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Call of Duty: MW3: Do You Need PS Plus or Xbox Game Pass

Call of Duty: MW3 is a predominantly online game, but do you need an active PS Plus or Game Pass subscription to play it?

More and more games are requiring an online connection or even an active subscription to either PS Plus or Game Pass to be played. Previous entries in the Call of Duty series, including last year’s MW2, have required a subscription to PS Plus or Game Pass to be played online. Below, we explain whether or not you need them to enjoy MW3 online.

Do You Need PS Plus to Play MW3?

Yes, you do need an active PS Plus subscription in order to play MW3 online. Just like previous Call of Duty titles, PS Plus is required to access the Multiplayer and Zombies modes.

Modern Warfare 3 does include some offline content that is playable without a PS Plus subscription, much like MW2. However, much like MW2 or other recent Call of Duty entries, the offline content is somewhat limited and doesn’t include all of the content from the online modes.

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It’s important to note that the MW3 Beta did not require PS Plus. It was playable without a subscription so long as you were connected to the internet. This was also the case with the MW2 (2022) Early Access Beta.

Do You Need Xbox Game Pass to Play MW3?

Yes, you do need a subscription to Xbox Game Pass Ultimate or Xbox Game Pass Core in order to play MW3 online. You will need either tier of the subscription service in order to access the Multiplayer and Zombies online modes.

Xbox Game Pass Core, which replaced Xbox Live Gold, is the cheapest way to play online games on the console. However, you can also play online games with the Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscription.

Just like on PlayStation, the Modern Warfare 3 Early Access Beta did not require Xbox Game Pass. You just needed an internet connection to access the Beta before the full launch. Of course, once you get stuck into MW3, make sure to check out our Games Hub.

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