Call of Duty: Black Ops III

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Call of Duty: Black Ops III
Call of Duty: Black Ops III cover
IW engine
Release dates
Windows November 6, 2015
Call of Duty: Black Ops III guide at StrategyWiki
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Key points

Features split-screen with multi-monitor support (one monitor per player).
Official modding tools and unranked dedicated servers available.[1][2]
By default, some settings are restricted depending on graphics card, but a fix is available here.
There may be some performance issues, but a fix is available here.

General information

GeForce Graphics Guide
Steam Community Discussions


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
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Contains 6 DVD's.
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All versions require Steam and Arxan Anti-Tamper DRM.

Version differences[edit]

The Zombies Deluxe Edition contains the base game, the Season Pass, The Giant Zombies Map, Zombies Chronicles and 3 Personalization Packs.
Call of Duty: Black Ops III - Multiplayer Starter Pack is a multiplayer-only version of the game that has limited content.

Downloadable content (DLC) and expansions

Name Notes
Season Pass
Awakening Included in the Season Pass.
Descent Included in the Season Pass.
Eclipse Included in the Season Pass.
The Giant Zombies Map Included in the Season Pass.
NUK3TOWN Bonus Map Originally a pre-order bonus, later made free.
Salvation Included in the Season Pass.
Zombies Chronicles

Essential improvements[edit]

Skip intro videos[edit]

Delete BO3_Global_Logo_LogoSequence.mkv found in <path-to-game>\video[3]

Make all settings available[edit]

Many graphics cards are able to handle high graphical settings, but by default the game hides/restricts some settings.
Edit config.ini[4]
  1. Go to the configuration file location.
  2. Open config.ini with your file editor of choice.
  3. Find the line RestrictGraphicsOptions and edit the value from 1 to 0.
  4. Save your changes.


If the game is installed in the default folder then you might need to run your file editor of choice as an administrator, or copy your config file to your desktop, make changes and replace original file.

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\players\
Linux (Proton) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/311210/pfx/[Note 1]

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\players\
Linux (Proton) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/311210/pfx/[Note 1]

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
Steam Cloud

Video settings[edit]

Video settings.
Video settings.
Advanced video settings.
Advanced video settings.
Gameplay video settings.
Gameplay video settings.
Graphics option Option WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
HUD and menu is stretched.
HUD and menu is stretched.
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
65-120° with 80º as default value.[6]
Borderless fullscreen windowed
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
Named as Texture Filtering in the options (Low = 2x, Medium = Per Material, and High = 16x)
Anti-aliasing (AA)
FXAA, SMAA (1x and Temporal 2x), Filmic SMAA (1x and Temporal 2x), and SSAA through Render Resolution option. SMAA T2X and Filmic SMAA options are disabled for SLI/Crossfire systems.
Vertical sync (Vsync)
Double buffered. See here for triple buffering.
60 FPS and 120+ FPS
240 FPS max in Multiplayer using in-game menu, unlimited by changing com_maxfps value to 0 in the config file or with in-game console while using any mod. Unlimited in Zombies and Single Player.[7]
Color blind mode

Triple buffering[edit]

Edit config.ini[citation needed]
  1. Go to the configuration file location.
  2. Open config.ini.
  3. Find the line BackbufferCount and edit the value from 2 to 3.
  4. Save your changes.

Input settings[edit]

Keyboard and mouse Native Notes
Mouse acceleration
Mouse sensitivity
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Controller support
Full controller support
Controller remapping
Only presets.
Controller sensitivity
Controller Y-axis inversion
Additional information
Button prompts
Natively supports both the Xbox One and the DualShock 4 controller without any 3rd party tools required.
Controller hotplugging
Haptic feedback
Simultaneous controller+KB/M
Aiming down sights using both causes camera to zoom in and out[8]

Audio settings[edit]

In-game audio settings.
In-game audio settings.
Audio options Native Notes
Separate volume controls
Master, Voice, Music, SFX Volume.
Surround sound
Subtitles option is available only when using English audio.
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost


Language UI Audio Sub Notes
Simplified Chinese
Traditional Chinese
Brazilian Portuguese
Lacks Latin American translation (available on console version). Only Castillan traduction is available.


Network settings.
Network settings.
Voice Chat settings.
Voice Chat settings.
Text Chat settings.
Text Chat settings.

Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
Local play
2 Co-op, Versus
LAN play
Online play
18 Co-op, Versus
Co-op is limited to 4 Players

Connection types

Type Native Notes
For Ranked matches.[5][9]
Unranked only[2]
Direct IP


Protocol Port(s) and/or port range(s)
TCP 27014-27050
UDP 3478, 4379-4380, 27000-27031, 27036
This game supports Universal Plug and Play (UPnP) for automatic port configuration.

Issues fixed[edit]


The game has some compatibility issues with older operating systems such as Windows 7 due to the outdated graphics stack (WDDM).
Change operating system[citation needed]
  1. Back up your files and programs.
  2. Go to Microsoft site .
  3. Select at will the type of transition to Windows 10.
  4. Upgrade to Windows 10 or reinstall from scratch.
  5. Download and install the latest drivers for your configuration, in particular the video card.
  6. Turn off the transparency of the desktop interface in the system settings in the personalization color section.
  7. You can also turn on the game mode in the system settings to ensure a higher priority of the game in automatic mode.
This action is the cornerstone of stability and smoothness of the gameplay, as Windows 10 has more advanced basic elements that the game requires.
The game does not take advantage off the entire VRAM amount available.
Edit config.ini[citation needed]
  1. Go to the configuration file location.
  2. Open config.ini.
  3. Find the line VideoMemory and edit the value from 0.75 or 0.90 to 1.
  4. Also check the parameter StreamMinResident and change its value if required from 1 to 0.
  5. Save your changes.
Also, the Game may unevenly load the processor on some configurations.
Edit config.ini[citation needed]
  1. Go to the configuration file location.
  2. Open config.ini.
  3. Find the line SerializeRender and edit the value from 0 to 2.
  4. Save your changes.
Perhaps this will cause a slight decrease in FPS, but will make it a stable and reduce the time frame, as will improve the responsiveness of management in general.
You can also disable the function of HPET which is a technology of high-precision timer in the motherboard.
This can sometimes cause performance problems.
Disable HPET[10]

Method 1:

  1. Tap on the Windows-key, enter cmd, right-click cmd.exe in the results listing and select to run the command prompt with administrative privileges.
  2. To enable HPET as the only timer run the command bcdedit /set useplatformclock true
  3. To disable HPET in Windows run the command bcdedit /deletevalue useplatformclock
  4. Restart your computer.

Method 2:

  1. Search "Device Manager" on your PC.
  2. Scroll down to "System Devices" and open the sub-menu.
  3. Scroll to "High Precision Event Timer" and click it.
  4. Click "Actions" at the top of the window, and from that pop-up menu, click "Disable".
  5. Restart your computer.

Game changes microphone gain at launch[edit]

Modify microphone gain ingame[11]
  1. Start up the game and open the menu, select OPTIONS and after select CHAT that has a headset icon.
  2. Change Voice Chat Record Level to your preferred microphone gain.

Game crashes on startup[edit]

Add anti-virus exclusion[12]
  1. If you have either AVG or AVAST, they are known to cause the game to crash.
  2. Add the entire installation folder to the exclusion list on either anti-virus to fix
For better result, need uninstall antivirus and disable built-in Windows Defender.

The game causes the hang of the entire system and the computer itself completely before rebooting.[edit]

Move the paging file[citation needed]
  1. Right Click Computer -> Choose Properties.
  2. Click Advanced System Settings.
  3. Performance Tab -> Click Settings.
  4. Advanced Settings Tab -> Virtual Memory -> Click Change.
  5. Uncheck Automaticaly manage page file.
  6. Clicking on disk will allow you to set paging file on any disk, except system.
  7. Set System managed size.
  8. Save you changes and reboot Windows.
In fact, this problem is mainly related to the use of a cheap and low-quality SSD disk based on the type of TLC memory or hard disk with errors.

Other information[edit]


Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 11
64-bit executable

System requirements[edit]

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 7 8, 8.1
Processor (CPU) Intel Core i3-530 2.93 GHz
AMD Phenom II X4 810 2.60 GHz
System memory (RAM) 6 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 100 GB
Video card (GPU) Nvidia GeForce GTX 470
AMD Radeon HD 6970
1 GB of VRAM
DirectX 11 compatible
Sound (audio device) DirectX Compatible
A 64-bit system is required.


  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>/311210/ in addition to or instead of this directory. The app ID (311210) may differ in some cases. Treat backslashes as forward slashes. See the glossary page for details.