The best controller settings for Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War

Controller settings used by the pros.

Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War

Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War will require the same responsiveness and reflexes expected from the long-running series. The following controller settings are likely to transition into the Multiplayer Beta and then into the full game release. This guide will provide the best controller settings for Black Ops Cold War to give you the most significant edge in-game.


If you’re coming straight from playing Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, you’re going to want to bump your sensitivity up about one notch from your settings there. The reason being, in Black Ops Cold War, the sensitivity range goes from 1 to 14, whereas Modern Warfare players will be accustomed to a sensitivity range of 1 to 20. This tip will help with matching the sensitivities between the two games.

Horizontal & Vertical Sensitivity – 3 – 4

Lower sensitivity allows you to control gun recoil, as there is a bit more kick to the recoil of guns in Black Ops Cold War.

ADS Stick Sensitivity (Low Zoom) – 0.70 – 0.80

This is an excellent way to control recoil for a target that is about a medium distance away from you, as with this setting, it allows you to make smaller and more accurate adjustments with your gun recoil.

ADS Stick Sensitivity – 1.00 (Default)

Basic Settings

Stick Layout – Default

Button Layout – Tactical

This allows you to perform drop shots and slides much easier than with the default setting. Drop shots are not as viable in Black Ops Cold War due to the animation that occurs when you perform a drop shot. On the other hand, this will give you a much better edge for sliding into situations, which is valuable to master in-game.

Flip L2/R2 with L1/R1 – Default or Flipped

If you hold the controller in “claw-mode,” then the Flipped setting may work better. If you hold the controller traditionally, then Default is recommended. Otherwise, this setting is personal preference.

Invert Vertical Look – Disabled

Controller Vibration – Disabled

It is possible for vibration to throw your aim off in firefight situations. By all means, turn this on if you enjoy the realism factor, though.

Controller Sounds – Disabled

Advanced Settings

  • Left Stick Min Input Threshold – Lowest
  • Left Stick Max Input Threshold – Highest
  • Right Stick Min Input Threshold – Lowest
  • Right Stick Max Input Threshold – Highest