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Best settings for FPS in Black Ops Cold War Season 2

Here are the best settings to get the best Black Ops Cold War system performance, no matter your gaming rig.

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Frames-per-second is an extremely important stat while playing Call of Duty, so to help you get the most out of your rig, here are the best Black Ops Cold War FPS settings for your PC.

In first-person shooters like Call of Duty, maximizing your frames-per-second can give you a huge advantage over other players. Higher FPS means smoother gameplay, improving your reaction time and ability to track moving targets.

With Black Ops Cold War Season 2 in full-swing, with League Play ranks to grind, you’ll want to be playing at your best.

The biggest crutch on your frame output will be your hardware. Here, we’ll be going over everything you need to get the optimal performance from your system when playing Black Ops Cold War on PC.

Black Ops Cold War System Requirements

Before customizing your graphics settings, it’s worth taking a look at Treyarch’s System Requirements chart for Black Ops Cold War.

Black Ops Cold War system requirements

From looking at this chart, you’ll be able to tell what kind of performance to expect from your system. Our graphics settings assume you’ve met the minimum requirement, and will give you the optimum settings for visuals and performance, no matter your rig.

How to update graphics drivers

To get the optimal performance from your system and make Cold War run as smooth as possible, you need to make sure your graphics drivers are up-to-date.

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 Black Ops Cold War graphics settings for low-end hardware

If you’re playing Black Ops Cold War on NVIDIA’s 1000 series graphics card, your best bet is to put most of the settings on low. Although pretty visuals are great, you want BOCW to be running as smoothly as possible so you can be playing at your best.

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Here are the settings you should be running if your system is a few years old.

Hardware

  • Refresh rate: Match your monitors refresh rate
  • Gameplay V-Sync: Disabled (Unless you have bad screen tearing)
  • Menu V-Sync: Disabled
  • Render Resolution: 100 (lower if your system is struggling)
  • NVIDIA Reflex Low Latency: Enabled (Boosted)

Display

  • Field of View: 90-110
  • ADS Field of View: Affected
  • Vehicle Aiming Field of View: Affected
  • Framerate Limit: Custom

When setting a custom framerate, you want to set the Gameplay Custom Framerate limit to match your monitor’s refresh rate, e.g 144 FPS on a 144hz monitor.

You should set the Menu Custom Framerate Limit to 60, and the frame rate to Minimized to 30.

Details & Texture

  • Texture Quality: Low/Medium
  • Model Quality: Low
  • Special Effects Quality: Medium
  • Screen Space Reflection: Low
  • Object View Distance: Low (This is a CPU heavy option)

Shadow and Lighting

Shadows affect FPS the most. On a lower-end graphics card, shadows will be an unnecessary load for your system to run, so you’re better off setting everything to Low. However, you should set ‘Dynamic Shadows’ to All, as this will allow you to see enemies’ shadows.

  • Volumetric Lighting: Low
  • Shadow Quality: Low
  • Dynamic Shadows: All
  • Special Effect Shadows: Disabled
  • Weapon Shadow: Disabled

Ray Tracing

Unfortunately, Ray Tracing is a new and graphically advanced rendering technique that older systems won’t be able to handle.

  • Ray Tracing Sun Shadows: Disabled
  • Ray Tracing Local Shadows: Disabled
  • Ray Tracing Ambient Occlusion: Disabled

Post Processing Effects

  • Anti-Aliasing Quality: Lowest
  • Ambient Occlusion Quality: Low
  • Motion Blur: Disabled
  • Subsurface Scattering: Disabled
  • Order Independent Transparency: Low

Advanced

  • VRAM Usage Target: Default 80%. If you are experiencing hitching in-game, try 70%.
  • Display Adapter: The graphics card you want to use.

Best Black Ops Cold War graphics settings for high-end hardware

There’s no point in forking out over $1000 dollars for the best hardware if you’re not going to take advantage of it. Using the same graphics settings as a lower-end rig will grant you high FPS, but you’ll lose out on the high-quality visuals these expensive GPUs and CPUs can easily handle.

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With high-end graphics cards such as the NVIDIA 2080 ti or the 3000 series, you’ll be able to have Cold War looking the best it possibly can, and still have competitive performance.

We’ve put together graphics settings that combine Black Ops Cold War’s high-quality visuals with a competitive performance.

Hardware

  • Refresh rate: Match your monitors refresh rate
  • Gameplay V-Sync: Disabled (Unless you have bad screen tearing)
  • Menu V-Sync: Disabled
  • Render Resolution: 100 (lower if your system is struggling)
  • NVIDIA Reflex Low Latency: Enabled (Boosted)

Display

  • Field of View: 90-110
  • ADS Field of View: Affected
  • Vehicle Aiming Field of View: Affected
  • Framerate Limit: Custom

When setting a custom framerate, you want to set the Gameplay Custom Framerate limit to match your monitor’s refresh rate, e.g 144 FPS on a 144hz monitor.

You should set the Menu Custom Framerate Limit to 60, and the frame rate to Minimized to 30.

Details & Texture

  • Texture Quality: High
  • Model Quality: Medium/High
  • Special Effects Quality: High
  • Screen Space Reflection: Medium
  • Object View Distance: Medium

Shadow and Lighting

Shadows affect FPS the most. When playing on a high-end graphics card such as the 3000 series, you’ll be able to run these at high without it massively affecting your performance.

For a balance between visuals and performance, you should use these settings.

  • Volumetric Lighting: Medium
  • Shadow Quality: Medium
  • Dynamic Shadows: All
  • Special Effect Shadows: Disabled
  • Weapon Shadow: Disabled

Ray Tracing

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If you have a 3000 series graphics card, you can take advantage of the new Ray Tracing technology. It will give an unnecessary hit to your performance in multiplayer, but it’s worth using when playing Cold War’s campaign.

  • Ray Tracing Sun Shadows: Disabled
  • Ray Tracing Local Shadows: Disabled
  • Ray Tracing Ambient Occlusion: Disabled

Post Processing Effects

  • NVIDIA DLSS: Performance
  • Anti-Aliasing Quality: High
  • Ambient Occlusion Quality: Medium
  • Motion Blur: Disabled
  • Subsurface Scattering: Disabled
  • Order Independent Transparency: Low

Advanced

  • VRAM Usage Target: Default 80%. If you are experiencing hitching in-game, try 70%.
  • Display Adapter: The graphics card you want to use.

No matter your system, you can use these graphics settings to improve Black Ops Cold War’s performance and visuals on your system.

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Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War

Cold War April 15 patch notes: Custom Mods & new playlists

Custom Mods lets you save up to 10 Gunsmith Blueprints.

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Treyarch released the latest Game Settings Update for Black Ops Cold War on all platforms on April 15.

The update includes a refreshed playlist, access to Custom Mods with Gunsmith Blueprints, and a preview what’s coming this weekend with Triple Double XP weekend.

In addition, Season 3 officially begins next week – on April 22, so stay tuned for more updates to come as we get closer to the new season launch.

From Treyarch:

BLUEPRINT GUN GAME, APOCALYPSE 24/7 + MORE

Today’s update brings the all-new Blueprint Gun Game mode to Multiplayer, along with the return of Apocalypse 24/7 and Snipers Only Moshpit to close out the season!

Progress through an arsenal of Weapon Blueprints in this new version of the free-for-all Gun Game mode. Weapon progression can change from match to match with different Blueprints available per tier, so keep on your toes and stay on target. Come out on top as the first to progress through all 20 weapons to win the match.

CUSTOM MODS IN CREATE-A-CLASS

After some final touches behind the scenes, the Custom Mods menu is now available in Create-a-Class, allowing players to name and save custom Blueprint creations via Gunsmith Customs and take them into their next match. Dead Ops Arcade 3 also gets an update in Zombies today, with new XP award adjustments and bug fixes now live.

TRIPLE-DOUBLE WEEKEND STARTS TOMORROW

We’re bringing out the big guns at the end of the season with a new Triple-Double Weekend, featuring Double XP, Double Weapon XP, and Double Battle Pass XP starting at 10AM PT tomorrow through 10AM PT Monday, April 19th!

Now’s your chance to hit that final Prestige Level, max out the Battle Pass to Tier 100, add another Prestige Key or two to your collection, and complete every Season Challenge in Multiplayer and Zombies while you can. If you’ve already achieved the title of Prestige Master this season, congratulations: you’ve earned it. If you’ve still got some grinding to do, there’s never been a better time than now.

SEASON THREE INCOMING

With the final week of Season Two Reloaded drawing to a close, an all-new season of content is just around the corner… and Adler’s time is running out.

After falling for Naga’s diversion in Laos, Woods and his team have been thrown off the scent just long enough to allow Stitch to continue his master plan for Adler. All signs point to Verdansk.

Patch Notes

GLOBAL

Features

  • Custom Mods
    • Now available in Create-a-Class. Name and save up to 10 custom Blueprint creations per weapon via the Custom Mods menu.
    • Addressed an issue where attachments that had not been properly unlocked through weapon progression now correctly appear locked.

MULTIPLAYER

Modes

  • Blueprint Gun Game
    • All-new version of Gun Game now available in Multiplayer.
    • Progress through an arsenal of Weapon Blueprints from launch through Season Two Reloaded.
    • Weapon progression can change from match to match, with different Blueprints available per tier.
    • First player to progress through all 20 weapons wins the match.
  • Snipers Only Moshpit
    • Returned to Featured Playlists.
    • Addressed an issue that could cause non-sniper classes to be reset when entering a match of Snipers Only Moshpit.

Featured Playlists

  • Blueprint Gun Game [NEW]
  • Apocalypse 24/7
  • Snipers Only Moshpit
  • Gunfight Blueprints
  • Nuketown 24/7 (also available in Hardcore)
  • Prop Hunt
  • Face Off (also available in Hardcore)
  • Multi-Team Moshpit

ZOMBIES

Dead Ops Arcade 3

  • Gameplay
    • Added adjustments to XP awards.
  • UI
    • Addressed an issue that could display incorrect data in the After-Action Report when playing Solo Advanced Start mode.
  • Stability
    • Added a stability fix to Silverback Slideways bonus round.

Featured Playlists

  • Outbreak
  • Firebase Z
  • Die Maschine
  • Dead Ops Arcade: First Person
  • Dead Ops Arcade
  • Onslaught (PlayStation)
  • Onslaught Containment (PlayStation)
  • Onslaught Nuketown (PlayStation)
  • Onslaught Apocalypse (PlayStation)

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Treyarch devs give update on return & behavior of Cold War Blueprint Mods

An update has been provided on the status of CoD: Cold War’s Blueprints as a Treyarch dev addressed their return and how they work.

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One of Treyarch’s devs has confirmed that Custom Blueprints will be savable soon and explained that players are able to select attachments that they haven’t officially unlocked.

Modern Warfare & Warzone debuted a hugely useful feature that allowed players to save the attachments they’d used for a weapon as a Custom Blueprint. It could then be applied to any applicable weapon and be a real time-saver.

Treyarch finally welcomed it into Cold War, but it got off to a rocky start as a problem was found with the system, and Treyarch has had to disable it for maintenance. It’s now back online, and players can mix and match attachments, but can’t save them as a Blueprint to use across all weapons.

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One of Treyarch’s devs has reassured CoD players regarding its absence, and also answered a common question regarding the nature of Cold War’s Custom Blueprint system.

On April 9, Treyarch Tweeted out about the Custom Blueprint system going live in Cold War saying, “Mix and match attachments from Blueprints of the same weapon type to create your own custom Blueprints.”

It was taken down on the same day, before normal service was resumed 24hrs later.

With regards to saving Custom Mods, a post on the Black Ops Cold War subreddit looked to discuss this matter, with Treyarch dev Josh “FoxhoundFPS” Torres even providing an update.

He said, “Glad you were able to discuss this with Activision Support. This is intended functionality and will allow for Custom Blueprint Mods once we reactivate. Mixing and matching are encouraged where applicable.”

So it will be live again sometime soon, Treyarch just clearly needs time to make sure the process is working properly before reactivating it.

Gunsmith Customs allows locked attachments?

The original topic for discussion actually concerns how the game makes use of locked attachments for weapons.

Reddit user les-miserable-man said, “Correct me if I’m wrong, but you can now equip attachments that you haven’t unlocked yet. To test this, I purchased the “Entrenched” bundle from the store that included the “KGB Skeletal Stock” attachment for the AK-47. I can now equip this attachment to my base AK (not the Blueprint it came with from the store) even though I have not unlocked the base attachment?”

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The user updated their own post saying that they had spoken to Activision confirming that “this is intended behavior.”

So if one of your weapons is Level 10, and you buy a bundle containing a Blueprint with a Level 40 attachment, you’ll be able to use that attachment now using the Gunsmith.

You should at least have time to find what works for you before Season 3 starts, and you can try and unlock more attachments anyway with the scheduled Double XP event to conclude Season 2.

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How to change your username in Call of Duty: Warzone & Cold War

Ever wanted to change your Activision ID? Here’s how to change your username for free in Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War and Warzone.

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Activision lets you change your Call of Duty username free of charge, so here’s how to set a new display name in Warzone and Black Ops Cold War.

Changing your display name on PlayStation and Xbox can sometimes be costly, but in Call of Duty, you can change your name as many times as you like. This will only affect your CoD name, so you can keep your Gamertag or PlayStation ID for other games.

Your Activision ID will be your username followed by a hash mark (#) and a series of numbers. This means you can set your name to be whatever you like without having to worry if the name is already taken.

Activision also allows you to change your username for free. You’ll get a new name change ticket every six months but you can only carry two at a time.

Here’s how to change your username in Warzone and Black Ops Cold War.

How to change your Call of Duty username

Change Activision account name screen

If you’d like to change your Call of Duty username for Modern Warfare, Warzone, and Black Ops Cold War, here’s how to do it.

To change your Call of Duty username in-game:

  1. Launch Call of Duty: Warzone or Black Ops Cold War
  2. Press ‘Options’ on the home screen
  3. Navigate over to ‘Account’
  4. Select ‘Activision Account’
  5. Hit ‘Change Display Name’
  6. Enter your new username and hit ‘Confirm’

You can also change your Call of Duty username online, so here’s how:

  1. Sign in to your Activision Account
  2. Hover over your username in the top right corner
  3. Click on ‘Basic Info’
  4. Select ‘Edit’ beside your Activision ID
  5. Type in your new username
  6. Hit ‘Save’

How to report offensive Call of Duty usernames

Warzone report player screen

While Activision automatically blocks offensive usernames, players can sometimes get past this by using special characters or abbreviations. If you spot an offensive username in-game, Activision lets you report them.

To report a players username or Clan Tag:

  1. Press ‘Y’ on Xbox or ‘△’ PlayStation to open the Social tab / select the Social tab on PC
  2. Select ‘Recent Players’
  3. Highlight the player you wish to report and select them
  4. Hit ‘Report Player’
  5. Select either ‘Report Username’ or ‘Report Clan Tag’

With hackers still running rampant in Warzone, you can also report cheaters through this same method.


That’s everything you need to know about changing your Call of Duty username – you’ll only get a new ticket every six months so choose your name wisely!

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