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‘Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War’ release date, file sizes: Exact pre-load times announced for PC, PS4, Xbox One

From the “Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War” launch trailer. | Photo credit: Call of Duty channel / YouTube screenshot

With just a week left before “Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War” officially arrives, Activision and Treyarch have announced the exact start times to pre-load the game on currently available platforms. Developers have also confirmed the day-one file sizes on every gaming system, and the official number is lower than previously rumored.

‘Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War’ release date, pre-loading details

The official release date of “Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War” is set on Friday, Nov. 13. But gamers who pre-ordered the digital edition of the game can start pre-loading it this week.

In a blog post, Activision confirmed that PlayStation 4 and Xbox One players can start the process on Thursday, Nov. 5, at 9 p.m. PT. Players on PC will have the same option starting on Tuesday, Nov. 10, at 10 a.m. PT exclusively through

Developers also announced that pre-loading “Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War” will be available for next-generation consoles as they arrive. That means it will begin on Nov. 10 for Xbox Series X/S and Nov. 12 for PS5. Note, however, that Sony’s worldwide launch is delayed by a week for all territories EXCEPT the United States, Japan, Canada, Mexico, Australia, New Zealand, and South Korea.

Official ‘Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War’ file sizes on consoles and PC

There was an earlier report claiming that the “Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War” file size at launch day will exceed 200GB. However, official pre-load information differs. The game will require the following free drive space: 95GB on PS4, 93GB on Xbox One, 133GB on PS5, and 136GB on Xbox Series X/S. PC players will only need 35GB if they only want the multiplayer, 82GB for the full game, and up to 125GB to enjoy the entire game in the “ultra graphics” setting.

While not at 200GB, these are still considerably high numbers for a single game. “Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War” developers, however, note that console players will have the option to remove some game mode packs to free up their disk space. “This content can be managed in-game through the ‘Account & Network’ section of the Settings menu,” Activision added.

Players should also keep in mind that these file sizes only include the “Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War” gameplay content available on day one. Post-launch updates could require extra storage space.

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