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CoD: Vanguard recommended & minimum PC specs: System requirements

Call of Duty: Vanguard is right around the corner, and here are the minimum and recommended Vanguard PC requirements needed to run the game.

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Call of Duty: Vanguard’s release is finally here, and for those who plan to play on Battle.net, we’ve got the recommended PC specs to run the game at high quality, along with the minimum requirements to join the action.

Call of Duty: Vanguard is set to be one of the biggest game releases in 2021, with players hungry to jump into some classic World War II action, along with the new Warzone Pacific Caldera map later this year.

While CoD is predominantly seen as a console title, a significant number of players have switched to PC since the introduction of cross-platform play. While those on PlayStation or Xbox can also be sure their consoles can play the game, those with older PC rigs can be left wondering if their computer will be able to run it.

The good news is that Vanguard’s performance is pretty similar to Black Ops Cold War and Modern Warfare, so if your PC could run those titles, it’s likely you’ll be able to play Vanguard too.

Check out the full Call of Duty: Vanguard recommended and minimum PC requirements below.

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CoD: Vanguard PC minimum requirements

  • CPU: Intel Core i3-4340k // AMD FX-6300
  • RAM: 8GB
  • Storage Space: 36GB at launch (Multiplayer & Zombies only)
  • Hi-rez Asseys Cache: Up to 32GB
  • Operating System: 64-bit Windows 10 (1909 or later)
  • Graphics Card: Nvidia GeForce GTX 960 2GB // AMD Radeon RX 470

For players with older components in their PC, Sledgehammer has confirmed that these are the minimum system requirements.

It’s worth noting that a PC with these specs will not be able to run the game with high-quality graphics, but should still be able to run the game well with options turned down.

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  • CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K // AMD Ryzen 5 1600X
  • RAM: 12GB
  • Storage Space: 61GB at launch
  • Hi-rez assets cache: Up to 32GB
  • Operating System: 64-bit Windows 10 (latest Service Pack) / Windows 11 64-bit (latest Service Pack)
  • Graphics Card: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 // AMD Radeon RX 580

If you want to run the game at 60FPS with all options set to high, you will need a PC able to meet Sledgehammer’s recommended specs.

Players will need to find 61GB of room on their drives to install the whole game, although that is much smaller than Warzone or previous releases thanks to “new on-demand texture streaming tech.”

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CoD: Vanguard competitive PC requirements

  • CPU: Intel Core i7-8700K // AMD Ryzen 7 1800X
  • RAM: 16GB
  • Storage Space: 61GB at launch
  • Hi-rez assets cache: Up to 32GB
  • Operating System: 64-bit Windows 10 (latest Service Pack) / Windows 11 64-bit (latest Service Pack)
  • Graphics Card: NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070/RTX 3060 Ti // AMD Radeon RX 5700 XT

For those who intend to take part in competitive Call of Duty esports tournaments, Sledgehammer has recommended these requirements to ensure that your game runs at high FPS (frames-per-second).

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CoD: Vanguard Ultra RTX 4K PC requirements

  • CPU: Intel Core i9-9900K // AMD Ryzen 9 3900X
  • RAM: 16GB
  • Storage Space: 61GB at launch
  • Hi-rez assets cache: Up to 64GB
  • Operating System: 64-bit Windows 10 (latest Service Pack) / Windows 11 64-bit (latest Service Pack)
  • Graphics Card: NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070/RTX 3080 // AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT

Players who want to take advantage of their powerful rigs and run the game at 4K resolution, in the highest available quality, will need the above specs in your PC to do so.

You’ll also need a 4K compatible monitor, otherwise, you won’t be able to take full advantage of the quality of your game.


Thankfully, Vanguard should be able to run on most relatively-new gaming PCs, so don’t worry too much if you don’t have the topline graphics cards or processors.

To make the most of your experience, check out our best Call of Duty: Vanguard PC settings to maximize your FPS and game quality.

Image Credits: Activision / Sledgehammer Games

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DEADROP dev responds as fans accuse CoD of stealing skin from Dr Disrespect game

Dr Disrespect fans are convinced Activision copied a Variant his game for their latest Warzone skin, and a DEADROP dev has responded.

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Activision dropped Warzone and Vanguard’s Tracer Pack Malware Ultra Skin but players immediately noticed a striking similarity with Dr Disrespect’s DEADROP, and it looks like it’s even prompted a response from a Midnight Society developer.

Not long after Activision had to apologize for copying artwork from an independent artist, plagiarism accusations are flying once again. This time concerning Vanguard and Warzone’s new Doomslayer skin which Dr Disrespect fans immediately recognized.

Dr Disrespect’s ‘vertical extraction shooter’ DEADROP is currently in development, and there have already been plenty of comparisons with Call of Duty — mostly from Doc himself. He’s previously said that Modern Warfare 2 can’t “match” DEADROP.

Those who have bought a DEADROP Founders Pass have received one of 10,000 “Variants,” which are unique in-game characters. Senior developers have shown off their Variants, and many think they are the inspiration for Call of Duty’s latest bundle.

The Tracer Pack Malware Ultra skin dropped in Warzone and Vanguard on August 15, featuring a hooded sci-fi character with a skull-faced digital visor. Those words could also be used to describe DEADROP founder Robert Bowling’s Variant, and players were quick to make the comparison.

“Damn, they had to scrap the Dog they ripped off then went straight for a DEADROP variant,” replied one Twitter user. “Looks like whoever created this skin TRIED to copy the Variant of one of the leaders of [Midnight Society],” commented another.

While not a direct response, Bowling, who’s an ex-Infinity Ward dev, tweeted: “At least name it after me.”

Not everyone was convinced that the skin was a straight copy though, as some said that it’s a classic sci-fi design that’s been around longer than DEADROP.

We’ll need to wait and see whether Activision respond to the accusations, but Doc fans are convinced. In the meantime, check out how NICKMERCS will be “brutally honest” if he thinks DEADROP is trash.

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Vanguard devs confirm new round-based Zombies map for Season 5

Vanguard Zombies devs Treyarch have announced another round-based map will arrive with the Season 5 update.

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Call of Duty: Vanguard’s devs brought the classic Shi No Numa with Season 4, and another round-based Zombies map will arrive with the Season 5 update.

Although being a continuation of the Dark Aether storyline from Black Ops Cold War, Call of Duty players were less-than-impressed with Vanguard’s Zombies offering. The mode was slammed for dropping the round-based format and removing classic features, and even though Season 2’s Terra Maledicta brought the Ray Gun and Decimator Shield, the non-round-based map was labeled “boring.”

Fortunately, a round-based recreation of World at War’s Shi No Numa dropped in the Season 4 update, and now the devs will bring “The Archon” in Season 5.

Both Warzone and Vanguard Season 5 are set to arrive on Wednesday, August 24, bringing “The Archon” as a new Zombies round-based experience.

What this new map will look like is anyone’s guess, but the devs teased back in June that more round-based maps are coming to Vanguard and confirmed that “yes, it’s round-based.”

The Archon is the final map for Vanguard, as Treyarch confirmed that “Vanguard Zombies concludes in Season Five.”

We would expect this map to come with all of the features you’d expect in a Call of Duty Zombies map, such as a Main Quest Easter Egg and Wonder Weapon to build. It appears Kortifex, the main antagonist of Vanguard Zombies, will be the final boss as Treyarch tweeted that “Kortifex must die.”

Hopefully, this new Zombies map will please long-time Zombies players ahead of Modern Warfare 2’s beta and October 28 launch. But, Modern Warfare won’t have its own Zombies mode.

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Warzone’s frustrating demon gun glitch is back in Vanguard

Vanguard weapon camos are being plagued by the infamous demon gun glitch which fills the screen with ruined textures.

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Demon Gun Glitch in Vanguard

The demon gun glitch is one the most infamous bugs in Warzone and now reports are coming in of it ruining the textures of weapon camos in Call of Duty Vanguard again.

Warzone Pacific players have had to repeatedly deal with the frustrating demon gun glitch that blocks their screens with distorted textures, making it impossible for them to accurately aim their weapons.

This glitch has popped up at complete random numerous times and is now causing problems in CoD Vanguard again, as players are reporting the textures on their weapon camos being reduced to polygons.

Reddit user ‘EPURON’ encountered this glitch when using a weapon camo that was part of the Godzilla vs King Kong event. They then shared a clip showcasing this in the Vanguard subreddit.

Throughout the clip, the textures on the weapon camo were glitching, and the Redditor was unable to see anything through the optic when aiming down sights. They described the glitch as “polygon madness.”

While the textures looked bad when aiming down sights, they looked even worse in the killcam that played after the player was taken out. At that point, the entire screen was blocked by the glitch.

EPURON explained in the comments that this is their first time encountering the Demon Gun Glitch, and others brought up the times they had to deal with it back when Vanguard first launched.

This glitch has become infamous among Warzone Pacific and Vanguard players since it pops up repeatedly to cause mayhem on their screens and still hasn’t been removed for good after multiple update patches.


For more Vanguard content, check out the August 11 update patch notes as well as everything we know about the next Double XP event in the game.

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