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Best PC settings for CoD: Vanguard Beta

Here are the best settings you can run in CoD Vanguard for PC, allowing you to get the best visuals and FPS no matter your hardware.

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Call of Duty: Vanguard’s Beta has finally arrived on PC, and to get the best experience from the game possible, you’ll need to apply the best settings. Here are the best PC settings for Vanguard, no matter your hardware.

Since crossplay has become the standard in Call of Duty, more and more players are switching over to the PC version. It offers improved visuals, higher frame rates, and much more options for you to tweak.

By applying the correct settings, you can find the perfect balance between visuals and frame rate. To get the most from Vanguard’s PC Beta, here are the settings you should run, no matter the power of your hardware.

CoD: Vanguard Beta system requirements

MinimumRecommended
OSWindows 10 64 Bit (1909 or later)Windows 10 64 Bit (latest Service Pack)
CPUIntel Core i5-2500k or AMD Ryzen 5 1600XIntel Core i7-4770k or AMD Ryzen 7 1800X
RAM8 GB16 GB
GPUNVIDIA GeForce GTX 960 2GB / GTX 1050Ti 4GB or AMD Radeon R9 380NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 8GB / GTX 1660 6GB or AMD Radeon RX Vega 56
HDD45GB HD Space45GB HD Space

Here are the minimum and recommended system requirements you’ll need to run Call of Duty Vanguard’s Beta. For the minimum requirements, you only need a slightly more powerful rig than if you were to play Warzone or Cold War.

You’ll need a fairly beefy PC to meet the recommended requirements, with you needing a GTX 1070 8GB to get a solid balance of frame rate and visuals.

How to update graphics drivers

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Before diving into Vanguard’s PC Beta, we recommend you check that your graphics drivers are up to date to make sure your rig is reaching its optimal performance.

Here’s how to update your graphics drivers.

How to update NVIDIA graphics driver

If you have an NVIDIA graphics card, the GeForce experience app will handle this for you.

  1. Download GeForce experience through NVIDIA.com
  2. Open GeForce experience
  3. Select the ‘Drivers’ tab
  4. Click ‘check for updates’ in the upper right corner
  5. If an update is available, follow the steps

How to update AMD graphics driver

If you have an AMD GPU, you can use the Radeon Settings to update your drivers.

  1. Right-click on your desktop
  2. Select AMD Radeon Settings
  3. Click on the Home icon
  4. Click ‘New Updates’ on the bottom left
  5. Select ‘check for update’
  6. If an update is available, follow the steps

Best Vanguard graphics settings for low-end hardware

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If you are somewhere between the minimum and recommended settings for Call of Duty Vanguard’s Beta, you want to be prioritizing reaching at least a steady 60 FPS.

Vanguard still looks great on low settings, and you’ll have a much smoother and more enjoyable time when hitting a decent frame rate.

Here are the settings we recommend using if you’re on lower-end hardware.

Display

  • Display Mode: Fullscreen
  • Monitor: Your primary gaming monitor
  • Refresh Rate: Your monitor’s refresh rate (e.g 144)
  • Sync Every Frame (V-Sync): Off
  • Framerate Limit: Custom
    • Gameplay Custom Framerate Limit: Your monitor’s refresh rate (e.g 144)
    • Menu Custom Framerate Limit: 60
    • Minimized Game Custom Framerate Limit: 15
  • NVIDIA Reflex Low Latency: Enabled
  • Display Resolution: Your monitor’s resolution (e.g 1920×1080)
  • Display Gamma: 2.2 (sRGB)
  • Focused Mode: Off
  • Focused Mode Opacity: 0
  • Display Adapter: Your graphics card
  • On-Demand Texture Streaming: Off

You want to make sure that your Framerate limit matches your monitor’s refresh rate. If you’re reaching frames well above what your monitor can display, you may see screen tearing.

Quality

Global Quality

  • Render Resolution: 100
  • VRAM Usage Target: 80%

If you have your VRAM Usage Target too high, you could see stuttering and hitching. If this is happening to you, keep lowering the target until you’re seeing smooth gameplay.

Details & Textures

CoD Vanguard low-end PC settings
  • Texture Resolution: Low
  • Texture Filter Anisotropic: Medium
  • Particle Quality Level: Medium
  • Particle Resolution: Low
  • Bullet Impacts & Sprays: Off
  • Tesselation: Off
  • Level of Detail: Low
  • Level of Detail Distance Quality: Low
  • Volumetric Quality Level: Low

Shadow and Lighting

  • Shadow Map Resolution: Low
  • Sun Shadow Cascades: Low
  • Cache Spot Shadows: Off
  • Spot Cache Size: Off
  • Cache Sun Shadows: Off
  • Spot Shadow Quality: Low
  • Particle Lighting: Medium
  • Ambient Occlusion: Off
  • GTAO: Low
  • Screen Space Reflection: Low

Post Processing Effects

  • Anti-Aliasing: SMAA T2X
  • Filmic Strength: 0

Normally, we’d recommend having Anti-Aliasing set to either off or the lowest setting, but Vanguard’s Beta forces you to use either SMAA T2X or Filmic SMAA T2X. Filmic can make your game look blurry, so we recommend using the regular T2X.

And for Filmic Strength, you should always have this set to 0. It adds unnecessary visual noise to your game, making it look worse for no reason.

Gameplay

  • Field of View: 95-105
    • ADS Field of View: Affected
  • Camera Movement: Least (50%)
  • World Motion Blur: Off
  • Weapon Motion Blur: Off
  • Depth of Field: Off

If you’re on lower-end hardware, you should have your FOV set somewhere between 95 and 105. You’ll still take advantage of seeing more of the world in front of you but won’t suffer from the performance hit.

And for the other options such as Motion Blur and Depth of Field, you always want to have them set to off.

Best Vanguard graphics settings for high-end hardware

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There’s no point in forking out hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars on the best hardware if you’re not going to take advantage of it. NVIDIA 20 and 30 Series GPUs will be able to easily display high-quality graphics and reach high frame rates.

Here are the settings we recommend you use if you’re on high-end hardware.

Display

  • Display Mode: Fullscreen
  • Monitor: Your primary gaming monitor
  • Refresh Rate: Your monitor’s refresh rate (e.g 165)
  • Sync Every Frame (V-Sync): Off
  • Framerate Limit: Custom
    • Gameplay Custom Framerate Limit: Your monitor’s refresh rate (e.g 165)
    • Menu Custom Framerate Limit: 60
    • Minimized Game Custom Framerate Limit: 15
  • NVIDIA Reflex Low Latency: Enabled
  • Display Resolution: Your monitor’s resolution (e.g 2560×1440)
  • Display Gamma: 2.2 (sRGB)
  • Focused Mode: Off
  • Focused Mode Opacity: 0
  • Display Adapter: Your graphics card
  • On-Demand Texture Streaming: Off

You want to make sure that your Framerate limit matches your monitor’s refresh rate. If you’re reaching frames well above what your monitor can display, you may see screen tearing.

Quality

Global Quality

  • Render Resolution: 100
  • VRAM Usage Target: 90%

High-end hardware should manage a VRAM Usage Target of 90%, but make sure to lower it if you begin experiencing stuttering or hitching.

Details & Textures

Call of Duty Vanguard best High end PC settings
  • Texture Resolution: High
  • Texture Filter Anisotropic: Medium
  • Particle Quality Level: Medium
  • Particle Resolution: Low
  • Bullet Impacts & Sprays: On
  • Tesselation: Nearby Only
  • Level of Detail: High
  • Level of Detail Distance Quality: High
  • Volumetric Quality Level: Low

Shadow and Lighting

  • Shadow Map Resolution: High
  • Sun Shadow Cascades: Medium
  • Cache Spot Shadows: On
  • Spot Cache Size: Medium
  • Cache Sun Shadows: On
  • Spot Shadow Quality: Low
  • Particle Lighting: High
  • Ambient Occlusion: Off
  • GTAO: Medium
  • Screen Space Reflection: Medium

Post Processing Effects

  • Anti-Aliasing: SMAA T2X
  • Filmic Strength: 0

Although Filmic SMAA T2X is the higher option, it will make the game appear blurry, so it should be avoided. And again, Filmic Strength should always be set to 0.

Gameplay

  • Field of View: 105-120
    • ADS Field of View: Affected
  • Camera Movement: Least (50%)
  • World Motion Blur: Off
  • Weapon Motion Blur: Off
  • Depth of Field: Off

If you’re on higher-end hardware, you can likely crank your FOV all the way up to 120 without suffering from a significant performance hit. But, some players dislike how it distorts and shrinks the screen, so may want it slightly lower.

And for the other option such as Motion Blur and Depth of Field, you always want to have them set to off.

Call of Duty Vanguard FOV settings

Does Vanguard’s Beta have DLSS?

NVIDIA DLSS (Deep Learning Super Sampling) allows players with NVIDIA RTX graphics cards to get much more frames at higher resolutions. DLSS sets your game to a lower resolution, increasing performance, but gives the appearance of a high resolution.

DLSS is not available in Vanguard’s Beta, but as it is available for both Warzone and Black Ops Cold War, it is expected to arrive with the full launch.


And that’s the best PC settings for Call of Duty: Vanguard’s Beta! More options and features should arrive with the full launch on November 5, so we’ll be sure to keep this guide up-to-date.

You can also check out the best PC settings for Warzone and Black Ops Cold War!

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Warzone players call for devs to not remove Rebirth Island with Vanguard integration

With Call of Duty: Vanguard on the way, players are worried about what will happen to the popular Rebirth Island mode in Warzone.

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Warzone players have been begging the developers at Raven Software and Sledgehammer Games to keep the Rebirth Island mode after Vanguard’s integration.

With Warzone now in Season 6, players have had a lot of time with the Rebirth Island mode, as it was released back in the first season of Black Ops Cold War‘s integration with the battle royale.

Players are fond of it, as some are even calling for the devs to keep it in the game even after Vanguard‘s release.

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With Vanguard not too far out now, releasing November 5, players are anticipating the game’s integration into Warzone, which could happen just a couple of weeks after launch.

Of course, players are extremely excited about the new Pacific map, but at the same tie, some are worried that the Rebirth Island Alcatraz map and mode will be lost.

Reddit user BaconHamAndCheese12 put up a post recently expressing their worries about Rebirth Island continuing even after Vanguard’s release.

The player is passionate about the mode remaining in the game, as the caption reads: “When we get the new Pacific map and Vanguard is integrated, are we going to lose Rebirth Island?”

The post goes on to question whether the map will remain, or even if the Resurgence mode will get a new “smaller map” introduced along with Vanguard.

The user then states “I really don’t hope we lose Rebirth Island and Resurgence,” showing their love for both the map and mode. As the post asks whether or not there has been any information on this topic, sadly there has not, and it is unclear what will happen to the mode after Vanguard is integrated.

Many users in the comments also feel the same way, with one even saying: “I was genuinely concerned about this too and it’s a topic nobody seems to be talking about.”

We know many Warzone players absolutely love Rebirth Island and Resurgence, so we too hope that the mode and map returns, and if not the same, hopefully, a new variation of it.

Warzone could potentially lose a lot of its player base who love the mode, as some players exclusively play Rebirth Island due to its fun, intense gameplay.

We’ll have to see what happens when the devs comment on the topic, but for now, check out the current Warzone Season 6 meta.

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CoD: Vanguard download file size & preload date & time

Here’s everything we know about the CoD: Vanguard download file size across Xbox, PlayStation, and PC and when you will be able to preload.

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With Modern Warfare, Black Ops Cold War, and Warzone taking up sizable chunks of players’ hard drives, Call of Duty fans are keen to know how big the download file size of CoD: Vanguard will be and when they will be able to preload it.

As games get more advanced and demanding, they’re starting to take up more and more of players’ hard drives. Modern Warfare, with all its components, takes up 175GB of space, which has caused many to have to delete games to make room for it.

Call of Duty: Vanguard is releasing on November 5, and players are concerned about how much space the game will take up.

Here’s everything we know about the Call of Duty: Vanguard download file size and when players will be able to preload it.

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CoD: Vanguard preload date and time

Those who pre-order the next entry in the fan-favorite franchise will have the ability to preload the game so that they can jump right into the action when it officially launches.

PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5 players will be able to preload CoD: Vanguard on October 28 in North and South America at 9 PM PST/ 11 PM CST/ 12 AM EST (October 29).

All other countries will be able to preload the game on October 29 at midnight local time.

Xbox One and Xbox Series X and S players will be able to preload on October 28 at 9 PM PST/ 11 PM CST/ 12 AM EST (October 29).

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CoD: Vanguard download file size

The official Call of Duty Blog posted all of the new information regarding the CoD: Vanguard download file size on October 26, 2021. As with previous Call of Duty games, the CoD: Vanguard download file size will be different depending on the platform you are playing on.

You can find the CoD: Vanguard download file size for your platform of choice below. However, the exact figure for how big it will be on PC has not yet been revealed.

We will update this section with the PC download size when it is announced.

  • PlayStation 5: 64.13 GB Download | 89.84 GB Required Space
  • PlayStation 4: 54.65 GB Download | 93.12 GB Required Space
  • Xbox Series X |S: 61 GB Download | 61 GB Required Space
  • Xbox One: 56.6 GB Download | 56.6 GB Required Space
  • PC: Not Yet Available

How to reduce Call of Duty file size

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Luckily, Call of Duty devs have incorporated ways to reduce Modern Warfare and Black Ops Cold War’s file sizes, allowing you to select the different content packs you want to have installed.

Vanguard is expected to follow suit, allowing you to either install and uninstall:

  • Campaign
  • Multiplayer
  • Zombies

By uninstalling these content packs, you can significantly reduce the Vanguard download file size, depending on your gaming needs.

Warzone is currently tied to Modern Warfare, but it’s expected to switch over to Vanguard alongside the deep integration and new Warzone map. Currently, you must have Warzone installed to play Modern Warfare. At the time of writing, it’s uncertain whether Warzone will be required.

For more Call of Duty: Vanguard, check out the killstreak change players want to see in the next installment.

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Vanguard devs explain why game size will be much smaller than Warzone & Cold War

Thanks to new tech, Call of Duty: Vanguard’s file size is set to be much smaller than Warzone and Cold War at launch.

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Call of Duty players have grown increasingly frustrated with Warzone and Cold War’s massive file size, but Activision has explained why the problem will be fixed in Vanguard.

As Modern Warfare, Warzone, and Black Ops Cold War continue to update, the games’ file sizes have kept growing. Black Ops Cold War is now sitting at around 200 GB, with Warzone adding at least another 50 GB. If you have a smaller hard drive, Call of Duty doesn’t leave much room for anything else.

Activision already allows you to uninstall certain aspects of the games such as Campaign and Zombies, but they have plans to significantly reduce Vanguard’s file size at launch.

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“Good news for hard drives everywhere,” tweeted Call of Duty on October 26. “Vanguard’s install size at launch will be significantly below previous Call of Duty releases.”

They didn’t reveal Vanguard’s exact file size, but players can expect to “save up to 30%-50%+ on next-gen console and PC hard drive disk space.” Although last-gen consoles weren’t mentioned, next-gen editions take up significantly more room, so this should bring the sizes more in-line.

This will be done through “new on-demand texture streaming tech,” which is already available in Modern Warfare and Warzone for PC. Rather than taking up space on your hard drive, textures are downloaded on the go. Warzone players previously saved around 25 GB when it was introduced, but their new tech appears to be more effective at reducing file size.

Of course, this could cause issues for players with a poor internet connection, so it remains to be seen if it’ll be optional.

This also lines up with the Microsoft Store listing that Vanguard will be 75 GB on Xbox One, and 95 GB on Xbox Series X|S. These early sizes are much smaller than Cold War’s 133 GB launch size.

Warzone Pacific map with mountain in background

Warzone and Vanguard will integrate later this year, bringing the new RICOCHET anti-cheat and new Pacific map. Warzone is currently tied to Modern Warfare, but it’s expected to shift over to Vanguard with Season 1. This could bring across the new tech, but we’ll need to wait for official confirmation.

We’re less than a fortnight away from Vanguard’s November 5 release, so we expect to find out more details before launch.


For more Call of Duty: Warzone, you can check out YouTuber JGOD’s best weapons ahead of Vanguard’s integration.

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