Activision and Treyarch have announced the details of the Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 PC open beta test, including the PC system requirements for the upcoming shooter. COD: Black Ops 4 will become the first ever Call of Duty to launch exclusively through Blizzard's when it arrives on October 12th. If you want to join the fight, the COD BLOPS 4 open beta kicks off this coming Saturday, August 11th

Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 Minimum System Requirements

  • OS: Windows 7 64-bit
  • CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K 3.3 GHz or AMD FX-8320 3.5 GHz
  • RAM: 8 GB System Memory
  • GPU RAM: 2GB Video Memory
  • GPU: GeForce GTX 660 2GB or Radeon HD 7850 2GB
  • DX: DirectX 11
  • HDD: TBA (25GB in COD: Black Ops 4 PC Beta)

Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 Recommended System Requirements

  • OS: Windows 10 64-bit
  • CPU: Intel Core i7-4770K 3.5GHz or AMD Ryzen 5 1500X 3.5GHz
  • RAM: 12 GB System Memory
  • GPU RAM: 4GB Video Memory
  • GPU: Nvidia GeForce GTX 970 or AMD Radeon R9 390
  • DX: DirectX 11
  • HDD: TBA (25GB in COD: Black Ops 4 PC Beta)

Treyarch hasn't officially announced the game engine for Call of Duty: Black Ops 4, although the entire series is spun off the IW Engine (Infinity Ward Engine), which itself was originally based on id Tech 3. Each year, whichever Call of Duty developer is taking its turn builds upon the engine with new graphical effects and capabilities, passing it down to the next game. We're expecting much the same engine and performance as Call of Duty: WWII, which itself only offer minor advantages over Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare's IW 7.0 Next Gen game engine.

The long and the short of it is that COD BLOPS 4 will likely offer very similar performance to Call of Duty: WWII. The bonus is that Black Ops IV will have an open beta on PC, so if you're unsure then you can always test performance there.

So bearing that in mind, we know that Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 is going to be a fairly great looking game, albeit taxing on both RAM and VRAM. I ran into real issues running COD WWII with 8GB DDR3 RAM and basically had to close as many background processes as possible. 8GB RAM is suggested as the absolute minimum for COD: Black Ops IIII and Treyarch are almost assuredly saying that 6GB RAM flat-out won't run Black Ops 4.

Elsewhere, the system specs for Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 are much the same as Call of Duty: WWII. For low-resolution gamers, a simple 2GB VRAM video card such as the GeForce GTX 660 or Radeon HD 7850 will do, but those craving more stable performance, a native 1080p screen resolution, and higher graphics settings will benefit from using a GTX 970 or Radeon R9 390. If you're looking to max out Black Ops 4, something along the lines of a GeForce GTX 1060 6GB or Radeon RX 580 should do the job.

One final thing to bear in mind is that these specs for Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 come via the beta system specs. The system requirements may change between now and launch, while the beta is a cut-down 25GB portion of the game. We expect Black Ops IIII to be a very large download as COD: WWII was a 90GB install at launch.

As ever, remember you can always check out how well your PC can run Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 System Requirements here, where you can check benchmarking and performance from other users. Compare your graphics card to Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 GPU benchmark chart and we also have a Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 Frames Per Second system performance chart for you to check.