Should I Turn Motion Blur On or Off in Call of Duty Warzone? (2022)

When you play a game for a while, especially FPS games, you automatically start to look at the settings, mostly because you need more performance or just want to know what’s behind the settings options.

We’ve already covered various settings options on our blog, and you can find our previous articles on these topics here.

In Call of Duty: Warzone, there are two Motion Blur settings, World Motion Blur and Weapon Motion Blur.

But what is Motion Blur, and how does it affect my system?

Let’s go!

Note: This article was written in English. Translations into other languages may not provide the same linguistic quality. We apologize for grammatical and semantic errors.

What Does Motion Blur Mean in Gaming?

Originally, the term motion blur comes from photography and means a blur limited to certain zones in an image with moving objects.

Example of motion blur effect in photography

This effect is created by the speed of the object in combination with the exposure time.

This effect is also used in video games, especially in racing games, first-person shooters, or action adventures, i.e., in all games with fast movements.

It is used to simulate high speed visually, a good example being so-called tunnel effects, which are often used in racing games, for example. While the center of the screen or the focused object is sharply drawn, the view at the edges blurs.

So you can say it is a cinematic effect that is meant to make the game look more realistic.

Objects that move quickly or when you move quickly yourself become blurred.

In Call of duty Warzone, the motion blur effects have been divided into 2 categories.

  1. World motion blur: This is the motion blur effect known from many other first-person shooters. It affects moving objects.
  2. Weapon motion blur: This affects the player’s weapon, which becomes blurred when moving.

How Do You Activate Motion Blur in Call of Duty: Warzone?

To enable the Motion Blur effects, you can simply set both Motion Blur effects to “Enabled” in Call of Duty: Warzone’s graphics settings. Don’t forget to apply the settings, and the effect is already active.

World Motion Blur Setting in CoD
Weapon Motion Blur Setting in CoD

Does Motion Blur Lower FPS in Call of Duty: Warzone?

Motion Blur is an additional operation that needs to be handled by your system in addition to the standard rendering.

Unless you have a high-end system, Motion Blur can be noticeable in the FPS.

Does Motion Blur Increase Input Lag in Call of Duty: Warzone?

As with the FPS, an additional process makes more work for your system, so it should typically also lead to an input lag, but I could not detect any noticeable input lag in my tests, so I can assume that the input lag is only minimally increased.

Of course, again, it depends on your system. I did my tests with a high-end system, so I can’t judge whether weaker systems might experience more input lag issues.

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Comparison Motion Blur On or Off in Call of Duty: Warzone

Pro:

  • realistic blur during fast movements

Contra:

  • minimally less FPS
  • minimally more input lag
  • opponents can be harder to see or focus on

Final Thoughts – Turning Motion Blur On or Off in Call of Duty: Warzone?

Effects like Motion Blur have their raison d’être in story mode games, where you want to enjoy the game’s graphics and immerse yourself in the game and story.

They make the gaming experience more immersive and realistic. And even in racing games, well-done motion blur effects certainly make a big difference to immersion.

However, as soon as you enter a competitive situation against other human opponents, nice blurring effects are rather a hindrance because you might see the opponent too late or more indistinctly.

In addition, there are minimal FPS losses and minimal increased input lag.

With my history as a pro gamer in CS 1.6 and a competitive gamer in PUBG and Valorant, I’m sure you can imagine that I’m not a fan of the motion blur effect in shooters.

After all, with over 6,000 hours of PUBG, I’m no longer happy about the excellent blur effect but only annoyed when I see my opponent worse than he sees me, and I lose a duel because of it. Any setting that increases such effects is then deactivated, of course.

And why you add a Weapon Motion Blur effect to a game is not really clear to me. It’s kind of too much of a good thing. 😀

Every competitive gamer and especially every pro gamer will disable the Motion Blur effects immediately after installing and launching a first-person shooter. 🙂

Masakari out – moep, moep.

Former pro gamer Andreas "Masakari" Mamerow has been an active gamer for over 35 years, more than 20 of them in the competitive scene (Esports). In CS 1.5/1.6, PUBG and Valorant, he has led and coached teams at the highest level.
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