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Get a free copy of Black Ops Cold War with NVIDIA RTX 3080 or 3090

NVIDIA and Activision partner to include Black Ops Cold War with select graphics cards.

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NVIDIA has announced a partnership with Activision to include copies of the game with graphics card purchases.

The company has announced that RTX 3080 and 3090 graphics cards will include a free copy of Black Ops Cold war.

This announcement comes shortly after the launch of Watch Dogs: Legion, which was the previous game that select RTX cards were bundled with. Now in a joint promotion with Call of Duty and Activision, these cards will now include a copy of Black Ops Cold War.

The copy of the game will be the standard edition of Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War for PC. The code will also include the Woods Operator Bundle for Modern Warfare & Warzone and the Confrontation Weapons Pack for use in Black Ops Cold War.

For players switching to the PC platform or already existing Call of Duty PC players, this is a great deal for those looking for the premiere PC gaming experience.

Due to low availability across all online storefronts of these new cards, supplies are very limited to find the cards online in stock. It is worth noting that the bundle is limited to qualifying graphic card models, so it might not be bundled with the card you are looking to buy. Be sure to check the NVIDIA site for full qualification information.

It appears this deal does not qualify when purchasing the more modestly priced $499 RTX 3070, which launched late last week. If you are willing to pay the premium for a $699 RTX 3080 or $1,499 RTX 3090 though, you’ll be in this deal.

Black Ops Cold War will be bundled with every NVIDIA 3080 and 3090 Founder’s Edition cards, which are available on their website or Best Buy, when stock is available. It’s not specified when this promotion will end, so there may be a window to pick up a card with a copy of the game. Hopefully, the supply problems will be fixed in the near future.

If you are looking into buying an RTX 3000 series card, a list of minimum/recommended PC specs for Black Ops Cold War is show above.

The best value for your money would be with the RTX 3070, listed under competitive/recommended (with Ray Tracing), however, if you want to experience the game at maximum settings at 4k resolution, it is recommended you get a 3080.

Regardless of which card you choose though, either one of the RTX 3000 cards will crush 144 FPS+ 1080p gaming.

Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War PC is available on November 13 only on Blizzard Battle.net. The game features additional NVIDIA support with ray tracing and more technology in partnership with the company.

Source: NVIDIA

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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.

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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.

Call of Duty Vanguard plane hangar

“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 Pacific map with mountain in background

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.

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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.

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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.

GRAV in Call of Duty Warzone Season 6

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:

  1. “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.
  2. 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.

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.

These reports have made some users worried about Vanguard’s upcoming kernel-level RICOCHET anti-cheat, which launches with its Warzone integration.

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Cold War October 26 update patch notes: Battle Axe hit registry fix, playlist update, more

Treyarch Studios has rolled out the Black Ops Cold War October 26 update patch notes, and we have all of the details covered for you.

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Black Ops Cold War October 26 Update Patch Notes

The Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War October 26 update patch notes have been officially revealed by Treyarch Studios, and they include some major changes and fixes for the first-person shooter.

Season 6 has been an exciting time for Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War with The Haunting event and various weapon buffs and nerfs bringing variety for players.

However, Treyarch Studios is still working on making Black Ops Cold War as good as it can be which is why the focus of the Cold War October 26 update patch notes was on fixing some major issues players have been facing recently.

You can find the Black Ops Cold War October 26 update patch notes and everything they are changing below:

Black Ops Cold War October 26 update patch notes

Black Ops Cold War October 26 update patch notes

THE HAUNTING CONTINUES

There’s only one week left in The Haunting limited-time event! Nuketown Halloween, Scream Deathmatch, Infected, and Hallows’ Eve Outbreak continue this week in Featured Playlists, along with some spooky new bundles appearing throughout the week. In today’s update, we’ve added a 10-second time extension for every Survivor killed in Infected, new stability and bug fixes in Zombies, improved hit registration for the Battle Axe in MP and Zombies, and more.

Starting this Friday, get ready for another Triple-Double Weekend featuring Double XP, Double Weapon XP, and Double Battle Pass XP until 10AM PT Monday, Nov. 1st! If you haven’t completed every challenge in The Haunting to unlock the LAPA SMG, your time is running out. Tick, tock…

Here’s what’s new today:

GLOBAL

Weapons

  • Battle Axe
    • Addressed an issue that could prevent hits from the Battle Axe from registering properly on nearby enemies in Multiplayer and Zombies.

MULTIPLAYER

Modes

  • Infected
    • Killing a Survivor now adds 10 seconds to the match timer.

Featured Playlists

  • Nuketown Halloween
  • Scream Deathmatch
  • Infected
  • Gunfight Blueprints [NEW]
  • Face Off 6v6
  • 12v12 Moshpit
  • Party Games (includes Nuketown Halloween Prop Hunt)
  • Multi-Team

ZOMBIES

Stability

  • Added stability fixes for issues related to weapon rarity, score from vehicles, upgrade machines, Pumpkin Heads, and Armor spawns.

Event Challenges

  • Addressed an issue that prevented the “Trick-or-Treat” event Challenge from unlocking in Zombies during The Haunting.

Dead Ops Arcade 3

  • Addressed an issue that allowed multiple players to receive multiple rewards from one stone or chest.
  • Addressed an issue that allowed multiple players to use an arcade machine at the same time.

Featured Playlists

  • Hallows’ Eve Outbreak
  • Outbreak (Endless and 3 Region)
  • Forsaken
  • Mauer der Toten
  • Firebase Z
  • Die Maschine
  • Dead Ops Arcade 3 (Standard and First-Person)
  • Onslaught (PlayStation®)
  • Onslaught Elite (PlayStation)
  • Onslaught Containment (PlayStation)

Source: Treyarch Studios

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