Call of Duty: Modern Warfare wants to eat 175GB of your hard drive

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare’s system requirements are now live on The next title in Activision’s famed franchise will launch on October 25, and if you want to be there on day one you best have – drumroll please – 175GB of disk space available for the game files. Crikey.

Compared to Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order’s system requirements released yesterday – which initially called for a whopping 32GB of RAM but has since been dropped to 16GB – Call of Duty: Modern Warfare’s specs list is rather tame. Even the recommended requirements spotted over at Charlie Intel (via Nibel on Twitter) are well within reach for many, with Nvidia’s GTX 970, one of the most popular cards of the Maxwell generation, just scraping by.

As for your PC’s brain, you can get by with a moderate Intel i5 or AMD Ryzen 5 chip with access to 12GB or more of system memory. If that’s a little much, minimum requirements are far more lax, with even Intel Core i3 chips from the Haswell days reportedly good to go alongside 8GB of memory.

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare will also launch as an Nvidia RTX title. While most Nvidia cards technically support ray tracing, you’ll want an RTX 20-series graphics card with dedicated silicon to really get the most out of the rendering tech.

But if that mammoth storage requirement is getting you down, or if you simply refuse to delete all of your holiday photos for a chance to play COD, don’t fret. SSD prices recently took a dive down to earth earlier this year and never really recovered, and some of the speediest drives going are now cheaper than ever. You can find the full list in our best SSD for gaming guide.

You can find the fill specs list below, or if you’d rather not scramble through your settings for specs, you can always head over to System Requirements Lab for the low-down on whether your gaming PC is ready to play or not.

Minimum specs

  • Operating System: Windows 7, 10 (64-bit)
  • CPU: Intel Core i3 4340 or AMD FX 6300
  • Graphics card: Nvidia GeForce GTX 670 / GTX 1650 or AMD Radeon HD 7950
  • Memory: 8GB RAM
  • Storage: 175GB available hard drive space

Recommended specs

  • Operating System: Windows 7, 10 (64-bit)
  • CPU: Intel Core i5 2500K or AMD Ryzen 5 1600X
  • Graphics card: Nvidia GeForce GTX 970 / GTX 1660 or AMD Radeon R9 390 / RX 580
  • Memory: 12GB RAM
  • Storage: 175GB available hard drive space

For the record, when Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 first launched it required just 80GBs of your precious disk space.

But with Red Dead Redemption 2 and Call of Duty: Modern Warfare both requiring over 150GBs of disk capacity – which I believe is entirely down to the hefty moustache textures required by both titles – the holiday season could be an absolute gold mine for SSD manufacturers.