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Black Ops Cold War PC: Features & Specification details

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Activision, Treyarch, and Beenox have announced new details on the PC version of Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War.

The team has released a new trailer, which showcases footage captured on the PC version of the game, alongside revealing some new gameplay moments for fans.

Beenox has also unveiled the minimum & recommended specs for the PC version of the game, and more information on the PC version’s feature set.

Expansive Customization Options

Developer Beenox worked closely with Treyarch and all other studios to bring over 200 individual settings to fine tune on the PC version of Black Ops Cold War, from keybindings and the ability to play on a controller to graphics, audio, and interface sliders and toggles.

Those who played the Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War Beta already experienced a wide selection of the game’s customization features; expect all those and more come launch.

4K Graphics and Uncapped Framerate

Have a machine capable of running games in 4K? What about one that can crank the FPS well into the triple digits? If your machine can do either of these – or both – know that Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War will be able to run both in 4K and with an uncapped framerate.

RTX Shadows and Ambient Occlusion                        

Powered by NVIDIA GeForce RTX, Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War will feature a more lifelike experience thanks to RTX Shadows and Ambient Occlusion, which provides more photo-realistic shadows that will help further immerse you within the game’s world.

NVIDIA DLSS and Reflex Technology

Keeping up with the latest trends in rendering and latency developments, Black Ops Cold War will include both NVIDIA DLSS (Deep Learning Super Sampling) and Reflex Technology.

Powered by artificial intelligence, 2nd Generation DLSS redefines real-time rendering by using AI to construct sharp, hi-fidelity images all while rendering fewer pixels. And with three available options – Quality, Balanced, and Performance – you’ll be able to fine-tune this process to fit your gaming needs.

NVIDIA Reflex is the other critical innovation that is tailored specifically for highly competitive players who want to play on the lowest latency possible. In Black Ops Cold War, NVIDIA Reflex will aid pros or pros-to-be in ensuring there is as little delay between their click or press and what happens on their screen as possible.

Ultrawide and Multi-Monitor Support

Do you play at a high aspect ratio or with multiple monitors? Black Ops Cold War won’t limit you to just one monitor. Prepare to play at all conceivable angles, whether that be on an ultrawide monitor or on multiple displays.

Squad up with Crossplay

No matter what platforms your friends play on, you’ll be able to fight with or against them on your PC thanks to crossplay, available at launch.

Minimum, Recommended, Recommended (Ray Tracing), Competitive, and Ultra RTX Specs

Ready to dive into Black Ops Cold War? Ensure your PC is ready by checking its specs against the official specifications (listed both above and below):

Minimum Specifications

Here are the minimum specs needed to play Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War:

  • OS: Windows 7 64-Bit (SP1) or Windows 10 64-Bit (v.1803 or higher)
  • CPU: Intel Core i3-4340 or AMD FX-6300
  • RAM: 8GB RAM
  • HDD (at launch): 50GB (MP only), 175GB (all game modes)
  • Video: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 670 / GeForce GTX 1650 or Radeon HD 7950
  • DirectX 12 compatible system Required
  • Broadband Internet Connection Required

Recommended Specifications

Here are recommended Specs to run at 60FPS in most situations with all options set to medium:

  • OS: Windows 10 64 Bit (latest update)
  • CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K or AMD Ryzen R5 1600X processor
  • RAM: 12GB RAM
  • HDD (at launch): 175GB HD space
  • Video: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970 / GTX 1660 Super or Radeon R9 390 / AMD RX 580
  • DirectX 12 compatible system Required
  • Broadband Internet Connection Required

Recommended Specifications (Ray Tracing)

Here are the recommended specs for use with Ray Tracing enabled:

  • OS: Windows 10 64 Bit (latest update)
  • CPU: Intel i7-8700K or AMD Ryzen 1800X
  • RAM: 16GB RAM
  • HDD (at launch): 175GB HD space
  • Video: NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070
  • DirectX 12 compatible system Required
  • Broadband Internet Connection Required

Competitive Specifications

Here are the competitive specs to run at a high FPS for use with a high refresh monitor:

  • OS: Windows 10 64 Bit (latest update)
  • CPU: Intel i7-8700K or AMD Ryzen 1800X
  • RAM: 16GB RAM
  • HDD (at launch): 175GB HD space
  • Video: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 / RTX 3070 or Radeon RX Vega64 Graphics
  • DirectX 12 compatible system Required
  • Broadband Internet Connection Required

Ultra RTX Specifications

Here are the Ultra RTX specs to run the game at a high FPS in 4K resolution with Ray Tracing enabled:

  • OS: Windows 10 64 Bit (latest Update)
  • CPU: Intel i9-9900K or AMD Ryzen 3700X
  • RAM: 16GB RAM
  • HDD (at launch): 250GB HD space
  • Video: NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080
  • DirectX 12 compatible system Required
  • Broadband Internet Connection Required

Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War is out November 13.

SOURCE: Call of Duty Blog

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When is the next Cold War & Warzone Double XP event?

We have the dates and times for the next CoD: Cold War and Warzone Double XP event to help rank, weapon, and Battle Pass progression.

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With so many Prestige levels, different weapon levels, and Battle Pass levels in Cold War and Warzone, it’s only natural to want more XP. Here’s when the next CoD Double XP event is going to be.

XP has been a vital component of Call of Duty’s multiplayer for many years. It’s the quintessential upgrade mechanic that allows you to increase your in-game level and provide you access to better gear and attachments.

Every now and again CoD will throw out some awesome Double XP events that allow players to increase their earnings and level everything up faster. Season 2 of Cold War and Warzone has already provided lots of new content to help the race for XP, and now another ample opportunity is being offered.

This will be the final one for Season 2 as Season 3 is set to begin shortly.

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How to get Double XP in CoD: Cold War & Warzone Season 2

It’s been announced that Call of Duty’s next Double XP promotional event will officially start on April 16 and will expire on April 19.

PlayStation players will actually get a head start on Xbox and PC players by a full 24 hours. Meaning that PlayStation users can start earning Double XP from April 15.

What time does CoD: Cold War & Warzone Double XP start?

Here’s a full list of the event’s start time & dates in some of the key timezones:

  • EST – 1pm
  • CST – 12pm
  • PST – 10am
  • GMT – 5pm

Double XP will be available on Black Ops Cold War’s Multiplayer and Zombies, and all currently available playlists in Warzone.

As well as your player level, the boost will also apply to the Season 2 Battle Pass too.

These special Double XP Events usually occur during a weekend, and this one is no different. It naturally gives players the most free time as it’s away from school hours and generally when people are off work.

If you’ve got those last few items to clean up on the Battle Pass, or you’re a touch shy of Prestige Level 200, then this is a great opportunity to try and do just that.

Don’t miss out on leveling up and getting the new Season 2 additions, the FARA 83 and LC10, added to your best loadouts!

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When does Warzone & Cold War Season 3 start? Season 2 end date

Warzone & Black Ops Cold War Season 2 has finally dropped, but when will they end, and when will Season 3 commence?

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We’re fast approaching the end of Warzone and Black Ops Cold War Season 2, so when does Season 3 begin and what does it have in store?

Ever since the integration of Black Ops Cold War into Warzone, we’ve seen a vast number of additions and changes to both games. The subsequent updates have allowed Verdansk to expand with Rebirth Island, and even incorporate Zombies into Warzone.

Warzone Season 2 has also introduced some other pretty hefty changes to the games including some pretty interesting map changes to freshen things up, and also two new weapons from Black Ops Cold War, the FARA 83 Assault Rifle and the LC10 SMG, that could shift the meta.

We’re already hearing mumblings and murmurs of potential new content for the future though, with Warzone Season 3 spying a huge revamp in April. So we begin to wonder, how long will Season 2 actually last for, and when can we expect CoD to drop Season 3 of both Black Ops Cold War & Warzone?

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Warzone & Cold War Season 3 start date

Previous seasons of Modern Warfare and Warzone, before its numbered season reboot, usually lasted around 10 weeks, and this has proven to be the case for Warzone & Black Ops Cold War.

Season One officially began on December 16, 2020, with the newest season beginning on February 25, 2021. This is approximately a 10-week gap between both which is in keeping with type.

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The current Battle Pass has presented a set date it’s expected to end, and a new season usually starts shortly after last season’s Battle Pass has expired. With the information we currently have, we can expect Season 3 to begin on April 22, 2021.

This lines up with the confirmed season end date of April 21, given in the first Warzone nuke event teaser. It says the event will go live at 12 PM, as Verdansk will be completely overtaken by the undead.

Cold War Season 3 weapons

Call of Duty leakers have discovered some upcoming weapons in Warzone’s game files. Since these files are usually only added when weapons are in the final stage before release, we might see them arrive in Season 3.

Among them was a fast-firing burst Assault Rifle that could potentially be a Tactical Rifle like the M16 and AUG. Another weapon in the files seemed to be an SMG described with ‘spray,’ which probably means that it boasts a high fire rate.

The classic Ballistic Knife from the original Black Ops will also be arriving in Warzone and Cold War in the upcoming season. This projectile melee weapon has become a staple of the Call of Duty franchise, so it’s an exciting addition.

The data miners also stated that a new full-auto pistol and a Baseball Bat melee weapon might be joining the game in the Season 3 Reloaded update or in Season 4.

Ballistic Knife from Black Ops

Warzone & Cold War mid-Season 2 update

While we waited for Black Ops Cold x Warzone Season 3, Activision released a mid-Season update with a ton of new content on March 29 at 9PM PT.

This brought three new maps to the game’s multiplayer, with Golova for Fireteam, Mansion for Gunfight, and Miami Strike for 6v6. Also, for the Zombies fans out there, Sanatorium will be joining the roster of Ural Mountains maps available in the Outbreak game mode.

The ZRG 20mm Sniper Rifle has also arrived, along with a load of weapon balancing in Cold War.

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1980s revamp leaked for Warzone Season 3

We got a first look at what the next evolution of Verdansk will be in a celebrity commercial that was posted to Twitter. It showed the map getting a 1980s makeover with a specific focus on a few key areas.

Stadium, Dam, Airport, and the surrounding forestry were the highlighted locations in the video, along with some changes in Downtown. Later, another possible teaser was discovered in Verdansk’s Superstore in the form of a poster for the 1980s Moscow Summer Olympics.

We expect more teasers for Season 3 to pop up around Verdansk and Cold War’s multiplayer, and the ones that have been found make Warzone’s 1980s overhaul seem all the more likely.

We’ve still a bit of time to go until Season 3 and Activision will be busy concentrating on making Season Two the best it can be. They have already rolled out large-scale ban waves to accounts that are found to be guilty of cheating.

Speculation will already be ongoing as to what we’ll see in Warzone Season 3, including a massive event that could change Warzone forever.

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Clever Cold War Zombies Outbreak trick makes Defend objectives easy

Clever Black Ops Cold War Zombies players have discovered how to easily complete Outbreak’s Defend objectives without having to fight.

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‘Defend’ is one of CoD: Cold War Outbreak’s most difficult challenges, especially in the higher rounds, but this clever trick allows you to keep Zombies at bay with ease.

While fighting the undead in Cold War Zombies’ Outbreak mode, players will need to complete one of five main objectives to advance to the next round. Once you advance to the higher rounds, ‘Defend’ becomes one of the most challenging objectives.

You must defend an objective from three waves of Zombies with increasing difficulty. As Zombies get more powerful and frequent in the later rounds, one mistake can let you become quickly overwhelmed and lose you your life and the game.

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Zombies players have long taken advantage of clever tricks to get the edge over the undead, such as skipping doors in Firebase Z before they got patched. Now, a Reddit user has shared a way to permanently keep the undead away from the Defend objective.

Reddit user BeThePancakes shared that “You can use the bikes to block off doors during Defend objectives.” This post has received over 4,000 ‘upvotes’ at the time of writing, showing it’s not something many of the Zombies community knew about.

BeThePancakes had to guard the objective inside Golova’s church and cleverly, they parked the bike inside the door to keep the undead at bay.

While you might think the Zombies would tear through the motorcycle, incredibly, they don’t even come near the bike and calmly stand outside the door, letting the objective time peacefully deplete.

According to user asecuredlife, “This is an open secret,” and you should “do it after an objective has started because vehicles will disappear.” BeThePancakes said that they parked the bike there beforehand on Golova, but considered that it’s far away enough from the objective for it to not disappear.

If you want an easier time surviving Defend rounds in Outbreak, make sure to park bikes in the doorways before you get overwhelmed. However, Treyarch will likely patch this, perhaps in the Season 3 update.

And to make sure you have the best weapons while playing Outbreak, check out the locations of each Pack-a-Punch machine.

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