Best Settings For Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War

Win more games in the multiplayer and warzone modes of Call of Duty: Black Ops Black War by using the best settings for the game and optimize your gameplay.

You’re probably reading this guide because Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War is not running properly on your computer. You’re not alone.

People are still reporting lag and stuttering issues, so we’ve created this settings guide to help you get the best out of Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War and increase your performance.

The optimizations work on all game modes, including Multiplayer, Warzone and Zombies.

You’ll get a higher FPS, better overall performance and many distracting features will be removed or reduced.

Let’s get started with the best optimization possible.

Call of Duty Black Ops Cold War Best Settings

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Update Your GPU Drivers

Before big game releases, Nvidia and AMD often release driver updates that fix crashes, FPS issues and more. That’s certainly the case for Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War as well.

Therefore, we highly recommend that you check whether or not your GPU drivers are updated.

Updating your GPU drivers is the first step. There’s often an update available when AAA games release or go into open beta.

To update your GPU drivers, open AMD Radeon Software (For AMD GPUs) or NVIDIA GeForce Experience (for NVIDIA GPUs) and check for any updates. If there is an update available, download and install it.

Call of Duty Black Ops Cold War Nvidia GeForce Game Ready Driver

When the download is complete, simply click on the green Express Installation. Once it’s finished installing, you’re good to go.

Best Keyboard & Mouse Settings For Black Ops Cold War

Let’s get started with in-game optimization.

  1. Open Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War
  2. Click on Settings at the bottom left
  3. Make sure that you’re in the Aim tab, under Keyboard & Mouse
  4. If you’ve played Call of Duty: Modern Warfare (either Multiplayer or Warzone), then go ahead and choose the same Mouse Sensitivity settings value as you used there; it’s the same here and you don’t want all the muscle training for that sensitivity to be wasted. We recommend that you set Mouse Sensitivity to 7.50 if you have a DPI of 450
  5. Set ADS Sensitivity Multiplier (Low Zoom) to 1
  6. Set ADS Sensitivity Multiplier (High Zoom) to 1
  7. Set Vehicle Mouse Sensitivity Multiplier to 1
  8. Set ADS Sensitivity Transition Timing to Gradual
  9. Set Invert Vertical Look to Disabled
    Call of Duty Black Ops Cold War Mouse Sensitivity
  10. Under the Advanced section, set Vertical Sensitivity Multiplier to 1
  11. Set ADS Mouse Sensitivity Mode to Relative
  12. Set Monitor Distance Coefficient to 1.33
  13. Set Mouse Acceleration to 0
  14. Set Mouse Smoothing to Disabled
  15. Set Mouse Filtering to 0
    Call of Duty Black Ops Cold War Advanced Mouse Sensitivity Settings

Now with the aiming settings out of the way, let’s move on to the gameplay settings.

  1. Click on the Gameplay tab
  2. Set Crouch Behavior to Toggle
  3. Set Prone Behavior to Toggle
  4. Set Sprint Behavior to Toggle
  5. Set Walk Behavior to Hold
  6. Set Airborne Mantle Behavior to Automatic
    Call of Duty Black Ops Cold War Movement Settings
  7. Under the Weapons Equipment section, set Aim Down Sight Behavior to Hold
  8. Set Equipment Behavior to Hold
  9. Set Steady Aim Behavior to Toggle
  10. Set Armor Behavior to Apply One
  11. Set Interact Behavior to Tap
    Call of Duty Black Ops Cold War Weapons and Equipment Settings
  12. Under the Vehicles & Scorestreaks section, set Attack Vehicle Control Mode to Alternate
  13. Set Transport Vehicle Control Mode to Alternate
  14. Set Free Look Activation to Always Enabled
  15. Set Automatic Camera Recenter to Enabled (Short Delay)
    Call of Duty Black Ops Cold War Vehicles and Scorestreaks Settings
  16. Under the Overlays & Shortcuts section, set Map Behavior to Toggle
  17. Set Scoreboard Behavior to Hold
  18. Set Danger Ping Behavior to Double Tap
    Call of Duty Black Ops Cold War Overlays and Shortcuts
  19. Under the Advanced section, set Auto Sprint to Disabled
  20. Set Sprint Cancels Reload to Disabled
  21. Set Parachute Auto Deploy to Enabled
  22. Set Mouse Wheel Input Delay to 80
  23. Set Weapon Switch Wraparound to Enabled
  24. Set Depleted Ammo Weapon Switch to Enabled
  25. Set Change Zoom Shared Input to Melee
  26. Set System Key Behavior to Game (you don’t want to accidentally hit that pesky Windows key by accident)
    Call of Duty Black Ops Cold War Advanced Gameplay Settings

The default keybinds are fine for most people, but if you want to use the same keybinds as shroud, then look at the table below.

Crouch/SlideLeft CTRL
Sprint/Steady AimLeft SHIFT
Lethal EquipmentMiddle Mouse Button
Tactical EquipmentQ
Field UpgradeX
Melee/Change ZoomCaps Lock
Change StanceC

Best Graphics Settings For Black Ops Cold War

And now comes the fun part – the graphics settings!

This is where you can really boost the performance of Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War on your PC.

  1. Make sure that you’re in the Graphics tab
  2. Set Display Mode to Fullscreen for the best performance
  3. Set Refresh Rate to the highest native refresh rate of your monitor. For example, if you have a 240Hz monitor, you should set it to 240Hz
  4. Set Gameplay V-Sync to Disabled
  5. Set Menu V-Sync to Disabled
  6. If you have the setting, set NVIDIA Reflex Low Latency to Enabled (Normal)
  7. Set Render Resolution to 100. If you still have performance issues after applying all the other performance optimizations, then this is the setting that you want to lower
  8. Set Aspect Ratio to Automatic
    CoD Black Ops Cold War Graphics Settings
  9. Under the Display section, set Field of View to 100 (having higher values will impact your FPS negatively)
  10. Set ADS Field of View to Affected to ensure that aiming down sights will not zoom in as much, making it easier to control your recoil
  11. Set Brightness to 50 or similar
  12. Set Framerate Limit to Custom
  13. Set Gameplay Custom Framerate Limit to your monitor’s maximum native refresh rate (for example 144 or 240)
  14. Set Menu Custom Framerate Limit to 60
    Call of Duty Black Ops Cold War Display Settings
  15. Under the Details & Textures section, set Texture Quality to Medium, or to Low if you are playing Warzone or if you have a GPU with a low amount of VRAM
  16. Set Model Quality to Low
  17. Set Special Effects Quality to Medium
  18. Set Screen Space Reflection to Low
  19. Set Object View Distance to Low
    Call of Duty Black Ops Cold War Details and Textures Settings
  20. Under the Shadow & Lighting section, set Volumetric Lighting to Low
  21. Set Shadow Quality to Low
  22. Set Dynamic Shadows to All, so you’ll be able to see enemy shadows for extra visibility
  23. Set Special Effects Shadows to Disabled
  24. Set Weapon Shadow to Disabled
    CoD Black Ops Cold War Shadow and Lighting Settings
  25. Under the Ray Tracing section (if you have it), set Ray Tracing Sun Shadows to Medium
  26. Set Ray Tracing Local Shadows to Disabled
  27. Set Ray Tracing Ambient Occlusion to Disabled
    Call of Duty Black Ops Cold War Ray Tracing Settings
  28. Under the Post Processing Effects section, set NVIDIA DLSS to Balanced or, if you don’t have that setting, set Anti-Aliasing Quality to Low
  29. Set Ambient Occlusion Quality to Low
  30. Set Motion Blur to Disabled, which will give you extra visibility when turning
  31. Set Subsurface Scattering to Disabled
  32. Set Order Independent Transparency to Disabled
    Call of Duty Black Ops Cold War Post Processing Effects Settings
  33. Under the Advanced section, set VRAM Usage Target to Default (80%)
  34. Set Display Gamma to Computer (sRGB) if you’re using a monitor or HDTV (rec.709) if you’re using a TV
  35. Set Display Adapter to your dedicated graphics card if the auto-select option does not automatically choose it for some reason
  36. Set CPU Priority Management to Manual
    Call of Duty Black Ops Cold War Advanced Graphics Settings

Best Audio Settings For Black Ops Cold War

We also suggest you improve the audio settings a bit to make sure they are properly optimized. Just follow these two magic steps:

  1. Make sure that you are in the Audio tab
  2. Set Audio Presets to Bass Boost

This will make footsteps, weapon fire and grenade sounds easier to hear than the default Treyarch Mix audio preset.

Best Interface Settings For Black Ops Cold War

You can improve the overall gameplay experience by adjusting some of the interface settings. Personally, we find the default settings to be fine, but you can always play around with these interface settings and adjust them as you see fit.

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