Treyarch’s Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 Blackout has finally been released. Their Battle Royale mode, Blackout, will definitely steal a lot of players from PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds and Fortnite. There’s also Multiplayer and Zombie game modes available.

Players always want to have the best possible performance settings for these Battle Royale games, as performance is everything in these kinds of games. You’ll want to use the most optimal settings, and we’ve got our take on that right here.

First and foremost, ensure that you meet the minimum system requirements for Call of Duty: Black Ops 4. If your system doesn’t meet these, optimizing your system won’t help – you still won’t be able to play the game ideally. It’s preferred that you also meet the recommended system requirements as well. Upgrade your PC if necessary.

Minimum System Requirements

  • OS: Windows 7, 8.1 or 10, 64-bit versions only
  • CPU: Intel i5-2500K 3.3GHz, or equialevent
  • RAM: 8GB
  • GPU: GeForce GTX 660, AMD Radeon HD 7850, or equivalent
  • HDD: 90GB available space required

Recommended System Requirements

  • OS: Windows 10 64-bit version only
  • CPU: Intel i7-4770K 3.5 GHz, or equivalent
  • RAM: 12GB
  • GPU: GeForce GTX 970 4GB, AMD Radeon R9 390, or equivalent
  • HDD: 90GB available space required

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    PC Settings

    If you’re playing Blackout on a laptop, make sure that the battery mode is set on “High Performance”. Also ensure that all your drivers are up-to-date, especially your GPU drivers as NVIDIA and AMD usually release new drivers ahead of these big launches.

    But if you have an NVIDIA graphics card, we recommend that you perform the following optimizations.

    1. Open the NVIDIA Control Panel and navigate to Manage 3D Settings
    2. Select the tab Program Settings and find Call of Duty: Black Ops 4. If you can not find it, click on Add and try to find it here. (try running the game first and close it down again if you can not find it)
    3. Set Maximum pre-rendered frames to 1
    4. Set Monitor Technology to G-SYNC (if applicable)
    5. Set Multi-Display/Mixed GPU Acceleration to Single display performance mode
    6. Set Power Management Mode to Prefer maximum performance
    7. Set Texture filtering – Quality to Performance
    8. Disable Vertical Sync
    9. Enable Threaded Optimization
    10. Set Preferred Refresh Rate to Highest available
    11. Apply the changes and navigate to Adjust desktop size and position
    12. Check the checkbox Override the scaling mode set by games and programs and click on Apply.

    Optimize Your Black Ops 4 Settings

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    Let’s start optimizing the game now. We’re aiming for 90 FPS on 1440p resolution with a GTX 1080. Please adjust accordingly.

    1. Launch Call of Duty: Black Ops 4.
    2. Open the graphics menu.
    3. Set Display Mode to Fullscreen.
    4. Set Display Resolution to your monitor’s native resolution.
    5. Set Render Resolution to 100.
    6. Set Vertical Sync to Off.
    7. Set Texture Quality to High.
    8. Set Special Effects Quality to Medium.
    9. Set Texture Filtering Quality to Medium.
    10. Set Model Quality to High.
    11. Set Screen Space Reflection to Off.
    12. Set Small Object Culling to Medium.
    13. Set Special Effects Shadows to On.
    14. Set Shadow Quality to High.
    15. Set Dynamic Shadows to All.
    16. Set Weapon Shadow to Off.
    17. Set Anti-Aliasing Quality to Medium.
    18. Set Ambient Occlusion Quality to Medium.
    19. Set Motion Blur to Off.
    20. Set Subsurface Scattering to On.
    21. Set Order Independent Transparency to Medium.

    Remember, these are our graphics settings. We used these to get 90FPS on 1440p with a GTX 1080.

    Disable Windows Update Delivery Optimization

    We need to disable Windows Update Delivery Optimization now. Follow these instructions:

    1. Open the Windows Start Menu and enter Windows Update settings and click on the search result for it.
    2. Click on Advanced Options
    3. Click on Delivery Optimization
    4. Ensure that Allow downloads from other PCs is off.

    Disable OneDrive

    We recommend that you disable OneDrive if you’re not using it. Right-click on the OneDrive icon on your taskbar and click on Exit.

    Optimizing Discord

    If you happen to use Discord, then ensure that you optimize it as well to boost your FPS in all games, including Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 Blackout, while Discord is running.

    1. Open Discord and go to the User Settings page
    2. Open the Appearance tab and uncheck Hardware Acceleration

    Optimizing Google Chrome

    You can also turn off hardware acceleration in Google Chrome so that background applications executed by Chrome do not consume too many resources when you’re playing.

    1. Open Google Chrome and go to the Settings page
    2. Scroll all the way down and click on the Advanced tab
    3. Again, scroll all the way down and make sure that Use hardware acceleration when available is turned off
    4. Relaunch Google Chrome and close it again

    Clean Your Temporary Files

    1. Press start and search after %localappdata% and press Enter
    2. Open the Temp folder
    3. Press CTRL + A to select all files in the folder
    4. Press the Delete button on your keyboard to delete these temporary files. Skip the ones it can not delete.
    5. Now empty your recycle bin

    You can also use CCleaner – the free version will do the trick.

    Restart your PC and enjoy an optimized gameplay of Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 Blackout!

    We also highly recommend that you invest some money in a better gaming monitor, gaming mouse and a proper gaming headset.

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