With the new patch update that deployed this week for Modern Warfare & Warzone, Infinity Ward has updated the game’s performance on the new Xbox Series X.
Players are reporting that Call of Duty: Warzone now runs at 120FPS on Xbox Series X following the latest patch update. The game, which is still classified as a Xbox One title, appears to have gotten a boost from the newest patch to support the latest console.
The Microsoft Store listing for Warzone, and Modern Warfare, have added in a “120FPS” feature tags to it. It also mentions that the game supports HDR10 and “4K Ultra HD” now as well in the Microsoft store. Modern Warfare’s store listing also says 120FPS for Xbox Series X, so MP of Modern Warfare could also feature support, but that’s not been testing yet.
Eurogamer also ran tests on their own, and confirmed that the game does in fact hit 120FPS during portions of the matches. In their testing, they noted that the game does fluctuate between 100FPS and 120FPS throughout the game.
Initial testing on PlayStation 5 appears to show that the game is still running the PS4 version of the game only, and is locked to 60FPS. Eurogamer has tired to change the settings of the PS5 version to see if it’s got the performance boost, but it still does not.
Testing has confirmed the PS5 version, which is running PS4 version backwards compatibly, is locked at 60FPS.
There’s no indication as to when to expect a full patch for PS5 to allow it to have unlocked frame rates that match Xbox Series X, but it could happen with the Black Ops Cold War integration in December.
Stay tuned for the latest news on Call of Duty: Warzone, including a date for when PS5 can expect the performance boost.
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
Crazy Warzone Ghost AMP63 loadout is dominating pro tournaments
There is a AMP63 loadout going around that’s dominating Warzone tournaments by letting players go Ghost for the entire game.
Professional Warzone players are frustrated with a particular AMP63 loadout that lets players grab the Ghost perk early and is being used to dominate Warzone tournaments.
Warzone tournaments serve as an opportunity for fans to watch some of their favorite professional players compete against each other for the chance to win a massive prize pool.
However, a new problem has popped up in these tournaments as fans are reporting an AMP63 pistol loadout that’s letting players dominate custom matches by letting them Ghost for most of the game.
Warzone Ghost AMP63 loadout
Warzone players use Ghost to keep out of sight of their opponents. However, almost the entire lobby was using it during the $50,000 Symfuhny Showdown, letting players stay hidden for most of the game.
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This was all because of the following AMP63 pistol loadout:
- Muzzle: Agency Suppressor
- Barrel: 7.2” Task Force
- Laser: Tiger Team Spotlight
- Ammunition: STANAG 30 RND
- Rear Grip: Serpent Wrap
The Agency Suppressor and 7.2” Task Force barrel ensure that the weapon is capable of dishing out plenty of damage at range. Players can also use sound suppression to stay off minimaps.
The Tiger Team Spotlight and Serpent Wrap help improve the weapon’s speed and reactivity. While the gun’s ammo count isn’t impressive, this loadout ensures that the weapon has ideal damage and mobility.
After the tournament, various players began tweeting about what happened. Competitive player Repullze stated that Ghost should be removed from custom matches in Warzone.
“Ghost has no place in customs,” tweeted the player. Various other Warzone pros also share this sentiment, as they feel it’s unfair for players to be able to hide for the full duration of a match.
Rated and Aydan were the first and second-place finishers in the tournament, and they also discussed how Ghost’s prevalence causes problems in a stream. However, they both attributed the strategy’s success to the AMP63’s own strength.
Warzone Season 6 introduced various buffs and nerfs to help spice things up, but the AMP63 remains unchanged, retaining its position as a strong secondary option for players to close out gunfights.
For more on Warzone, check out the best weapons currently in the game according to JGOD, as well as how to unlock Kali Sticks.
Image credits: Activision / Raven Software
Overwolf respond to Warzone & Cold War Windows 11 player bans
Overwolf have responded to reports that Warzone and Cold War players are getting permanently banned for using it alongside Windows 11.
Call of Duty PC players have reported that using a combination of Windows 11 and Overwolf software is getting them permanently banned from Warzone and Cold War, and Overwolf have now responded to the issue.
Call of Duty devs have been waging an ongoing war with hackers and cheaters, with one dev saying that they are “ruining some of the best work” of his life. Over 800,000 accounts have now been banned, but perhaps not all bans are fair.
Cold War and Warzone PC players are claiming that upgrading to Windows 11 and using it alongside Overwolf is causing them to be permanently banned. Overwolf have now acknowledged the issue and put measures in place to prevent these wrongful bans.
Overwolf is a platform used to create and install in-game apps, such as ‘Outplayed’ which allows players to record their footage. However, this Overwolf app is reportedly causing permabans when used alongside Windows 11.
Several users, including Reddit user WraithGG, claimed they were permanently banned from Warzone after attempting to open Cold War on an Insider Build of Windows 11, with Outplayed from Overwolf open. WraithGG said that this is a “well known and apparently rather common issue,” and both Activision and Overwolf are “refusing” to lift the ban or help.
“I have finally received a response from Activision telling me that despite being innocent, they cannot unban my account,” said WraithGG. “They have acknowledged the error in the ban, but are refusing to lift the ban as all bans are final.”
Overwolf have now responded to the issue. In a blog post, they said that “we are aware of a number of users who have been banned after playing Cold War and Warzone on Windows 11 while using Overwolf.”
“While we are not responsible for the bans, Support Main is one of our core values and we immediately began to look into the issue to protect gameplay and our community,” they continued. “For background, Cold War has been supported on Overwolf for months without any bans or issues.”
They then outlined the steps they’ve made since:
- “We have released an update to our games list to change the way the Overwolf overlay works and will no longer trigger a ban from Activision while using Windows 11. It’s important to note that in the 24 hours following this change, we have not had any new ban reports.
- We’re working closely with the very top levels at Activision, and we’ll do whatever we can to help those whose accounts have been banned. We can’t promise it will work, but we’ll give it our best shot.”
Overwolf said they will keep the community updated if they have any more information to share.
- Read more: Best LC10 loadout for CoD: Warzone Season 6
Now that the issue has been officially acknowledged, Activision may change their stance and unban players flagged for using Windows 11. This could be a similar story to Cold War Zombies players who were unfairly banned by the Sail 630 Nuclear Bug, and later had their accounts restored.
Image Credit: Activision
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