Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War’s 4K/RTX Preset Requires 250 GB of HDD Space

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Here we go again. Activision has released the PC specifications for Treyarch’s latest Call of Duty title, Black Ops Cold War, and what immediately stood out to us was the HDD requirement.

As indicated by the first set of bullet points below, Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War players who wish to enjoy the game at its highest fidelity will require 250 GB of HD space. Clearly, the controversy behind Modern Warfare’s similarly enormous SSD demands didn’t phase Activision one bit.

The trailers for Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War have proven that it’s a beautiful game, though, so the higher space requirement – which likely stems from high-quality, 4K textures – seems justifiable.

Ultra RTX Specifications

Here are the Ultra RTX specs to run the game at a high FPS in 4K resolution with Ray Tracing enabled:

  • 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

Competitive Specifications

Here are the competitive specs to run at a high FPS for use with a high refresh monitor:

  • 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

Recommended Specifications

Here are recommended Specs to run at 60FPS in most situations with all options set to medium:

  • 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)

Here are the recommended specs for use with Ray Tracing enabled:

  • 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

Minimum Specifications

Here are the minimum specs needed to play Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War:

  • 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

Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War will feature both RTX Shadows and Ambient Occlusion to liven up the game world. Luckily, the game also supports DLSS, which means that those of you with weaker GeForce RTX cards can enable these ray-tracing effects with less of a performance hit.

Other technical features include NVIDIA Reflex for decreased latency, as well as support for both ultrawide monitors and multi-monitor setups.

Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War will be released for PC (Battle.net) and consoles on November 13.

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