PC players around the world will soon be able to pre-load the full version of Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, a few hours ahead of its official launch.
The release of Modern Warfare 2’s multiplayer is imminent – a week after some got early access to the campaign – and it’s bringing with it a bunch of new features, including new modes and a revamped Gunsmith system.
While PlayStation and Xbox players had the luxury of pre-loading the game a week early, PC players didn’t get the same treatment. Luckily, you don’t need to wait much longer, as the game’s pre-load process will unlock soon, giving you a day to prepare before it launches on Friday, October 28.
Before you go through with the hefty 72GB download, you might also need to clean out your game library and say goodbye to some golden oldies first.
When can you start pre-loading Modern Warfare 2 on PC?
If you’ve pre-ordered a digital copy of Modern Warfare 2 for PC you’ll be able to start pre-loading the game so that you’re ready to go the moment it launches.
Activision has confirmed that pre-loading for the game’s official launch, including multiplayer and Special Ops, will kick off on October 26 at 6pm BST. This date applies to you whether you purchased Modern Warfare 2 through Battle.net or Steam.
If you’re a PC player, you should already have early access to the game’s campaign, as it unlocked on October 20 – only a day after it went live on PlayStation and Xbox.
So, if you hadn’t realised, you still have time to jump in and finish the campaign in just six hours, if you’re willing to put in the effort… and possibly lose some sleep.
What are the system requirements for Modern Warfare 2 on PC?
If you’ve already decked out your PC setup with the latest hardware, you should be able to enjoy Modern Warfare 2’s ultra-specs and play at a high frame rate and 4K resolution.
You also don’t need to worry if you’re still pushing through with an old setup, as you’ll still be able to run the game comfortably with minimum specs, without it looking too shabby.
Judging from the campaign cut scenes and gameplay, the game looks very realistic, in part thanks to its high-tech facial motion capture, but whether you’ll be able to achieve that level of gameplay in multiplayer is an entirely different matter.
So, here are the official PC requirements for Modern Warfare 2, according to Activision:
- Minimum: Windows 10 64 Bit (latest update)
- Recommended/Competitive/Ultra 4K: Windows 10 64 Bit (Latest Update) // Windows 11 64 Bit (latest update)
- Minimum: Intel Core I3-6100 / Core I5-2500K OR AMD RYZEN 3 1200
- Recommended: Intel Core I5-6600K / Core I7-4770 OR AMD RYZEN 5 1400
- Competitive: Intel Core I7-8700K OR AMD RYZEN 7 1800X
- Ultra 4K: Intel Core I9-9900K OR AMD RYZEN 9 3900X
- Minimum: 8 GB
- Recommended: 12 GB
- Competitive/Ultra 4K: 16 GB
- Minimum/ Recommended/Competitive/Ultra 4K: 72GB at launch
Hi-Rez Assets Cache
- Minimum/ Recommended/Competitive: Up to 32 GB
- Ultra 4K: Up to 64 GB
Hi-Rez Assets Cache is optional disk space that can be used to stream high-resolution assets. The option can be turned off in the game’s settings.
- Minimum: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960 or AMD Radeon RX 470
- Recommended: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 or AMD Radeon RX 580
- Competitive: NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060Ti or AMD Radeon RX 5700 XT
- Ultra 4K: NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 or AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT
- Minimum: 2 GB
- Recommended: 4 GB
- Competitive: 8 GB
- Ultra 4K: 10 GB
Recommended Drivers of NVIDIA/AMD
- NVIDIA: 516.59
- AMD: 22.9.1
Activision also notes that although these specs will be valid for launch, they’re bound to change with future updates, or possibly with the addition of DLC.
As for laptop users, 4K gaming is still rather difficult, as even the best ones often prioritise lower resolutions and higher frame rates, given that gaming at 4K is taxing even on desktop hardware.
Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 launches for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 5, and PC on Friday, October 28.
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