Call of Duty Black Ops Cold War

Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War – Fix Controller Disconnect bug on PS4 and PS5

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We’re approaching the holiday season again and you know what that means. Yes, another Call of Duty game. However, despite being a yearly release for what seems like decades now, the Call of Duty franchise is the strongest it has ever been in a very long time. The latest entry in the series, Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War hopes to build upon Modern Warfare’s strong foundations by doubling down on its biggest trick, nostalgia.

While Call of Duty: Modern Warfare was more of a reboot with returning familiar faces, Black Ops Cold War is a direct sequel to the original. It follows the story of the original protagonists, Woods, and Mason, alongside Adler as they navigate through the Cold War to pursue a Soviet Spy, Perseus.

Warzone will largely remain unchanged

The attention from the mainline Call of Duty series has been somewhat diverted to its Battle Royale mode, Warzone. And, with the release of Black Ops Cold War, Call of Duty: Warzone will be undergoing some big changes as well. One thing that does need to be noted though is that Warzone will not move to Cold War’s engine or mechanics but would rather get an upgrade to the already existing systems.

Call of Duty Black Ops Cold War
Image: Activision

This means that the game will play very similar to how it does now but with a newer map and setting. As for the latest entry in the franchise, we’re sure its own multiplayer modes are going to get a lot of attention as well.

Also read: The Best Weapons to use in Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War

Earlier this year, Activision ran multiple betas for the game to collect data and make adjustments. One of the biggest complaints from players was that the SBMM was too aggressive. However, that remains to be a point of contention, and players were generally happy with the Black Ops Cold War multiplayer otherwise.

Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War has tons of bugs

And now that the game has finally been released, we’re seeing all of that initial work unfold and come into fruition. Having said that, not everything is rosy and dandy in the world of Call of Duty. In spite of receiving multiple test runs and bug fixes, new bugs are inevitable at launch and this is also the case here.

Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War players have been reporting tons of bugs and glitches within the game and while some of them are silly, a lot of them just straight up break your game. One of these bugs within the game is a real strange one.

Black Ops Cold War bug disconnects your controller on PS4

Rather than glitching your game or getting an error message, the bug actually disconnects your Dualshock or Dualsense Controller from the console. One thing that does need to be noted though is that this bug is apparently only affecting PlayStation consoles and not Xbox. Moreover, it is much more prevalent on the PS4 than it is on the PS5, which has its own bunch of game-breaking bugs.

The controller disconnection bug on Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War can appear at any time during gameplay. However, the most common place it happens at is the third mission in the main story called Fractured Jaw. Once the controller disconnects, it starts to flash and you can’t connect it again. Other than this instance, players have also reported similar bugs in multiplayer and zombies, but those are much rarer.

Thankfully, the game’s community has done some detective work and has managed to find a temporary solution until we get a proper patch from the developer. So, if you’re facing the PS4 or PS5 controller disconnection bug in Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War, just apply one of the fixes given below.

1. Rerouting the Controller’s connection settings:

If the error was limited to the controller disconnecting, it would have been fine. However, the most annoying thing about this particular bug is that it doesn’t even let you reconnect without resetting your PS4 or PS5 console. So, you’re just left with a flashing controller with no way to do anything about it.

We have managed to find one workaround that might fix your issue temporarily though. It just involves turning off the Bluetooth connectivity of your controller and using it solely through the cable, much like in the console safe mode. So, in order to do this, all you have to do is follow these steps:

  1. Restart your PS4 or PS5 console and connect your controller via a USB cable.
  2. Head over to the settings and select the Devices menu.
  3. In the Devices menu, choose Controller.
  4. Now set the communication method to USB cable.

This will disable Bluetooth connection for your controller and now it will solely rely on USB for both power and connection. While having your controller permanently plugged into your PS4 or PS5 may not be ideal, it is sadly the only viable solution available right now until Treyarch brings a fix.

If the PS4 or PS5 controller disconnection issue in Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War is still not fixed for you then you’re out of luck and you’ll have to reach out to official support for the game. Hopefully, though, a patch from Treyarch isn’t too far from being released.

Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War is now out for PC, PS4, Xbox One, PS5, and Xbox Series X|S. You can check it out right here.

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