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Black Ops Cold War Beta PC Spec Requirements

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Activision and Treyarch have revealed the minimum and recommended spec requirements for PC players for Black Ops Cold War Beta.

The Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War Beta will offer PC fans the first chance to go hands on with the game ahead of it’s November 13 launch.

PC version of the game is developed by Beenox, in conjunction with Treyarch & Raven Software. The PC version is exclusive to Blizzard Battle.net.

Here’s the specifications:

MINIMUM SPECIFICATIONS

  • OS: Windows 7 64-Bit (SP1) or Windows 10 64-Bit (1803 or later)
  • CPU: Intel Core i5 2500k or AMD equivalent
  • VIDEO: Nvidia GeForce GTX 670 2GB / GTX 1650 4GB or AMD Radeon HD 7950
  • RAM: 8GB
  • HDD: 45GB HD space
  • NETWORK: Broadband Internet connection
  • SOUND CARD: DirectX Compatible. Requires DirectX 12 compatible system

RECOMMENDED SPECIFICATIONS

  • OS: Windows 10 64 Bit (latest Service Pack)
  • CPU: Intel Core i7 4770k or AMD equivalent
  • GPU: Nvidia GeForce GTX 970 4GB / GTX 1660 Super 6GB or AMD Radeon R9 390 / AMD RX 580
  • RAM: 16GB
  • HDD: 45GB HD space
  • NETWORK: aBroadband Internet connection
  • SOUND CARD: DirectX Compatible. Requires DirectX 12 compatible system

PC BETA SCHEDULE

  • Early Access for PC Begins: October 15
  • PC Open Beta Begins: October 17
  • Open Beta Ends: October 19

SOURCE: Activison

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How to rank up guns fast in Cold War Zombies

Want to get the most Weapon XP for your time in Black Ops Cold War Zombies? Here’s how.

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Here’s how to maximize your weapon XP earn rate in Zombies.

It’s no secret that the Weapon XP rate in Black Ops Cold War is slow. Many weapons take long hours of repetitive grinding, and some players have voiced opinions that it’s too slow. While the process is grilling, there is still hope for the process to be quicker.

Recently, Treyarch adjusted weapon XP in both Zombies and Multiplayer. However, some of Dalek’s strategies are still effective.

In a video by MrDalekJD (shown below), he explains the fastest ways to level up your XP in Black Ops Cold War’s Zombies mode.

According to Dalek, there are a few ways to maximize your earn rate. Here’s how.

Strategy #1 – Don’t Play Solo

Dalek originally claimed solo XP was less than party XP. This turned out to be true. Shortly after this claim, Treyarch fixed this in the November 30th patch.

Strategy #2 – PlayStation Party Boost

Playstation has the “party boost” system, which grants a 25% weapon XP earn rate increase for PlayStation players. If you’re on that platform, be sure to take advantage of this benefit whenever you can to maximize your weapon XP earn rate.

Strategy #3 – Exfil Strategy

In his video, Dalek explains the fastest rounds to gain XP for weapons is between rounds 1-16. Once you hit round 16, you should attempt to Exfil and then reload the map and spawn in again with the weapon you’re trying to level up.

This is a repetitive strategy, but it’s effective. Exfilling will also give you Aetherium Crystals, so this tactic doubles as a crystal “farm” strategy for upgrades. Dalek also found that between rounds 1 and 5, you gain the most XP for weapons.

Strategy #4 – The “casual” way

Apparently, the party boost for PlayStation is bugged and gives it to PC/Xbox players if there are 2 or more PlayStation players in a lobby. Dalek recommends that you party-up with 2 other PlayStation players and then grind up to round 20, then Exfil instead of round 15, so things don’t feel repetitive.

The party boost bug may not still be around now, so it’s best to not stress much about the platforms your friends are on and just grind out levels.

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Best Fireteam Loadout for Black Ops Cold War

Here’s the best loadout to pummel enemies in Black Ops Cold War’s Fireteam game mode.

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Here’s the best loadout for the Black Ops Cold War Fireteam game mode.

Black Ops Cold War offers a new Blackout-esque game mode in the form of Fireteam. Drop-in with a squad 4 into a 40 player server and fight to detonate sets of dirty bombs scattered across 2 large maps.

The playstyle for Fireteam is a bit different from Multiplayer since the map is larger, and you can equip armor plates for additional health. For these reasons, you’ll want to be equipped for both long and short-range engagements. Our preferred loadout covers the best of both worlds.

The Loadout

Primary – XM4

The XM4 is a stable weapon with solid bullet travel time. It hits hard at all ranges and has great mobility for its class. Here’s the attachment list:

  • Optic – Microflex LED: Clear optic with minimal zoom and great visibility.
  • Barrel – 13.5 Reinforced Heavy: Longer effective damage range.
  • Underbarrel – Foregrip: More weapon control while firing at range.
  • Magazine – 40 Round: More ammo. Can’t go wrong here.
  • Stock – Tactical Stock – Increased movement speed while aiming.

Secondary – MP5 (Law Breaker Wildcard Required)

Lightweight with high damage and fire rate. Solid for close-quarters engagements against multiple enemies and even packs a punch at medium range. Here are the best attachments:

  • Barrel – 9.5″ Reinforced Heavy: Faster shot travel time, more damage.
  • Underbarrel – Foregrip: Increased control while firing.
  • Magazine – 40 Round Mag
  • Handle – Airborne Elastic Wrap: The best wrap in the game. Dropshot, increased ADS, 90% flinch resistance.
  • Stock – No Stock: Increased sprint out times.

Perks and equipment

  • Perk 1 – Flak Jacket/Tactical Mask (Your pick)
  • Perk 2 – Scavenger
  • Perk 3 – Ninja
  • Lethal – Semtex
  • Tactical – Stun Grenade
  • Field Upgrade – Trophy System

Tips for the field

Flex it up – Run and gun, long-range, it’s all your pick. Enter buildings with your MP5 or play long angles with your XM4. You’re the ultimate fighting machine.

Play tactical – In Fireteam, you’ll be surprised how much players prefer using Flak Jacket over Tactical Mask. Your stuns will be super effective. Don’t forget to use your trophy system when defending a dirty bomb.

Dominance by surprise – On large maps, Ninja is super effective. Sneak behind entire teams and mow them down before they can even figure out you were behind them the whole time.

Also… don’t forget to play the objective. Now get out there!

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Dr Disrespect has one big issue with Black Ops Cold War

YouTube streamer Dr Disrespect weighs in on the matter of low multiplayer maps in Black Ops Cold War.

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Call of Duty’s newest title didn’t release without a hitch. Fans are disappointed by the low number of available multiplayer maps on launch and famous streamer Dr Disrespect has weighed in on the matter.

Black Ops Cold War is finally here and it has brought a lot of content to unpack. The latest entry in the Call Of Duty franchise released and there is certainly a lot to like about it. There are many different weapons, attachments and multiplayer modes for you to try out, but fans have had their share of complaints with a few things; particularly with the maps.

At launch, Black Ops Cold War came with only eight different multiplayer maps. The game added Nuketown ’84 shortly afterwards on November 24 and this map comes with an 1980’s aesthetic marked by retro graffiti and an arcade machine. There are also two fireteam maps which bring the current total number to 11.

The meager number of available locations for players to battle in has lead to complaints from many fans, and now famous streamers are joining in to voice their frustration with this situation.

YouTube streamer Herschel “Guy” Beahm IV, more commonly known as Dr Disrespect, was in the middle of his Cold War GB Ladder Matches livestream when he briefly touched upon the issue as you can see in the clip below.

In this brief excerpt he says that although he’s enjoying Black Ops Cold War, the small amount of areas in which you can engage players has been disappointing. He further states that the there should be at least 15 maps available at launch, which is understandable since Black Ops 4 came out with 14. Looking at the comments, many other fans seem to share this sentiment.

Some have even suggested copying maps from older Call Of Duty games. This has been done before as Modern Warfare made up with its lack of 6v6 maps with Ground War, and even this game has brought over Nuketown 84. This ensures that players have some familiarity with the area and is considerably quicker than making new maps.

However, we don’t think the developers should bring back too many old maps since ported maps have a history of not always working properly in the new games due to mechanic changes. Black Ops 4 had this issue with its summit and jungle multiplayer maps.

In addition to the technical difficulties that would arise with ports of old maps, it would also be a far less creative way to go about designing your game. Despite the lower than usual number, there are still some real winners available when it comes multiplayer maps in Black Ops Cold War.

Armada immediately comes to mind. This map is unique as it consists of a three large sea vessels that you can zipline or swim between to reposition yourself. It’s a large area with a lot of room for movement and it’s fantastic for sniping. There is also Checkmate, that has become popular with players very quickly.

So there’s still a lot of fun to be had in the multiplayer modes with the maps at hand. Luckily Treyarch has confirmed a new collection of maps with when Season One launches on December 10, so we’ll be seeing more variety in locations soon.

Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War is available for purchase on PC, PS4, Xbox One, Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S and PS5.

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