Why Call of Duty Console Players Want An FOV Slider
Call of Duty: Warzone fans rarely stay silent, as the game’s community is vocal about the good and bad of the massively popular battle royale game. Recently, several Call of Duty: Warzone fans praised the new update, while an equal number of gamers voiced their disappointment about Verdansk 84 not being entirely new. Through all the positive and negative discussion around the game, though, one point has been agreed upon by everyone: console players need an FOV slider.
Call of Duty: Warzone is a highly competitive game, though currently, its cross-play nature is making this competition unfair. As it stands now, PC players have a major advantage over those on consoles, something that can be blamed solely on the power that an FOV slider provides. Further, Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War having this slider proves that it is possible on consoles. As such, the consistent demands for such a feature make sense, and hopefully players will be getting their wish in the near future.
The Benefits Of An FOV Slider
In first-person shooters, seeing as much information as possible on-screen is a must. While this makes a well-designed HUD important, another way to give players more information is to increase their field of view. Greatly expanding peripheral vision, Field of View sliders allow players to increase their line of sight greatly. Essentially, players with a higher Field of View can see more around them, giving them the chance to see enemy players that would normally be out of sight. With Call of Duty: Warzone players constantly dropping into the map from all angles, this can be incredibly useful.
The default FOV for Call of Duty: Warzone is 80, keeping the action focused to a tighter space. The camera is narrowed to the area directly around the player and their weapon, keeping the focus on a certain cone of vision. If gamers were to up this to 120, however, they can instantly see a lot more terrain and action on the left and right sides of their screen. This is a big deal, as it allows players to see enemies they could have missed without the extra vision from a raised FOV. Not only can enemies be caught as they sneak up from the left and right, but players can keep an eye on more of the map, doing a far better job of watching an area.
On the flip side, a smaller FOV allows players to have better accuracy, giving them the chance to hit their foes easier. While high FOV provides increased peripheral vision and is usually more popular, low FOV has been used in games like CS:GO to great effect. Making targets bigger and easier to hit, players will find that they can hit those in front of them with ease. While this tighter accuracy does come at the cost of missing possible flankers, having the option to turn the slider up or down is something that all modern first-person shooters should have.
Keeping Things Fair For Everyone
On PC, Call of Duty: Warzone already has an FOV slider. As a result, the platform is significantly better for playing the battle royale game, as gamers have the option to keep an eye on those around them. With Call of Duty: Warzone featuring perks like Dead Silence that completely disguise enemy footsteps, players will need to rely far more on their vision than their hearing. This makes the FOV slider essential, giving the PC version of the game a boost. However, Call of Duty: Warzone being better on PC is far less troublesome than PC players having a major advantage over those on console.
As pointed out by YouTuber JackFrags, Call of Duty: Warzone’s PC users have an advantage due to the combination of cross-play and an FOV slider. Those on the platform can see far more going on around them than those that are gaming on a console, making a fight between the two sides complete unfair. A PC player could see a console player off to the side, while a console player in the exact same position would have no idea that an opponent was coming for them. When going head-to-head, PC players will almost always win the fight.
This has been the main motivation behind console players wanting an FOV slider, as being placed in a unfair fight is beyond frustrating. However, another reason that gamers have been so vocal about an FOV slider is that Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War features one on all platforms. Proving that it is possible on consoles, gamers can find an FOV slider in Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War’s settings. As a result, the cross-play feature is entirely positive, with no one having a gameplay advantage because of where they are playing the game. With another Call of Duty game able to include this feature, gamers have only grown more vocal about the need for Call of Duty: Warzone to follow suit.
Reasons To Be Optimistic
Inside Call of Duty: Warzone itself, gamers have been able to prove that an FOV slider is possible. When activating the Dead Silence perk, players have their vision widened greatly. In fact, the perk takes their FOV from the standard 80 to around 120, giving gamers a massive cone of vision just like a maxed out FOV. With vehicles also giving a boost similar to the one provided by the coveted feature, it is clear that the engine can handle such an ability on consoles. Fortunately, it seems like Raven Software is listening.
After over a year of requests, Call of Duty: Warzone is getting a console FOV slider. A recent press briefing from Raven Software’s Associate Creative Director Amos Hodge saw the feature discussed, with the developer assuring fans that the team is aware of the demand for such a feature. As a result, Raven is currently looking into how it can be implemented going forward. A major victory for those that have been campaigning for the slider, it seems like Call of Duty: Warzone will become fairer soon.
While no date has been provided for the FOV slider, and it is unclear if it will be exclusive to the next-gen version of Call of Duty: Warzone, the confirmation of its existence is huge. Console players make up a massive portion of the Call of Duty audience, and they deserve an experience on par with the PC version because of that. Nobody should need to endure gunfights where they are automatically at a disadvantage, especially in a battle royale game where every encounter means so much. Fortunately, the days of Call of Duty: Warzone’s FOV struggles seem to be numbered.
Call of Duty: Warzone is available now on PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X.