Introducing the Xbox Game Ahead Program


Today Activision shared details of the Xbox Game Ahead Program for Call of Duty: Ghosts. Purchase a copy of Call of Duty: Ghosts on Xbox 360 and get a next-gen upgrade for $10.

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  • RobsLegacy

    Waiting for BF4’s : )

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    • Josh Jenke
      • mcmax3000

        That’s not quite the same, as it doesn’t have a digital offer for 360/Xbox One available.

        Given that they’ve gone as far as to name this, and call it a ‘program’, I imagine other games will be added to it though (likely the same games that are part of the season pass thing, which would be CoD, BF4, AC IV, and Watch Dogs).

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  • Rafik Bouchaala

    what is this ? give us gta 5 and diablo 3 in games on demand you tards😀

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    • Demetre HG

      Stfu moron

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      • Rafik Bouchaala

        says the Indian guy (rofl)

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    • Liquidfx Xboxdude

      what is wrong with you digital only guys? crazy. fyi get a ps3 if you want day one digitals right now.

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  • Amkof

    I was actually just wondering how MS/Acitvision/EA were going to handle this. I’m still debating whether to go full digital or not. Seems like an elegant solution. Major: Do you know if there’s any restrictions like there are on Xbox Video where you can only download for a year after your original purchase?

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  • Amkof

    Weird my comment disappeared.

    I like this solution, I’ve been debating on going purely digital for the next generation so this fits right into how I’d like to receive my games. Only concern though is whether there will be restrictions on how long after you make your initial purchase you can download your game again. Like on Xbox Video right now if you buy a movie, you can only download it for a year after your purchase. Does anyone know if this is the case?

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    • mcmax3000

      They’ve never put restrictions like that on any game content on the 360 (I can still re-download XBLA games I bought at launch eight years ago), so I can’t see why they’d start adding restrictions like that now.

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      • Amkof

        Yeah MS has always been amazing for that. I just have never bought anything from their Games on Demand program so I wasn’t sure if there were any limitations like that there.

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    • Shane Battle

      Introducing the Xbox Game Ahead Program

      Gamers can purchase a disc-less dual-license digital version of Call of Duty: Ghosts at participating retailers for a suggested retail price of $69.99. This version will include the Xbox 360 digital version of Call of Duty: Ghosts, as well as the Xbox One digital version of Call of Duty: Ghosts – linked and unlocked via a user’s Xbox Live gamertag. Look for more information on how to pre-order at participating retailers in the coming weeks.

      Via the Game Ahead Program, players can also purchase a digital version of Call of Duty: Ghosts directly from the Xbox Live Marketplace for a suggested retail price of $59.99. And, when ready to upgrade to Xbox One, you can purchase a digital Xbox One version of Call of Duty: Ghosts for a suggested retail price of just $10 on the Xbox Live Marketplace until March 31, 2014.

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    • usrev

      why would you go digital? do you really like not owning you games?

      I never understood how anyone could want digital until they are much cheaper than retail. there is no benefit to digital. you can’t trade it in, share the game effectively, and the prices are usually more expensive than retail.

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      • Amkof

        To provide context, I’m a huge Steam guy, so I’m used to this (irrational) thought that I don’t “own” my games. Granted yes I get a lot of those games at huge discounts, but a lot of those games I would not have bought had they been at that price, so the prices met my utility of those games. Typically if I buy a game I want, it is at launch, so there will be no price difference (typically). There are situation however, like right now for me, where I have all the games I want at launch pre-ordered for $20 off each at Best Buy. In those cases I would buy a physical copy. It is not going to be a black and white situation for me, but if they are equal in price I will just go for the digital copy because I hate cases and discs floating around my place.

        To answer your arguments, I don’t care if it’s not cheaper then retail, because I don’t trade my games, I don’t share my games. Your argument for prices being more expensive is unfounded, you are applying a past experience with the digital ecosystem from 2 year ago and applying it to a future new digital ecosystem. We have seen a change in MS’ policies, so we should wait to see how they will treat the system vs judging them by a past they are clearly moving away from.

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      • Pearson Smith

        Usually when I buy a game, I make sure it’s totally worth the $60 because by the time I want to sell it, I get $10 back. It takes me a while to finish games because of how busy I am. The most games I play are the multiplayer games, and once the next multiplayer game comes out like Battlefield 4, Battlefield 3 is worthless (especially when someone has to pay $10 for an online pass if bought used and go through that $50 Premium BS). For sharing, like I said, I play multiplayer games which now only allow one person per console and require online passes.
        So digital will be awesome, especially when I don’t have spend on time and gas to get to the retailer or pay shipping. The game downloads overnight and it’s ready to play in the morning. I also don’t have to pay that extra $3 for disc protection.

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  • mcmax3000

    According to a post on OneOfSwords’ blog, yeah, it will be.

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  • Pearson Smith

    I hope they do this with more games. A lot of my friends on Xbox 360 won’t get a new Xbox One for a while. It would be nice to play against them on the latest games. They should make the Xbox One games more like the Blu-rays we get today. Buy a Blu-ray and the DVD and digital copy is included.

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    • Catalyst

      They will. Ubisoft has announced something similar with “Assassin’s Creed IV”, and I’m sure any other major titles will support such an offer.

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  • SoulSnatcha

    Thank goodness for this! I was planning on going all digital and was a little down because I would HAVE to get the disc version for the One as I was doing the upgrade/trade-in deal with GameStop and my console is reserved at a different store.

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  • Jeremy Trifilo

    I am wondering if this will be made available for the special editions as I would like to buy the Digital version of the Hardened Edition. Also any idea if you actually get both the Xbox 360 & Xbox One licenses or is it something where the Xbox One license overlaps / expires the Xbox 360 license once you make use of it?

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    • mcmax3000

      No digital hardened edition for 360. Will be for Xbox One though.

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  • Jeremy Trifilo

    Well I am a bit curious if you get both licenses, but the $10.00 upgrade for disc version is where you return your Xbox 360 disc for an Xbox One disc @ $10.00 more. I have only seen information regarding the standard edition for this service so far. If this $69.99 offer provides you with both licenses it is definitely worth considering @ $34.99 per license apposed to $59.99 per license or in the upgrade instance $69.99 per license. However I do hope for more information provided on the exact way this all works. I myself am definitely considering Digital this time around.

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  • roozbeh, again

    Yay!

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  • David K

    Larry, does this mean I can buy the 360 version and upgrade to the XBox One version while KEEPING the 360 version as well? Madness.

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    • mcmax3000

      It does.

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    • GmailIsDown

      yep. this beats the Amazon trade-in deal and the Bestbuy upgrade deal if you want to keep both copies.

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      • usrev

        not really. you are spending the same amount of money but only get digital copies. unless you truly plan on going back to the 360 versions of the games.

        they hold no value once bought, while the regular trade in programs will have about $30-$40 in value.

        so next year when cod 17.6 comes out you can’t sell COD ghosts for some money toward it.

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      • closingracer

        Ya but I know plenty of people who aren’t moving to next gen and wish they did something like this for madden and nba 2k since I could keep playing my leagues in those games and still get next gen versions

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    • Brian

      I believe so, but only digitally. Not if you buy the disc.

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  • Rafik Bouchaala

    Diablo 3, splinter cell black list no where to find on GOnD and not GTA V day one download.

    It’s funny because MS are the ones speaking the most about a “digital future” and always claiming how “live is a better service”, how it’s “worth paying for” yet they lack this VERY CONVENIENT feature that pushes interest and acceptance in digital sales.

    Knowing that your digital game will be ready to play the moment the game is released, ie no waiting on it to download and no waiting in line at a midnight launch party. These things help boost the incentive in buying digitally without forcing it on people.

    MSs “better service” needs to take notes.
    Timed Full Game Trials is another thing PSN (well PS+ specifically) has over Live. No idea what’s hold MS up from copying these features:/

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    • tabicat

      Games are not available via GoD on day one because that would piss of Gamestop, and MS can’t afford to piss them off. That’s why the original Xbox One DRM included Gamestop as an “authorized buyer” of used games.

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      • Rafik Bouchaala

        anyone who is down voting me is a blind fanboy😛 so you’re telling me that sony and steam are pissing off gamestop and all the retailers right ?

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      • ungeheier

        I decided to downvote all your comments just because of the one above. DIAF.

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      • GmailIsDown

        i thought for the Xbox One, everything will be released day one both physical and digital.

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      • usrev

        you are correct. not sure why they don’t have day 1 digital on xbox now. it’s probably something to do with the marketplace, we know you can’t “preorder” things digitally like on ps3 atm. so idk.

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      • Dylan

        Not true, Sony does this all the time.

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      • SoulSnatcha

        How would this piss off GameStop? There is still a want for physical copies of games. We are in the minority with wanting digital copies on day one, so this wouldn’t hurt GameStop much at all, at least not for a while. But with the Xbox One, all games will have digital copies on day one. Maybe this policy will include the Xbox 360 as well at some point. Until then, MS still has to wait on the publishers to allow/release digitals.

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      • slasaru

        All gamestops like Sony and praise it all the time
        Even though Sony publishes on day one and gives for free in PSN+
        So I see no connection

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    • Markus Hudobnik

      For the xbox one…

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  • roozbeh, again

    Battlefield 4 next please.

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    • Pearson Smith

      EA offers the $10 upgrade for Battlefield but it’s through select retailers. Disadvantages… physical copy only, can’t keep your 360 copy, offer ends December 31st, and it’s a one time transfer of multiplayer stats unlike COD.
      Plus, Playstation is the only system that will let you upgrade to a digital copy of BF4. It’s all apart of that exclusiveness. COD is exclusive to Xbox and BF is exclusive to Playstation.

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  • EighteenCharacters

    In other words, the price of impatience is exactly $10.

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    • BlinkFandango

      Actually it’s a couple of hundred if you’re picking up a Day One console.

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      • StudioMultimédia Gon'Interacti

        couple of hundred ? you really think price is going down a couple of hundred out of 5 lol

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      • BlinkFandango

        Eventually, yeah.

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      • GmailIsDown

        i can be patient to wait a few months but i cannot be patient to wait a few years. who knows what could happen in a few years

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      • bat0nas

        Not enough PS4 games at launch? You are sure you are not mixing PS4 with PS3 back then?

        PS4 might have a few titles less than Xbone. But far from “no games”.. very far.

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      • GmailIsDown

        Knack, driveclub, and Lillzone SF. That’s it. The rest is cross platform or small psn games that could play just as well on PS3.

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      • Timothy Hames

        Look Indies and Small games can be just as good as the Large Triple AAA.

        GTA 5 is selling like hot cakes but Minecraft has sold more.

        The Walking Dead is prop the best video game of a generation nothing stands up to the story that it told and it was an indie game.

        Dont Starve is coming out for PS4 I would not count the indie and small game exp as a subtraction to a system. They make up for a lack of Triple AAA titles.

        The Xbox has some great games but what will hold you over during the waiting times for Titenfall or Dystany, when Cod, BF, Forza or Ryse become stale/

        Shoot some of the XBL game like Limbo and Baston are outstanding I dont see great cheap games like that on the horizon for the xbox 1 like with the ps4

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      • Timothy Hames

        These are the games comfirmed after launch for the Xbox 1 you will need some indies and small games to full in the space or you will end up in place like the Wii U.

        Kinect Sports: Rivals
        Minecraft: Xbox One Edition
        Project Spark
        Titanfall
        Wolfenstein: The New Order

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      • GmailIsDown

        true, but i don’t think a lot of people spend $400~$500 to get a powerful next-gen console with the intention of playing indies, just like not a lot of Wii U owners bought a Wii U on release to play antic ports on Virtual Console, though they eventually caved in as there were not a lot games. Don’t Starve is available on PC already, and there is really no point of playing it again on PS4. people want true next-gen games that shows what this shiny new console is made of. i personally would rather to have more exclusive AAA games than a lot more indies/cross-platform games that are available on PC anyway. this is the reason I canceled my PS4 preorder. i’ll re-buy it when the Japanese side picks up. they are notoriously slow adapting new technologies.

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      • Timothy Hames

        System Cost /Time played makes it cheaper or same to buy day one vs waiting.
        (this console cycle is suppose to be 10 years)

        Lets say like with the 360 after 1 year it comes down 50.00.

        500/10 years = 50 per year
        450/9 years = 50 per year
        400/8 years = 50 per year
        350/7 years = 50 per year
        300/6 years = 50 per year
        300/5 years = 60 per year

        If MS drops the price by 100 within the first year then and only then will it be cheaper, but thats not going to happen if unless sales are slow.

        In the end it will be about the same.

        (inform on first price drop google this artical -Microsoft drops price on Xbox 360 line — we’re stunned
        By Ryan Block posted Aug 7th, 2007 at 12:19 AM)

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      • BlinkFandango

        Yeah, but you’re not adding in the benefit that by waiting, game prices also drop. So while it might be the same to wait for the system, by waiting you’re getting the benefit of having a larger library available at a cheaper price.

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      • Timothy Hames

        Look your right on the games. Iam just looking at the consoles.

        (ps i like to wait about 1 year before i get madden or fifa for that reason alone. Fifa 13 is 27.99 used at game stop Halo 4 is 29.99 at the ms store thoses are huge savings.)

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      • BlinkFandango

        Sometimes you don’t even have to wait that long, I got BF3 a month after it came out for $30 (on Black Friday). I might get Fifa 14 this year if someone sells it cheap from Europe on eBay or something.

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      • Timothy Hames

        Fifa 14 is a digital code but your correct on waiting in General but you still need the system to play the games. Seeing that the prices are going to be the same for 360 and 1 I would say get it at launch.

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      • BlinkFandango

        Yeah, I’m getting all my games digitally next gen so I can take full advantage of instant switching.

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      • Timothy Hames

        But your going to lose out on buy cheaper games, digital games on Xbox tent to cost more or longer.

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      • BlinkFandango

        That’s the tradeoff: price for convenience, although I’m hoping that:
        1. MS improves their sales, they have been doing better in the last few years and they are trying to compete with Steam and push digital content, so this is likely.
        2. Since all games come out day one digitally, I am hoping they drop in price more closely with the physical versions. The problem the 360 had was that games usually came out later on digital and were full price even when they were old.
        3. With this CoD announcement, retailers will be selling digital codes. If the digital does well, retailers will stock more codes and that means I won’t just have to buy digital content from the marketplace, I can get it from Gamestop or Amazon, which will probably be cheaper than buying it from MS.

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  • http://www.shasam.net Shane Lord

    US only or Australia as well?

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  • pedmart

    I like it. Hope to see Fifa, NBA 2K14, Bf4, AC and others join this program.

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  • Ryan

    I think most, if not all, games are doing this if they’re going to be on both generations of consoles…. I just want to know about GTA V and the Xbox One.

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    • GmailIsDown

      that would be great. think about it. it is great for both parties. the players end up paying a little bit more ($10) to play it on both consoles, with stats and season passes all shared. and the publishers end up selling more digital copies (that cannot be resold) because the players are more willing to buy the games at full price at release, who otherwise will get only 1 version and may wait until there is a price drop.

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    • usrev

      assuming GTA 5 will come to next gen, it won’t be for a while. we won’t see it this year, if we are lucky we will see it next year.

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      • Timothy Hames

        I think it will, and the no text pops would be nice. I think if we see GTA5 on PC it will be a ind that it is coming to next gen consoles.

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    • evilfangs .

      Imagine GTA 5 on next gen and optimized like GTA 5 on 360 is. That would be a great game.

      It’s just simple amazing how R* has made GTA 5 look so good on the 360.

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    • Timothy Hames

      My guess is GTA V will come out for Xbox One and PS4 around 2 years later as a GOTY ed.

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  • Carnage Rules

    I’ll just buy both

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    • Liquidfx Xboxdude

      i’ll just not

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  • ungeheier

    Upgrade, or downgrade. I was planing on getting it on the X1, but sure once the Pre-order over the marketplace is available, I’m all in.

    Does this mean that I can get achievements on the 360 version AND the X1 version? Sign me up!

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    • HGamer

      Marc Whitten answered this on IGN:
      #########################################
      Can you earn two sets of Achievements for the same game (i.e. Playing Call of Duty Ghosts on Xbox 360 and on Xbox One)?

      WHITTEN: Every game has its own set of achievements,
      so if you’re playing Call of Duty: Ghosts on Xbox 360 and on Xbox One,
      you can earn a separate set of Gamerscore in each game. But on the Xbox
      One version, you’re getting a much richer set of features, such as
      seeing your achievements progress on the Xbox One console, being able to
      unlock new achievements throughout the year, and earning real prizes
      inside and outside of the game. Xbox One also enables a new concept of
      challenges, where games will be offering special time-based
      opportunities to earn various goals and collect the rewards.

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      • Brian

        “such as seeing your achievements progress on the Xbox One console”

        I don’t understand what that means. You can see that on the x360.

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      • evilfangs .

        Maybe it goes more in depth like what the xbox reward does with achievements?

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      • HGamer

        Maybe it’s something like Gears of War 3/J in-game feature. If an achievement asks you to kill 200 enemies, you can check how many enemies you have killed so far.

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  • a fat mess

    Or just buy the X1 version… or none at all.

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    • Mik3t

      thanks for you insightful and interesting comment ill be sure to look forward to your future nuggest of knowledge

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      • Liquidfx Xboxdude

        you said nug

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  • m1nh0ca

    Is the Deal of this week with Battlefield 3 (again ) to celebrate this news?

    And Games with Gold is region locked (again). Well, I’ll wait some days… if not, I see you are forcing people to migrate (like me… but, damn, I barely speak the local language. Maybe in some years – or not). Or even to not use Live at all if they live in an unsupported country (and those are many).

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    • GmailIsDown

      you speak english just fine

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      • m1nh0ca

        English is ok… but Polish, not that much😉
        I will be living here for a while, so maybe at some point I will get used to the language.

        And if you have a Polish account and set the dashboard for English, your games become Russian. No kidding!

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  • Death Dealer

    Major, does the digital version of CoD: Ghosts bundled with the Xbox One contain the dual license? Or does the program also work the other way around? I’d like to buy the Xbox 360 version of the game for $10 to play with some mates that don’t go over to next gen right away because of the launch delay here in the Netherlands.

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  • Bush O Connor

    this is not new, Game in england said they would do this with any game bought this gen coming to next gen. gamestop might have said it too. think i read a few weeks ago that Dice and EA said the same.

    Edit. major where’s the GTA post for today

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    • http://www.xboxmp.com/ Dustin DeFoe

      This is new. This is the digital version of games. Previously, all we heard was physical copies (discs) of the game.

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  • Qal

    With this dual digital license does it mean Ghosts will be available on demand on 360 the same day as it launches in stores??

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    • Death Dealer

      “Call of Duty: Ghosts will be available for digital download on Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 computer entertainment system and PC on November 5, 2013.”

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  • Rishard Chapoteau

    If I save my game to the cloud is there any chance that the X1 version will read the 360 game save and bring my character forward?

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    • Death Dealer

      I don’t think it will for the single player. Only the multiplayer stats carry over through Elite. But maybe, just maybe…

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      • GmailIsDown

        i believe you are right, which sucks because i’d love to share my stats of Diablo 3 between 360 and xbox one version.

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    • Liquidfx Xboxdude

      i believe the answer is yes from what i have read.

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    • Michael Burden

      Multiplayer progress – yes in certain games (Battlefield 4 for example). Single player progress – NO.

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