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How to fix the COD:Ghosts false PC system requirements

Call of Duty: Ghosts is finally out and is doing ever so well in the sales department as they have earned over $1 billion on release day. Despite its huge success in the cash flow department, Call of Duty: Ghosts has also been flagged as one of the most frustrating titles on release. Just check out the comment sections on "COD: Ghosts breaks records, but does it fail in the eyes of fans?" and "First Impressions: Battlefield 4 and COD: Ghosts" to understand the disappointment from fans.

A lot of the complaints have been caused by a flood of errors and false claims/demands from Infinity Ward. Today we will take a look at some of the false system requirements and attempt to resolve some outstanding issues from Call of Duty: Ghosts.  

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Questionable PC Requirements

The PC requirements for Ghosts has been quite a step up from its predecessor, Black Ops 2. At first it seemed rather understandable, since the latest Infinity Ward title will be running on the new Direct X1 1 engine. Some of the requirements, however, are more questionable than others. One such questionable requirement is the need for 6GB of ram. 

One Youtube user, bunnyhopshow, went on to show how false this claim was. He manages to show that Call of Duty:Ghosts only uses up to 2GB of ram at a maximum. This only leaves the question as to why exactly Infinity Ward would post a requirement that is misleading and a potential turnoff to customers. The video also shows how Infinity Ward is shutting out users that don't meet the false requirements. 

Fixes and Solutions for Ghosts problems 

Despite all the issues that have been reported, where there is a problem there is sometimes a solution. Here of some of the best solutions is trying to resolve mouse acceleration, FPS drops and stuttering. 

Mouse Acceleration

Some players have been reporting that the mouse movement just doesn't feel right on Call of Duty: Ghosts. You'll want to check that Mouse Acceleration is turned off in the main menu, of course. Then, disable any programs that add overlays, like Fraps, and the Steam overlay.

  1. To disable the Steam overlay right click on Call of Duty: Ghosts, head to "Properties" and then visit the "General" tab. Uncheck the "Enable Steam Community In-Game" box there.
  2. If that fails, then players on the COD: Ghosts Steam forums have reportedly had luck reducing the polling rate of their mice to 250Hz. The method for that will vary depending on your mouse software.

The PC Gaming Wiki  also found a config tweak that might help with the sudden jumps mouse movements can sometimes trigger. Change seta r)elevatedPriority "1" to seta r)elevatedPriority "0" in the config_mp.cfg file, found in Steam -> SteamApps -> common -> Call of Duty Ghosts -> players2

FPS Drops 

The number one rule is for you not to trust the automatic settings, try set up all your visuals your setup, this includes your display ratio. It's thought that CoD upscales lower settings by default to keep the framerate high, but if you have a machine that can handle Ghosts easily, using extra settings with a defined aspect ratio will improve visual quality.

As a high priority process. You can improve performance by opening Task Manager, right clicking on iw6mp64_ship.exe and setting priority to "normal". If you're running Windows 8.1, head to your mouse settings on the Control Panel and make sure that Enhance Pointer Precision and Acceleration options are off.

If the frame rate is still tanking occasionally, try heading to the video options and running Ghosts in Windowed (no border) mode.

If your framerate is insanely high, but you want MORE, you may want to consider the CoD FPS unlocker at your own risk.

FOV and RAM requirements

A community fix for Ghost's locked multiplayer field-of-view called Fovely appeared earlier in the week, but was quickly taken down apparently "due to a friendly threat from everyone's favorite publishing firm". Fovely, and others like it, are probably still out there on the world wide web somewhere, but take care when applying them. It looks like Activision don't want people meddling with Ghost's inner workings. Tweaks like this can sometimes result in multiplayer bans.

There's been some controversy over the question of whether or not Call of Duty: Ghosts uses the full six gigabytes of RAM that it insists you have. PC Gaming Wiki also has details of a way to remove Call of Duty's 6GB RAM requirement for the single player mode, but is also risky if you're planning on playing online, and requires a download.


Please let us know if any of these tips help you out! How has your experience been playing Ghosts thus far? Let us know by commenting below or hitting us up on Twitter or Facebook. 

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