After I first launched Name of Responsibility: Warzone on PC, the very first place I went was settings. Earlier than I would even fired my first shot, I cranked up the field-of-view (FOV) to 100 so I might figuratively unzoom my eyeballs and see extra round me. It is a setting that has undeniably helped me win fights in Warzone, and one which console gamers have been locked out of because the sport launched.
Within the loudest corners of Warzone’s neighborhood of tens of millions, console gamers have been asking for an FOV slider (they’re locked to 80 levels FOV) to allow them to be on equal footing with the PC (which might go as excessive as 120 levels). Developer Raven Software program has routinely prevented the subject in favor of extra urgent points, like Warzone’s cheating problem.
Hope for the setting was reignited when Name of Responsibility: Vanguard, which is constructed on the identical engine as Warzone, launched with an FOV slider on PlayStation and Xbox. With out an official remark from Raven, gamers assumed that if it was coming anytime quickly, it might be on this week’s large Warzone Pacific replace that built-in Vanguard’s development and weapons into the sport. When the replace got here and an FOV choice did not materialize, a renewed outcry poured onto Name of Responsibility’s social channels. Warzone’s subreddit has been spammed with dozens of latest FOV posts in the previous few days and it is a common reply in Name of Responsibility’s Twitter mentions as nicely.
“After enjoying Vanguard on Collection X on 115 FOV it’s really hilarious to enter Warzone,” wrote Reddit consumer kyledoesthereddit319. “I’m actually simply mad that I used to be enjoying Warzone like this earlier than and never even conscious of the drawback. BRB dropping $2,000 on a PC to have the ability to play a free sport.”
Gamers shared comparable sentiments in an FOV thread with over 1,000 feedback. “It is not even about it being unfair. Going from 120 FOV on Vanguard to 80 on Warzone is simply nauseating,” wrote GorshGuy.
What precisely is FOV, and does it actually matter that a lot?
Your FOV issues how a lot of the surroundings the sport’s digicam helps you to see without delay: the upper the setting, the extra of no matter is to your left or proper is seen on-screen. Turning up the FOV is type of like bettering your digital peripheral imaginative and prescient, besides it comes with a tradeoff. As a result of the whole picture nonetheless needs to be squished onto an oblong display, increased FOVs make objects on the middle of the display seem smaller (you see an excessive model of this whenever you attempt to watch a 360 diploma video on a flat display).
Most first-person video games default to round 60 diploma FOV as a stability between imaginative and prescient and low distortion. Effective-tuning FOV is a luxurious that has come default on virtually each first-person PC sport for many years, nevertheless it’s nonetheless very unusual on consoles. Aggressive shooters like Apex Legends, Splitgate, and Vanguard are blazing the FOV path on console whereas different fashionable video games like Rainbow Six Siege, Overwatch, and Warzone don’t have any plans to do the identical.
In some circumstances, builders have cited efficiency points as a motive to lock FOV on consoles. I would not be stunned if this can be a concern for the PS4 and Xbox One variations of Warzone, however the PS5 and Xbox Collection X/S are theoretically beefy sufficient to deal with a bigger body.
Console gamers ought to have the choice to vary their FOV. It is also necessary to notice that increased FOV would not robotically imply a better sport. What you acquire in peripheral imaginative and prescient, you lose in center-screen zoom stage. A distant enemy that seems as massive as a grape at 80 FOV shrinks right down to a pea-sized speck at 120. Most gamers discover a stability that fits their setup (mine is round 100). However a number of Warzone’s fights occur at comparatively shut vary, and in these circumstances it’s undeniably helpful to see extra of what is round you.
So sure, FOV does matter, nevertheless it’s hardly an important metric for achievement. A wider FOV is a smaller benefit than, say, a considerably increased framerate. Most Warzone gamers on console are locked at 60 fps whereas PC gamers can improve their machines till it runs Warzone at 90 fps, 120 fps, 144 fps, 240 fps and past. PS5 homeowners can play at as much as 120 fps if their TV permits it.
If I have been a console participant, I would be extra irritated that I am unable to enhance my efficiency by turning down shadows or flipping on DLSS. Although, sooner or later it simply makes extra sense to make the jump to PC gaming, the place customization is king.