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Modern Warfare & Warzone dev reveals how Season 5 will impact game size

Published: 2/Aug/2020 23:29

by Theo Salaun

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An Infinity Ward developer has revealed why, despite its large size, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare and Warzone Season 5 will actually decrease how much space the game takes up.

CoD’s download sizes have been a major point of scrutiny with each new season, but IW Production Director Paul Haile is letting the game’s fanbase know that hard-drive space is a legitimate point of emphasis for the developers and that the upcoming August 5 update will help game size due to optimization, despite being a hefty download.

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It’s a common talking point every time a new season is on the horizon. The next generation of consoles is also on the horizon, so players aren’t very interested in upgrading their current hard drives. Instead, most have to decide what titles their hearts can withstand deleting in order to keep up to date in Call of Duty.

But according to Haile, although the download “will be big” because it will be “including all the new content for the season as well as optimizing our asset packs,” after it is downloaded “the overall size of the game will actually shrink on your consoles.”

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Content optimization isn’t a novel concept, but it is encouraging that IW is confronting their download sizes directly and transparently. In the past, players have felt the need to either delete other titles or delete other components of Modern Warfare’s full game (like its Campaign, Co-Op, or even Multiplayer packs).

This patch will most certainly require a long wait and a lot of space on your system. If developers are warning, in advance, that this “will be big,” then players can certainly expect it to approach the gargantuan size of Season 4’s update (which hit at an intimidating 84 GB).

Still, Haile has insisted that they are conscious of player hard drives and expect the title to take up less space than before once it’s fully installed. That should hopefully mean that everyone’s dreaded deletion deliberations will be temporary and limited to August 5, with the possibility of re-downloading once everything is completed.

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Based on what we’ve seen and heard about Season 5, new guns, new operators, and possible map changes are all on the horizon for Modern Warfare and Warzone. That means a bunch of new content.

That content has been highly anticipated for what many expect to be the last season before Call of Duty’s next title and having things optimized to take up less space should be a welcomed cherry on top.

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PC requirements for Black Ops Cold War Beta: minimum & recommended specs

Published: 13/Oct/2020 21:04 Updated: 13/Oct/2020 21:14

by Albert Petrosyan

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For Call of Duty players looking to enjoy the Black Ops Cold War Beta on PC, Treyarch and Activision have revealed the minimum and recommended computer system specs in order to run the game without issues.

After the highly-anticipated Black Ops Cold War Beta made its debut exclusively for PS4, Treyarch are opening up the testing period to players on all platforms for the second week.

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This means that those who pre-ordered a digital version of the game on PC will get to try it out starting October 15, before the Beta is opened to all players on October 17.

Unlike consoles, of course, BOCW running on a computer isn’t a guaranteed thing – whether the file will work and/or run smoothly often depends on how good the PC’s specs are, and if they meet the minimum or recommended requirements.

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Black Ops Cold War Beta
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The Black Ops Cold War Beta is coming to PC and Xbox One.

Black Ops Cold War Beta PC minimum specifications

Here are the minimum requirements for your PC to be able to open and play the BOCW:

  • OS: Windows 7 64-Bit (SP1) or Windows 10 64-Bit (1803 or later)
  • CPU: Intel Core i5 2500k or AMD equivalent
  • VIDEO: Nvidia GeForce GTX 670 2GB / GTX 1650 4GB or AMD Radeon HD 7950.
  • RAM: 8GB RAM
  • HDD: 45GB HD space
  • NETWORK: Broadband Internet connection
  • SOUND CARD: DirectX Compatible – Requires DirectX 12 compatible system

Black Ops Cold War Beta PC recommended specifications

Meeting these recommended specs, or at least getting close, will ensure that your PC runs the Beta much more smoothly and with higher FPS:

  • OS: Windows 10 64 Bit (latest Service Pack)
  • CPU: Intel Core i7 4770k or AMD equivalent
  • VIDEO: Nvidia GeForce GTX 670 2GB / GTX 1650 4GB or AMD Radeon HD 7950
  • RAM: 8GB RAM
  • HDD: 45GB HD space
  • NETWORK: Broadband Internet connection
  • SOUND CARD: DirectX Compatible – Requires DirectX 12 compatible system

When is the Black Ops Cold War PC beta?

Beta dates for Black Ops Cold War
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The Black Ops Cold War Beta is now in its second week of action.

Following the PS4-exclusive first week of the Beta, Activision is letting PC and Xbox players into the mix for week two. The early access for all three platforms takes place on October 15-16 before everyone can enjoy it on October 17-19.

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This will be the final planned event before the full game launches on November 13 for PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S, and PC.

For more details about what’ll be included, make sure to check out our BOCW Beta guide here.