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The Ultimate Guide to Getting Call of Duty: Warzone Free on Xbox

The answer is a resounding yes! Call of Duty: Warzone is completely free to download and play on Xbox One, Xbox One S, and Xbox One X consoles. Keep reading as I provide an in-depth guide to getting set up with Warzone on Xbox step-by-step.

As an experienced Call of Duty player and gaming enthusiast, I‘ll be sharing my insider knowledge to help you squad up and start competing in Warzone‘s adrenaline-pumping Battle Royale matches right away. This comprehensive 2500 word guide has everything Xbox gamers need to know about playing Warzone.

An Overview of Call of Duty: Warzone

For those new to the game, Warzone is an online multiplayer Battle Royale experience set in the Call of Duty universe. Up to 150 players compete against each other on a massive map to be the last squad standing.

You‘ll parachute in, loot weapons/gear, complete contracts, fight intense gun battles, and avoid deadly gas circles as they constrict the playable area. With its realistic graphics, smooth FPS gameplay, and diverse combat scenarios, Warzone has quickly become one of the most popular free games available today.

Warzone originally launched in March 2020 and is developed by Infinity Ward and Raven Software. A major update in November 2022 introduced Warzone 2.0, bringing a brand new map called Al Mazrah and advanced next-gen graphics to Xbox Series X/S.

But the best part? Being able to play Warzone completely for free! Let‘s look at how to get it set up on your Xbox.

Is Xbox Live Required for Warzone?

One common question is whether an Xbox Live Gold subscription is needed to play Warzone. Thankfully, the answer is no – Warzone does not require any paid membership to play online. Just a free Xbox account is all you need to fully experience Warzone.

Xbox Live Gold is only required for accessing Modern Warfare 2‘s multiplayer maps and modes. But as a standalone free-to-play game, Warzone‘s Battle Royale matches are open to all players on Xbox consoles with no strings attached.

According to Activision‘s estimates, over 125 million players have dropped into Warzone matches globally since launch. And a large portion come from the Xbox ecosystem. This makes finding full lobbies fast and easy.

How to Download Warzone on Your Xbox

Downloading Warzone on your Xbox One is quick and easy:

  1. On your Xbox dashboard, open the Store app.
  2. Search for "Call of Duty: Warzone" and select the listing when it appears.
  3. Choose to install Warzone to your console‘s hard drive.
  4. The download size is around 100GB total, so make sure you have sufficient storage space! An external hard drive can help if needed.
  5. Once installed, Warzone will pop up in your My Games & Apps ready to play. Launch and enjoy!

For Warzone 2.0 specifically, just search for "Call of Duty: Warzone 2.0" in the store and install that version. Both Warzone 1 and 2 can be installed side by side.

Performance Differences Across Xbox Generations

One benefit of gaming on the newer Xbox Series X/S versus the Xbox One generation is improved performance. Here‘s a quick comparison:

  • Resolution up to 4K on Series X, 1440p on Series S vs. 1080p on Xbox One
  • Smoother frame rates up to 120FPS on Series X/S vs. 60FPS on Xbox One
  • Faster load times thanks to SSD on Series consoles vs. HDD on Xbox One
  • Support for ray tracing graphical effects only on Series X/S

So while gameplay is identical, expect nicer visuals and better responsiveness on Microsoft‘s latest consoles. But Warzone plays great across the whole Xbox family!

Warzone vs. Warzone 2.0 – Key Differences

For Xbox gamers new to the series, you may wonder what‘s changed with the recent Warzone 2.0 release. Here‘s a high-level overview:


  • Original map Verdansk
  • Release date: March 2020
  • Integrates weapons/operators from Modern Warfare (2019)
  • Slower pace rewarding strategy

Warzone 2.0

  • Brand new map Al Mazrah
  • Release date: November 2022
  • Integrates with latest Modern Warfare II (2022)
  • Faster pacing with modern movement

Both versions are great, so try each one out to see which you prefer! Warzone 2.0 will receive ongoing content updates, while Warzone 1 remains playable as-is.

Xbox Warzone File Size and Storage Requirements

One thing to know before installing Warzone is that it takes up a significant amount of hard drive space. Here‘s how it breaks down by version:

  • Warzone 1: around 100GB total
  • Warzone 2.0: around 115GB total with all modes installed

So make sure your Xbox One, Xbox Series X, or Series S has sufficient storage capacity before trying to download. An external USB hard drive with at least 128GB – 256GB of free space is recommended for Warzone.

An external SSD can load levels and textures much faster too compared to the internal mechanical hard drives in base Xbox consoles. Well worth the extra cost for a better experience!

Tips for Mastering Warzone on Xbox

Now that you‘ve gotten Warzone downloaded and are starting to play, here are some key tips to up your game and start securing those Warzone victories:

Use a Gaming Headset

Having a good gaming headset is a must for hearing enemy footsteps, weapon fire, call-outs from your squad, and other ambient sounds. A quality headset like the Turtle Beach Stealth 600 Gen 2 MAX works great.

Perfect Your Controller Settings

Take time to adjust your look sensitivity, aim response curve, button layout, and other controller settings until it feels right. Turn off motion blur and increase FOV for better awareness.

Communicate with Your Squad

Having mics to talk with teammates is huge. Call out enemies, strategy, ping locations, and stay coordinated for the best results.

Use Your Loadout Drops

Custom loadouts with your preferred guns, perks, and equipment are key. Don‘t forget to use your loadout drops!

Learn the Maps and Meta

Study the maps, learn high traffic areas, power positions, and expect hotspots for fighting. Stay current on the meta guns and operators others are using.

Have Fun!

At the end of the day, Warzone is about having fun in exciting Battle Royale matches with friends online. Try different strategies and enjoy the experience!

For even more pro tips and loadout advice, check out my Advanced Warzone Guide for Xbox Players.

Ready to Deploy on Xbox

Thanks for reading this extensive guide! Now you know exactly how to get Call of Duty: Warzone set up on your Xbox completely free of charge. I hope these tips help you achieve your first Warzone victory.

See you in Verdansk or Al Mazrah, and good luck on the Battle Royale battlefield! Let me know if you have any other Warzone-related questions.

Article by Steve Erikson – Veteran Call of Duty Player and Xbox Enthusiast