Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 Preload and PC Requirements Revealed

Call of Duty fans, we’re coming back full circle to one of the most talked-about releases of the year. Modern Warfare 3 is about to drop, and it’s time to get your game plan together. The clock’s ticking, so let’s get into the nuts and bolts of what you need to know, starting with preloading options and PC requirements.

Players who pre-purchase Modern Warfare III digitally on PC can preload the game ready at launch. Preloading will also be available for Campaign Early Access. Preloading for Campaign Early Access on PC begins on November 1 at 9 AM PT, with Early Access going live on November 2 at 10 AM PT. A direct sequel, Modern Warfare III, picks up right after the events of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare II.

Preloading for the game’s official launch, including Multiplayer and Zombies, begins on November 8 at 9 AM PT, with the full title going live on November 10 at 9 PM PT. The launch times map can be found below:

PC requirements

Minimum Requirements

  • OS: Windows 10 64 Bit (latest update)
  • CPU: Intel Core i5-6600 or AMD Ryzen 5 1400
  • RAM: 8 GB
  • Video Card: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960 or AMD Radeon RX 470
  • Storage: An SSD with at least 149 GB available


  • OS: Windows 10 64 Bit (latest update) or Windows 11 64 Bit (latest update)†
  • CPU: Intel Core i7-6700K or AMD Ryzen 5 1600X
  • RAM: 16 GB
  • Hi-Rez Assets Cache: Up to 32 GB
  • Video Card: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080Ti / RTX 3060 or AMD Radeon RX 6600XT
  • Video Memory: 8 GB
  • Storage: SSD with 149GB available space (78GB if COD HQ and Warzone are already installed)

Competitive / Ultra 4K Specifications

  • OS: Windows 10 64 Bit (latest update) or Windows 11 64 Bit (latest update)†
  • CPU: Intel Core i7-8700K or AMD Ryzen 7 2700X
  • RAM: 16 GB
  • Hi-Rez Assets Cache: Up to 64 GB
  • Video Card: NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 / RTX 4070 or AMD Radeon RX 6800XT
  • Video Memory: 10 GB
  • Storage: SSD with 149GB available space (78GB if COD HQ and Warzone are already installed)

Recommended Drivers for NVIDIA/AMD

  • NVIDIA: 537.58
  • AMD: 23.10.2

Beenox has been hard at work, ensuring the PC version gets special attention. We’re talking over 500 customization options, 4K graphics, Ultrawide support, and loads of settings to tweak.

Don’t forget the importance of having the correct drivers for your NVIDIA or AMD video card to ensure smooth gameplay.

All in all, there’s quite a bit to consider as you prepare for Modern Warfare 3. You have options for preloading, whether it’s campaign early access or multiplayer. Then there are the PC requirements, ensuring you get the best possible experience.

So, jot down those preload times and double-check your PC specs. It’s better to be prepared than to miss out on this action-packed release.

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Jed Whitaker

Jed Whitaker began his digital odyssey at the age of ten. This passion not only led him to master countless titles but also to craft meticulous game guides, which quickly became indispensable resources for gamers worldwide. Marrying technical insight with personal anecdotes, Jed's contributions transcend mere gameplay, spotlighting the art, emotion, and profound stories woven within the fabric of the gaming universe.

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