The clock is ticking! (photo: Activision)

PC gamers around the world will soon be able to pre-download the full version A sense of duty: Modern Warfare 2, hours before its official launch.

The release of Modern Warfare 2’s multiplayer is imminent – ​​a week after some gained early access to the campaign – and it’s bringing a bunch of new featuresincluding new modes and a updated Armory system.

While the PlayStation and Xbox players had the option to preload the game a week earlier, PC gamers didn’t get the same treatment. Fortunately, you don’t have to wait long, as the game’s preload process will unlock quickly, giving you a day to prepare for its launch on Friday, October 28th.

Before downloading the whopping 72GB, you might also want to clean out your game library and say goodbye to some golden oldies first.

When can the Modern Warfare 2 preload start on PC?

If you’ve pre-ordered a digital copy of Modern Warfare 2 for PC, you’ll be able to start pre-loading the game so you’re ready to go when it launches.

Activision has confirmed that the pre-load for the game’s official launch, including multiplayer and special ops, will begin on October 26 at 18:00 BST. This date applies to you regardless of whether you purchased Modern Warfare 2 through or Steam.

Only a few hours left until the game’s worldwide release (Photo: Activision)

If you’re a PC player, you should already have early access to the game’s campaign, as it was unlocked on October 20th – just one day after its release on PlayStation and Xbox.

So if you haven’t figured it out, you still have time to jump in and complete the campaign only six hoursif you want to put in the effort… and maybe lose some sleep.

What are the system requirements for Modern Warfare 2 on PC?

If you’ve already equipped your PC with the latest hardware, you’ll be able to enjoy Modern Warfare 2’s high-end specs and play at high frame rates and 4K resolution.

You also don’t have to worry if you’re still messing around with old settings, as you’ll still be able to run the game comfortably at minimum specs without looking too tattered

PC Trailer Exceeds Fans’ Expectations – But Is It Realistic? (photo: Activision)

Judging by the campaign scenes and gameplay, the game looks very realistic, thanks in part to the high-tech facial motion capture, but whether you can achieve that level of gameplay in multiplayer is another matter entirely.

So here are the official PC requirements for Modern Warfare 2 according to Activision:

Operating system

  • Minimum: Windows 10 64 Bit (latest update)
  • Recommended/Competitive/Ultra 4K: Windows 10 64 Bit (latest update) // Windows 11 64 Bit (latest update)

Central processor

  • Minimum: Intel Core I3-6100 / Core I5-2500K OR AMD RYZEN 3 1200
  • Recommended: Intel Core I5-6600K / Core I7-4770 OR AMD RYZEN 5 1400
  • Competitors: Intel Core I7-8700K OR AMD RYZEN 7 1800X
  • Ultra 4K: Intel Core I9-9900K OR AMD RYZEN 9 3900X


  • Minimum: 8 GB
  • Recommended: 12 GB
  • Competitive/Ultra 4K: 16 GB

Storage space

  • Minimum/Recommended/Competitive/Ultra 4K: 72 GB at launch

Hi-Rez Asset Cache

  • Minimum/Recommended/Competitive: Up to 32 GB
  • Ultra 4K: Up to 64 GB

Hi-Rez Assets Cache is additional disk space that can be used to stream high-res assets. The option can be disabled in the game settings.

Video card

  • Minimum: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960 or AMD Radeon RX 470
  • Recommended: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 or AMD Radeon RX 580
  • Competitors: NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060Ti or AMD Radeon RX 5700 XT
  • Ultra 4K: NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 or AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT

Video memory

  • minimum: 2 GB
  • Recommended: 4 GB
  • Competitive: 8 GB
  • Ultra 4K: 10 GB

Recommended nvidia/amd drivers

  • NVIDIA: 516.59
  • AMD: 22.9.1

Activision also notes that while these specs will be valid at launch, they’re bound to change with future updates or possibly the addition of DLC.

For laptop users, 4K gaming is still quite difficult, as even the best of them often prefer lower resolutions and higher frame rates, given that 4K gaming is taxing even on desktop hardware.

Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 launches for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 5 and PC on Friday, October 28.

Email a comment below and follow us on Twitter.

MORE: Modern Warfare 2 multiplayer: release date, modes and new features

MORE: How to unlock safes in Modern Warfare 2 campaign missions

MORE: HassanAbi says Modern Warfare 2 is a “war crime simulator”.

Follow Metro Gaming further Twitter and email us at

To make it easier to send emails to your inbox and Reader’s features without having to send an email, just use our Add page materials here.

For more stories like this, check out our Gaming page.

Modern Warfare 2 multiplayer pre-load and system requirements for PC