It seems like Black Ops 3 on PC has a few issues

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Call of Duty games on PC haven’t been as strong in recent times as they used to be. Most of the focus has shifted over to consoles (for sound, financial reasons), leaving the PC versions of Call of Duty to wallow in mediocrity. They’re often broken, and lacking a strong user base; a vicious cycle that seems set to keep on repeating. And even when they do have players, the lobbies are filled with cheaters, set to ruin the experience for everybody else.

It seems we may, once again, have a busted version of Call of Duty on PC. According to early reports, there are some serious problems plaguing the PC port right now. A few users are reporting that the PC version chugs along at unplayable framerates, even in the menus, where it can take up to two seconds to process a frame.

So says Giantbomb’s Jeff Gertsman, amongst others.

Others are reporting odd graphical glitches, while others still report that the performance, even on high end machines, is worse than it should be.

Treyarch is aware of issues, and offers this as a tip:

“There have been reports of certain i5 CPUs having performance issues causing very low frame rates – We are still working on the final solution for this issue, but we have had reports that changing WorkerThreads = 4 to WorkerThreads = 2 in your config.ini file can help (In the game folder, commonly located here, C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\common\Call of Duty Black Ops III\players\config.ini).
We have also noticed that some systems may get better input response with FPS Cap set just below refresh rate. If you have a 60hz monitor, you can try enabling Vsync and setting your FPS Cap to 58. “

Of course, because Pc game development and support is a weird and wonderful beast, many report that the game is working just fine, and that reports of issues are overblown. Whatever the problems are, they seem like they could be easily fixed with a patch.

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Still, you may want to give it a skip for now if the PC version was your platform of choice. Reports on the console versions thus far are positive, save for those ugly old-gen ones – which apparently look and run worse than Black Ops 1 did all those years ago.

Last Updated: November 6, 2015

Geoffrey Tim

Editor. I’m old, grumpy and more than just a little cynical. One day, I found myself in possession of a NES, and a copy of Super Mario Bros 3. It was that game that made me realise that games were more than just toys to idly while away time – they were capable of being masterpieces. I’m here now, looking for more of those masterpieces.

  • Francois Knoetze

    wow developers are dropping the ball with he pc versions this year o.O

    • Nikola

      Totally!!

    • miaau

      I am not blaming the developers.

    • Fox1 – Retro

      Yeah, that’s why I hardly game on PC these days. I’ll take consoles 900 peas anyday.over dodgy quality and FPS.

  • Her Highness the Hipster

    who plays CoD on PC anyway? 😛

    • Hammersteyn

      Or any game other than Dota, CS:GO, Ark or Warframe?
      *Runs

      • GooseZA

        This.

      • Cheap shot…

        • Hammersteyn

          I do what I do.

      • HairyEwok

        Hey hey hey, CS:GO and CoD are both shooters. Peasant consoles will never have the superior aiming powers of a PC.
        *Runs

        • Hammersteyn

          No just the number of players

      • Sageville

        I endorse this bitch-slapping of the master race.

        • Hammersteyn

          I laughed and shared this with the office

      • miaau

        Civilization V, Beyond Eart, IV
        Galactic Civilization

        Rome Total War 2 (it is so SLOWWWWWWWWWW)
        MechWariior Iv
        Chess (browser but still multilayer!)

        Just some of the games (ok, all( games I have played on my laptop the last two weeks.

        • HairyEwok

          Don’t forget minesweeper and solitaire.

          • miaau

            Ah, yes, but I did not play them in the last two weeks. Or years.

            But indeed.

            A good bridge game is needed on the computer, one that can bid properly. Yeah.

        • Hammersteyn

          Strategy games. Consoles can’t touch that

          • miaau

            They try sometimes, for example with Civ Revolution, which is fun to play, but not exactly deep and surprisingly difficult to get into.

            But I am getting annoyed. I think I need a new laptop, saw this cool Dell. Wanted to look at it, then it gets to the bottom of the page. R31k.

            I want work and gaming on one laptop, but sheesh. Maybe I should get a stronger desktop PC next year (Core2Duo still) and just get a damn good work laptop?

          • Hammersteyn

            R31 000? Sounds like a high end machine

          • miaau

            Yes, with a 4k screen, 6th gen i7, 32 Gig super fast ram, and all, but it just is not worth it. Besides, the IT Manager will sign off on the purchase (me) but he thinks the big boss may just query that!

          • Cool Dell @ R31k. Isn’t that just called an Alienware?

          • miaau

            No, it was a dell, the Alienwares I looked at did not even have prices, just options and form to fill in.

            I think it was top of the range XPS, but I looked at so many I may be confused.

            I want dell because of the in built fixy fixy that is great, my current dell, 2011 top of the range XPS, has been fixed twice, screen cracked and overheating, so quickly and efficiently, at 0 expense.

          • Hp also does that and Asus actually sends out a rep to pick up your equipment for replacement.

            Asus actually rocks when it comes to support.

          • miaau

            HP charges more at purchase time for it.

            Good to hear Asus also does onsite support.

      • Nikola

        Beat me to it hahah!

      • What pray tell is wrong with enjoying Ark? 🙂

        • He’s just Jelly 😛

          • Hammersteyn

            Hehe, I want to play Ark, haven’t gotten round to it yet

        • Hammersteyn

          Nothing.

          • Actually we have rampant hackers/exploiters, old pvp servers where the largest tribes just constantly wipe out any new tribes, bugs, low fps, delayed dx 12 support and no bacon yet. 😛

          • Hammersteyn

            Must have bacon! Yeah, sucks when people ruin it for other players

          • Mark Treloar

            Bacon will give you cancer.

          • Hammersteyn

            totally worth it.

          • Two seconds while I light up a smoke. 😛

          • Rein of Kings crumbled under hackers. With ARK its not so bad but the huge tribes going at low level tribes like wack a mole got annoying pretty fast xD

          • Yeah that is why my server only has weekend pvp. However I am currently not online much so I think my dinos are dead. 🙂

          • My everything is gone 🙁 . But a lot of peeps have bought it on the sale so might get back into the groove soon.

      • boom

    • Mark Treloar

      People who don’t need aim assist?

      • or People who know how to shoot

      • Hammersteyn

        The mouse keeps sliding off my armrest

        • lol

        • miaau

          yeah. Have you tried a good quality wooden tray tied to side of the couch? Just remove the one side (edge) of the tray, the side where you sit.

          • Hammersteyn

            A tray? What I’m I 70? Stick my pills and a bowl of jello on there as well

          • miaau

            A tray for the mouse. You can steal (borrow) one from Grandma then and stick a Cyperpunk 2077 poster on it, with covered plastic and use it a mouse pad.

            Old people indeed, it is us yung;uns that come up with the good ideas. Gold, I tell you, Gold.

          • Grand Admiral Chief SpaceNinja

            Why did you drop the brady?

          • Dutch Matrix

            Sounds like a catchy Rap tune.

          • Grand Admiral Chief SpaceNinja

            wwwwwub wub ddddrop the brady!

          • Dutch Matrix

            See? We should so form a rap band/posse/gang/whatever. The Admiral Matrix we’ll call ourselves.

          • Grand Admiral Chief SpaceNinja

            I’m glad you saw fit to put me ahead of you

            😛

            WAIT…IT’S A TRAP!!!!!!!

          • Dutch Matrix

            Damn! And I so wanted to play with an Admiral’s porthole. You are a clever one…

          • Grand Admiral Chief SpaceNinja

            My shields are up, auxiliary power on standby, especially with you around

          • Dutch Matrix

            Butt I am the Borg. You will be ass-similated. 😛

          • Grand Admiral Chief SpaceNinja

            [abandons thread]

          • miaau

            jumps on that train

          • miaau

            I just did, I am not 100% sure why.

            Someone asked, Brady how can someone get cut online and I just dropped that. (I cannot explain that easily, so I left the question alone)

            miaau is fine, I love cats a lot. Which is my wife is buying a do this weekend.

          • Dutch Matrix

            You married your cat? interesting

          • miaau

            No, not allowed. And no, I did not check. I did not want to marry the cats.

          • Dutch Matrix

            So… I cannot marry my dog? Fluffy is going to be so saddened by this news…

          • Grand Admiral Chief SpaceNinja

            “Which is my wife is buying a do this weekend.”
            Eh?

          • miaau

            wife is buying a dog. There I said. Wow, that harder than I thought. Need a lie down

          • miaau

            Also, if you know my full name (and if you do, please keep it to yourself!),, which you should not, and you search it on Google you will find a reference to the real me on some weird ancestry site that my brother says I cannot sue. and that should be that.

        • Grand Admiral Chief SpaceNinja

          ARM? You call those things arms?

        • Mark Treloar

          Would that be the mouse you are holding in your hand attached to your arm, attached to your body? if so you are doing it wrong.

          • Hammersteyn

            I do a lot of things wrong. console gaming for starters 😛

          • Mark Treloar

            Bet she says that a lot too.

          • Hammersteyn

            Hahaha such burn!

          • Dutch Matrix

            You forget Consoles got them funky vibrating controls… Console control shaped Dildos. No wait! Console controls that doubles as dildos. *Off to the Patent office again.

      • Grand Admiral Chief SpaceNinja

        Oh snap!

    • Dutch Matrix

      Not a lot of people, by the looks of it.

    • I will, if they refund Ghosts xD (only has 10min of playtime on it)

      • Dutch Matrix

        Do you take into account the amount of time spent walking in the SP campaign? You looking at at least adding 5 hours to that 10 mins of yours.

        • COD has a SP??? O.o

          I thought it was an intro for the MP

          • Dutch Matrix

            Yup. But don’t blink. You might miss it.

    • miaau

      I played Black Ops 2 single player on the PC, crap it was tricky to shoot straight (I NEVER play shooters), but what I played at a friend, while housesitting, was fun. The story moved you forward with a real sense of urgency, but I think the controller may have been more fun.

    • lol

  • Hammersteyn

    CUNSOUL PERTS!

  • Sageville

    It’s almost like they don’t want pc gamers to play games!

    • Nikola

      Because they don’t all they do is buy bunch of games on Steam and complain how they backlog is huuuge haha!

    • Hammersteyn

      Excellent gif!

    • Winna man!

  • Nikola

    This is becoming a trend that PC games now are getting released broken and not much attention is being payed to them this is not the first game this year.

    But at the same time I would not panic I watched a few reviews today and no one has complained about this issue seems to be not for everyone…

  • Nikola

    But in all seriousness (not sure that’s a word) who plays COD anyways?? besides @[email protected]:disqus

    • Dutch Matrix

      Dude, I have a friend, and this woman worships COD. Next time we meet it’s going to be “COD this and COD that and COD and I made love to my COD case…” Hmmmm. Call of Dildo line of sex toys? Bugger that. Patent and copyright office here I uhmmmm come!

      • Nikola

        Hahahahah! This just finished me a COD dildo LOL!!!!! What a great idea XD

        • Dutch Matrix

          Vintage Dildos: World at War.
          Hi-Tech Monsters: Modern Warfare.
          Tiny and discreet: Black Ops…

          My word man! I am onto a license to print money over here!

    • Hammersteyn
      • Nikola

        Sorry I just have to publicly shame you on LG so everybody know you playing CoD now;)

        What’s next you going to buy EA games and a season pass:))))

        • Hammersteyn

          Yeah, on my brand new shiny XBOX One

          • Dutch Matrix

            Dude! Rather just admit to fancying Grannies in their Panties! Save yourself the humiliation!

          • Nikola

            Friendship over….FRIENDSHIP…. OVER!!!!

            Xbox is where I draw the line..

          • Hammersteyn

            @ir0nseraph:disqus said hi

          • Nikola

            Shiiiiiit I forgot Shaun has one:( damn you why did you have to expose me like this hahaha f**ck

          • Grand Admiral Chief SpaceNinja

            Need help removing that foot from your mouth?

          • Hammersteyn

            You may have to. He’s a boxer not a kickboxer

          • Nikola

            Yeah haha I think I am going to start thinking before typing from now on:)

        • SW:BF already pre-ordered with the season pass. 😛

  • Dexter

    Hi Lazygamer team.

    I don’t know how else to contact you but your website KILLS my work laptop. As soon as I open your page my CPU usage goes mad and I also would like to add that the laptop has an i5 CPU and even has dedicated graphics. RAM doesn’t mind too much about it though.

    I don’t know what to pinpoint as the main cause but I just thought I would let you know. Great website, I just can’t visit it as often as I would like to.

    Regards,
    Dexter

    • Dutch Matrix

      I have the same issue. Scrolling on the site can be a bitch.

    • Grand Admiral Chief SpaceNinja

      What browser?

      • Dutch Matrix

        Firefox for myself, Admiral.

        • Grand Admiral Chief SpaceNinja

          There is the problem right there. You being a whiny little bitch.

          Heh. I keed.

          Have you tried turning it off and on?

          Heh, I keed again.

          Tried different browser?

          • I just took a look with my Firefox browser, page did not load correctly. But with my Chrome (main browser) all is well.

      • Dexter

        Hi, I normally use Firefox everyday but I gave IE a try (ewww) and also Chrome.

        • Grand Admiral Chief SpaceNinja

          Slow on all of them?

          • Dexter

            All of them Admiral. They all behave the same.

          • Grand Admiral Chief SpaceNinja

            I know there is some sensitivity on this subject, but try AdBlock to test on Chrome?

        • Hammersteyn

          Chrome works best atm. Firefox just dies.

      • miaau

        Admiral, mine too, hits about 6 to 20 % of the cpu, when opening about ten other pages and leaving them open does maybe 2% cpu usage.

        According to Windows Defender and google safe browse thingy, there is nothing wrong.

        Edit – I) think it is the disqus portion, to be honest, cause another site with disqus seems to do similar

    • When pages do strange things in Chrome I usually just go clean out the settings/history/crap and all go’s back to normal.
      (Refresh for pic)

    • We have a known issues (especially on Firefox) that we’re trying to get to the bottom of, but it just doesn’t seem to work. We had a recent breakthrough that’s fixed performance for *some* but not for others. And we’re about ready to pull our hair.

      • Guild

        I dropped Firefox as a browser. Too resource intensive. I’ve got zero issues using Chrome

  • Greylingad[CNFRMD]

    This is one of the main reasons I got a PS4, Not having an uncapped line for the odd 1TB of patches for my games library, insert disc, wait a few seconds and play… #ForeverSP

    • Hammersteyn

      ^this so much

      • Greylingad[CNFRMD]

        And there is the option to trade in games…I nearly forgot about that one!

  • HAHAHAHAHAHAH breath HAHAHAHAHAHAHA

  • 384477

    if I go and search for the config.ini file, it is not even there… They really fucked this game up.

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