Activision officially confirms Call of Duty: Vanguard PC system requirements, pre-load date and game size
Call of Duty: Vanguard is all set to hit PC, Xbox One, Xbox Series S|X, PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5 on November 05. Activision has now posted the hardware requirements for Call of Duty: Vanguard on PC and talked about its size on the platform. Additionally, those who have purchased a digital copy of the game can pre-load it via the Battle.net client starting on November 02, 10:00 PT.
The bare minimum system requirements for Call of Duty: Vanguard are surprisingly lax. One can get away with an eight-generation-old Intel Core i3-4340 or an AMD FX-6300 CPU and an Nvidia GeForce GTX 960 or an AMD Radeon RX 470 graphics card. Activision says that 2GB of VRAM should be enough to run the game, along with 8GB of system memory. Although not explicitly stated, the aforementioned configuration should ideally net you 30 FPS at 720p with all settings cranked to 'low'.
Things get iffy in the 'recommended' system requirements, especially on the CPU side of things. Call of Duty: Vanguard can apparently run fine on an ancient Intel Core i5-2500K and a more modern AMD Ryzen 5 1600X. On the graphics card side of things, an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060/AMD Radeon RX 580 or any graphics card with 4GB of VRAM will suffice. Lastly, the game requires 12GB of system memory. This should ideally get you 1080p, 60 FPS with a few adjustments in the settings.
Next up, we have the 'competitive' tier, presumably for people who want to focus more on the multiplayer aspect of Call of Duty: Vanguard. The requirements are a lot more demanding but still somewhat reasonable. One needs to run at least an Intel Core i7-8700K/AMD Ryzen 7 1800X CPU, a GeForce RTX 2070/RTX 3060 Ti/AMD Radeon RX 5700 XT graphics card and 16GB of RAM. One might have to sacrifice a little visual fidelity to push a few extra frames, which can make or break a game in a competitive environment.
Lastly, the 'ultra 4K' configuration calls for top-of-the-line hardware, such as an Intel Core i9-9900K/AMD Ryzen 9 3900X, GeForce RTX 3080/AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT. As its name suggests, the setting is for people who want to play Call of Duty: Vanguard with at 4K with the best visuals. While the game supports DLSS and FSR, raytracing seems to have been left out of the mix.
Unlike its predecessor, Call of Duty: Vanguard is relatively light on the hard drive. Without the single-player campaign, the game will take up a total of 36GB on your hard drive. People with extra storage to spare can earmark an additional 64GB of hard drive space for 'high res' textures, which will be streamed from the could. Otherwise, the game weighs in at 61GB, significantly lower than many modern-day AAA titles.