The best audio settings to hear footsteps in Warzone 2.0

Warzone 2.0 and Modern Warfare 2 come with various improvements to their audio mix. There was a focus on creating more immersive and realistic audio, with Infinity Ward’s team going into the field to record real guns, cannon fire and even helicopters.

At the same time, the game features a new reverb engine to better simulate the sense of space, improved 3D direction to better pinpoint enemy locations, and a new sound occlusion engine.

While all of that makes for a rich auditory tapestry, it can sometimes mean that footsteps – arguably the most important audio cue in the game – can get lost in the cacophony.

Fortunately, you can do something about that. Here’s a rundown of the best audio settings for hearing footsteps in Warzone 2.0 and Modern Warfare 2.



Warzone 2.0 and Modern Warfare 2: Best audio settings for clearer footsteps

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The game offers six different audio mix presets for different audio settings. Here’s a look at what they all do.

  • PC — Largest dynamic range and EQ for use with PC speakers.
  • Headphones — Tighter dynamic range and EQ for use with headphones.
  • Bass boost headphones — Tighter dynamic range and EQ with enhanced low frequencies for use with headphones.
  • sound bar — Tighter dynamic range and EQ for use with soundbar.
  • Home theater — High dynamic range setting for use with home theater systems.
  • Cinema — Highest dynamic range setting for use with cinema systems.

While the obvious choice might be Headphone Bass Boost to increase the prominence of low frequencies and, by extension, footsteps, it can have the effect of further muddying your audio mix.

That’s because there are many other competing low-frequency sounds in Call of Duty. This could be anything from explosives going off near you to a killstreak hurtling overhead from the sky.

This means enemy footsteps can be drowned out, so you won’t hear them coming until they’re right in your face.

Instead, Home Theater becomes the best choice so far. This makes footsteps stand out more in the audio mix, while ambient sounds come in a little softer. One drawback, however, is the apparent focus on high frequencies, so gunfire can sound a little shrill at times.

INSTITUTION CHOICE
Audio mix Home theater
master volume 50
Music volume 0
Dialogue Volume 20
Effects Volume 100
Hit Marker volume 20
Speakers/headphones Game audio device Default system device
Mono audio Out

When it comes to playing with the volume numbers, a lot of that will come down to personal preference. The only thing you want to make sure is set to maximum is the effect volume. This setting is directly linked to how loud footsteps sound, in addition to other sounds such as gunshots.

It can also help to turn down sounds that are not needed, such as music, dialogue, and hit marks.

The master volume depends on the setup or headphones you have. Warzone 2.0 and Modern Warfare 2 can get really, really loud, so you’ll want to find a level that still lets you hear clearly without blowing your eardrums out.

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