tech of the PS4 or a marketing deal between Sony and Activision (oh yes, it works this way too).

I wouldn't be surprised if this was true. If I were Microsoft, I would start severing ties with this little deal anyway as COD starts to decline. The partnership isn't worth the kind of money I suspect MS would have paid anyway.

"next stop, Titanfall 2!"

This makes sense especially with the EA relationship as well and the rise of Titanfall (no pun intended). Interesting times.

abzdine1407d ago


bro, i don't care about COD but it for sure matters for MS a minimum.
COD superior on PS4 is still not what will make me buy it, it's how dependent xbox is on COD i was talking about.

Septic1407d ago

"it's how dependent xbox is on COD i was talking about."

Yeah I mean, it could be because of its declining importance that MS may have refused to pay the kind of sums it was for the exclusivity.

The EA partnership must have been extremely costly and MS could just be prioritising its deals now. I think its business as usual but who knows what the real reason for the switch is, assuming that the rumour is true.

Why o why1407d ago (Edited 1407d ago )


Im interpreting it as cod was one of the xbox's bastions just like gears. It mattered more to them than it did others simply because of their lack of titles in comparison to their competitors. Titanfall is now ms's bastion.... . I know you can understand that losing its exclusivity would have damaged brand xbox whilst reminding gamers how little ms produce in house. Ms dealt with activision slickly.... They already benefited off cod now they're on to the next one, leaving activision having to push on the playstation. It will be interesting to see if anybody bids for the timed exclusivity of the inevitable dlc.

DawnOfDon1407d ago


Cod is not superior on PS4 I own it on both and the Xbox One version runs a lot smoother but PS4 has slightly better graphics

harrisk9541407d ago


"Yeah I mean, it could be because of its declining importance that MS may have refused to pay the kind of sums it was for the exclusivity."

You may not like COD and COD may have a lot of haters in the gaming forums around the web, but COD is still one of the top selling games every year... it sells millions of copies to people who never buy very few other games each year. COD:Ghosts may be down this year from previous entries in the series, but it still has generated over a billion dollars in revenue for Activision. It has to be worrisome to MS that PS4 might get into bed with Activision. It sends a message to those people who haven't gone next gen that the PS4 is the way go. MS does not want to lose out on any fence sitters, especially those who were XB360 owners and traditionally played COD on the MS platform.

Cupid_Viper_31407d ago (Edited 1407d ago )

To everyone below who are crying out about "the hypocrisy!!! All of a sudden COD matters!!". I beg of you guys to please stop it. It comes off as poor form to be honest and makes it very easy to paint all of you guys as something most of you aren't (fanboys).

If this rumor is true, most PlayStation fans are rubbing their mitts for two things. First off, this is one less weapon that the competition have in its arsenal, and yes that's a big deal, deal with it better guys.

Secondly, if true, the implications go far beyond just COD. With the rumors that Titanfall's sales numbers tracking slightly below expectation, it is evident to everyone that the Xbox brand is in very deep trouble. And I predicted such a scenario a few days ago. EA is now thinking that they should have remained neutral and I'll elaborate on that later.

The real bad thing for MS is that all indications points out that Destiny is going to outsell Titanfall when it releases, making it the next big thing. Now nothing g is guaranteed of course, as the game may not be well recieved. But the one thing publishers now know for sure is that IT IS NO LONGER beneficial to go XBox exclusive. With the most marketed game of the new gen so far, the return on the investment will maybe break even. And that's too big of a risk for most publishers.

Destiny is going to be heavily marketed on the PS4 and so will the future COD titles, and that's not good for the Xbox One who's sales are laggi g far behind the that of PS4.

EA have missed out on the chance to make the type of money COD was making last year by going MS exclusive with Titanfall. Sure Titanfall might do Gears of War numbers, but there's a huge difference between 6 million units with one platform, vs 20 million plus with both platforms. And there is absolutely no way that MS could have paid EA the equivalence of 14 million units at $60 each. Were talking about a possible multi billion dollar mistake here.

abzdine1407d ago (Edited 1407d ago )

i was just reacting to the "My head is spinning!" you wrote earlier.
i agree with the rest you say, even if it doesn't really concern the DLC deals. The discussion is mostly about performance due to PS4 being the lead platform.
MS can still be paying for the exclusive stuff but the game can be optimized for PS4.

i never said that, i was talking about the future CODs according to the article.

johndoe112111407d ago


I agree with everything you just said except the last point. It is VERY possible that microsoft would do something stupid like pay EA that amount of money for titanfall to be exclusive. This is microsoft we're talking about. That is where the problem lies with the xbox division in the first place.

They are throwing around money in that xbox division like it's nobody's business. They are sinking billions and billions of dollars in the xbox division to try and rule the gaming world but they aren't making any where near the amount of profit to justify the expenditure. That's exactly why the investors are calling for them to sell off the xbox division.

How many billions did they spend just to redesign the xbone controller? It's insanity what is taking place in microsoft right now. Again the're showing it's not about advancing gaming or innovating the gaming world, it's about moneyhatting and trying to own the living room. Even the kinect is more of a multimedia control than a gaming accessory.

It was never about gaming. I clearly remember an article from an ex xbox designer that said microsoft was aiming to own the living room since they were designing the original xbox. Gaming was just the foot in the door they needed.

scott1821407d ago

Oh cool, this is good news for PS4 owners actually if you like COD. The best versions of the game will be on PS4 for sure not just because of the hardware now.

I have always liked COD, love to play the campaign then get into multiplayer. Always have.

Boody-Bandit1407d ago (Edited 1407d ago )


"Cod is not superior on PS4 I own it on both and the Xbox One version runs a lot smoother but PS4 has slightly better graphics"

Plays smoother how? Do you mean single player (frame rates), game actually runs smoother or plays better online (lower latency)?

I bought the PS4 version of GHOST first and picked it up for the X1 a few weeks after launch. The PS4 version is not slight when I noticed the difference right out of the gate on the X1 version. I have also done side by side comparisons on my triple panels using near identical visual settings. The only adjustments I made were to the color and contrast.

The PS4 version has more detailed textures, is a sharper overall and better color separation. Everything pops on the PS4 version and has more detail overall. Not that GHOST is a graphical juggernaut. Far from it. But the X1 version looks blurry in comparison to the PS4 version.

AceBlazer131407d ago

So is EA gonna be microsoft's hoe this gen now? They got bored of Activision.

PrinterMan1407d ago

johndoe11211; Swap Titanfall for COD? I don't have that kind of faith in Titanfall. It's okay but nothing earth shattering. Mind you, neither is COD anymore. Yipee we get a dog. :)

Pllllease. no more.

Utalkin2me1407d ago


Only one way to get that many bubbles with dumb comments....*shrugs*

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Statix1407d ago (Edited 1407d ago )

Looks like that much-ballyhooed Microsoft/EA partnership, essentially supporting ALL of Activision's direct competition (Titanfall, Battlefield, EA, etc.) backfired on them.

All it did was piss Activision off, and now Activision is switching sides because they felt betrayed.

We all kinda saw this coming last year, when Activision demoed Ghosts to IGN on the PS4 than the Xbox One.

Bigpappy1407d ago

Activision isn't buying COD, you guys are. This is after so many in your camp keep slamming the game and insulting those who play it.

You also seem to forget, the number one place COD is sold, is on Xbox 360.

mcstorm1407d ago

I agree with Bigpappy I would not call this a big deal tbh. Most people are now looking at other games over COD. COD is a IP that needs a break and also going up against some new and exciting IP's like Titanfall, Destiney ect. I expect a lot of developers to start using the PS4 as the leaded console for 3rd party games but bragging about COD is not really anything to get excited about.

Ninver1407d ago

Now the interesting question is will Activision release exclusive dlc first on ps4 or will they still sleep with the losing team (Microsoft).

Charybdis1407d ago (Edited 1407d ago )

Depends if sony wants to pay for it,exclusive content mostly are paid mutual beneficial deals, such as with watchdogs and destiny.

That said with the ps4 as lead platform it would make sense that potential beta programs and updates would launch exclusively and/or first on the ps4.

MonstaTruk1407d ago

If I were SONY, I wouldn't pay Activision sh*t.

SONY's the big boy on the block, now. EARLY established, this gen. If Activision wants to rub the console with the CLEAR install base advantage the wrong way, keep doing the month-exclusive DLC thing with MS. It's already rubbed a lot of PS3 fans the wrong way last gen, start that up the beginning if this gen and see what happens...

Sci0n1407d ago (Edited 1407d ago )

wow xbox gamers lived off of cod don't get me wrong its always sold well on PS as well but just about all of last gen microsft shelled out the big bucks for timed exclusivityq because the 360 didn't have to many big exclusives that was there main game. Even though everyone always hates on it and claim they are tired of it it keeps selling millions.

GraveLord1407d ago

It just makes sense. PS4 is selling far better and delaying these people DLC for 1 month is a huge amount of lost sales.

Kidmyst1407d ago

A big downside to this is more of the annoying gamers we found more on XBL than PSN will be more now on PSN. But as long as I have the mute button I'm cool!

diehardmetallicafan1407d ago

exactly what i thought... the mute button will save everyones mothers a lot of abuse ;)

MonsterChef1407d ago

Private chat parties are the best. I'm in a clan and everytime we play together we start our private chat no need to here insults just strategy

adorie1407d ago

Maybe now the game will actually look next-gen.

Matt6661407d ago

it just shows that the only things Activison care about is money and sales

notyobizhwispndmymny1407d ago

I thought you guys were not interested in COD or multiplayer games. Remember you absolutely hate COD LOL..

This is getting too funny. Hate it because it doesn't tow the Sony company line, love it as soon as a rumor states that it will.

bennissimo1407d ago

Who cares what platform COD will be developed around?

It'll still be crap.


otherZinc1406d ago (Edited 1406d ago )

Dualshockers again...
This SONY site is always full of M$ doom, speculation & assumptions, never any facts...just, "this could happen". Whatever.

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Statix1407d ago (Edited 1407d ago )

Remember how the new Call of Duty by Sledgehammer was unveiled at Destination Playstation earlier this month? That might have been an indicator of this shift.

If COD leads on PS4, then we don't have to worry about a crappy port-job that caters to the weakest common denominator that is the Xbox One.

DawnOfDon1407d ago

The Xbox One version runs smoother though, I own it on both

filipakos1407d ago

If it didnt run smoothly then you should feel bad for buying it.Thats the whole reason of why they made it 720p on xbox

lawgone1407d ago

So immature that people are disagreeing with dawnofdon. I also own both and it DOES run smoother on the XB1. It's pretty annoying actually.

extermin8or1406d ago

You realise I think ot was digital foundry showed that most of the frame rate hiccups on cod werent the frame rate dropping... but exceeding 60fps in places. So when that occurred amd ot returns to 60 your eyes percieve it as a drop. Bit it isn't. ... so not running as smoothly maybe but only because the fps wasnt capped properly clearly.

fOrlOnhOpe571407d ago

Interesting. Especially Sony's higher digital sales.Maybe as a result of Vita and remote play perhaps?

shivvy241407d ago

Maybe its ps+ , I love having physical copies but when I got ps+ it just felt so simple switching games without having to change disks

skydragoonity1407d ago

Ps4 is the lead console this gen, no surprises here.

Eonjay1407d ago

Exactly. I think Dodd is given too much credit for telling us things we already know. Every multiplat is leading on PS4 hardware (mostly because the PS4 is the leading platform in sales).