Call of Duty Black Ops: Cold War Full PC Specs Declassified

Here's the kind of rig you'll need to run Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War this November.

Treyarch and Activision have released the full PC specs for Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War ahead of the shooter's November 13 release date. The specifications include the game's minimum requirements all the way up to its ultra RTX requirements, five in total. As expected, the highest graphics settings are gonna' require a beefy rig, to say the least. 

Lower-end recommendations, on the other hand, are closer to what Treyarch and Activision suggested for the Cold War beta, though the minimum specs now demand a slightly less powerful PC. 

A quick look at the hard-drive space required for Cold War reveals that, for most players, the newest Call of Duty is close in size to 2019's Modern Warfare. The game's install size is between 50GB (multiplayer) and 175GB (the full game) depending on what modes players choose to install.

However, those hoping to run the game on the highest settings, 4K ultra with ray tracing enabled, can expect an install size of 250GB at launch. 

Per a recent entry on the Call of Duty blog, here are the recommendations from least demanding to most. 

Minimum Specifications

  • OS: Windows 7 64-Bit (SP1) or Windows 10 64-Bit (v.1803 or higher)
  • CPU: Intel Core i3-4340 or AMD FX-6300
  • RAM: 8GB RAM
  • HDD (at launch): 50GB (MP only), 175GB (all game modes)
  • Video: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 670 / GeForce GTX 1650 or Radeon HD 7950
  • DirectX 12 compatible system Required
  • Broadband Internet Connection Required

Recommended Specifications

  • OS: Windows 10 64 Bit (latest update)
  • CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K or AMD Ryzen R5 1600X processor
  • RAM: 12GB RAM
  • HDD (at launch): 175GB HD space
  • Video: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970 / GTX 1660 Super or Radeon R9 390 / AMD RX 580
  • DirectX 12 compatible system Required
  • Broadband Internet Connection Required

Recommended Specifications (Ray Tracing)

  • OS: Windows 10 64 Bit (latest update)
  • CPU: Intel i7-8700K or AMD Ryzen 1800X
  • RAM: 16GB RAM
  • HDD (at launch): 175GB HD space
  • Video: NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070
  • DirectX 12 compatible system Required
  • Broadband Internet Connection Required

Competitive Specifications

  • OS: Windows 10 64 Bit (latest update)
  • CPU: Intel i7-8700K or AMD Ryzen 1800X
  • RAM: 16GB RAM
  • HDD (at launch): 175GB HD space
  • Video: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 / RTX 3070 or Radeon RX Vega64 Graphics
  • DirectX 12 compatible system Required
  • Broadband Internet Connection Required

4K Ultra RTX Specifications

  • OS: Windows 10 64 Bit (latest Update)
  • CPU: Intel i9-9900K or AMD Ryzen 3700X
  • RAM: 16GB RAM
  • HDD (at launch): 250GB HD space
  • Video: NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080
  • DirectX 12 compatible system Required
  • Broadband Internet Connection Required

The trailer above outlines some of the platform-specific bells and whistles PC players can expect with Black Ops Cold War, including 4K graphics, an uncapped framerate, RTX shadows, ambient occlusion, DLSS, reflex technology, ultra-wide monitor support, and multiple monitor support.

Explosions are included on every platform.  

Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War is set to release on November 13 for PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X|S. PC players can pre order either the standard edition ($59.99) or the ultimate edition ($89.99) on Blizzard's marketplace. It is exclusive to Battle.net. 

If you didn't get a chance to check out the alpha or beta for the game, you can read our thoughts on the alpha here and the beta here. Black Ops Cold War doesn't reinvent the wheel (at least not in the time we've spent with it), but it is more of the Call of Duty fans have come to love. Stay tuned for our full review of Cold War when in releases in just a few short weeks. 

[Source: Call of Duty blog]

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Published Oct. 30th 2020

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