Call of Duty: Black Ops

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Call of Duty: Black Ops
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Multiplayer Certain Affinity
Nerve Software
Pi Studios
macOS (OS X) Aspyr Media
OS X Aspyr Media
IW 3.0
Release dates
Windows November 9, 2010
macOS (OS X) September 27, 2012
Call of Duty: Black Ops guide at StrategyWiki
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Key points

Windows and OS X versions cannot play online with each other and are sold separately on Steam.

General information

Official Call of Duty series site
Call of Duty Wiki - A detailed wiki for every Call of Duty game made.
Steam Community Discussions for Windows version
Steam Community Discussions for OS X version


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
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macOS (OS X)
Mac App Store
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Includes the First Strike DLC.
macOS (OS X)
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Includes the First Strike DLC.
macOS (OS X)
All Windows versions require Steam DRM.
Windows and OS X versions are sold separately and cannot play online together.[1]

Downloadable content (DLC) and expansions

Name Notes
First Strike Included with the macOS version of the game.
macOS (OS X)
Escalation Windows only.
Annihilation Windows only.
Rezurrection Windows only.
Rezurrection Mac Edition OS X version of Rezurrection.
macOS (OS X)
Annihilation & Escalation Bundle - Mac Edition OS X versions of Escalation and Annihilation.
macOS (OS X)

Essential improvements[edit]

Black Ops Advanced Config Tool[edit]

Allows more control over graphics options and settings. Download here.

Raising frame rate cap[edit]

Enter the config for single or multiplayer and change the 'seta com_maxfps' from the default 85 to raise the fps cap in the game.

Skip intro videos[edit]

Go to <path-to-game>\main\video then delete default.bik and treyarch.bik

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\players
macOS (OS X)
Linux (Proton) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/42700/pfx/[Note 1]

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\players\save
macOS (OS X)
Linux (Proton) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/42700/pfx/[Note 1]

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
Steam Cloud

Video settings[edit]

Field of view (FOV)[edit]

Modify FOV using the config[citation needed]
  1. Locate the config file in <path-to-game>\players
  2. Open the config file with a Notepad editor.
  3. Find the line bind W "+forward" and change it to bind W "+forward;cg_fov XX" where XX is your desired horizontal field of view (e.g. bind W "+forward;cg_fov 90").
  4. Save the file and exit the editor.

Now, everytime you walk forward, your desired FOV is applied; you will notice this once in every new level with your first step forward.

You don't need to set the config file to read-only.

Input settings[edit]

Audio settings[edit]

Audio options Native Notes
Separate volume controls
Surround sound
Under Game settings.
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
It mutes most of the sounds, but not all of them.


Language UI Audio Sub Notes
Only available in Japanese retail release.
Retail CD Key gives subscription exclusive to single language.[4]
Only available in Polish retail release.
Retail CD Key gives subscription exclusive to single language.[5]
Retail only. Patch for digital release here.
To enhance sound quality download DSOAL and put into the game folder.


Windows and macOS players cannot play with each other.

Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
Local play
LAN play
Versus, Co-op
Supported but requires an internet connection for Steam authentication.[6] Co-op is Zombies mode.
Online play
18 Versus, Co-op
Co-op is Zombies mode.

Connection types

Type Native Notes
Servers must be rented from GameServers.[7]
Direct IP
Open the console (~) and use /connect followed by the IP.[8]


Protocol Port(s) and/or port range(s)
TCP 3074, 27014-27050
UDP 3074, 3478-4380, 27000-27030
Universal Plug and Play (UPnP) support status is unknown.

VR support[edit]

3D modes Native GG3D Notes
Native 3D
Nvidia 3D Vision
TriDef 3D
Devices Native Notes
3RD Space Gaming Vest
Novint Falcon

Issues fixed[edit]

TweakGuides has created a comprehensive guide for fixing issues in this game. It can be found here.

Other information[edit]


Technical specs Supported Notes
64-bit executable

System requirements[edit]

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) XP Vista, 7
Processor (CPU) Intel Core 2 Duo E6600
AMD Phenom X3 8750
Intel Pentium Dual Core E6500 2.93 GHz
AMD Phenom II X2 560
System memory (RAM) 2 GB 3 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 12 GB
Video card (GPU) Nvidia GeForce 8600 GT
ATI Radeon X1950 Pro
256 MB of VRAM
Nvidia GeForce GTS 240
ATI Radeon HD 4850
macOS (OS X)
Minimum[9] Recommended
Operating system (OS) 10.8.5
Processor (CPU) Intel Core 2 Duo 2.4 GHz Intel Quad Core
System memory (RAM) 4 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 15 GB
Video card (GPU) Nvidia GeForce GT 640M
ATI Radeon HD 3870
Intel HD Graphics 5000
512 MB of VRAM
ATI Radeon HD 5750
1 GB of VRAM
PowerPC Processors (G4 and G5) are not supported.
The following chipsets are not supported: Nvidia GeForce 7, 8 and 9 series, 100 series, 300M series, ATI Radeon X1000 series, HD 2000 series, HD 4670, HD 6490, HD 6630, Intel GMA (950/X3100), HD Graphics 3000 and 4000.
This game is not supported on volumes formatted as Mac OS Extended (Case Sensitive).


  1. 1.0 1.1 File/folder structure within this directory reflects the path(s) listed for Windows and/or Steam game data (use Wine regedit to access Windows registry paths). Games with Steam Cloud support may store data in ~/.steam/steam/userdata/<user-id>/42700/ in addition to or instead of this directory. The app ID (42700) may differ in some cases. Treat backslashes as forward slashes. See the glossary page for details.