The Best Settings for Modern Warfare 2 | Audio, Sensitivity, Graphics, and More

No more messing around with settings mid-match.

by Elliott Gatica , Gordon Bicker

This year’s CoD title sounds like the real deal, with several new multiplayer and cooperative modes, and more. Because this game will feel like a proper return for the franchise since 2019, you’ll spend a lot of time wanting it to feel and look the best it can be, given that your PC, console, and monitor can handle it. With that said, here are the best settings you can use in Modern Warfare 2, ranging from tinkering with the right audio, sensitivity, graphics, and other important options.

The Best Settings for Modern Warfare 2

Before you jump into a match, you definitely want to set everything just right. The last thing you want to do is set all the important stuff while getting shot at and possibly getting kicked for being AFK in a match. Press your options/start/menu button to bring up the right menu. Swap tabs until you get to settings. You can skip the “Quick Settings” option and go straight to each choice.

Controller options are all based on player preference. Some people like flipped layouts and different presets, so tune that to what works best for you. The same would apply to aiming sensitivities, aim assist, and inverted looking. Keyboard and mouse settings also have their own customization options, so be sure to check that out, even if you’re on a console.

Audio Settings

Now for the Audio, use the following values to enhance your experience.

  • Master Volume: 100
  • Music Volume: 0
  • Dialogue Volume: 65
  • Effects Volume: 100
  • Hit Marker Volume: 70

This setup is used so that external sounds won’t impede hearing where gunfire and footsteps are coming from. It’s a bit sweaty, but so is the competition.

Next, since the game has voice comms on by default, you may want to disable it. Many people on consoles play with headsets on, alone. They oftentimes forget their mics are on, so you don’t want to hear the breathing, tv noises, and other noises that might prevent you from fully experiencing the game. To be a good teammate to others, you can also select the “Mute Yourself When Connecting” option to ON, so that people can’t hear you.

Graphics

If you’re on PC, you can mess with the graphics a bit more than consoles. Tune all that to your liking. As for a more universal option, use the following:

  • On-Demand Texture Streaming: Player Choice
  • World Motion Blur: Off
  • Weapon Motion Blur: Off
  • Film Grain: 0.25
  • Depth of Field: Off
  • FidelityFX CAS: Player Choice
  • FidelityFX CAS Strength: Player Choice
  • Field of View: 120
    • ADS Field of View: Independent
    • Weapon Field of View: Default
  • 3rd Person Field of View: 90
    • Vehicle Field of View: Default

Everything else is for player preference. Motion blur is something you want to have off by default in every game. It looks cool for about 10 minutes before you feel disoriented by all the movements and demanding graphics. In any case, as you set everything, now you’re good to go out there and score some killstreaks and wins!

As with any setting choices relating to audio and graphics, there will be a lot of personal preferences. Although we have mentioned some of the best settings that doesn’t necessarily mean they will be the best settings for you. Be sure to take some time to properly go through each of them and fine-tune them all until it all feels just right. Either way, one thing that doesn’t come down to personal preference is the joy obtained by getting free skins. People have already been learning how to get a certain Hungry Jack’s skin and rewards for the game.

Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2 is available now for PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Xbox Series S|X, and PC.

- This article was updated on October 28th, 2022