Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2 is out on all platforms, including the Playstation 5, Xbox Series X, and PC. Fans of the series are jumping in to try it out on their rigs to see how the game fairs in terms of performance, net code, and overall enjoyability.

This guide will help you find out the best graphics settings for consoles while playing MW2 for maximum performance and visibility.

Best Graphics Settings in MW2 For Performance & Visibility

The most important thing you need to figure out if you are struggling with performance in Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2 or if you want to extract every ounce of competitive advantage from the game, is your graphics settings.

There are a lot of eye candy options that can be turned off to improve the overall visibility and performance in-game. We will be going over all of these settings in detail, for both the PS5 and the Xbox Series X.

Quick Settings

First, let’s talk about the consoles and tell you about all the major improvements with this year’s COD installment. Infinity Ward has introduced a new feature with Modern Warfare 2 where players can add their most frequently-changed settings to an entirely separate menu for ease of access. This menu is called Quick Settings.

To add any setting to it, simply press Triangle after highlighting that setting and it should get added to the Quick Settings menu. Here, you can keep settings like your controller sensitivity sliders, FOV sliders, and Stick Layout Presets for ease of access.

Graphic Settings

Taking a look at the graphics settings on the consoles, certain visual options add a lot of flare to your game but end up tanking some performance or affecting the enemy visibility. We are going to explain what each setting does and whether you should turn it on or off.

On-Demand Texture Streaming

This setting allows your console to stream high-quality textures on-the-fly by downloading them whenever needed. Not only does this affect your bandwidth in some cases, but it also tanks a lot of performance as well. We suggest keeping this OFF.

World & Weapon Motion Blur

These settings correspond to the amount of motion blur you see around your weapon and the world. Playing with motion blur enabled can look a bit cinematic at times but most people find it difficult to track targets with it. We recommend keeping both of these OFF.

Film Grain

Another cinematic setting that has no real advantage when turned on except for making the screen look a bit more grainy and not overly sharpened. Turn it OFF to ensure that your game is always looking crisp and clean.

Depth of Field

Objects further away from your screen become blurry, creating an effect where your weapon is always in focus. This looks nice in campaign games but in multiplayer, we suggest turning this OFF to maintain clear visibility at all ranges.

FidelityFX CAS

AMD has implemented this new tech for consoles. Turning it ON will further improve the sharpness of your game. There is a separate slider under the setting to adjust the strength of the sharpness. Turn this setting on and experiment with the slider until you find a value that perfectly suits your screen.


Playstation &  Xbox players can now play Call of Duty MW2  at 120 FOV! This is a major win for a lot of players for whom 60 FOV was not enough. You can set it anywhere between 60 to 120 and even specify whether you want the same FOV settings for ADS and Non-ADS aim modes.

More Field of View is always better as it allows you to gather more info, especially now that the game also has a Third Person Mode.

How to Fix Lag in Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2 on PC?

You can fix the lag in Call of Duty MW2 by making sure that your system fulfills the minimum and recommended system requirements. Also, download the latest video drivers from Nvidia or AMD to ensure a smooth experience all around.

Minimum System Requirments

Here are the minimum system requirements you need to have to play COD MW2 @1080p60fps on Low Settings.

  • OS: Windows 10 – 64 Bit (latest update) 
  • Processor: Intel Core i5-3570 or AMD Ryzen 5 1600X 
  • Memory: 8 GB RAM 
  • Graphics: NVIDIA GTX 960 or AMD RX 470 
  • DirectX: Version 12 
  • Storage: 25 GB

Recommended System Requirments

Here are the minimum system requirements you need to have to play COD MW2 @1080p60fps on High Settings.

  • OS: Windows 10 – 64 Bit (latest update) 
  • Processor: Intel Core i7-4770K or AMD Ryzen 7 1800X 
  • Memory: 16 GB RAM 
  • Graphics: NVIDIA GTX 1060 or AMD RX 580 
  • DirectX: Version 12 
  • Storage: 25 GB

Wrapping Up

Now you can jump into MW2 and ensure you have the best possible game settings for performance. Enjoy!

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