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Best graphics settings for Modern Warfare on PC, PS4 and Xbox One

Published: 2/Nov/2019 14:04 Updated: 2/Nov/2019 14:27

by Andy Williams


Whether you’re looking for a more immersive experience, or are looking to optimize your settings for better in-game performance, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare boasts a wealth of custom visual settings that can be adjusted to cater for your needs.

Any iteration to the Call of Duty franchise is a guaranteed spectacle marvel, but with more display options than ever before, Modern Warfare takes optimization to another level.

A wide array of options are available to change. From making adjustments to post-processing effects (such as depth of field), to tailoring textures (such as the in-game film grain), Infinity Ward have taken steps to ensure that their game is visually pleasing. 

However, as is often the case, some games require a compromise on the aesthetic aspects to allow for smoother performance. So here’s how to optimize the graphics in Modern Warfare to suit your needs. 

ActivisionModern Warfare showcases some of the finest visuals in recent times.

Best PC settings for visuals in Modern Warfare

Given the praise that has been directed towards Infinity Ward’s realistic rendition of ongoing warfare through the campaign, players will want to see it for all its worth. Hardware permitting, there is a seemingly endless list of options that players can take advantage of. 

Primarily, players will want to maximize the render resolution (in-line with what their monitor is capable of) while enabling V-Sync frame rate capping to prevent screen tearing. Moreover, ensure ‘Details & Textures’ options are set to ‘High’ to guarantee a more realistic output. 

Real-time raytracing

Drift0r (YouTube)Raytracing can be enabled from the ‘Graphics’ portion of the options menu.

Alongside integrating a series of adjustable options, those looking for a more engaging,  true-to-life experience have the choice to enable ‘DirectX Raytracing’ in conjunction with Nvidia.

YouTuber Drift0r has detailed how to enable the setting, alongside showcasing the real-time effects of shadows appearing more realistic, and thus, more providing a more immersive and lifelike experience — note this setting is only compatible with an RTX–series graphics card. 

Best PC setting for performance in Modern Warfare

Since the aforementioned settings aren’t necessarily geared towards multiplayer, here’s how to accommodate for the fast-paced action. 

For performance, players will want to maximize their screen refresh rate and frames per second — a feature embedded into the Graphics Options of Modern Warfare. 

However, to push this to the maximum, it is likely that you will have to compromise on the aesthetics front, by toggling highlights, shadows and texture–related settings off/lower. Some settings however, like shadows, are still important for gameplay, and so should be kept slightly higher.

Digital Foundry have made a comprehensive video that guides players through the majority of visual settings and the implications of adjusting them.

What about Modern Warfare on PS4 and Xbox?

Although consoles are somewhat limited by their hardware, Infinity Ward has managed to find several loopholes that allow for an element of customization. 

One major feature which can be adjusted is ‘Film Grain’. Set to 0.25 by default, reducing the visual noise down to 0.00 will create a smoother rendering of the map in-game.

ActivisionToggling Film Grain will reduces visual noise.

Alongside modifying grain, players can toggle both World Motion Blur and Weapon Motion Blur to change the simulated blur overlaid onto the game that is designed to replicate a similar effect experienced when moving in real-life. 

There’s a host of settings that can be changed in Modern Warfare. However, it is recommended that the above is used purely as a guide, and we recommend that you tailor your game’s settings to suit your needs through trial and error.

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First look at leaked Black Ops Cold War Season 1 maps & Operators

Published: 1/Dec/2020 23:56 Updated: 2/Dec/2020 0:13

by Brad Norton


Everything from new maps to incoming Operators and plenty more has all spilled out early, with new Black Ops Cold War leaks revealing a bunch of content coming with the Season 1 update.

We’re still a few days out from the arrival of Season 1, though new Black Ops Cold War leaks are coming through almost every day. From classic modes making a return, to unique in-game events on the horizon, we’ve already got a decent idea of what to expect.

However, things haven’t stopped there. The latest set of datamined content has uncovered our first-look at Season 1 maps, Operators, and more. While the names of incoming maps may have been revealed a while back, we now have a proper look at all four additions coming soon.

Additionally, there’s also a unique Season 1 Starter pack that comes boasting some exclusive rewards. Here’s a rundown on everything we now know thanks to the latest leaks.

First look at Black Ops Cold War Season 1 maps

Up first, we’ve got a quick look at four new locations coming in Season 1. They’re bite-sized pictures that simply reveal the theme of each new map. The first appears to be some kind of game show set as camera equipment and bright signs can be spotted throughout.

Next up looks to be a darker map, perhaps something underground or even a subway system given the briefcases nearby. It may have been an evacuation site. Only time will tell for this one.

The third map pictured seems to be a wide-open locale with some kind of rocket in the center. Maybe a testing facility or a fully-fledged launch site somewhere in the United States.

Last but not least, we have a simple map that looks to feature some amount of office space, shelving, and a patriotic statue of sorts. If earlier intel holds up, one of these new locations will be a fresh Zombies experience. The first appears to be confirmed for Gunfight only, meaning a close-quarters design for 2v2 combat. While the remaining two maps are for core multiplayer game modes.

It’s worth noting that not all of these are confirmed to be launching on day one. While the major update is set to introduce a ton of this new content, some of these maps could be drip-fed throughout the season to keep players coming back. 

First look at Black Ops Cold War Season 1 Operator Skins

What would a new Season in Call of Duty be without some fresh cosmetics? A few of your favorite Operators appear to be getting some new outfits in Season 1. First up is Woods with a new winter look, rocking some snow goggles, thick gloves, a beanie, and a coat.

Next is Sims who has a more casual look this time around. Rather than dressing the part for a mission, he’s wearing a simple top with some cool shades and a hat.

Last but not least is some love for the Warsaw Pact. Portnova has a new skin this Season with a vibrant red top and a matching beret.

Also part of the leaks is an entirely new skin that could be the level 100 unlock in the Season 1 Battle Pass.

This Operator comes equipped for battle with multiple grenades and ammunition pouches on his upper body. Not to mention an imposing mask to cover his presumably scarred face.

Another new Operator wears a gas mask, only has one eye, and could not be more intimidating in an all-black outfit. 

These come alongside a previously leaked Operator skin for Adler. There’s no way of telling how to unlock these items; some might be tied to the Battle Pass, while others could be acquired through challenges like their current variants.