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Call Of Duty: Black Ops Cold War

Platform(s): PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X
Genre: First-Person Shooter
Publisher: Activision
Developer: Treyarch
Release Date: Nov. 13, 2020

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'Call Of Duty: Black Ops Cold War' (ALL) Multiplayer Beta Details, PC Requirements - Screens

by Rainier on Oct. 6, 2020 @ 2:29 p.m. PDT

A direct sequel to the original, fan-favorite Black Ops, and set in the early 1980s, Black Ops Cold War, drops players into the depth of the Cold War’s volatile geopolitical universe in a gripping experience where nothing is as it seems.

In addition to the story campaign, Black Ops Cold War will bring an arsenal of Cold War weapons and equipment into the next generation of Black Ops Multiplayer combat, and an all-new co-operative gameplay experience with Zombies.

In pure Black Ops style, Call Of Duty: Black Ops Cold War fuses elements of 1980s pop culture through a mind-bending conspiracy story, where deception and subterfuge are the norm in the gripping single-player Campaign. In this sequel to the original Call Of Duty: Black Ops, players encounter historic figures and learn hard truths as they battle around the globe through iconic locales like East Berlin, Turkey, Vietnam, Soviet-era Moscow, and more. As elite operatives, players attempt to stop a plot decades in the making as they follow the trail of a shadowy figure named Perseus, who is on a mission to destabilize the global balance of power and change the course of history. Beyond the Campaign, players will bring a wide selection of Cold War weapons and equipment into the next generation of Multiplayer combat and an all-new Zombies experience.

The title features cross-play support across current and next generation systems with cross progression across all modes. Call Of Duty: Black Ops Cold War will also offer a Battle Pass system and deliver a steady stream of free post-launch content, including multiplayer maps and modes, Zombies experiences along with a robust schedule of in-game community events.


Following the Alpha in Call of Duty on PS4, the community has another chance to experience the next generation of Multiplayer combat early before the official launch of Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War on November 13.

During the Beta, experience signature Black Ops combat across traditional 6v6 modes, the higher player count 12v12 Combined Arms, and a brand-new 40-player mode, Fireteam: Dirty Bomb. The Beta will feature a selection of the game’s Multiplayer maps set in distinct global locations during the Cold War. Players can progress and rank up in the Beta-specific levelling system where loadout items, including new weaponry, covert spy tech through Field Upgrades, and badass Scorestreaks can be unlocked by earning XP.

The Black Ops Cold War Open Beta will be free across all platforms, with players who pre-ordered digitally gaining early access.

Read on for details on pre-loading, downloading, schedule, and what’s included in the Black Ops Cold War Beta:

Open Beta Dates and Times: Time to Play

There are two weekends of the Black Ops Cold War Beta. Each “weekend” is scheduled to last a total of four days, with both play periods scheduled to begin on Thursday morning at 10 a.m. PDT and ending on Monday morning at 10 a.m. Follow @CallofDuty and @Treyarch for ‘live now’ announcements and any updates to the schedule.  

Weekend One (October 8 – October 12): PS4 Exclusive

The first Beta weekend is exclusively for PlayStation 4 owners, and is scheduled to run from Thursday, October 8 to Monday, October 12.

Early Access: Thursday, October 8 and Friday, October 9 are available to players who pre-ordered Black Ops Cold War digitally on PlayStation 4 or PlayStation 5.

Open Beta: The rest of the Beta period – Saturday, October 10, to Monday, October 12 – is free to all PS4 owners. If you have a PS4 and an internet connection, ready up for Black Ops combat and join in during the Open Beta.

Weekend Two: All Platforms (Crossplay)

The second Beta weekend is available on all three platforms, and it’s scheduled to run from Thursday, October 15 to Monday, October 19. As a complete connected experience, crossplay will be active allowing you to party up with friends and the greater community, no matter what they play on.

PS4: Regardless of whether you digitally pre-ordered the game or not, Weekend 2 is a free Open Beta for all PlayStation 4 owners.

Xbox and PC Early Access: Those who pre-ordered the game digitally on Xbox One, Xbox Series X, or PC via Blizzard Battle.net can begin playing the Beta on Thursday, October 15 and on Friday, October 16. Xbox Live Gold is required for Xbox players, and PC players are required to have a Battle.net account.

Xbox and PC Open Beta: The rest of the weekend, from Saturday, October 17 to Monday, October 19, is accessible to Xbox and PC players regardless of pre-order status. Now, everyone in the Call of Duty community can hop on and play together.

PC System Requirements

 PC Beta Minimum SpecificationsPC Beta Recommended Specifications
OSWindows 7 64-Bit (SP1) or Windows 10 64-Bit (1803 or later)Windows 10 64 Bit (latest Service Pack)
CPUIntel Core i5 2500k or AMD equivalent.Intel Core i7 4770k or AMD equivalent
VIDEONvidia GeForce GTX 670 2GB / GTX 1650 4GB or AMD Radeon HD 7950.Nvidia GeForce GTX 970 4GB / GTX 1660 Super 6GB or AMD Radeon R9 390 / AMD RX 580
RAM8GB RAM16GB RAM
HDD45GB HD space45GB HD space
NETWORKBroadband Internet connectionBroadband Internet connection
SOUND CARDDirectX Compatible
Requires DirectX 12 compatible system
DirectX Compatible
Requires DirectX 12 compatible system

What’s Inside the Beta

The Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War Beta will feature a mix of maps, modes, and playlists. Similar to past Betas, the Black Ops Cold War Beta will also include a progression system where players can earn XP in order to unlock new content for their loadouts including weapons, equipment, Create-a-Class slots, and Scorestreaks.

Expect frequent updates and a few surprises to take place within the Beta across both weekends and stay tuned to official Call of Duty and Treyarch channels for specific details.

Earn an SMG Weapon Blueprint for Reaching Level 10

All players who reach Level 10 within the Beta will receive an SMG Weapon Blueprint at the launch of Black Ops Cold War.

A Weapon Blueprint is a variant of a weapon family within the game, complete with its own unique name and cosmetic differences. Weapon Blueprints may also come pre-equipped with attachments, allowing you to use them on that specific weapon without needing to level it up to unlock those attachments organically. These attachments can be swapped out in favor of other attachments earned by levelling up the weapon normally.

Access the Beta

As mentioned through the schedule, digital pre-order customers will be entitled to early access (Thursday and Friday) through their account on which they purchased the game. All other players can still access the open portion of the Beta (Saturday through Monday) for free.

Download the Beta from your platforms respective first-party store and follow the prompts to download. On PC (Week Two), the Black Ops Cold War Beta can be found under “Partner Games”.

Pre-load Information

Prior to the beginning of each weekend, all players will be able to pre-load the Beta.

PlayStation 4 (Week 1 and 2): Pre-load the Beta starting on October 6 at 8 a.m. PDT.

Note: If you are on PlayStation 4 and pre-load or download the Beta during its first weekend, you do not need to redownload it for the second weekend. Also, players can delete the Alpha, as the Beta is a completely different file and requires a new download.

Xbox and PC (Week 2): Pre-load the Beta starting on October 13 at 8 a.m. PDT.

Pre-Order Now on Digital and get Early Access

Pre-order players can secure early access to the Open Beta and receive instant rewards like the Woods Operator Pack for immediate use in Modern Warfare and Warzone.

Multiple options for the game are available to choose from, including the Standard Edition, Cross-Gen Bundle Edition or Ultimate Edition. All digital editions come with early access to this Open Beta.

Black Ops Cold War will also support and build on the hit, free-to-play experience Call Of Duty: Warzone. Black Ops Cold War includes shared progression features with Warzone, adding brand new inventory items that can be used in both Black Ops Cold War and Warzone. Warzone players will still have access to all of their Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare content, including Operators and Weapon Blueprints previously earned.

Starting today, fans who pre-order or pre-purchase select digital versions of Call Of Duty: Black Ops Cold War will instantly unlock digital rewards, including Black Ops Operator Frank Woods for play in Call Of Duty: Warzone and Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare now, and receive early access to the Call Of Duty: Black Ops Cold War Multiplayer Open Beta. Open Beta dates to be announced soon. For further pre-order and pre-purchase information and the full list of digital retail options and next generation bundle offerings, please visit here.

Call Of Duty: Black Ops Cold War is scheduled for release globally November 13th for PS4, Xbox One, and PC on Battle.net, while PS5 and Xbox Series X versions are scheduled for release Holiday 2020, depending on when consoles are available to consumers.


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