The release of Season 3 Reloaded is just around the corner as Black Ops Cold War and Warzone enter the second half of the season. The update will feature a wealth of brand-new content ranging from new limited-time events, new Operators, weapons, maps, and so much more.
With so much included in the update, the size of the update may mean it might take a while for some players to download it which can be extremely annoying if you want to jump straight into the action.
Thankfully, there are some handy tips and tricks that could speed up the download process, giving you the best possible chance to get into the action at the earliest possible moment.
But how exactly do you speed up the download of the update? Follow these handy tips and tricks and you'll be dropping straight back into Verdansk and multiplayer in no time at all.
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Season 3 Reloaded Update Pre-Load
PlayStation players are beginning to pre-load the Season 3 update ahead of the start of the second half of the season.
The update is rolling out at a gradual pace so if you haven't received the cue to download it, it will appear soon.
Season 3 Reloaded Update Size
With PlayStation players able to download the update prior to other platforms, we can determine how big the update will be and how much space on the hard drive will be needed.
The update is around 11GB in size.
Season 3 Reloaded Update Time
So far, Activision has yet to confirm an exact time as to when the update will go live.
Based on previous updates, it's likely that it will go live at 5AM BST on May 19th for UK players.
Be sure to check back for all the latest information as soon as it's revealed.
How To Download Season 3 Reloaded Update On PS4 and PS5
PS4 players will be able to pre-load the update a few days before the update goes live.
If the download doesn’t begin automatically, press the ‘Options’ button on the controller when Warzone or Black Ops Cold War is highlighted, select ‘Check for Update’ to find the Season 3 Reloaded update, and wait for the download to commence.
For PS5 players, repeat the process if the download doesn’t begin automatically.
If you’re downloading Warzone or Black Ops Cold War for the very first time, you will be able to download the update along with the full game from the PlayStation Store for free.
How To Download Season 3 Reloaded Update On Xbox One and Xbox Series S|X
Xbox players are yet to be able to pre-load updates ahead of their respective release date, but there are still some handy tips and tricks that will guarantee the update will download as quickly as possible.
More often than not, updates for Warzone and Black Ops Cold War should begin to download automatically if ‘Instant On’ is activated.
If not, closing down the game and re-opening it will begin the download.
For those downloading either Warzone or Black Ops Cold War for the first time, head to the Xbox Store to download the update alongside the rest of the game.
How To Download Season 3 Reloaded Update On PC
Prior to starting the download, make sure that there is enough space on your hard drive.
Launching Battle.Net should cause the update to begin automatically.
If the update doesn’t start, close down the client and re-open it to start the download.
How To Download Season 3 Reloaded Update As Fast As Possible
Close All Games And Applications
When downloading an update of any kind, the more items that are open, the download speed will almost certainly slow down.
Some of the apps that are open may well be a higher priority than the update itself, further slowing it down.
Make sure all unnecessary apps and programs are closed down on the PC or console to download it as fast as possible.
Put Console Into Rest Mode
When the console is on, it constantly uses bandwidth to check for updates and any notifications from a variety of places.
By placing it into Rest Mode and turning on automatic downloads, the update should download at a much faster speed.
Move The Console Closer To WiFi Router Or Use An Ethernet Cable
One of the fastest ways to download the Season 3 Reloaded update is by connecting the console or PC to the router by using an ethernet cable.
The cable provides a direct connection to the router, meaning no outside interference can disrupt the download.
If you don’t have access to an ethernet cable, try and move the console or PC closer to the router to gain a slight increase in internet performance.
Avoid Downloading At Peak Times
Although everyone is desperate to jump straight back into the action as early as possible, downloading the update when fewer people are online will allow you to download quicker thanks to an increase in speed.
Restart Your Router
If you do experience problems with download speed, it may be worth considering restarting your router.
If you encounter issues when downloading other updates, it’s likely that a problem with your router is slowing you down.
Unplug or press the reset button on the back of the router could solve your issues long enough to download the update quickly.
Change DNS Settings
When downloading previous updates for Warzone and Black Ops Cold War, some players have reported that a change in DNS settings has improved their download speeds.
To change the DNS settings, enter the network settings of the console and choose to set up the DNS settings manually.
We used 126.96.36.199 as the Primary DNS and 188.8.131.52 as the Secondary DNS. This is Google’s public DNS and could help you download the Season 3 Reloaded update as fast as possible.