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How to preload Call of Duty Modern Warfare early on PS4, Xbox One and PC

Published: 17/Oct/2019 0:05 Updated: 19/Oct/2019 22:42

by Bill Cooney


Call of Duty Modern Warfare now, Activision has confirmed, but PC players need to wait a few more days.

Modern Warfare is the latest installment in the Call of Duty franchise and loyal CoD players are itching for the game to come out so they can start playing.

Activision had good news for Call of Duty players, on Xbox One at least, with the announcement that Modern Warfare is now able to be pre-downloaded before the game’s October 25 release.

Infinity WardCoD fans are chomping at the bit to play the latest Modern Warfare.

What do we need to download Modern Warfare?

Unlike previous years, Activision announced that the Modern Warfare download will be split into five different downloads:

  • Two campaign packs
  • One multiplayer pack
  • One Spec Ops pack
  • One “Hub” game

Players that also bought the operator or enhanced edition will also have an additional operator pack to download as well.

How to pre-download Modern Warfare on Xbox One

Downloading the game on Xbox One is simple and can be started in a few minutes by players in the Xbox One Store.

Once you’re in the store, search for “Modern Warfare” and select the specific edition that you’ve pre-ordered. After that, you should see an option to pre-load the title and the download will begin.

How to pre-download Modern Warfare on PS4

PS4 users just have to navigate to the PlayStation store, and can either search “Modern Warfare” or look in the What’s Hot section. There you can pre-purchase and then select Pre-load.

How to pre-download Modern Warfare on PC

PC users can pre-download Modern Warfare on October 22, 10 am PDT on the client. Navigate to the Modern Warfare tab on, and if you’ve pre-purchased Modern Warfare, you can click pre-load. Activision released the PC specifications and requirements earlier in October.

Activision - Call of Duty: Modern WarfareXbox One players get to download the new CoD a little earlier than everyone else.

How big will the download be?

Activision officially announced a 175gb requirement for PC, but only 45gb on Xbox One. PS4 seems to be right in the middle, with a 61gb pre-download file size.

It’s fairly likely that there will be a substantial Day One patch for Modern Warfare, so keeping extra storage space available on top of the downloads is probably a good idea.

Modern Warfare is set to release on October 25, but in some areas, you’ll be able to access the game early if you pre-download – so don’t miss out.

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Nadeshot clarifies SBMM argument in Black Ops Cold War rant

Published: 3/Dec/2020 2:10 Updated: 3/Dec/2020 2:15

by Jacob Hale


Update (December 2 – 6:00 PM PT): Nadeshot has since followed up on his Skill-Based Matchmaking rant, addressing how it’s easy to lose your temper while grinding for specific weapon camo challenges.

“SBMM is a topic of discussion that has a lot of nuances,” he said in a December 2 follow-up tweet. “What I really want to clarify once and for all… I don’t have a fear of playing players as good as me. I don’t disagree with the idea of playing against players as good as me. All I’m asking for is that people see the level of skill I’m playing at.”

Obviously, a ranked playlist of sorts has been requested to no end in the community. While the feature has been subtly confirmed, it’s still yet to enter the game. Therefore, the only form of matchmaking is standard public games, which happen to have SBMM cranked all the way up.

“If I’m going up against six starting players in the Call of Duty League, I want a rank to reflect that. I understand why SBMM is a necessity, I just don’t agree with the way it’s presented. Right now it’s ambiguous, you never really know who you’re up against and the level of skill they’re at.”

The original story is as follows.

Skill-based matchmaking has been a major complaint from top Call of Duty players for years now, and 100 Thieves CEO and former pro player Matthew ‘Nadeshot’ Haag has finally snapped, going on a rant against SBMM in the new Black Ops Cold War.

Nadeshot has never made it a secret that he, alongside a huge number of Call of Duty players, is anti-SBMM.

Though the sentiment makes sense — pit players of equal skill against one another — in practice, many players aren’t happy with it and want to see it removed or at least tuned down.

Nadeshot clearly falls into that category, and let his opinion be known during a December 1 stream while playing on the latest edition of Nuketown, Nuketown ‘84.

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Black Ops Cold War has been welcomed with mixed reviews, but SBMM has been a major sticking point.

As you can tell immediately from the scoreline alone and the carnage unfolding around him, the match is an intense one, and he wasn’t impressed.

He said: “It’s time to lower the skill-based matchmaking. This is not fun. I know we want the kids that have never played Call of Duty to be in a safe space, but please stop alienating the people that have been playing your game for over a decade.”

That wasn’t all, though, as Haag continued to complain as he struggled to make much of an impact on the game. “This is not an enjoyable experience,” he said. “Especially trying to get the challenges done on these weapons… Everyone’s got a scorestreak because it’s participation and not skill.”

Both the SBMM and scorestreak complaints have been popular ones for Black Ops Cold War players, and the sentiment seems to be echoed from the top down.

Whether Activision or Treyarch make changes to either issue remains to be seen, but we might not see Nadeshot streaming Black Ops Cold War for too much longer at this rate.