Activision and Beenox, the development studio assisting Treyarch with the PC port of Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War, have revealed new details about the upcoming game's features and system requirements on PC.
The fully fledged PC port will pack some serious graphical options and functionality designed to make the most of the newest hardware on the market - but it will devour your storage space with even greater fervor than Modern Warfare did.
As opposed to the usual minimum specifications and recommended specifications, Activision has revealed three other tiers of system requirements: recommended with ray tracing, competitive, and 'ultra RTX' which is designed for the absolute strongest rigs out there.
The minimum specs are fairly tame as far as modern games go, so being able to play Black Ops Cold War in any form won't be a pipe dream for the average gamer. However, as we step up the tiers, the demands become meatier, and storage might be an issue for everyone. At its worst, Cold War will be 250 GB at launch. Imagine what it will be like after patches and DLC!
One of the main advantages of PC over consoles, as a gaming platform, is the wider range of customization it makes possible, and Beenox was keen on making the most of that potential. At launch, Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War will have over 200 PC-only options and settings, ranging from controls customization to a massive suite of graphical options and tweaks.
Players who tried out the Beta earlier this month have already seen a teaser, but the full release will have significantly more options than the Beta version did.
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On the visual side of things, Activision worked hard on squeezing the best it can out of the newest hardware available, focusing on ray tracing and RTX features powered by Nvidia's newest GPUs. RTX Ambient Occlusion, 2nd Gen DLSS and dynamic shadows tackle the age-old issue if less than realistic lighting effects in games, while uncapped framerates and 4K resolution options allow you spin your PC to the limits while getting a truly 'next gen' experience, even though the term is largely irrelevant on PC.
Since the high-end specs clearly cater to those who dropped some serious cash on powerful hardware, we're going to assume some of your battlestations have ultrawide displays. These too are supported, as are multi-monitor setups, but that's par the course these days. Though not a new revelation, the developers reiterated that crossplay will be available at launch. Nice for us PC players, less so for our console gaming brethren who'll have to deal with our hackers!
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War launches on November 13.