Black Ops Cold War Beta players on consoles can finally change their field of view settings thanks to a welcome addition by Treyarch. Here’s everything you need to know about the new options, including what the best setting is.
Field of view options for consoles is something that fans have been asking for for a long time. Whenever a new CoD game releases, there’s always a section of PlayStation and Xbox players wondering why the option hasn’t been made available for them. It’s equally frustrating considering that the PC version of every iteration has had the options available on day one.
This is all changing with Black Ops Cold War, however, as Treyarch has confirmed that players on consoles will finally be able to adjust their field of view. For people unfamiliar with the options, this might be a bit confusing. Taking advantage of these settings, however, might end up helping your game.
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What is field of view?
At its most basic form, field of view is how much of the game you see on your screen. A lower FOV means you’ll see less, while a higher field of view means you’ll see more.
While some people might immediately say that a high field of view is automatically better, it’s important to note that the higher the field of view, the more distorted your screen will look and the smaller objects will look at a distance.
Generally speaking, you’ll want to balance you’re field of view with what your comfortable looking at.
Best FOV for Black Ops Cold War
If you’ve never played with a modified field of view before, it might be best to take things slow. Working your way up will allow you to adjust to the higher FOV so that you’re not thrown into the deep in, so to speak.
You might be tempted to crank it all the way to 120 – but there’s a couple of issues with this. First, this could cause FPS drops, if your console isn’t powerful enough to render all that extra screenspace. Second, the higher your FOV, the smaller the target is in the middle of your screen, which could make it harder to see & aim at them.
The best FOV, in most scenarios, is probably around the 100 mark. This will give you a good, wide view, keep frames steady, and also keep the target nice and big. If 100 is too much, try 90 first, before bumping it up.
If you’re feeling adventurous, or sit very close to your screen, 110 could be feasible. While you can certainly push it all the way up to 120, the former will allow you to experience the changes without it being too difficult to see things at a distance.
How do I adjust FOV in Cold War?
In the beta, finding the FOV slider is relatively simple but in case you don’t know, here’s a quick and simple guide to figure it out.
- In your Black Ops Cold War Beta application, press the buttons for “Settings”
- Tab over to the “Graphics” options
- Scroll down until you see “Field of View”
- Adjust the slider from left to right to set to your desired setting.