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Call of Duty: Modern Warfare and Warzone update reduces file size by 25 GB

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The newest update for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare and Warzone has added a few nice and needed changes. The FPS will get a pretty major reduction in file sizes overall with this patch. Around 25GB will be removed from the currently used file sizes from the current high mark. The game is still huge, even by modern standards, but seeing this done is good news anyway. The removal of high-resolution textures from some basic versions of the game on consoles and PC will help with download sizes as well.

The goal here is something that many game publishers should consider. Producer Paul Haile has mentioned that the next update “will shrink the size” of the games “considerably.”  The 25GB will be removed by optimizing textures and assets, but with that, the patch also brings something else to help performance.

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Another portion of the patch will enable better performance. Texture Streaming has been brought into the game to give the game a better delivery of textures. This should help prevent pop-in issues or similar issues on things like models and the environment. This addition will only activate on “High” settings for graphics or better.

Texture Streaming “was developed to reduce the game’s overall package size by removing certain textures rarely used or encountered by players,” says Infinity Ward in a blog post. “If players encounter an Operator or Weapon that uses a high-resolution texture, it will be streamed to the PC’s cache as needed.”

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