As the game could reach almost 100GB of file size for console players, Activision has acted accordingly and have given players over a week to get their downloads finished.
Here's what you need to do to download your game as fast as possible!
Pre-Load Date And Time
Pre-load times are as follows:
- PlayStation 4: November 5th at 9 PM PT/5AM GMT
- Xbox One: November 5 at 9 PM PT/5AM GMT
- PC: November 10 at 10AM PT/6PM GMT
Next-gen consoles (PS5 and Xbox Series X) pre-load will be available on their launch dates.
Black Ops Cold War will take up 95GB on PS4 and 93GB on Xbox One.
On PC, the full game takes up 82GB, while the full game on Ultra graphics will require 125GB of room. The multiplayer portion requires just 35GB.
Black Ops Cold War requires at least 133GB of space on PS5 and 136GB on Xbox Series X.
The game will have "content packs" which contain specific game modes such as the Campaign, Zombies, Multiplayer and Dead Ops Arcade.
These can usually be uninstalled separately to allow you to save space and play the modes you want.
How To Pre-Load On PS4
Players can pre-load on PS4 on the 5th November, while the Series X and S will have to wait until the 13th November or 19th November (depending on when the console launches in your region).
Every single player that has pre-ordered a digital version of Black Ops Cold War can start pre-loading the game during these dates.
Simply head to the PSN Store, search for Black Ops Cold War, purchase the game and you should see a 'download' option.
How To Pre-Load On Xbox One And Series X/S
Players can pre-load on Xbox One on the 5th November, while the Series X and S will have to wait until the 10th November (when the console launches).
Simply head to the Xbox marketplace, search for Black Ops Cold War, purchase the game and you should see a 'download' option.
How To Pre-Load On PC
Black Ops Cold War is available exclusively on Battle.net.
Simply head to the Battle.net client, search for Black Ops Cold War, purchase the game and you should see a 'install' option.
Activision has confirmed that Black Ops Cold War complete with the campaign, multiplayer and zombies will be a 125GB download.
How To Download As Fast As Possible
Close All Games And Applications
It goes without saying that the more things you're using on your PC, console and mobile will slow down your update as these will take up bandwidth.
Some of these applications may even take priority over your update.
Be sure to close them down and ensure other people in your household aren't using them.
Put Your Console Into Rest Mode
When your console is turned on, it will constantly be using bandwidth to check for new messages, friend requests, and online notifications that get priority over updates.
If you put your console into Rest Mode, turn on automatic downloads or select ‘Stay Connected to the Internet’, the update should download much faster.
Move Your Console Closer To Your WIFI Router Or Use An Ethernet Cable
Using a wired connection is the best way to increase your download speeds for the update.
Ethernet cables use a direct connection to your router to ensure any connection issues stemming from the distance between your console and the router do not affect your internet stability.
If you don’t have an ethernet cable on hand, even just moving your console or setup closer to your WiFi router temporarily should help to quash any stability issues that may be causing a slow download.
Avoid Downloading The Update At Peak Times
This may be hard for those fans who want to play immediately, but scheduling your update so it downloads when fewer people are online trying to do the same should see your speed increase.
Restart Your Router
Sometimes, problems with download speeds are nothing to do with your console or PC, but instead with your WiFi.
If you frequently have problems with your internet even when not downloading huge updates, this may be the issue.
Unplugging your router and restarting your internet may solve your connection issues, albeit temporarily, for long enough for you to download the latest update.
Change Your DNS Settings
Other players have reported that changing your DNS settings can help improve download speeds.
If you go to ‘Network Settings’ and choose to set up your DNS manually, inputting the Primary DNS as 22.214.171.124 and the Secondary DNS as 126.96.36.199 will connect you using Google’s public DNS and help speed up your download.