'Call of Duty: Black Ops 4' Preload Times, PC Requirements & Pre-Release Info

Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 releases Oct. 12, so Treyarch has detailed all the major info you should know heading into launch. Here's the latest news on preloads, PC system requirements and day-one updates.

When can you preload 'Call of Duty: Black Ops 4?'

Those who pre-order Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 before Oct. 12 will have the option of preloading the game. Here are the times worth knowing on all platforms.

  • PS4/Xbox : 12 a.m. local time Oct. 10
  • PC : 12 a.m. EDT Oct. 9

Some reports have also surfaced suggesting Xbox preloads are available now. In order for the preload and post-launch installation to work properly, players are advised to have about 112GB of free space on their hard drives. The basic preload file size is around 45GB, but a hefty day-one patch means you'll need more than that.

Black Ops 4 Blackout preload times
Once your 'Call of Duty: Black Ops 4' download is 30 percent complete you'll be able to play Blackout battle royale. Treyarch/Activision

'Call of Duty: Black Ops 4' PC Requirements

If you're playing Black Ops 4 on PC, here are the recommended and minimum specs necessary to get the job done:

Minimum

  • OS: Windows 7 64-bit or later
  • CPU: Intel Core i3-4340 / AMD FX-6300
  • RAM: 8GB GPU: Nvidia GeForce GTX 660 2 GB / GTX 1050 2GB or AMD Radeon HD 7850
  • HDD: 55GB HD space
  • DirectX: Version 11.0 compatible video card or equivalent
  • Network: Broadband Internet connection
  • Sound Card: DirectX Compatible

Recommended

  • OS: Windows 10 64-bit
  • CPU: Intel i5-2500K / Ryzen R5 1600X
  • RAM: 12GB GPU: Nvidia GeForce GTX 970 / GTX 1060 6GB or AMD Radeon R9 390 / AMD RX 580
  • HDD: 55GB HD space
  • DirectX: Version 11.0 compatible video card or equivalent
  • Network: Broadband Internet connection
  • Sound Card: DirectX Compatible

Day-One updates

As suggested above, Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 has a massive day-one update that should install shortly after your preload has finished. Its size is about 50GB on PS4 and 55GB on Xbox One. In other words, you'll basically have to install the full game twice before unlocking the finished experience. When downloads are 30 percent complete you'll have the option to play Blackout, but doing so will likely decrease the download speed for the rest of the package.

That's all there is to know about Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 heading into launch. We'll post another article regarding release times later in the week.

Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 comes to PS4, Xbox One and PC Oct. 12.

What's your take on preloads and Black Ops 4's huge day-one update? Are you downloading it now? Tell us in the comments section!