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CoD MW3: How to Fix Grainy Texture Black Dots Bug

Here's a quick and easy guide on how to fix the grainy texture black dots bug in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3.

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 is out now, but with a handful of graphical issues, including a bug causing grainy textures. Fortunately, there’s a workaround to this problem, so follow our guide on how to fix the grainy texture black dots bug in the game.

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How to Fix Grainy Texture Black Dots Bug in CoD MW3

If you’re getting annoying grainy textures on your reflections, then this means that your graphics card can’t properly display shadows and lighting. This leads to the appearance of artifacts that look like tiny black dots on reflective surfaces, making everything look extremely low-quality.

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I was happy to find out that there’s a working solution to this issue by simply doing the following:

  1. Go to the game’s home screen.
  2. Select “Settings” menu.
  3. Go to “Graphics” tab.
  4. Select “Quality” option.
  5. Toggle “Screen Space Reflections” to “OFF” in the “Shadow and Lighting” field.
  6. Toggle “Screen Space Shadows” to “OFF” in the same field.
  7. Confirm by pressing the “Apply Settings” button.

Why do Grainy Black Spots Appear in MW3? Answered

Screen Space Reflections (SSR) are responsible for the quality of in-game graphics when looking at the reflective surfaces from a certain angle. If this property isn’t supported properly by your graphics card, you’ll have issues with it working. So, simply turning it off in the graphics settings would be the best idea.

Similarly, Screen Space Shadows increase the detail level of shadows in the view, with the possibility of affecting only the local surfaces, such as your weapon and character. That’s why your weapon reflections get so grainy, and some other surfaces in the close-up as well. But once you turn them off, the image will be smooth and shiny, and your overall graphics quality won’t suffer much.

That’s everything you need to know on how to fix the grainy texture black dots bug in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3. For more tips, such as how to play split screen multiplayer and how to fix the battle pass not working, check out our CoD MW3 guides hub here at GameSkinny.


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Serhii is the Writer at GameSkinny. He's been writing for GameSkinny since 2015. Before that, he's been writing for various outlets and playing video games, which eventually turned into a passion. The video games that have contributed the most to his enthusiasm for writing about this industry are Magic: The Gathering, Dark Souls, and The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim.