Many Call of Duty players prefer the precision that keyboard and mouse offers, so here are the best keybinds for Vanguard, and how to use them on Xbox and PlayStation.
With crossplay now featuring in every premium Call of Duty game, the debate between keyboard and mouse (KBM) and controller rages on. Some players believe that the precision a mouse offers gives KBM players a huge advantage, while others feel “broken” controller aim assist needs to be turned down.
Still, keyboard and mouse is a great way to play Call of Duty: Vanguard, offering the precision of aiming with your whole arm and a full keyboard of buttons at your disposal. Plus, you can use KBM on your Xbox and PlayStation too.
Here are the best keybinds for Call of Duty: Vanguard, and how to play on Xbox and PlayStation with a keyboard and mouse.
- Best Call of Duty: Vanguard mouse settings
- Best Call of Duty: Vanguard keybinds
- How to play Vanguard with a keyboard and mouse on PlayStation & Xbox
Best Call of Duty: Vanguard mouse settings
How to find the best mouse sensitivity
The first thing you need to do is make sure that Aiming Input Device is set as ‘Mouse.‘ You can’t change this setting in-game, so if it has defaulted to ‘Controller’ then you won’t be able to move and must back out to change it.
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But for sensitivity, it really is up to you and your preferred DPI (basically your mouse’s sensitivity). When the full game launches, you’ll be able to create a Private Match and find the perfect settings for you.
A good rule of thumb, however, is that dragging your mouse from one end of the pad to the other will result in a full 360-degree turn. This isn’t perfect for everyone but is a solid starting point in finding the best sensitivity.
Once you have your sensitivity locked in, there are a few more settings that you should tweak to play at your best.
Advanced Mouse Settings
- ADS Mouse Sensitivity Mode: Legacy (Alternate)
- Mouse Wheel Input Delay: 80
- Mouse Acceleration: 0
- Mouse Filtering: 0
- Mouse Smoothing: Off
For the mode, experienced players may find the most comfort in Legacy (Alternate), as this is the same legacy setting found in Warzone. Or, you can try out the Relative setting that comes as default.
And you want Acceleration, Filtering, and Smoothing all turned completely off. These all sacrifice precision, so simply aren’t worth it.
Best Call of Duty: Vanguard keybinds
Here are our recommended keybinds for playing Vanguard. Of course, these settings are all dependent on preference, but these are a solid start while you get used to playing on mouse and keyboard.
- Crouch Behavior: Toggle
- Slide Behavior: Tap
- Prone Behavior: Toggle
- Airborne Mantle: Manual
- Grounded Mantle: Off
- Automatic Ground Mantle: Off
- Automatic Sprint: Off
- Sprint/Tactical Sprint Behavior: Toggle
- Sprint Cancels Reload:
- Door Bash Interaction: Automatic
- Walk Behavior: Hold
- Walk Speed: 25% of Normal Speed
Weapons & Equipment
- Aim Down Sight Behaviour: Hold
- Weapon Mount Activation: ADS + Melee
- Weapon Mount Movement Exit: Off
- Equipment Behavior: Hold
- Quick Satchel Charge Detonation: On
- Change Zoom Shared Input: Steady Aim
- Weapon Switch Wrap-Around: On
- Depleted Ammo Weapon Switch: On
- Interact Behavior: Tap
- Automatic Fire Behavior: Hold
Overlays & Shortcuts
- Scoreboard Behaviour: Hold
- System Key Behavior: Operating System
It’s useful to be able to quickly minimize the game by pressing the Windows key. However, if you’re prone to accidentally pressing it, you can switch System Key Behavior to Game, which disables the Windows key.
- Move Forward: W
- Move Backward: S
- Move Left: A
- Move Right: D
- Jump/Stand/Mantle: Space Bar
- Crouch/Slide: CTRL
- Prone: Z
- Sprint/Steady Aim: Shift
Weapons & Equipment
- Fire Weapon: Left Mouse Button
- Aim Down Sight: Right Mouse Button
- Previous Weapon: 1 / Mouse Wheel Down
- Next Weapon: 2 / Mouse Wheel Up
- Lethal Equipment: Mouse Button 5
- Tactical Equipment: Mouse Button 4
- Field Upgrade: X
- Melee/Finishing Move: V
- Reload: R
- Use: E
- Weapon Mount: Aim & Melee
- Alternate Fire: B
- Killstreak Slot 1: 3
- Killstreak Slot 2: 4
- Killstreak Slot 3: 5
- Killstreak Slot 4 (Extra): 6
- Killstreak Wheel: K
- Gas: W
- Reverse: S
- Turn Lef: A
- Turn Right: D
- Detonate: Left Mouse Button
How to play Vanguard with a keyboard and mouse on PlayStation & Xbox
Even if you’re on consoles, you can still take advantage of the precision that a mouse and keyboard offer. Luckily, it’s extremely easy to set up as the Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, PlayStation 4, and PlayStation 5 all offer KBM support.
Once they’re plugged in, load up Vanguard and use the settings above to have the best keybinds possible.
To connect a mouse and keyboard to your PlayStation, all you have to do is plug them into the USB ports on the back of the console. Wait a few seconds and your PS4 or PS5 should pick up the new input. Then, you can navigate to Devices and fine-tune the controls.
To explain this process step-by-step:
- Turn on your PlayStation 4 or 5
- Plug in your peripherals to the USB ports on the back of the console
- Wait for the PlayStation to recognize the keyboard and mouse
- Navigate to ‘Devices’
- From here, fine-tune the KBM controls until you’re comfortable
Connecting a keyboard and mouse to an Xbox console is much the same as connecting to a PlayStation. Simply plug the peripherals into the USB ports on your Xbox and the console will quickly recognize the new inputs.
Bear in mind though, you’ll need to use your controller to navigate the Xbox user interface and settings menus.
Another step-by-step guide:
- Turn on your Xbox One or Xbox Series X|S
- Plug in your peripherals to the USB ports on the console
- Wait for the Xbox to recognize the keyboard and mouse
- Select ‘Profiles & system’ > ‘Settings’ > ‘Devices & connections’
- From here, you can set up your mouse and keyboard
And that’s everything you need to know about playing Call of Duty: Vanguard on a mouse and keyboard, even if you play on consoles.
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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.
Warzone players have been begging the developers at Raven Software and Sledgehammer Games to keep the Rebirth Island mode after Vanguard’s integration.
Players are fond of it, as some are even calling for the devs to keep it in the game even after Vanguard‘s release.
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.
Image Credits: Raven Software / Activision
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.
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.
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).
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
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:
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.
Image Credit: Sledgehammer Games / Activision
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.
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.
“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 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.
Image Credit: Activision
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