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Best PC settings for Black Ops Cold War Season 5

Here are the perfect settings that you can use to get the best performance on your PC in Black Ops Cold War Season 5.

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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 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 5 in full swing and new weapons to master, 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.

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 smoothly 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

How to use NVIDIA DLSS in Black Ops Cold War Season 5

What is NVIDIA DLSS?

NVIDIA’s DLSS (Deep Learning Super Sampling) technology arrived in Warzone in Season 3, but Cold War players have been able to take advantage of it since the game’s launch. If you have an NVIDIA RTX graphics card, you can get much more bang for your buck.

Whether playing the campaign or the multiplayer in 4K, DLSS will allow you to have amazing visuals without lowering your framerate. It will set your game to a lower resolution but give the appearance of high resolution – the best of both worlds.

How to turn on DLSS in Cold War

Turning on DLSS in Black Ops Cold War is simple, as it’s included in the Post Processing Effects tab in Settings. From here, you can set DLSS to Ultra Performance, Performance, Balanced, or Quality.

Ultra Performance will give you the most frames but won’t be as visually appealing, and Quality will retain the impressive picture.

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.

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 when 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 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.

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 competitive performance.

Hardware

  • Refresh rate: Match your monitors refresh rate
  • Gameplay V-Sync: Disabled (Unless you have 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 165 FPS on a 165hz monitor.

Even with high-end systems, you should set the Menu Custom Framerate Limit to 60, and the Minimized frame rate to 30. There’s no need for high frames when in the menus or minimized.

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

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: Off
  • 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

How to use NVIDIA filters in Black Ops Cold War Season 5

Various Black Ops Cold War streamers and content creators often use NVIDIA filters to make their version of the game look much more polished and colorful.

These filters can increase the game’s brightness and color saturation, which looks pretty and gives you better visibility. We’d only recommend using these on a high-end system, as it will give a slight hit to your FPS.

Here’s how to apply NVIDIA filters to Black Ops Cold War.

  1. Open GeForce Experience
  2. Go to Settings
  3. Enable in-game overlay
  4. Launch Black Ops Cold War
  5. Open GeForce Experience’s in-game overlay with ‘Alt+Z’
  6. Go to ‘Game Filter’
  7. Use these settings:

Details

  • Sharpen: 60%
  • Ignore Film Grain: 0%

Color

  • Tint Color: 0%
  • Tint Intensity: 0%
  • Temperature: 0
  • Vibrance: 100

Brightness/Contrast:

  • Exposure: 0%
  • Contrast: 0%
  • Highlights: 30%
  • Shadows: -30%
  • Gamma: 0%

Your game will now look even more bright and vibrant, making Black Ops Cold War even more pleasing to look at and play.


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

You can also check out our guide on getting high frames on Warzone, no matter your system.

Image Credit: Activision / Treyarch

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When does Vanguard & Warzone Season 1 start? Season 6 end date

Black Ops Cold War and Warzone Season 6 is set to make way for Vanguard Season 1, here’s everything we know about when it will happen.

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Call of Duty: Vanguard is finally here, but players will have to wait a little longer for the game’s first season. Here’s everything we know about Vanguard & Warzone Season 1, including release date and content.

After months of anticipation, Call of Duty: Vanguard has finally arrived, taking players back in time to World War II for all-out combat across the world. While Vanguard dropped on November 5, players will have to wait a little longer for the first season, and the content it will bring with it.

Black Ops Cold War and Warzone Season 6 has been going out with a bang thanks to the Secrets of the Pacific event.

With a new Warzone map, the RICOCHET anti-cheat, and Battle Pass, there’s plenty to get excited about with Vanguard & Warzone Season 1.

Vanguard & Warzone Season 1 start date

The sixth season of Black Ops Cold War and Warzone will end on Thursday, December 2, 2021, bringing an end to the Treyarch game’s run. Vanguard Season 1 will officially kick off on December 8.

Vanguard owners will have 24-hour exclusive first play access to the Caldera map. Open access begins on Dec. 9. So, if you’re looking to get on the new map early, make sure you purchase Vanguard!

Vanguard will have been out nearly a month at this point, making it the ideal time to bring in the new Warzone Caldera map and WW2 weapons set to drop with the first season, as well as the long-awaited introduction of anti-cheat.

This isn’t to say that Black Ops Cold War will be forgotten, as Modern Warfare has still received content updates in the last year.

Vanguard & Warzone Season 1 content

Season 1 will be hugely important for both games, with major content coming to both Vanguard and Warzone.

For Vanguard, players will receive new multiplayer maps to explore and do battle on, along with the first Vanguard-specific Battle Pass, filled with new cosmetic content for players to enjoy.

Season 1 is set to be one of the biggest Warzone updates ever, with the new Pacific Caldera map finally releasing, Vanguard weapons being added, and the introduction of the new RICOCHET anti-cheat system.

There are also lots of changes coming to various aspects of Warzone, such as nerfs to Dead Silence and even a buff to Gas Masks.

What’s happening before Vanguard & Warzone Season 1

While December 8th will be when all of the official Vanguard and Warzone Season 1 action will be kicking off, there is still plenty of action to enjoy in the remaining time of Black Ops Cold War Season 6.

You can find the official schedule for all of the content coming to Warzone and Black Ops Cold War ahead of Vanguard Season 1 below thanks to the Call of Duty blog.

  • October 28 (Console) and November 2 (PC): Call of Duty: Vanguard Pre-Loading Begins – Pre-order now to get your game ready to play immediately at launch, in addition to numerous bonuses across VanguardBlack Ops Cold War, and Warzone.
  • November 5: Call of Duty: Vanguard Launch – Expect epic experiences on all fronts with Campaign, Multiplayer, and Zombies. Additionally, RICOCHET Anti-Cheat begins its implementation with server-side initiatives.
  • November 5 to December 2: Preseason in Vanguard  Access to Free Vanguard Tiers on the Black Ops Cold War Season Six Battle Pass System continues. Then on November 17, prepare to ship off to a fan-favorite map.
  • November 18: Operation: Flashback Begins in Warzone – An encore limited-time mode for Verdansk, celebrating its past 18 months of hosting over 100 million players strong in Warzone. Ready for your last dance in Verdansk?
  • November 24: Uncover the “Secrets of the Pacific” – Get intel on Caldera and its new points of interest through this event’s Warzone and Vanguard Multiplayer challenges.
  • November 30 and December 1: Last Hours of Verdansk. – Bombs away – see what happens to Verdansk before Warzone goes dark to prepare for Caldera and Season One.
  • December 8: Season One Begins – Vanguard players get new Multiplayer maps, 24 hours of exclusive access to Call of Duty®: Warzone™ Pacific and more to kick off Season One. All players can enjoy a new Battle Pass system and two free functional weapons. Plus: RICOCHET Anti-Cheat’s driver begins its rollout in Warzone.

In the meantime, players can continue to enjoy Vanguard’s Multiplayer and the final days of Verdansk.

To get the most out of your WWII experience, check out our guide on the best controller and aim assist settings, or when the next Double XP event will take place.

Image Credits: Activision / Raven Software / Sledgehammer games

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Will you be able to use Cold War and Modern Warfare weapons in Warzone Pacific?

Our quick and easy guide will answer the question of whether or not players can use Cold War and Modern Warfare guns in Warzone Pacific.

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One question on everyone’s mind ahead of Warzone Pacific’s Caldera map is whether or not you’ll be able to use Modern Warfare and Black Ops Cold War’s guns in it. We will answer that for you today.

Call of Duty: Warzone already has a ridiculously bloated arsenal of weapons for players to choose from. With over 100 guns to select as of Warzone Season 6, the transition into Warzone Pacific and the new Caldera map will see all of Vanguard’s guns added.

However, this begs the question for many players, will the new map and addition of nearly 40 Vanguard weapons mean that either Modern Warfare or Black Ops Cold War weapons need to miss out?

Can you use Modern Warfare and Cold War weapons in Warzone Pacific?

Fans of any of Modern Warfare and Black Ops Cold War’s weapons will be pleased to know that they too will also be carrying over into Warzone Pacific.

In an exclusive interview with Dexerto, Zach Hodson, Lead Designer at Sledgehammer Games discussed how Vanguard’s weapons will have to be considered when being added to all the other existing guns in the game.

He said that SHG has to keep a “separate balance sheet to track how things might work in Warzone.” Presumably, this is to factor in the extra 40 guns, taking Warzone up to a total of about 150 guns for players to use.

It should be noted that Warzone Pacific game modes will tailor the guns to its different game modes. Warzone Caldera Battle Royale will allow the use of all guns, whereas Vanguard-specific modes will only allow the use of Vanguard weapons.

How to use Cold War & MW weapons in Warzone Pacific

Whilst there’s nothing concrete just yet, we think that to use these weapons in Warzone Pacific, players will simply be able to select the ones they have unlocked once the Season 1 integration with Vanguard goes live.

When Black Ops Cold War and Warzone merged, it was a simple case of players being able to use the guns that they’d unlocked in Cold War, Modern Warfare, and Warzone. If you hadn’t unlocked a certain gun, then you could complete a challenge condition that was different in each game.

We expect this to be exactly the same in Warzone Pacific, and it’ll be up to the preference of the player, and their availability of each CoD game, to decide how to unlock particular weapons.


We’ll be sure to update this once Sledgehammer Games and Raven Software have provided a bit more official insight into the integration of weapons.

In the meantime, check out everything we know about Vanguard and Warzone Season 1.

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Cold War players claim they’ll boycott game as “best mode” removal sparks fury

Black Ops Cold War fans are claiming they will boycott the game after the “best mode” was removed, days before Vanguard’s release.

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Hours before Vanguard’s release, players are claiming they’ll boycott Black Ops Cold War following the removal of the game’s “best mode.”

With Activision releasing a new Call of Duty annually, each game’s lifespan is two years tops. Some CoD titles will fizzle out before then, while others hang on for dear life near the end of year two.

Vanguard aims to take players back to WWII. Many fans have expressed their disappointment with returning to an oversaturated time period. So much so that players had planned on sticking with Black Ops Cold War for a second year.

However, players’ plans to stick with BOCW changed after the recent removal of the fan-favorite 12v12 mode. This isn’t the first time Treyarch removed this mode, but fans have reason to believe it won’t be coming back.

Fans boycott Cold War following 12v12 removal

Just days before Vanguard’s release, Treyarch has pulled the plug on Black Ops Cold War’s 12v12 mode. And of course, fans are furious. Players that had planned to stick with BOCW for a second year are now boycotting the game until 12v12 is reinstated.

Many fans have taken to Twitter and Reddit to express their disappointment. Tweets from users like chaigrima and ColvinoYT state that 12v12 was the “only reason” they played CW Multiplayer.

Replies to posts similar to these are from fans stating they won’t be returning to BOCW until 12v12 is reinstated. And a Reddit post from u/RagingSerenity claims that 12v12 was BOCW’s “best game mode” and the game is boring now that it’s gone.

For the most part, fans understand why Treyarch removed the game mode. Activision wants Vanguard to sell as many copies as possible at launch. And one of the best ways to do so is to throttle players’ enjoyment of a previous title.

With so many players flooding Vanguards servers over the coming days, Activision may also need to free up server space. Nonetheless, BOCW fans are still outraged at the removal of 12v12. And it’s hard to say whether Treyarch can justify bringing it back after the release of Vanguard.

For more Cold War, check out when Season 6 ends and Vanguard Season 1 starts.

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