Many Warzone PC players have reported a significant hit to their performance in each Warzone update, so here’s how to make sure you’re getting the best performance from your system following the Warzone Pacific Season 1 update.
Frames-per-second, or FPS, is an extremely important stat for competitive shooters. The smoother your game, the faster your reaction time, and the easier it is to track moving targets. This is why streamers and pros spend thousands of dollars on their gaming rigs.
We’ve now hit Warzone Pacific Season 1, where the game has received a brand new map alongside some major changes. Although there’s plenty to get stuck into, players are reporting serious FPS drops and stuttering in the latest season.
Luckily, we’ve got some solutions to get the most FPS from your rig.
- FPS drops in Warzone Pacific Caldera
- Use best Warzone in-game settings
- Use NVIDIA DLSS in Warzone
- Double-tap the ‘Esc’ key
- Disable Windows Game Mode
- Rollback NVIDIA drivers
- Fix Ryzen/Intel CPU Warzone issues
FPS drops in Warzone Pacific Caldera
Since Warzone Pacific Season 1 launched on December 8, Reddit has been ablaze with players reporting a significant drop in FPS. Reddit user ‘iiSmaill11x’ said they have had a steady performance drop since launch. The same issue was echoed in the replies and several other posts.
This problem isn’t exclusive to a handful of users, 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 might no longer be enough to get a competitive performance from your system.
How to maximize Warzone PC performance
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, Raven Software has yet to comment on PC 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 ray tracing will be extremely taxing on your system without giving you any competitive edge.
You can check out our full guide on the best PC settings for Wazone Pacific Season 1.
Use NVIDIA DLSS in Warzone
NVIDIA’s DLSS (or Deep Learning Super Sampling) technology is available in Warzone. If you have an NVIDIA RTX graphics card, you can enable DLSS from the game’s settings which can give you a significant performance boost.
What DLSS does is lower your game’s resolution, increasing performance, but gives the appearance of a high resolution. NVIDIA says you can see an FPS boost of up to 70% while playing Warzone at 4K.
To enable NVIDIA DLSS in Warzone:
- Launch Call of Duty: Warzone
- Open ‘Options’
- Go to the ‘Graphics’ tab
- Scroll down to ‘Post-Processing Effects’
- Set NVIDIA DLSS as either: Ultra Performance, Performance, Balanced, or Quality
If your system’s GPU is struggling, then you could see a massive boost in performance by enabling DLSS.
Double-tap the ‘Esc’ key
At the beginning of each new season, players have reported serious FPS drops at the start of matches, with the game reaching as low as 15 FPS in extreme cases. The initial fix for this issue was to re-apply your graphics settings. However, there’s an even easier fix.
If your game’s FPS severely drops, you just need to double-tap the Escape key on your keyboard. It’s likely to do with the game believing it’s minimized, and many users report that this solution works.
Disable Windows Game Mode
Windows offers a ‘Game Mode’ setting that many players have reported cause FPS issues. This mode is supposed to prioritize gaming, slowing down every other process. However, it can have negative effects on your PC while playing Warzone.
Game Mode is on by default so it’s worth checking if you have it enabled, as this could be a contributing factor to your FPS issues.
Here’s how to disable Game Mode:
- Open ‘Settings’ in Windows
- Search ‘Game Mode’
- Click on ‘Game Mode settings’
- Toggle Game Mode ‘off’
Rollback NVIDIA drivers
NVIDIA releases new graphics drivers to keep system performance optimal, but sometimes these updates have the opposite effect.
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 rollback an NVIDIA driver on Windows 10:
- Search ‘Device Manager’ and open it
- Click on ‘Display Adapters’
- Double click on your ‘Graphics Card’
- Open the ‘Drivers’ tab
- Select ‘Roll Back Driver’
If the Roll Back Driver box is greyed out, you need to manually uninstall then install a previous driver.
- Select ‘Uninstall Driver’ from the same menu, then follow the steps
- Go to the ‘GeForce Drivers’ tab on NVIDIA.com
- Search for your Graphics Card
- 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. Here’s how to fix the issue:
- Open ‘Task Manager’ and select the ‘Performance’ tab
- Click on ‘CPU’ and on the right you’ll see how many cores your PC has (e.g 6)
- Open ‘Modern Warfare’ in ‘Documents’
- Select the ‘players’ folder
- Click on ‘adv_options’
- Set the ‘RenderWorkerCount’ to equal your number of cores
- Save and Exit and you should see a marked improvement in Warzone performance
For more tips on how to get the most out of Warzone, check out our guide on the best audio settings for Warzone Pacific.
Image Credits: Activision
JGOD reveals fastest “TTK” Welgun loadout that beats the MP40
JGOD has revealed his best class setup for the Warzone Welgun when it comes to TTK, claiming it even outperforms the MP40.
Warzone Pacific has a lot of stellar options for close-quarters combat, however, JGOD claims this Welgun loadout is built for a fast TTK, edging it over the MP40 in the meta.
With the mid-season update for Warzone Pacific, players were gifted a brand new SMG, the Welgun. Since its introduction, the Welgun has been a great option for players looking to use a long-range SMG.
Having said that, there are many ways players can change the Welgun, and JGOD has revealed the loadout you’ll need to make the Welgun an even more efficient TTK SMG than the MP40.
According to JGOD’s latest video, the Welgun has the potential to beat the MP40 in terms of TTK with the correct attachments. This is pretty impressive, especially as the MP40 has been one of the best SMGs in the game for a while.
One thing that JGOD makes clear is that you will need to hit your chest, neck, and headshots in order to get the most out of the Welgun.
Here’s JGOD’s best TTK loadout for the Warzone Welgun.
JGOD’s Welgun loadout for Warzone Pacific Season 1
- Muzzle: Recoil Booster
- Barrel: 120mm Gawain Short
- Optic: Slate Reflector
- Stock: Gawain Skeletal
- Underbarrel: M1941 Hand Stop
- Magazine: 9mm 64 Round Mags
- Ammunition: Incendiary
- Rear Grip: Taped Grip
- Perk 1: Frenzy
- Perk 2: Quick
First off, JGOD has opted for the Recoil Booster to increase the weapons fire rate and overall TTK in close combat. Then we have the 120mm Gawain Short barrel which JGOD recommends highly for those who want to use the weapon in tight spaces.
The Slate Reflector, M1941 Hand Stop, and Taped Grip will all help the weapon’s recoil, allowing you to control the massive 9mm 64 Round Mags you will be unloading onto enemies, as well as balancing the negative initial firing recoil you’ll get with the Gawain Skeletal stock.
The Incendiary ammo type will keep enemies burning after you lose their sight, which is so useful in close combat situations, especially as the negative bullet velocity won’t do much to stop you in close quarters.
Lastly, we have Frenzy for the first Perk and Quick for the second. Frenzy will keep your health at the max while taking down enemies, which combines nicely with Quick which will allow you to move fast and keep the enemy second-guessing your location.
Well there you have it, that’s JGOD’s best Welgun loadout for a faster TTK than the MP40. If you’re looking for a long-range LMG, check out our best Type 11 loadout for Warzone Pacific Season 1.
Image Credits: Activision / Raven Software / Treyarch
How to fix Warzone crashing & freezing issues on Xbox
Warzone has suffered a number of issues since the Pacific update on Xbox, so here’s how to stop it from crashing and freezing.
Xbox players have been suffering from game-breaking crashing and freezing errors since Warzone’s Pacific update, but one simple solution can fix many of the issues.
Warzone Pacific Season 1 brought many changes the community was looking for, adding a brand-new map, a working anti-cheat, and removing Stopping Power once and for all. However, it’s also brought some of the worst glitches Warzone has ever seen, particularly on Xbox.
Luckily, there’s a simple solution that should lessen the amount of freezing and crashing issues you’re experiencing.
How to stop Warzone crashing & freezing on Xbox
To stop Warzone from crashing and freezing, don’t hit the Xbox home button while the Warzone application is open.
We recommend creating an Xbox Party before launching Warzone and then using Warzone’s Social tab to invite your friends to games.
This solution comes directly from Raven Software’s Trello board, where they acknowledged that “Players are reporting an issue where pressing the Xbox home button twice while in-game may cause instability.”
Raven said that the issue is caused by players hitting the Xbox home button twice, but many players have reported that issues crop up by pressing it once. So we recommend steering clear of the Xbox button and not pressing it at all.
Whether this will fix the issue where players can’t launch the game at all remains to be seen, but it should help out players who suffer from freezing and crashing while playing.
Raven Software has confirmed they’re investigating a number of Xbox Warzone glitches such as pressing the Xbox button, performance issues, and Xbox players’ Rebirth Island wins not tracking.
The next major Warzone update will be Season 2 in February, so hopefully, this update brings many much-needed fixes.
Image Credit: Activision
Warzone players beg Raven to add custom controller binding
Warzone players are calling on Raven Software to add options that allow them to fully customize their controller binds.
Frustrated with having to use Warzone’s preset controller options, players are desperate for Raven Software to add custom controller binding options.
With forced crossplay and repeated slide canceling ruining their controllers, Warzone console players are desperate for Raven Software to add custom controller binding options that allow them to configure their controls exactly how they’d like.
Players with unofficial controllers or the Xbox Elite controllers can fully customize every button. This lets them tailor their Warzone controls to their preference, but those who have first-party controllers are stuck with what Raven Software offers them.
Asking Raven Software, “where the hell is custom controller binding?” Reddit user TimewornTinman explained how they want to completely swap around their controls to keep their thumb on the right stick as much as possible. But, Warzone’s pre-set controls don’t allow them to get it exactly how they would like.
While many players suggested they purchase a third-party controller or buy a back button attachment, the issues would be fixed by giving players full access to their button layouts. One player called it a “basic feature” that’s been “ignored.”
PlayStation does give the option to change button binds through the Accessibility menus, allowing each button to be swapped for another. However, this applies the new binds across every aspect of your PlayStation experience, which can make it extremely difficult to navigate menus and switch to other games.
Console Warzone players have also been desperate for an FOV slider, which may arrive with the PS5 and Xbox Series update that’s confirmed to be in development. Perhaps Raven will give players more controller options when this update eventually arrives.
Image Credit: Activision / SCUF
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