Best PC settings for CoD: Vanguard Beta


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Call of Duty: Vanguard’s Beta has finally arrived on PC, and to get the best possible gaming experience you’ll need to apply the best settings. Here are the best PC settings for Vanguard, regardless of your hardware.


Since cross play became the norm in Call of Duty, more and more players are switching to the PC version. It offers improved visuals, higher frame rates, and many more options to tweak.

By applying the right settings, you can find the perfect balance between visuals and frame rate. To get the most out of Vanguard’s PC beta, here are the settings you need to run, regardless of how powerful your hardware is.

CoD: Vanguard Beta System Requirements

Minimum advised
Operating system Windows 10 64-bit (1909 or later) Windows 10 64-bit (latest Service Pack)
CPU Intel Core i5-2500k or AMD Ryzen 5 1600X Intel Core i7-4770k or AMD Ryzen 7 1800X
RAM 8 GB 16 GB
GPU NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960 2 GB / GTX 1050Ti 4 GB or AMD Radeon R9 380 NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 8 GB / GTX 1660 6 GB or AMD Radeon RX Vega 56
Hard disk 45 GB of HD space 45 GB of HD space

Here are the minimum and recommended system requirements you will need to run the beta version of Call of Duty Vanguard. For minimum requirements, you only need a slightly more powerful platform than if you were to play Warzone or Cold War.

You’ll need a beefy enough PC to meet the recommended requirements, you’ll need an 8GB GTX 1070 to achieve a solid balance between frame rate and visuals.

How to update graphics drivers

Before diving into the Vanguard PC beta, we recommend that you check that your graphics drivers are up to date to ensure that your platform is performing at peak performance.

Here’s how to update your graphics drivers.

How to Update NVIDIA Graphics Driver

If you have an NVIDIA graphics card, the GeForce Experience app will do this for you.

  1. Download the GeForce experience via NVIDIA.com
  2. Open GeForce experience
  3. Select the ‘Drivers’ tab
  4. Click on “check for updates” in the upper right corner
  5. If an update is available, follow the steps

How to Update AMD Graphics Driver

If you have an AMD GPU, you can use Radeon settings to update your drivers.

  1. Right click on your desktop
  2. Select AMD Radeon settings
  3. Click the Home icon
  4. Click on “New Updates” at the bottom left
  5. Select “check for update”
  6. If an update is available, follow the steps

Best Vanguard graphics settings for low-end hardware

Call of Duty Vanguard Hotel Royal game

If you fall somewhere between the minimum and recommended settings for the Call of Duty Vanguard beta, you want to prioritize hitting at least 60 stable FPS.

Vanguard still looks great on low settings, and you’ll have a much smoother and more enjoyable time when you hit a decent frame rate.

These are the settings we recommend you use if you are using low-end hardware.

Display

  • Display mode: Full screen
  • To watch: Your primary gaming monitor
  • Refresh rate: The refresh rate of your monitor (for example 144)
  • Synchronize each image (V-Sync): Deactivated
  • Frame rate limit: Custom
    • Gameplay Custom Frame Rate Limit: The refresh rate of your monitor (for example 144)
    • Menu custom frame rate limit: 60
    • Reduced in-game custom frame rate limit: 15
  • NVIDIA Reflex Low Latency: Enabled
  • Display resolution: The resolution of your monitor (for example 1920 × 1080)
  • Display gamma: 2.2 (sRGB)
  • Focused mode: Deactivated
  • Opacity of focused mode: 0
  • Screen adapter: Your graphics card
  • Diffusion of textures on demand: Deactivated

You want to make sure that your framerate limit matches the refresh rate of your monitor. If you shoot images well above what your monitor can display, you may see the screen tearing.

Quality

Overall quality

  • Render resolution: 100
  • Target of use of VRAM: 80%

If your goal of using VRAM is too high, you might see stuttering and snagging. If this happens to you, keep lowering the target until you see smooth gameplay.

Details and textures

CoD Vanguard Low-End PC Settings
  • Texture resolution: Moo
  • Anisotropic texture filter: Average
  • Particle quality level: Average
  • Particle resolution: Moo
  • Bullet and spray impacts: Deactivated
  • Paving: Deactivated
  • Level of detail: Moo
  • Level of detail Distance Quality: Moo
  • Volumetric quality level: Moo

Shade and lighting

  • Shadow Map Resolution: Moo
  • Sun shadow cascades: Moo
  • Hide drop shadows: Deactivated
  • Slot cache size: Deactivated
  • Hide shadows from the sun: Deactivated
  • Quality of point shadows: Moo
  • Particle lighting: Average
  • Ambient occlusion: Deactivated
  • GTAO: Moo
  • Screen space reflection: Moo

Post-processing effects

  • Anti-aliasing: SMAA T2X
  • Film strength: 0

Normally we recommend that you have anti-aliasing turned off or the lowest setting, but Vanguard beta requires you to use SMAA T2X or Filmic SMAA T2X. Filmic may blur your game, so we recommend using the standard T2X.

And for film strength, you should always have this setting at 0. This adds unnecessary visual noise to your playing, making it unnecessarily worse.

Gameplay

  • Field of view: 95-105
    • ADS Field of View: Affected
  • Camera movement: Less (50%)
  • Global motion blur: Deactivated
  • Weapon motion blur: Deactivated
  • Depth of field : Deactivated

If you’re using low-end hardware, your FOV should be between 95-105. You’ll still enjoy seeing more people in front of you, but won’t suffer from the drop in performance.

And for other options like Motion Blur and Depth of Field, you should always turn them off.

Best Vanguard graphics settings for high-end hardware

Lucas Riggs fights in Call of Duty Vanguard

There’s no point spending hundreds or even thousands of dollars on the best gear if you aren’t going to take advantage of it. NVIDIA 20 and 30 series GPUs will be able to easily display high quality graphics and achieve high frame rates.

These are the settings we recommend you use if you are using high-end hardware.

Display

  • Display mode: Full screen
  • To watch: Your primary gaming monitor
  • Refresh rate: The refresh rate of your monitor (for example 165)
  • Synchronize each frame (V-Sync): Deactivated
  • Frame rate limit: Custom
    • Gameplay Custom Frame Rate Limit: The refresh rate of your monitor (for example 165)
    • Menu custom frame rate limit: 60
    • Reduced in-game custom frame rate limit: 15
  • NVIDIA Reflex Low Latency: Enabled
  • Display resolution: The resolution of your monitor (for example 2560 × 1440)
  • Display gamma: 2.2 (sRGB)
  • Focused mode: Deactivated
  • Opacity of focused mode: 0
  • Screen adapter: Your graphics card
  • Diffusion of textures on demand: Deactivated

You want to make sure that your framerate limit matches the refresh rate of your monitor. If you shoot images well above what your monitor can display, you may see the screen tearing.

Quality

Overall quality

  • Render resolution: 100
  • Target of use of VRAM: 90%

High-end hardware should handle a 90% VRAM usage target, but be sure to lower it if you start to stutter or snag.

Details and textures

Call of Duty Vanguard best high-end PC settings
  • Texture resolution: High
  • Anisotropic texture filter: Average
  • Particle quality level: Average
  • Particle resolution: Moo
  • Bullet impacts and sprays: At
  • Paving: Nearby only
  • Level of detail: High
  • Level of detail Distance Quality: High
  • Volumetric quality level: Moo

Shade and lighting

  • Shadow Map Resolution: High
  • Sun shadow cascades: Average
  • Hide drop shadows: At
  • Slot cache size: Average
  • Hide shadows from the sun: At
  • Quality of point shadows: Moo
  • Particle lighting: High
  • Ambient occlusion: Deactivated
  • GTAO: Average
  • Screen space reflection: Average

Post-processing effects

  • Anti-aliasing: SMAA T2X
  • Film strength: 0

Although Filmic SMAA T2X is the higher option, it will blur the game, so it should be avoided. And again, film strength should always be set to 0.

Gameplay

  • Field of view: 105-120
    • ADS Field of View: Affected
  • Camera movement: Less (50%)
  • Global motion blur: Deactivated
  • Weapon motion blur: Deactivated
  • Depth of field : Deactivated

If you’re using high-end hardware, you can probably boost your FOV up to 120 without suffering a significant performance impact. But, some gamers don’t like the way it distorts and shrinks the screen, so it might be slightly lower.

And for the other option like Motion Blur and Depth of Field, you still want to turn them off.

Call of Duty Vanguard Field of View Settings

Does Vanguard Beta have DLSS?

NVIDIA DLSS (Deep Learning Super Sampling) allows gamers with NVIDIA RTX graphics cards to get much more images at higher resolutions. DLSS sets your game to a lower resolution, increasing performance, but giving the appearance of high resolution.

DLSS is not available in Vanguard beta, but since it is available for both Warzone and Black Ops Cold War, it is should arrive with full launch.


And these are the best PC settings for Call of Duty: Vanguard’s Beta! More options and features should arrive with the full launch on November 5, we will therefore make sure to keep this guide up to date.

You can also check out the best PC settings for Warzone and Black Ops Cold War!

Image Credit: Activision / Sledgehammer Games

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