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How to fix low FPS issues in Warzone Season 1

Many players have reported a significant performance drop in Warzone Season 1, so here’s how to get the most FPS from your PC.

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Many Warzone PC players have reported a significant hit to their performance since the beginning of Season 1, so here’s how to make sure you’re getting the best performance from your system.

Frames-per-second, or FPS, is an extremely important stat for competitive shooters. The smoother your game, the faster your reaction time and easier it is to track moving targets. This is why streamers and pros spend thousands of dollars on their gaming rigs.

With each new season of Warzone, the map is updated. So far we’ve seen a moving train going around the Verdansk, the Stadium opening up, and a fast-travel system added with the underground subway stations.

Unfortunately with Warzone continuing to update, the minimum PC specs might not be enough anymore. Every day more players report an FPS drop since the beginning of Warzone Season 1.

Warzone FPS drops in Season 1

Since Season 1 started on December 16, social media has been ablaze with players reporting a significant drop in FPS. Reddit user SIGHMAZ said they have had a performance drop with every update to the game. In Modern Warfare Season 4, they were getting 170-200 FPS, but now it’s dropped down to 120 with Warzone x BOCW Season 1.

This problem isn’t exclusive to SIGHMAZ, with many players with top of the range systems seeing extremely low FPS on Warzone. The game is becoming increasingly CPU heavy, so a good graphics card will no longer be enough to get a competitive performance from your system.

How to maximize Warzone PC performance

Warzone's Verdansk map

It appears that Warzone is undergoing optimization problems, with the game getting increasingly more difficult for PCs to run. Although many players are now struggling to run Warzone, neither Infinity Ward nor Raven Software has commented on performance issues.

In the meantime, here are some things you can do to ensure you’re getting the maximum performance from your PC.

Use best Warzone in-game settings

You need to make sure you’re running the optimal in-game Warzone settings on your PC. For Warzone, a good performance significantly outweighs high graphics; settings like Raytracing will be extremely taxing on your system without giving you any competitive edge.

You can check out our full guide on the best Warzone settings for Season 1 here.

Roll-back NVIDIA drivers

NVIDIA releases new graphics drivers to keep system performance optimal, but sometimes these updates have the opposite effect.

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If you’ve seen a significant drop in your PC’s performance, it could be worth rolling back your drivers to a previous version.

To roll-back an NVIDIA driver on Windows 10:

  1. Search Device Manager and open it
  2. Click on Display Adapters
  3. Double click on your Graphics Card
  4. Open the Drivers tab
  5. Select Roll Back Driver

If the Roll Back Driver box is greyed out, you need to manually uninstall then install a previous driver.

  1. Select Uninstall Driver from the same menu, then follow the steps
  2. Go to the GeForce Drivers tab on NVIDIA.com
  3. Search for your Graphics Card
  4. Install a previous driver from the list

Fix Ryzen/Intel CPU Warzone issues

By simply changing a value in your Modern Warfare folder in documents, you could see a massive boost to performance.

Modern Warfare can default to an incorrect value for how many cores your system has, which leads to FPS drops and stutters. This fix from YouTube channel Techtesters will apply the correct number.

To recap Techtesters video:

  1. Open Task Manager and select the Performance tab
  2. Click on CPU and on the right you’ll see how many cores your PC has (e.g 6)
  3. Open Modern Warfare in Documents
  4. Select the ‘players’ folder
  5. Click on ‘adv_options’
  6. Set the ‘RenderWorkerCount’ to equal your number of cores
  7. Save and Exit and you should see a marked improvement in Warzone performance

Until Warzone performance issues have been addressed by official channels, check out these tips to make sure you’re getting the best performance from your PC as possible.

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Bizarre Warzone glitch plays constant music around Verdansk

An unusual Warzone bug allowed one player to keep the stream of beats flowing through their ears thanks to an odd glitch.

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Music is usually reserved for Warzone’s vehicles to make the journey a bit more pleasant. However, a new glitch is allowing players to extend their listening to on-foot gameplay with one player enjoying the sounds of Bangarang longer than normal.

It’s fun to ride a vehicle around a war-torn battlefield with death looming around every corner. Travel is a momentary distraction that can also get the blood-pumping thanks to Warzone’s licensed anthems.

You traditionally get to enjoy some awesome tunes whilst you’re riding in the vehicle. Yet one player’s experience turned into an on-foot concert as well.

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Warzone glitch plays music on-foot

The insinuation is that our Call of Duty player has recently gotten out of a vehicle and the game decided to carry on the Bangarang track a bit longer than normal.

Reddit user ThePartsGuy is blissfully running through the map with his MAC-10 and teammates when Skrillex decides to join them on their journey.

He and his teammates have a good laugh about the situation as the act of hearing enemy gunfire and footsteps is nigh on impossible due to Bangarang continuing to play throughout their headsets.

They continue to investigate the map and vibe, and it seems that the music goes away after the song finishes.

But soon after its completion, another one of the game’s licensed tracks begins to slowly start-up and they prepare for another few minutes of distractions.

According to other users in the thread, the music glitch is a random occurrence that needs to be stopped manually.

You can either:

  • “You just got to get into another car and turn off music manually to fix it though.”
  • “Found out it was a easy fix within the audio settings under the “War Tracks” section just had to disable it and turn down the volume.”

So if this does happen to you, then at least there are some easy fixes for you to employ.

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How to get Call of Duty League Stage 1 rewards

Call of Duty League Stage 1 kicks off on February 11, and by watching you can get in-game rewards such as calling cards and double XP.

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CDL Stage 1 rewards

Call of Duty League 2021 kicks off on February 11 and offers viewers a ton of free in-game items to earn, so here’s how to unlock the CDL Stage 1 viewership rewards.

Following the CDL Kickoff Classic, the Call of Duty League will officially kick off on February 11 with the Opening Weekend hosted by Atlanta FaZe.

With Dallas Empire looking to defend their title, the return of H3CZ’s OpTic, and newcomers LA Thieves looking to prove themselves, it’s shaping up to be a great year for competitive Call of Duty fans.

While watching the narratives of the year unfold, you can also earn free in-game rewards such as calling cards and double XP just for watching. Here’s how to get the CDL Stage 1 rewards.

How to earn CDL Stage 1 rewards

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To earn the free in-game rewards for the CDL launch weekend, you must have an Activision account. If you don’t have one already, you can create one on Activision.com by heading to ‘register’ in the right-hand corner.

Link CoD account to YouTube

Rewards are earned by watching CDL Stage 1 through a YouTube account linked to Call of Duty.

To link your account on PC and mobile:

  1. Open YouTube.com or the YouTube app
  2. Select your profile photo and hit ‘settings’
  3. Click on ‘Connected Apps’
  4. Locate ‘Activision’ and hit ‘connect’
  5. Sign in to your Activision account

While signed in with your linked YouTube account, watch CDL matches on YouTube, CallofDutyLeague.com, or the COD companion app to earn the rewards.

Account linking begins on Wednesday, January 27, so make sure to link accounts between then and February 11.

CDL Stage 1 in-game rewards

CDL viewership rewards

For watching at least 60 minutes of the CDL opening weekend on February 11-14, you will earn the ‘cash stack’ weapon charm to hang on your weapons in multiplayer and battle royale.

And as you watch matches throughout Stage 1, you’ll earn Double XP and Double Weapon XP tokens to redeem for Black Ops Cold War and Warzone.

For watching at least three hours of the Stage 1 Major in the first week of March, you can earn three competitive CoD themed calling cards and an emblem. With these, you can channel your inner Cellium by rocking the ‘Snaked’ calling card and taunt your opponents with the ‘salty’ emblem.

With League Play confirmed to be arriving in Black Ops Cold War in the coming weeks, the calling cards and emblem will be perfect additions to complement your grind.

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Warzone players call for changes to unfair Nuketown Gulag

Some CoD players are calling for changes to Warzone Season 1’s Gulag as it unfairly punishes one player in each instance of a Nuketown 1v1.

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Warzone’s new Nuketown-inspired Gulag has come in for criticism as of late. Players are saying that one side of the CoD map heavily favors one player, making it unfair for their rival.

There have been a plethora of changes to Warzone since it integrated into Black Ops Cold War. The Season 1 launch has seen the game receive a whole new map in Rebirth Island, there’s been the slew of new guns brought over from BOCW, and there have been gameplay changes.

But not everything has been a smash-hit for the season. There have been complaints about the DMR, the return of the stim glitch, and even “pay-to-win” skins. Further still, a new change has seen the traditional Shower-based Gulag replaced by a variation of Nuketown.

Most instances of Nuketown are usually welcomed. In this case, the addition has been lamented due to the fact that it’s changed the dynamics of the Gulag and made it unfair for one of the players.

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Warzone Season 1 Nuketown Gulag unfair

The original Gulag became etched in internet infamy, generating endless memes and challenging players to “1v1 in the Gulag”. It was a tough proving ground that allowed one player to win a duel, earn their stripes, and gain the opportunity to re-enter the Warzone.

One of the Gulag’s best qualities was that it was fair and unprejudiced. The whole arena was symmetrical, and each player had the same layout to contend with. It meant that it all boiled down to pure skill and who could keep their cool the best.

The new Nuketown Gulag doesn’t quite offer the same challenge, and it actually incorporates an element of luck into proceedings.

Players are complaining that one side of Nuketown has certain obstacles to exploit that the other player doesn’t have. These are sentiments from the Warzone subreddit with multiple players all unifying to show their displeasure with the game’s newest Gulag.

“The title says it all. 40% of my gulag deaths are from my enemy camping behind the car ruins. That’s not what the gulag was originally designed to do. This needs a change.”

The general consensus is that players would like to see the old Gulag restored so that there isn’t a feeling of being unfairly treated.

Given how popular and iconic the original Gulag was, it could easily be welcomed back in Season 2 to bring about a new wealth of memes.

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