Call of Duty on Xbox Game Pass has been a big deal ever since Microsoft announced its acquisition of Activision in January 2022. Now, finally, we're seeing what that entails.


With Call of Duty: Black Ops 6 on the way later this year, and the aforementioned deal done and dusted, everyone wants to know whether that means the latest CoD title will be available on Xbox's subscription service. And if so, when it will arrive?

Well, now that the Xbox Games Showcase and Black Ops 6 Direct have taken place, we finally have details of not only when the game will be released, but how it will work with Xbox Game Pass.

So, for any questions surrounding BO6 on Xbox Game Pass, as well as whether the shooter will come to PS Plus and PlayStation, read on for the full answer.

Will Call of Duty: Black Ops 6 come to Xbox Game Pass?

Female soldier in Call of Duty: Black Ops 6
Call of Duty: Black Ops 6. Activision

Yes, Xbox and Activision have confirmed that Call of Duty: Black Ops 6 will not only come to Xbox Game Pass, but will launch on the subscription service from the game's release on 25th October 2024.

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This means that anyone subscribed to Xbox Game Pass will gain access to BO6 on day one.

This is the first time this has happened for the Call of Duty franchise, but not a wholly surprising move. Any first-party games made by Microsoft or studios owned by the company, such as Starfield and Halo Infinite, have historically been released on the subscription platform.

And now with Activision owned by Microsoft, Call of Duty on Xbox Game Pass was inevitable.

On top of this, any Xbox Game Pass subscribers (Game Pass Ultimate, Game Pass PC or Game Pass Console) will be able to play the BO6 Open Beta upon its arrival, as well as banking the Woods Operator Pack pre-order bonus. Just make sure the subscription is active before the game launches.

This is the same for anyone who pre-orders the game, regardless of whether you're on Xbox or PlayStation. No date has been announced for the beta yet, so keep an eye on Activision socials for that.

Will Call of Duty: Black Ops 6 come to PS Plus?

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Call of Duty: Black Ops 6. Activision

While Black Ops 6 is arriving on Xbox's subscription service, it will not be coming to PS Plus.

This is because Activision is now a subsidiary of Microsoft and, therefore, the company doesn't want to put one of its biggest assets in Call of Duty on its rival's subscription service in PS Plus.

The game will still launch on PlayStation 5 and PlayStation 4, however, but it will only be available as a standard physical or digital purchase.

Microsoft is unlikely to change this strategy anytime soon, and will most probably make this the standard for all Call of Duty titles going forward.

Call of Duty: Black Ops 6 will launch across Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One, PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4 and Microsoft Windows on 25th October 2024.


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