Posted on January 8, 2008,

Activision Apologizes, Promises Fixes to PS3 Call of Duty 4 Online


As you might have noticed in the comments of a story I posted in November, there are some issues with Call of Duty 4’s online play on PlayStation 3. (If you didn’t, I don’t blame you for plowing through 850+ comments. )  Developer Infinity Ward’s community manager, fourzerotwo, has posted a message from Activision’s Chief Technical Officer, Steve Pearce, which attempts to explain what has caused the problems and what’s being done to repair the situation.

In short, they didn’t have enough servers to maintain the load of players. They’ve implemented a fix, and to make some additional changes, the servers will be taken offline tomorrow, Wednesday, January 9, at 4:00 AM PST. It should only be down for a few hours at most, but that seems like a small price to pay to allow IW to ensure there won’t be any further latency problems from their end.

Check after the full message from Pearce after the break.

Firstly, on behalf of Activision and DemonWare, I’d like to apologize for the difficulties you’ve experienced while playing the PlayStation 3 version of Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare during the holiday season.

The fact is that we’ve experienced an unprecedented load on the DemonWare backend servers, which has steadily increased since late December beyond our expectations.  In spite of all of our planning and precautions, the extreme load revealed several issues.  These issues triggered unscheduled downtime this past month. As we encountered issues, we deployed additional hardware and/or optimized the server infrastructure to keep the service up and running.  However, while the servers were active for the vast majority of the time, many players experienced significant wait times repeatedly when joining games.

To overcome this issue, we’ve implemented a fix today, which should dramatically improve the time it takes to join an online game.  And, in order to make additional improvements we are briefly taking the servers offline tomorrow, Wednesday January 9th at 4:00 a.m. PST

As a rule, we try to avoid scheduled downtime whenever possible.  However, at this juncture we will need 1-2 hours to update a number of server infrastructure components.  We apologize for any short-term inconvenience this may cause, and appreciate your ongoing support and patience.

Our expectation is that the server load will continue to increase as system bottlenecks are removed.  So in the coming days, we will continue to monitor our system and make further optimizations and improvements as necessary.  We will be deploying additional hardware to improve our database throughput and load handling.  In addition to the added hardware, we are further optimizing components of the underlying server software to improve performance.  We hope to be able to hot deploy these updates while the system is live.  In the event that the system requires further scheduled downtime, we will post a message both here and in-game via the “Message of the Day” to keep everyone informed.

Rest assured that we are taking every possible action to insure that your Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare online PS3 experience is smooth and trouble free.  We apologize for the trouble this has caused and ask for your understanding and cooperation as we get things sorted over the coming days.


Steve Pearce
CTO, Activision

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253 Comments on Activision Apologizes, Promises Fixes to PS3 Call of Duty 4 Online


On January 8, 2008 at 11:50 pm

:mrgreen: Great News! but any word on that patch??? or is that what they’re gonna add as well?


On January 8, 2008 at 11:56 pm

I hope this works because I havent been able to get online now at all for 4 days, and all the ports on my router are open.

I couldn’t take anymore of the “DOWNLOADING GAME SETTINGS” screen.


Coquitlam, British Columbia, Canada


On January 9, 2008 at 12:26 am

when they r going to release the patch work? :razz:


On January 9, 2008 at 2:02 am

Get a xbox 360…lag free baby…lag free



On January 9, 2008 at 4:36 am

I’v only suffered a small experience of “DOWNLOADING GAME SETTINGS” screen but i’m presumin thats cause i’m from uk and not playing during peak times. Oh and Jim, lag is due to the internet connection and not the games console :roll: I experience no lag at all :twisted:


On January 9, 2008 at 7:45 am

@ Jim, lag free? are you in a dream world? seems like the last 2 and a half weeks have been hell.


On January 9, 2008 at 11:20 am

Well im glad, the online is amazing but can be a bit dodge


On January 9, 2008 at 7:51 pm

Online still doesn’t even work for me. Great job Activision. I sold my ing 360 copy for the PS3 one too because I got tired of paying for XBL.


On January 10, 2008 at 1:32 am

Yeah….ooookkkkk jim,and how much do you have to pay to get online with a x-box?kinda sucks you also have to pay for PlayStation…..oh wait…thats right…ITS FREE!!!! Cod is working perfect now for me


On January 10, 2008 at 2:21 pm

i know jim lol what and arse…. anyone know when and where i can get this patch?

victor guadalupe

On January 10, 2008 at 10:20 pm

If this works would i still have to forward ports and all that crap…



On January 10, 2008 at 11:10 pm



Coquitlam, BC, Canada


On January 11, 2008 at 12:33 am

ALL IS BETTER! they fixed it :smile: … Now no DOWNLOADING GAME SETTINGS and it takes 6 seconds for me to join a game. Woo! now we don’t have to worry about any problems :wink: … and Jim don’t talk crap about the 360 here beacause ps3 is now officially BETTER on COD4! but no offenses lets just all have fun… while it lasts :roll: :lol: :lol: :lol: hehehe… (and its not a PATCH they just fixed the servers and changed the playlists around a little). :razz:

victor guadalupe

On January 11, 2008 at 1:40 am



On January 11, 2008 at 4:39 pm

Wow, 30 mins of “DOWNLOADING GAME SETTINGS” After the update.. and now i cant get a game and its not the router.


On January 11, 2008 at 4:52 pm

Oh Yay.. I got a game, played one game and it “Server Timed Out” And now I cant get another one, get your together. Im sick of this I buy a 60$ Game so it works. Not the other way around. .


On January 11, 2008 at 4:53 pm

Oh and what do you know, Another “DOWNLOADING GAME SETTINGS” Please tell me what the the update did for us.


On January 11, 2008 at 5:28 pm

Ah Damnit, 750Xp away from my FIRST Prestige and it wont work :(


On January 11, 2008 at 5:33 pm

Hey is anyone getting ERROR:”Unable to connect to Activision Matchmaking (Error:32)”?? Plz reply if u are


On January 12, 2008 at 12:31 pm




Coquitlam, BC, Canada


On January 12, 2008 at 2:04 pm

Unbelievable. This whole time I thought I was have problems with my ps3. It is nice to know that people are have the same problems with the “downloading game settings” bull . I think its funny that everyone gives Jim for what he said. My room mate has COD4 on 360 and I’ve turned to that system instead because, uhhhh, it works. I am a die hard Playstation fan, but they need need to get some ironed out. Anyway, thanks for easing some of my worries and hopefully Ill be kicking your asses soon in COD4 in ps3, lol.


On January 12, 2008 at 2:29 pm

still no online game this is the reason i got this game so i could shoot my work mates how long will it take lol :mad:


On January 12, 2008 at 7:23 pm

This is a total joke, i dont see what that patch did, 1 out of 5 games i have decent latency, and thats if i can be bothered waiting to join one. 38 mins wait to join a free for all which gave me a sweet 1 bar latency in which i left ,because its just not possible to win wen on ur screen ur face to face with someone and you watch kill cam and you died 5 minurtes ago,or better yet you join and the game boots everyone. pissed that u pay 120$aud for a nex gen game to play online and you cant even do that. very very dissapointed.


On January 13, 2008 at 4:05 pm

I get code 33 every time now. I think its got worse not better, if im lucky i can get on late(11pm) fri/saturday nite and thats it but my mate 2 miles down the road from me has no probs. why???


On January 13, 2008 at 4:17 pm

Right ive just read on game spot that the prob is TISCALI, they dont like on line gaming between 6-11 and the way COD4 logs on to the internet meens they can stop it!!!(ing s!!!!!) and thats why your other games work!


On January 13, 2008 at 6:58 pm

The “downloading settings” thing popped up yesterday (haven’t played since yesterday).

It worked for about 3 days (bought the game 3 days ago) and now it doesn’t.


On January 14, 2008 at 5:10 pm

when are they gonna fix this??? since the patch i was only able to go online one… i havent played for a week now and its starting to tick me off… anyway to fix this??


On January 14, 2008 at 6:53 pm

:mrgreen: :neutral: :twisted: :shock: :smile: :???: :cool: :evil: :grin: :idea: :oops: :razz: :roll: :wink: :cry: :eek: :lol: :mad: :sad: :?: :!:

mine works perfectly (ps3)

Johnny B.

On January 14, 2008 at 9:30 pm

Yeah… Mine hasn’t worked for like… 5 days.. ugh.. I just want to play it online, thats all.. all my clan buddies are on while I sit and watch the “downloading setting” message. as


On January 14, 2008 at 11:35 pm

:razz: :razz: :razz:

mine works fine [ps3]

add me: A_LOKEZZ


On January 15, 2008 at 12:39 am

I left the downloading game settings on the screen for 6 hours this morning at 8 and it still said it six hours later. they better fix this soon.


On January 15, 2008 at 7:38 am

this game for me is a joke.
i have had it since release,worked perfect for 1 week,then all the problems started.
i swear i will never buy another activision/infinity ward product ever again.
problems include pretty much everything that has been listed.
interesting that nobody has said anything about not being able to play on north american servers.
i live in u.k have 10/15 gaming buddies from the states and can’t connect,i know it’s the patch they have had but come on it’s been weeks now.
sick of listening to rude french,germans,spanish etc,that never shut up and if you say anything you get tons of abuse in poor english.
at least the yanks have some good comebacks.
if this is not fixed soon may think about selling the game,real shame,when it works it is amazing,but usually it doesn’t


On January 15, 2008 at 1:01 pm

I’m frustrated too i haven’t seen anyone mention the black screen at the end of a game every time it goes to lobby black screen come on man get your act together


On January 15, 2008 at 5:21 pm

Error 33 for 2 days now. Also on Tiscali. No much luck for me eh?


On January 15, 2008 at 7:53 pm

I think that everyone should get some kind of compensation, for all or troubles whos with me


On January 16, 2008 at 4:31 am

does anyone have problems with trying to join certain maps??? Some maps eg AMBUSH, BACKYARD, BLOCK, CRASSH SITE and the Boat games load fine,while all the others just get to the stage of the balck screen just prior to the game starting and it appears to Freeze and i have rebot the system. I was not sure if it was the CD that was scrathced or problems with the online gamming. Many thanks mumbles (PS3)


On January 16, 2008 at 4:35 am

4 days since my last post and still the same old bull, seems the only games i can get into without waiting 30 minutes are cage match and team tactical.
Free for all is a absolute nightmare, im at times getting 30+ min waits just to play ffa and after all the waiting get thrown into a game where im the only 1 with a bad latency when my net is fine on others. Also, you would think they would input a in mute button, cant be that hard, im sick of dirty s comin into a game spouting like “your all in s u all your all ” blah blah blah because they dont know how to play.they needa take notes from classic games such as counterstrike where you can select your level, ping, player amount and everything rather then throwing you into a ty game every20 mins which you quit, refund incoming i think.i agree with Chris to, we deserve compensation for paying rediculous next gen prices for a unfinished product, any 1 elses thoughts?


On January 16, 2008 at 8:39 am

It’s a frigin nightmare last night I couln’t even invite my mate to a 1-2-1 deathmatch cause of the wonderful msg we all know “” Error Connection Host (just ed you over again!!)”", pissing me right off!!!


On January 16, 2008 at 10:12 am

Have COD4 since Christmas and havn’t been able to get online once. :shock:


On January 16, 2008 at 3:06 pm

What a joke, I spend more time waiting to join a game than actually play it!

Steve Pearce, you should know from the sales of previous CoD titles that the demand is going to be high, even more so at Christmas! Cut the crap, just fix it. :mad:

In 30 mins, I got 2 Host ended game, spawned 5 mins from the end of 1 other game, and spent the rest of the time causing screen burn while looking at a crap lobby screen.

Great game, what a big let down.


On January 16, 2008 at 3:21 pm

this is a load of pish just because am with tiscali i cant play it tiscali


On January 16, 2008 at 11:22 pm

It won’t even let me download the patch!!!! When the download box pops up it will download for a lke %12 and then stop. It says on the bottom that it can not perform background download of this content!! CAN SOMEONE PLEASE HELP!! This would be the best game on the PS3 if the online wouldn’t have so many problems!!!


On January 16, 2008 at 11:44 pm

its still not working, infinity word/activision, why is it still not working, its january 16, and its still not working, do you guys plan to fix this or not?

FIX this plz

On January 17, 2008 at 2:54 pm

Hey activision come on now, i love cod4 I all ways play it on ps3, now all of the sudden every time i try to go on public play list it says DOWNLOADING GAME SETTINGS

FIX this plz

On January 17, 2008 at 2:57 pm

Hey activision come on now, i love cod4 I all ways play it on ps3 ONLINE, now all of the sudden every time i try to go on public play list it says DOWNLOADING GAME SETTINGS like rele i timed it on a stop watch and it took 20 mins to show the list please fix this and get back to be and tell me what to do!!@!…


On January 17, 2008 at 3:54 pm

I bought the game last week and been able to get online twice…IM PISSED OFF, all my friends can get online and even my brother can get online but all that comes up with me is Activision Matchmaking Error and im thinking of returning the game because its a waste (but i still love the game)


On January 17, 2008 at 7:23 pm

I left mine with the Downloading Game Settings 2 hours ago and its still up….


On January 18, 2008 at 3:21 pm

Yeah I’m tired of this ing . Given, it’s better than it was 3 weeks ago but now i can only play about half the maps. Ambush, backlot, district, and one or two others will either freeze at the “Awaiting Connection” screen or get to the load screen and do absolutely nothing. I hate how I paid 400+ for an 80 gig PS3 mainly to play this game and I can’t even ing play. Why don’t you guys at Infinity Ward or Activision look at what you’re doing right with the 360 and apply it to the PS3. Is it really that hard?!


On January 18, 2008 at 8:42 pm

ya well im not even able to play anymore. all i ever get is DOWNLOADING GAME SETTINGS.


On January 19, 2008 at 9:53 pm

I still can’t join a game and it has been at least 2 weeks!!!!!! I sit at the game lobby waiting for people to play and it I ever get in it says the game lobby is closed. WHAT SHOULD I DO!!!!!!!!


On January 20, 2008 at 12:59 am


:twisted: :twisted: :twisted: :twisted:


On January 20, 2008 at 2:58 am

I think we all needa start a mass of spam on the infinity ward/cod4 complaints about this issue page, and maybe even spam links to this page coz lots of good comments on here about this in stupid issue, great game, shame we cant in enjoy it due to errors. “host ended game” “game lobby closed “downloading game settings” and ty updated playlists that nobody asks for, we r all familiar with these issues we all needa band togetha n slap this right in activision/infinity ward or wateva retarded company is in us about n wasting our time like this’s face.


On January 20, 2008 at 8:02 am

This is a complete joke, it lets me online to play when i come in from school until about 4:30 then doesnt let me join any games and when i try to sign back in it says ” DOWNLOADING GAME SETTINGS ” then black screen telling me it is unable to connect me to the matchmaking server i’m getting really annoyed at this. My friend across the street from me can get online but why can’t i ? Really annoying when it cost me £50


On January 20, 2008 at 1:58 pm

While I can understand that they had been working on the servers and such im grateful. But seriously its already January the 20th for sake this article came out on January the 8th they have had over 11 days to fix their up and its STILL broken. “Downloading game settings…” if I wouldve known I could only play the single player I would have just rented this game.


On January 20, 2008 at 4:01 pm

:!: what the funk is error 33 activision matchmaking ur having a frickin laugh :sad:


On January 20, 2008 at 5:16 pm

all it says is downloading game settings


On January 20, 2008 at 6:35 pm

You ing basterds, i finally got ma ps3 online yesterday and was on for a while NOW I CNT GET ON BECUASE OF ERROR 33, I love the game, Shame it cost me £50 and i baught a headset so i could to to my friends online. Bunch of nob heads =/


On January 21, 2008 at 12:07 am

:evil: :evil: :evil: :evil:
I think we should all receive a refund for stress and mental damages this game has caused me and my fellow PS3 Gamers. The game is beautiful, to put something as beautiful out and have problems with its online gaming is a crime. All we want to do is play the fuking game, not hear about why they are having problems. How about setting up the online servers before the game is released, ING RETARDS.


On January 21, 2008 at 3:50 am

I wonder what chance we would have if we returned the game back to our place of purchase as faulty? I think if thousands of us bombarded our local stores they would have to get the arses into gear & fix it. I love the idea of a refund or compensation, but its never gonna happen…..
\mine worked fina for monthes then after the recent updates I cant get past downloading settings


On January 21, 2008 at 7:03 pm

I just got this game 4 days ago. I have yet to join one single game. I’ve tried to join at least 100 games. Not one has worked. It searches for matches and quickly fills up the screen of people who are also playing. 90% of the time, it doesn’t even let me to the load screen, and kicks me out saying “lobby is full”

When I do finally get to the load screen, it gets stuck on “awaiting connection”, and then kicks me back to the lobby.

WTF am I doing wrong? Surely there’s something with my connection that isn’t working. I know people have had problems, but I’ve not been able to play one single game in 4 days, in spite of downloading the patch and trying to connect a hundred times.


On January 21, 2008 at 10:38 pm

the only problem i am having is that it wont let me party up… i have the game for 360 and dont have any problems im one error away from marching over to infinity ward and slap them around wit my meat


On January 22, 2008 at 10:02 am

I have COD 4 for PS3
Is there anyway I can play online with 2 players on a split screen on seperate accounts?


On January 22, 2008 at 12:02 pm

:???: all i wana know is bfore i buy the game is it world wide play on line like can you interact w ith the americans or is it just european


On January 22, 2008 at 12:04 pm

is the the online game european or world wide


On January 22, 2008 at 12:16 pm

Well I’ve not been able to play online either–were do I download a patch for PS3 at? I don’t see one anywhere. I’m using the COMCAST HOME NETWORKING MODEM WITH ROUTER built in as well. All of my ports are open and still no go. Even set it up the way the forum guy said and it still doesn’t work. I wonder if WAL-MART WILL TRADE ME FOR SOLDIER OF FORTUNE PAYBACK? I’ve played it online with no probs and it’s alot more bloody then this cod 4 is. I think that I’m going to try that if this isn’t fixed soon-The only reason I bought this FPS was for online anyways–and that sure as HELL isn’t working for me!!!! :twisted: :evil: :twisted: :evil: :cool:

FIX this plz

On January 22, 2008 at 9:57 pm



On January 23, 2008 at 12:10 am



On January 23, 2008 at 1:34 am

Well they must have fixed something because now I can play everything(knock on wood). Hopefully they’ve got something ironed out.


On January 23, 2008 at 10:50 am

mine works online but i cant connect to friends partys, i get the ‘ unable to connect to host message!
and has anyone elses game got them weird numbers in the top right corner!?!?!???!?!??


On January 23, 2008 at 1:12 pm

Curtis, I’ve had those numbers in the top right even back in the good ‘ol days when this game actually worked. Now all I got is the dreaded “downloading game settings” B.S.

Please fix this… for everyone…. please

*PSN name: sprkr12, add me bro!”

Stokie Tom

On January 23, 2008 at 3:34 pm

this is really annoying
i can play from when i get home until around half past 7
as soon as i come off the PS3 for my tea i try to rejoin later
and it lets me online but then says, Downloading Game Settings
then it redirects me to another page saying
‘Error, unable to connect to activision matchmaker service’ error code 33
this is a joke


On January 23, 2008 at 4:20 pm

this is bull. can’t get on call of duty 4 fter 6pm which is wen i get hme. ment 2 be cos of ur ISP im with pipex the s


On January 24, 2008 at 10:34 pm

I’m SICK AND ING TIRED OF THIS BULL LAG. SERIOUSLY. The framerates are slowing down, and I’m SICK of all these lag-abusers taking advantage of it as well. I get tons of connection errors anymore, I see people ING TELEPORTING!!! THIS. IS. RIDICULOUS. ing get some dedicated servers for the ed game and get it over with! .


On January 25, 2008 at 12:30 pm

I can’t join my friends in this game, if I do this errror shows up with ‘unable to connect to host’ I hate it!! Plz help me if somebody knows how to fix this..

cod4 online is crap

On January 25, 2008 at 12:31 pm

it may be the internet company i red that from other website :evil: :evil: :twisted: :!:

cod4 online is crap

On January 25, 2008 at 12:33 pm

just wait untill the pach comes out they say it will come out at the end of the month

it better :twisted: :twisted: :!:

cod4 online is crap

On January 25, 2008 at 12:36 pm

i just got my ps3 :cool: :lol: so its not from the ps3 :evil: :evil:
i have done prestage mode 4 times :shock: :cool: :grin:

hope they r’nt lying :twisted: :evil: :!:

cod4 online is crap

On January 25, 2008 at 12:40 pm

if it is ur internet company just ring them and thell try and do the best

some people have called them and the problem was fixed i am going to do that
tomorrow :cool: :grin:

hope they fix it :???:

Mikey - Beeeeee

On January 25, 2008 at 1:22 pm

Hey dudes, gettn really pissed off. . . . .loving the call of duty! but, due to my sky broadband the connection is really really poor. Does anyone else have sky at all? I cant get cable as the location where I stay it is not permitted.


On January 25, 2008 at 8:32 pm

Have not been able to play for 5 days now. This “DOWNLOADING GAME SETTINGS…” screen is really irritating. I made it to Level 26 and now nothing. Will they ever fix this problem, or do we have to ask for refunds for the game.


On January 26, 2008 at 10:16 am

When will that patch come?? And will it help the error ‘unable to connect to host’ ??


On January 28, 2008 at 12:17 pm

wen i go 2 play call of duty 4 online i can be waitin up 2 half an hour nd den sumtimes it takes me a couple of minutes 2 find a game how cum??? casue it can get real annoyin


On January 28, 2008 at 12:46 pm

shut up u square wankers


On January 28, 2008 at 12:48 pm

does any1 know how 2 fix the activision matchmaking problem on ps3?

Luigi 4321

On January 28, 2008 at 6:54 pm

:sad: I can’t even get into a game.. it goes to “downloading game settings” I’m sure it will be fixed.. BTW: PS3 burns Xbox. Anyone with some technical mechanical sense could see that.. :wink:


On January 30, 2008 at 2:34 pm


Johnny Boy

On January 31, 2008 at 3:38 pm

:evil: :evil: :evil: :evil: :evil: :evil: :evil: :sad: :sad: :sad:

Error 33 is down to your ISP during peak times i’am with Tiscali and they are the worst time to change ISP i think.


On January 31, 2008 at 4:12 pm

I never have any problens with cod4 online when i first got it took ages to find game settings after half hour once i got on to it no problems after that i use bt internet 8mg its fine for me game on :razz:


On January 31, 2008 at 7:04 pm

Xbox Call Of Duty 4 has never failed me but PS3′s version has been downloading games settings for over an hour. Whats up with that?


On January 31, 2008 at 7:06 pm

I don’t have a problem downloading game settings, I just wait forever to get into a game. Anyone else have this problem, or am I doing something wrong? Sometimes I get into a game right away, and other times it takes forever….


On January 31, 2008 at 9:53 pm

*DOWNLOADING GAME SETTINGS* thats all ive seen for the past 5 days!


On February 1, 2008 at 12:49 pm

Greetings from Denmark. Hi everyone i´ve sufferde just as much as you guys, like waiting forever to find online games and to join friends.I have a internet broardband 8mb download and 1mb upload..! is should be enough..!!! yes..?
Yesterday i got a second internet shared with the others that
live in the aint fast..! 1mb download 1nd 300kb upload
Now i plucked it into my ps3 and went online Cod4 and guess what.?
The waiting is max 30sec and i can ivite friends and join them
every time..!!!! my conclution..! it must be the broardband router
what suould it else be??????


On February 2, 2008 at 2:09 am

All I get is DOWLOADING GAME SETTINGS. But this is after the game gets my rank and everything else…then i try to find game. After that it shows DOWNLOADING GAME SETTINGS and does nothing else. If I try to load a private match the game and my whole system lockup.


On February 2, 2008 at 8:49 am

okay theyve pretty much sorted the server problems, but what about the whole leave a game for whatever reason try to get in to a different one and voila your in the same one for the next ten attempts of getting a decenet play.


On February 2, 2008 at 7:12 pm

“# arachnight says:
February 2nd, 2008 at 2:09 am

All I get is DOWLOADING GAME SETTINGS. But this is after the game gets my rank and everything else…then i try to find game. After that it shows DOWNLOADING GAME SETTINGS and does nothing else. If I try to load a private match the game and my whole system lockup.”

Exact same thing for me.. wtf


On February 2, 2008 at 9:34 pm

Have the same problems that you guys are having…..trying to load a private match locks the whole system up and I have to shut it down. Still wating to find out what the heck is going on with this game.


On February 3, 2008 at 7:42 am

Great game, shame you cant get online to play it tho – which is why I bought it!

Activision you bunch of tw@s


On February 3, 2008 at 11:04 pm

IF anyone hears of a new patch or someone new to at …..activision or anyone else ……. let me know. Meanwhile I will be considering which drink to set on my call of duty coaster


On February 4, 2008 at 2:14 am

it must suck to not be able to play and to lag all the time. Ive only had 1 hr where i couldnt play on my PS3 and its been fine ever since


On February 4, 2008 at 12:03 pm

iv read ppl posting about the same error on here but theres not direct replies..

iv got like 10 friends aprox on ps3 and wen i try to join their parties and vise versa its all fine, except for one person (who annoyingly i play with the most).
everytime we try to connect to eachother it comes up with the black screen and message “Error unable to connect to host”
we both have good connections, both live close together, both have same versions of cod4 and he can even connect to an invite i send him whilst im in someone elses party..

is there anyway of fixing this? or is it going to b fixed in an upcoming patch at all?

would love any feed back



On February 4, 2008 at 5:45 pm

Ok :-( I never right messeges on websites this is my first :-( and Call Of Duty 4 is Awsome….4 about a week…now i get the downloading and cant connect….my buddy from work connects like nothing and were in the same town… this game im gonnna return it for the Xbox Version…PS3 was such a waste of money…i got it when it first came out…and the one good game that comes out…..does’nt even work proper…. PS3… :-( Xbox 4 life ….untill metal gear comes out :-) then i will Love playstaion again…unless its
like call of duty bull …


On February 5, 2008 at 12:19 am

One game does not make it a bad system. Seriously XBOX cannot even compare. PS3 has a High Def disk player, a hard drive a fujj blown OS , the browser, not to mention the ability to put LINUX YELLOWDOG on it and make it a full blown computet with word processing and any other pc like use you care to mention. Also XBOX has more than a year lead on game markets.and when the game markets catch up with PS3 it will kill the360 just as quick as the PS2 did to the first BILL GATES joke of a console system. The sad part is SONY made a better computer than Microdorks.


On February 5, 2008 at 6:36 pm

still stuck on the ass DOWNLOADING GAME SETTINGS screen. anyone else still havin this problem?? You would think after this long maybe it would be a little closer to working. I swear im so close to trading this game back because im so pissed off at this. For those of you who still can play now, congratulations, your very lucky, but to those of you who are stuck like me… i duno, i guess it sucks for us.


*PSN: sprkr12


On February 7, 2008 at 2:56 pm


Must be really big set of settings.

Seriously, do something :)


On February 7, 2008 at 6:51 pm

well this is complete bull no gaming with my mates and guess what all my mates have got 360 and most people from skool and they say ps3 is and all that ballex im starting to get more irrtated to say yes it is complete e :roll: sooo all i wanna do is have a nice game of cod4 with chips :wink: bye bye


On February 7, 2008 at 6:52 pm

wait sorry most of my mates have got 360 only some i met online and some at skool have ps3 :???:


On February 7, 2008 at 11:12 pm

What a bunch of whiney-assed boys. You guys STILL haven’t learned after all these years? New product ALWAYS has bugs and glitches to be ironed out, which is why I didn’t get mine for the PS3 until about a week and a half ago. No problems, no worries. Everything works fine, smooth and glitch-free! Great game! FINALLY something to eclipse SOCOM II from the PS2 days! Sucks you guys had to suffer and get your panties all in a bunch! LMFAO!!!

On another note, screw Bill Gates and his piece o’crap X-Box 360 PAY to play bull! I mean if ANYONE could afford to let devout customers/consumers to play on-line for FREE, you think it would be THIS guy! And the rich get richer…


On February 8, 2008 at 12:15 am

So i think i might of figured out a little trick around this all.
1) Go into the play online thing and either pick a private match or a lan match. you will be it by yourself. just mess around for about 10secs. then leave and try to join, i usally join a cage match cause you only need one person and it is the only one that seems to work.
2) you most have to repete this process many times, if you still cant get in after about 4 times quit the game completely and try again.
3) now comes the tricky part, you most likly will not be able to play it should say some kind of error. THIS IS GOOD!!!(other times it might just leave you saying”loading setting”or what ever and you are stuck there till the other person leaves or sometimes you are in the game by yourself, in this case stay there sometimes the error message comes up, if not just try it again).
4)now try playing again, you should get a error again…Good, keep trying to play till that message goes away(this should take about 8 times) then it should sign you out(note this cuts off the internet to you whole house) then try signing in, again it will take about 8 times.

then you should be able to play!!!
if something goes wrong just try it again, sometimes it works right a away other times this is taking a while to do.
i have ps3 dont know if it works on other systems.
Good luck, hope this helps and works for you all cause it does for me.


On February 8, 2008 at 11:26 am

When r they going to fix this? How much longer? This is very frustrating, I tried all the above and its hit or miss. I get in maybe after I try ten times or so rebooting, login out, etc. and I might get in 20 percent of the time. This sucks!!!!!! Where is the fix???????????????????????? Let us have it now. :evil: :twisted: :!: :!: :?:


On February 8, 2008 at 9:30 pm

this is bs, I can’t “Find Game” or say “Yes” to a party invite from a friend because I get locked into the “Finding Game Settings” screen. After playing fine for weeks, it suddenly did this and I haven’t been able to play for over a week now.

Fix this, wtf!!!


On February 9, 2008 at 1:38 am

o i heard if you are just having a problem with “downloading game settings” try joining a lan party thing, just hang out there for a bit then leave. shouldnt get it then.


On February 9, 2008 at 12:48 pm

its still ing up. i hat this!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

daveey boy

On February 9, 2008 at 4:55 pm

Ive been getting this error only when im connected through wired … when i connect through wireless i can play .. but now with my wireless i cannot play i get the downloading settings stuck on there for long time ooo well gotta wait for another patch lol


On February 9, 2008 at 6:45 pm

kinda lame how they haven’t even addressed this problem since January. They addressed the problem, released a patch, but now some of us are still having the problem, so why don’t they give us some type of update on whats going on?


On February 9, 2008 at 7:00 pm

to the guy who said join a LAN game, thanks bro, worked for me! If you’re still having problems with the DGS screen, listen to Matt’s advice.


On February 11, 2008 at 6:38 am

Anyone still having Downloading Game Settings problems? My PS3 locks up if I try to do anything else. What about setting up a LAN game? If there’s nothing else connected to the LAN. Is there a difference between using wired/wireless connection?


On February 11, 2008 at 1:00 pm

yeah, i just tryed to login last night, and i am getting the Downloading Game Settings for the first time ever, and i dont know what to do about it.. and yeah my game locks up also.. strange.


On February 11, 2008 at 3:37 pm

:mrgreen: do what matt said about going to a lan party first. What I did was create a game in lan stay there for about a minute and you shouldn’t have a problem with DOWNLOADING GAME SETTINGS


On February 11, 2008 at 4:29 pm

to killin4fun

i got my copy of cod4 today and i havent been able to play one online game because of downloading game settings problem.

so its not just when the game is new.


On February 11, 2008 at 4:30 pm

the fact that these problems is an outrage ahhhhhhhhh :mad:

ron hewleee

On February 11, 2008 at 5:01 pm

all new games u have to go to system update before u can play


On February 11, 2008 at 8:19 pm

AAAGGHHH!!!!!! IM still getting the “Downloading game settings” still. i wait for about 2 hours and it still isnt wotking!!!!!!!!!!! :evil:


On February 11, 2008 at 8:19 pm

AAAGGHHH!!!!!! IM still getting the “Downloading game settings” still. i wait for about 2 hours and it still isnt wotking!!!!!!!!!!!! :evil:


On February 11, 2008 at 8:21 pm

I exit the lobby and i go back in but it just does the same thing!!!!!!!!!!!!! :evil:


On February 13, 2008 at 11:58 am

so im not the only one experiencing this ing problem?? isnt there a challenge where you have o win like , 3 games in a row or sum ?? but how the can yo udo that if the game keeps getting ended! i mean like !!! oh and does anyone know if there is gonna be any updates for like, new weapons , new maps and all that ?? if so can someone plz email me at , kthxbai :shock:


On February 13, 2008 at 12:00 pm

i move my ps3 around , lol for a dif connection , then i press back while its downloading setteings so it stops , i try again , if it dosnt work i try again , and somtimes ill end up having to restart meh ps3 ( X-BOX SUXXXX!!1one!!11!! :twisted: )


On February 13, 2008 at 1:51 pm

Kind of weird that some of you still can’t play online. Before the patch was released I could play online but it would sometimes take a while to find a game. Now with the patch it literally takes 4 or 5 seconds to find a game. Sorry to hear some of you still have the problems.


On February 14, 2008 at 12:38 am

One solution!!! It just worked for me after days of Downloading settings!!!!

I switched over to wireless connection and it has work perfect since (for the last hour…)


On February 14, 2008 at 3:14 am

I take back what I wrote above.. My system worked for 1 session…now back to downloading settings again. This sucks!! I’ve spent more time waiting than playing for the past f@#$ing week. Does Sony, activision or Infinity give a that so many people that spent alot of money and now time are so unsatisfied? Seems not…they just keep selling more games & cant keep up with online use. -em all….this is not cool….I like the game but am just too F@#$ing fed up with the lack of being able to play…

Joselito Santos

On February 14, 2008 at 6:44 am

since i played cod4 online,i did not get any problem.


On February 14, 2008 at 4:31 pm

even after the update the speech on the headset it still rubbish any word on when they r going to so sort it out :???:


On February 15, 2008 at 7:32 pm

I just rented it to try out before buying. My stepson was on-line yesterday, and it looked awesome. But today, I’ve so far spent the last hour “DOWNLOADING GAME SETTINGS”… So I checked out if there were any problems online, and found some interesting articles saying that the problems were IRONED OUT- IN DECEMBER!!! WTF?!

Is it needless to say, that I won’t be buying the game now? First Impressions, Activision, are everything. I sure as hell won’t be renting it again either.


On February 15, 2008 at 10:02 pm

ive owned this COD4 since early december and have only got online three times, 60$ for like 2 days of gameplay. Its fair to say they don’t care, as far as im concerned this is false advertisement, nobody bought this game for single player. Activision should be sued for like this i swear, w/e though thats the last game i buy from them.


On February 16, 2008 at 11:52 am

Um yea i had call of duty for ages and it worked when i first had it….and now when i load the game up and go to play online it still has DOWNLOADING GAME SETTINGS….i thought u sed u fixed this :???: :?: well if any1 has any suggestions plz leave them :lol: -1-


On February 18, 2008 at 8:49 pm

Joining a LAN party first worked for me for about a week or so, now I’m back to having the same problem. I can’t join an Online game or a LAN party game.


On February 19, 2008 at 1:14 pm

ive been getting the ‘DOWNLOADING GAME SETTINGS’ message for a while now i havent played CoD in 2 weeks because of this, but then 1 day it works perfectly fine and obv i start playing. The next day i get the ‘DOWNLOADING GAME SETTINGS’ message again i left it on for 4 hours still didnt go away :sad: , just wondering if anyone could help thx guys

online name: richie56700


On February 20, 2008 at 12:28 pm

i only got a PS3 the other week, and my only game is COD4, i only got the game to play online and have not yet got on…. the usual “DOWNLOADING GAME SETTINGS” it makes me feel a bit sick i paid all that money for nothing, they better fix it soon, if anyone has any info please inform us all thanks guys….


On February 20, 2008 at 1:43 pm

To all who experience the Download Game Settings… I expereinced it myself. I have a Fiber Optic Connection. There are 2 reasons for these problem:
1. Overload of the Internet Connection – too many connected to your network
2. Interference like the wireless telephone operating at 2.4 ghz.

One way to resolve this problem is to reset your router then re-connect your PS3… it will be connected to COD Game quickly…

Another solution is remove your 2.4Ghz Wireless Phone …


On February 20, 2008 at 1:49 pm

I am having the same problem “Downloading Game Settings”, then I go and play NHL 08 and it works every time. Need to find soemthing to fix the problem fast or PS3 is going to lose a lot of players. :?: :neutral: …. Freddy2727 is my gaming id so if anyone can tell me i am usually trying to play COD4, or if you find out anyinformation. Thanks


On February 21, 2008 at 9:46 am

Answer to “Downloading Game Settings” problem…
I also experienced it. As I sadi before, I only reset the Router but what you really need to do is to Prioritize the PS3 IP Connection in your network.
This can be done thru the Quality of Service (QOS) of your Router.

1. Turn off all PCs and any devices connected to your WIFI
2. Reset the Router
3. After the Router is On and working, establish the PS3 Connection using Wireless thru your WIFI Network… Use Automatic IP and others… it will assign the first IP Address
4. Then you may turn on an connect the rest of your PCs or devices to the WIFI.
5. From your Router device, you can identify the devices connected to it by pinging the Router… you do it by connecting using Ineternet Explorer (IE) and type the IP Adddress of your Router (type “″ in the IE Address field without the ” sign)
6. You can then configure your Priorities… check your manual router manual how to do it..

This will really help you with the COD4… I do not know why but it seems it needs faster connection to the COD4 Server…

Hope it works… see you there



On February 22, 2008 at 9:58 am


This is the Best Solution to the “Downloading Game Setting” Hang-ups that I tried last night…

Port Forwarding is your Answer.
Go to this website if you do not know hoto Port Forward. (

Basically, what Port Forwarding does is assigning a Port for the COD4 game specifically to the IP address of your PS3.

This Downloading Game Setting problem exits if you have multiple PCs and other devices connected to your route including the PS3.

Forget about the 2 earlier messages I sent… those were just temporary fix.



On February 24, 2008 at 9:19 pm

Nothing works!!!!! now i have to wait like 4-7 hours for it to load up!! does any1 have a fix for this?!?!


On February 25, 2008 at 2:09 pm


i have a BT home hub can it still do the port forward thing?


On February 25, 2008 at 2:52 pm

Alan: What is “BT”? Are your referring to Bit Torrent?

Anyway, here is basically what the PS3 COD4 does:
1. When you have set-up the PS3 to the internet, and play the COD4, it defines the Port of the IP Address of the PS3 for the COD4 game.
2. So when you play, the COD4 information uses that Port.
3. When you turn off your PS3 and play again later and experience this “Download game Setting” problem, it means the IP Address used by your PS3 has changed. The original Port that was used by COD4 when it originally defined it does not match to the New IP Address of the PS3.
4. When does this happen, it happens when you do an “Auto” IP Address for your PS3 when you confirgured your Network Connection.

Here is what you need to:
1. Reset your Router
2. Connect your PS3 using the Automatic IP Address configuration
3. You would be able to play the COD4 (if not, you will need to do manually the Port forwarding)
4. After you were able to connect the COD4 for Multiplayer and may have played, go back to the XMB of the PS3.
5. Manually configure the IP Address connection using the IP Address that is connected. You can view it by going to Network Settings, Network Connection.
6. Copy the Ip address and other addresses… you will need it later
7. Set-up the Internet connection of your P3 again… this time, consider Manually assign Ip address… now copy the address you have noted on Item#6
8. finish the rest of the reqt by clinking next or right arrow button…
9. You are done…
10… go back to COD4 and you can get the connection quick and fast…

If you have only reach item#3… then you will need to do Port Forwarding…

If you still cannot get it to work, add me in your PS3 as a friend and provide your name and telephone no… so I can call you and walk you thru it over the phone…

I am just doing this to help people who need to play COD4… I myself experienced this problem but not anymore… just did some research and learing the basic of IT Networking…

my user id in ps3 is batang-pasay

**** This “Downloading Game Setting” problem has nothing to do with IW or Activitision… the problem is your Router for not knowing how to manage the traffic information of your COD4 game data.

COD4 is a Very Good Game and very addicting! :grin:


On February 25, 2008 at 2:54 pm

If you still cannot get it to work, add me in your PS3 as a friend and provide your name and telephone no… so I can call you and walk you thru it over the phone…

I am just doing this to help people who need to play COD4… I myself experienced this problem but not anymore… just did some research and learing the basic of IT Networking…

my user id in ps3 is batang-pasay

**** This “Downloading Game Setting” problem has nothing to do with IW or Activision… the problem is your Router for not knowing how to manage the traffic information of your COD4 game data.

COD4 is a Very Good Game and very addicting! :grin:

cod4 name, dustbinman

On February 25, 2008 at 5:47 pm

:roll: i have just found you tonight and your comment on the situation so what i,ve done is typed your info and i am going to try to resolve it in the morning i am with tiscali and error 33 since last thursday 21ST feb im changing my server on wenesday thank you for this information batang. :lol:

cod4 name, dustbinman

On February 25, 2008 at 5:50 pm

:roll: thank you i will try this in the mornig as it is late when i found your information batang


On February 26, 2008 at 10:39 pm

Sup guys, my COD4 has been working flawlessly for a few days now (knock on wood). The fix was to update my router’s firmware. Go to your router’s maker’s site and check to make sure your router firmware is up to date!

alex ps3 name (blorange)

On February 27, 2008 at 1:28 pm

help me the last few days my ps3 is going fine until i get on call of duty 4 it takes ages to download and getting really angry and thinkin to buy a xbox360 someone plz help me

alex ps3 name (blorange)

On February 27, 2008 at 1:31 pm

im just getting pissed off cuz i really like cod4 but why does is keep &^*king up
and the problem is when i go onto the find game and it keeps saying downloading settings someone please give me advise


On February 28, 2008 at 9:29 am

Alex Ps3:
Please see my responses above… you need to fix the configuratioin of your router..
Assign a Static IP to your PS3

ps3 id: batang-pasay


On March 1, 2008 at 9:59 am

Why has the 360 version getting special trearment and the ps3 isnt when it is clearly better


On March 1, 2008 at 5:21 pm

whenever i go on cod4 online now it just says DOWNLOADING GAME SETTINGS and its been like this now for a week and i want to team up with my mate SORT IT OUT NOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


On March 3, 2008 at 11:42 am

same with me ben i went onto cod 4 and it took me an hour to find a match then when i eventually got a match the host ended game ! ! ! :sad:


On March 3, 2008 at 11:43 am

my ps3 name3 is chrisycars if u can help me send me a message please ! !


On March 3, 2008 at 12:57 pm

What the hell is goin on with COD:4 online…


thats all it does for me :mad: :mad: :mad: :mad: :mad: :mad: :mad: :mad:

whats tha problem :?: :!: :!: :?: :!: :?: :!: :?: :!: :shock:


On March 3, 2008 at 1:23 pm

Common guyz, Get an Xbox 360 for gods Sake, this thing is never going get Fixed, im F***ing Sure.


On March 3, 2008 at 4:05 pm

why would i get a 360 thats like havving a ferrari and getting a skoda aaaahhhhh its not the ps3 ive got burnout paradise and thats works fine online its proberly needin updated


On March 3, 2008 at 4:07 pm

:evil: to the guys at activision


On March 3, 2008 at 11:22 pm


Just thought I would google it to see wtf was happening, thank GOD I’m not alone, but too bad this is happening. Will try the ‘solution’ and see what happens.



On March 4, 2008 at 11:16 am

I have some good news

The ps3 versoin of cod 4 will be receiving the same update as the xbox did !
maybe on friday i hope that solves the..
downloading game settings ………


On March 4, 2008 at 4:10 pm

Guys: The Download Game Setting problem is not of PS3 or Activision. It is a setting you have to fix in your Router and PS3.
When you set you PS3 to connect to an Automatic IP, it will work the first time then if the PS3 is turned off and turned-on later, and if it got a New Ip Address, the Port that COD4 game set-up in your initial IP will not be changd, thus, you will experience the Download Game Settings…

I had that same problem before and its been resolved… I do not experience that problem anymore.. check my other posting for the solution…

If you have any problem or question how it is done… I will be more than happy to assist you…. my PS3 User Id is: batang-pasay
Please provide your contacts where I can call you… so we can troubleshoot.
I will only call people who lives in the US.



On March 4, 2008 at 5:08 pm

i hope you will get that new patch very soon because i m tire to play and get f***k every time the host leave the will be a + to mute all those stupid players for the rest i dont have any problem with the game.


On March 6, 2008 at 7:53 pm

Batang-pasay, i did wat u said but it still doesnt work


On March 8, 2008 at 4:25 am

hey guys….my cod4 works perfectly fine except for the odd lagging but it doesnt worry me too much!!

except every time me and my mate try to invite each other into a party it always comes to a black screen saying “error unable to connect to host” or “server full”!!!

i love the game especially playing domination online but activision seriously needs to fix tht party invite coz i have neva been able to invite my frend or get the chance to whoop his ass ONLINE!!


On March 8, 2008 at 1:01 pm

the promblem is that every1 has gt the game now and it wnt let any1 on till some1 goes of line i can play any other game online fine u shudnt hav 2 change ur ip ardress or anyfink like that its just every2 wants 2 play call of duty i dnt blame every1 its great thats y its fine at of peak times most of the time my online name is bishnaldo if any 1 wnts 2 team up and join me and add me as a friend u can if nt watch ur back im comin 4 u until another gr8 game comes out we will always hav dis problem


On March 9, 2008 at 7:43 am

Been playing PS3 online for a few months now, just gotta say despite issues, COD4 is by far the best online game ever, pisses on the rest!! Live in Liverpool, UK & use a wireless router for online. Yes I do get the ‘download game settings ‘ screen but only for a few secs, joining a match is dead quick & no problem anytime of day, only annoying bit is keep getting ‘connection interrupted ‘ during play,usually when I’m kickin’ ass! At least you dont lose your gained XP or unlocks earned tho’. Lookin for some online friends so if you fancy some company to avoid getting shot or stabbed in the back by some cowardly git, my online name is de2hat. Get in touch!! Cheers, Dave :cool:


On March 9, 2008 at 1:52 pm

ps3s 4 life


On March 9, 2008 at 3:00 pm

does anyone know how to fix this Error 33

its realing annoying me now

someone write back soon PLEASEEEE

i really want to play on it :)



On March 10, 2008 at 2:10 pm

It should work… did you follow the steps?
Add me to your friends and we can chat or I can call you.
Let me know… I would be able to call you if you are in USA, otherwise, too expensive for international call…

my User ID: batang-pasay


On March 10, 2008 at 3:56 pm

does any1 know how to fix the downloading game settings problem? i got my ps3 on friday. why doesn’t it work???????????????? i just wanna play online on COD4!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :mad:


On March 11, 2008 at 12:52 pm

mine just says unable to connect to activision matchmaking what does that mean and how can i fix it?


On March 11, 2008 at 4:44 pm

I have been using a wireless connection for a while now (PS3). I keep getting this message durring a game saying “connection interrupted,” and then i go back to the main lobby screen and i am still online! It says “server connection timed out.” WTF:!: I dont get it. My wireless signal is strong enough but to make sure i brought the PS3 downstairs and HARDLINE connected it. I still get thrown off games :!: It’s so F’ annoing:!: I am desperate for help. The game is sweet but i am sick of the inturrptions! May i also mention 1.) the ports on my router are open 2.) My cord is ALWAYS Plugged in All the way. RRRRRRRGG. :evil: Need Help ASAP Tanks :neutral:


On March 11, 2008 at 4:47 pm

PS. My name is Clubby online ad me as friend


On March 11, 2008 at 9:02 pm

i need help after signing nd it saying downloading game settings i click find game and i oick a game and nothing cums up it juss says searching for available games and getting match quality what is wrong i kno my connection is working perfectly


On March 12, 2008 at 12:07 pm

I keep getting ‘connection interupted ‘ during gameplay followed by ‘ error. server connection timed out’. Happens quite a lot now! Can someone please tell me what it actually means? I’m guessing there’s a playing time limit during busy
periods but I don’t really know. Appreciate any replies. Cheers, Liverpool Dave


On March 12, 2008 at 1:29 pm

:mad: :lol: :?: :!: my ps3 on cod4 isnot :twisted: :twisted: :twisted: :twisted: :twisted: :twisted: :twisted: :twisted: :twisted: :twisted: :twisted: :twisted: :twisted: :twisted: :twisted: :twisted: :twisted: working


On March 14, 2008 at 5:28 pm

I have not been able play online for 2 weeks. The curse of DGS issue. Like come on sony certify the patch already! It would be nice to even have updates. Do we know if this patch will actually solve the issue or is it based on server overload?


On March 17, 2008 at 5:26 pm

Go ino the game file in the main menu, delete the smv file.
Back into the game, re-install the update…….
worked for me :razz: :lol:


On March 20, 2008 at 11:05 am

I am having the same issue of “downloading game setting..” forever.. I bought the game cd yesterday.. My friend was using my PS3 system with his cd but didnt have this problem. Has anyone successfully fixed this issue? any help will be appreciated.


On March 21, 2008 at 9:46 am

So i just tried to do the colored name for my ps3 and somehow it got all mixed up and it said something like “^7..”et ps3_ and so on but it is supposed to say “^7..”.set ps3_ so i changed my clan name back to normal and then i figured out how to get it back to normal as i stated before and for some reason i cannot go online at all it just freezes. so please anyone help!!!


On March 21, 2008 at 12:14 pm

Nevermind. I fixed it.

jake robinson

On March 25, 2008 at 12:58 pm

i am having to problems with cod4 on ps3 it takes forever to download the game settings and my m8s invite me to their hosted games and it just says seerver connection timed out and im 10 xp fro mmy first prestidge someone help!!!!!!!!!!!

jake robinson

On March 25, 2008 at 1:02 pm

where is the smv file?


On April 3, 2008 at 2:15 pm

i got cod4 on ps3 at xmas, it was working fine for a few months and den it started having problems. First i coudnt connect to friends parties, then downloading game settings. I can still play the game but it sometimes takes up to half hour to connect. When friends invite me it doesnt usually work. On the odd day internet is working fine and everything works without a problem!!! I DONT KNOW HOW TO FIX THIS AND I HATE PLAYIN THIS GAME ON MY OWN lol SOME1 HELP………..


On April 5, 2008 at 1:38 pm

it keeps saying “downloading game settings”


On April 11, 2008 at 1:58 pm

this has been going on for a good six months na, i got cod4 on ps3 last week, had no problems untill today with this error 33 all day. i wouldnt mind but i bought this for 49.99 and now theres the new version cod4 game of the year edition for 44.99 with the 4 maps included,but theres no release date on ps3 again pissing me off even more, lucky for me i have a 360 and will be taking this back for a proper online game that u can play with no worries


On April 13, 2008 at 4:39 pm

i really need help to try an fix this problem its so anoyin :evil: i go on dod4 online ok thren when i go to find game it says downloading game settings again


On April 13, 2008 at 4:40 pm

woops cod4


On April 13, 2008 at 4:43 pm

my cod4 name is tottie888 so if u have a answer add me an say y ur adiin me or leave a message on this website plz im lvl 33 prestige an i want to go back online!! plzzzzzz


On April 14, 2008 at 3:57 am

i no i feel the same but its not the ps3 its the survers for cod4 :twisted:


On April 18, 2008 at 11:31 pm

:twisted: :twisted: its been 3 months and a hand full of day and still the onlie of COD4 WILL NOT WORK. i get into a game for 30-55 seconds (yes i count now) and i get “connection interupted” or “you have been signed out of playstatio network”……..soo 3 months and the problem is still here thanks for the help activision/infinity ward.


On April 21, 2008 at 2:27 pm

Foxy: Read my older post to fix the Dowload game Setting Problem.. that should fix it. I am sure you know the steps I am talking about.
Another way is to delete the SMV File as recommended by “WilBotch says:
March 17th, 2008 at 5:26 pm” (see also message above)

Do you know how to delete the SMV file?

If you still having a problem, send me a note.. PS3 User ID: batang-pasay



On April 24, 2008 at 10:37 am

wats a SMV file?


On April 26, 2008 at 2:51 pm

which is better, wireless or wired connection?


On April 26, 2008 at 9:01 pm

Well… i fixed my “downloading game settings” problem (thanks to batang-pasay :) ) but now i have an even bigger problem. When i play a game, 5-7 minutes later the game freezes and/or the sound stops working and i have no choice but to turn my ps3 off. :sad: Can someone tell me if it has ever happened to them? Is it because of my PS3, Router, or COD4 game disk? Someone plz help me with this problem.


On May 3, 2008 at 1:09 pm

Does anyone know when the PSN Cards come out?


On May 17, 2008 at 5:14 am

Ok, I got COD4 for PS3 and ive had no problems up until recently. When i try to run it like will run for a split second and stop, and its very jerky game play. I check my connection, its fine, my controllers are fine, and my system with GTA4 and DMC4 have no problems, and this jus started happening outta nowhere, anyone have any ideas to what could possibly be goin on, and is anyone else feeling like there controls are super jerky and lagish when they play??

very angry and dissapointed gamer

On May 20, 2008 at 3:06 am

ok ive had this game for about three months now….wanna know how long i played it for!? the first month then no more…y?….well after two weeks straight of tryin to get passed this “downloading game setting’s” i gave up!!! i know about a month ago they were gonna make changes to fix it but….it hasnt done ne thing for me!! this sucks b/c i only got it for the sole purpose of online use….if i cnat get online…then this makes it a waste of money…i guess i just wanna know….WHEN WILL THEY FIX —>ALL


On May 28, 2008 at 2:37 pm

HEY Thanks for giving me this problem I got this game nearly when it came out and it had that problem and now that have still not fixed it that is just F**ing great you know I want to play online now and I mean now when will you people fix this cause I don’t think you are even doing anyhting about it and oh yeah thanks so much activision for the DAM! problem you are really pissing me off FIX IT NOW!


On May 28, 2008 at 2:39 pm

Hey anyone know how to fix the PS3 call of duty 4 problem it keeps on saying downloading game setting and it is really pissing me off YOU ACTIVISION! REALLY YOU PEOPLE YOU PEOPLE ARE NO GOOD MUTHA ING JACKASSES

cod 4 kicks ass activision SUCKS

On June 1, 2008 at 10:39 am

6 months down the line and still no solution what a joke never have any trouble once i get past downloading game setting if i get past it SORT IT OUT :twisted:

DarkHawk_470 (add me, thats my PSN)

On June 5, 2008 at 8:30 pm

Would you please get your together! I also get the ing ERROR 33 :mad: Like WHAT THE IS THAT ! Please fix it! :sad: The greatest game ever online, but when the online doesnt work, it sucks. I’ve already beat the game and there is nothing to do except play online.
PLEASE FIX IT!!!! :sad: :sad:

Jay Goodall

On June 11, 2008 at 11:53 am

Please Fix Call Of Duty 4 Online PS3 Because its so ing when I’m shooting someone for ages and they ing kill me insted even when I sneek up behind them its so annoying Please Fix it for god sake please please Fix it.

p.s. My online Name Is izeet on PS3


On June 11, 2008 at 4:05 pm

:!: :?: :!: :?: :!: :?: :!: :!: OMFG 3 month and still DOWNLOADING GAME SETINGS this im so pissseedddd off if anyone know the problem plz tell me and soon.. im geting realyy mad! f this :?: :!: :?: :!: :?: :!: :?: :!:


On June 11, 2008 at 9:15 pm

GUYS!!!! I KNOW HOW TO FIX IT!!!!!!! ok when you go to play online try it agian if it says downloading game setings go back to were it says play online dont click let it sit for about 30-1h then try agian it sould work it did for me!!!! if not IMM SOOOO SORRY :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: Have Fun!!!!!!!


On June 12, 2008 at 10:41 am

Not A happy chap, ive been trying now for two weeks to get online to play Call of Duty 4 on my PS3 as most of the other complaints all I get is down loading settings, I even left it running for 4 maybe 5 hours while watching TV and it still does not connect.
I have tried every day now for two weeks but no joy, I recommend if you like a good shoot um up downloading Battelfield Bad company its going to be just as good as Call of Duty 4, when its finally released.

So Come on Activision let us all know what the hells going on, surely we deserve an answer to this frustrating problem :?:


On June 12, 2008 at 3:18 pm

:shock: have it worked for anyyone yet since my last mesg?


On June 19, 2008 at 10:53 pm

I logged in today and when i got into the match i got a error and i was kicked off WTF I get really annoyed when i play for have the time and i get booted anybody know!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


On June 20, 2008 at 1:34 am

Ive played this Game since it came out, never had any problems since recently..bought a new router b/c i thought it might be my old one.. But turns out this is caused by you guys.. In Id rather pay for the online service from you guys rather then to be booted offline and have slow ass games all the time.. think about that.. I will never buy another call of duty game again.


On June 22, 2008 at 5:37 pm

Yeah so its June 22nd and its still impossible to get online on most days. I downloaded the Battlefield demo in like 40 min, but forget trying to get on the CoD servers.

Good job Activision?


On June 23, 2008 at 9:13 am

i’m new at playing online so can someone let me know why my game skips, and moves on it’s own sometimes while playing online.
i would greatly appreciate an answer


On June 24, 2008 at 10:51 am

:mad: It just happened to me this morning (around 11:30am, in southern Ontario) and it goes to the Downloading Game Settings for about 10 seconds, screen goes blank for 5 seconds and the error 33 screen comes up. Any thoughts? Is it the game itself or my internet connection?


On June 24, 2008 at 11:15 am

Same thing is happening to me…ps3 error 33.


On June 24, 2008 at 11:41 am

:evil: it still dnt work i tried to do it over nd over again i turned it on nd off it still dnt work for my cod 4 on ps3 :cry: pls tell me ow to fix it


On June 24, 2008 at 11:58 am

Its just happened to me and im pissed off just got top prestige and just about to get golden ak-47 and it says error 33 does anyone now how long it goes for or is it forever?? i need help because got 9 weeks summer holiday and i will be bored to death!!!


On June 24, 2008 at 12:16 pm

This is a ing joke now it wont even let me go online now because it says it suspended due to virus your a ing joke, best game ever and totally addicted but if you cant make it work whats the ing use so get your ing act together you get paid for this by us so keep us ing happy!!!


On June 25, 2008 at 6:03 pm

THIS IS WELL WORTH READING!!!!!:arrow: Well i have got all your problems.ERROR33..DOWNLOADING GAME SEATTINGS The worst one…and trying to get into a mach…. i have tryed evrythig nothing have worked until one day i left it on befor you press ‘play online” i change the chanle for about 30 min’s….and tryed agian and i did it!!!!! it worked no downloading game setings Workes EVRY TIME FOR ME! i do recomend to try this.. C yeah and wach out!!! i Snipee!!!


On July 7, 2008 at 3:44 am

Ben if a certain amount of players go to vote to skip then it changes map


On July 7, 2008 at 4:47 am

haha oh look, it works fine for me, amazing graphics too… oh im running the pc version. Tough luck console lovers.


On July 9, 2008 at 3:31 pm

do u have to buy a new game or can u get a update for it?
for either could u telll me how?


On July 10, 2008 at 1:33 am

I have contacted a lawyer who thinks a class action lawsuit against Sony and the game developers would hold ground since both are responsible for marketing the game heavily on the online aspects
of the game. We already have searched tv spots of playstation/Sony employees stating the wonderful
online gaming side of the game and how its the majority of why people play the game in the first place.
This lawyer’s brother is a producer for a very large TV news network and if we gather enough
people he can push the story helping our cause.
I will watch the posts here and will put up a website for info for the lawsuit and for the world to see what Sony thinks of customer service. Sony is just as responsible since they marketed the game they should have made sure the networking requirements were there.


On July 23, 2008 at 10:15 am

:twisted: i am really angry with this game because it always says DOWNLOADING GAME SETTINGS. when is sony going to fix this problem.


On July 24, 2008 at 7:54 pm

I cant play online cuz of the DOWNLOADING GAME SETTING always stops downloading! When will this problem be fixed?


On July 30, 2008 at 3:31 pm

if you have a wireless router try turning it of for a day and once done that turn it back on and it should work perfect for a while (well it worked for me)


On August 9, 2008 at 11:23 am

hi there, wat u have 2 do when it says downloading game settings is just wait for a while when a update comes out it usually works then :mrgreen: just be patient it should start to work eventually :mrgreen: ! good luck with it.


On August 21, 2008 at 10:41 am

:smile: Call of Duty 4 is a great game and great online. If you have lagging problems, its probably because you have a crappy connection, or your router sucks. The only problem I have is the Downloading Game Settings. Whenever I click play online, it says it, but goes away in a couple seconds. They should fix that. And, does anyone know what Host Migration is? Thanks.


On August 21, 2008 at 10:47 am

Also, I noticed that if you are playing with people that have terrible red connections, it affects your connection, too. :eek: Same thing with good connections. CD4 Rocks.


On August 21, 2008 at 3:18 pm

yeah Luleb, i tried it and it worked.


On August 23, 2008 at 1:07 pm

This ing download settings screen is so ing annoying i cant do anything i’m sitting there almost coming to a conclusion of putting my ng foot through the ps3


On September 1, 2008 at 8:12 am

To fix the “Downloading Game Setting” when you click on Find Game what I do is disconnect my ethernet cable from the back of my PS3 for a few seconds, reconnect it, power off the PS3 on the switch in the back, turn it back on and then proceed as normal. Pain in the ass, I know, but it works.

What annoys the piss out of me is all the “Connection Interrupted” errors I keep getting when there is no interruption in my connection. Every so often it kicks off the PSN completely and I have to log back in. Everytime it boots me from a match it counts as a loss and that’s bull. What’s monumentally bull is that when it happens, for those few seconds before it boots me when it’s trying decide if it wants to work out the issue or not, is that I can shoot people dead on and they don’t die yet they shoot me and I die. So it affects my win/loss ratio and my kill/death ratio all in one.

I finally called Sony this morning and the guy told me to call Activision and get the port numbers for COD4. Then to call my router company, in my case D Link, and have them open up those ports. In case anyone is wondering I have a wired connection through my router and not wireless. I called Activision and after 5 minutes of playing YOU with their IVR I got a message that they don’t open until 9am Pacific. So I’ll have to call back later I guess. Fun times.


On September 27, 2008 at 9:24 am

Im a gold cross but i get annoyed with downloadin game settings trauma ….

i have to switch my rooter on and off for it too work but how long before i fuse my rooter

ps3 name :


On September 29, 2008 at 3:05 pm

cod4 still doesnt work online for me it still says DOWNLOADING GAMESETTINGS… when are you going to fix the problem?????


On October 2, 2008 at 11:21 am

Joe turn your connection on and off


On October 14, 2008 at 2:06 pm

i just recently got a new error on COD4. Its an “Activision matchmaker error”???? What the hell is that. Doesnt allow me to play online…..

joe blow

On October 14, 2008 at 2:26 pm

same message unable to connect to activision matchmaking error 33


On October 14, 2008 at 3:09 pm

it should be ok again at 1am tonight


On October 16, 2008 at 8:04 am

hi there i was trying to play cod4 on internet on ps3 but it keep saying game setting loading and wont go away ive been waiting houres each day but nothing has happened can some one help me plz cuz i wana play mi ps3 while schools out. thanks for helping bye


On October 16, 2008 at 8:17 am

oh yeah and when i go to play a private mach on mi own if i want mi ps3 freezes up can some one help plz ty


On December 12, 2008 at 12:51 am

I find it funny that they dont seem to be much better. You still get this error message saying you must be signed into the ps3 network yet I am fully aware I am . I have a DMZ port etc all sorted and my connection is 100% on broadband with a wireless router.

It is comical because I phoned them up yesterday to make a complaint and a american man stated to me there are no problems and he never heard of any. He was rude and when I wanted to make a complaint I was passed onto a voice mail system and left a msg. I think that activision needs to upgrade everything very quickly after all we paid for this service and game. With the respect that COD5 has been released I am sceptical that it will be any better with connection issues.

Please help us all! :evil:


On June 8, 2009 at 5:28 pm

ok seriously wut is up with this.
i have had my game for 3 day’s and i t has only worked online 1 time.
everytime i try to play online i say’s downloading game setting and say’s this and doesnt change.
i am really anoyed so if u can help please do
e-mail me at


On June 8, 2009 at 5:32 pm

Also i highly recomend that u do not buy any more activision games. as i bout gh4 from them. And after about a week my drum kit broke. so i called activison and they sed they would send me a an extra symbol but they i have gh4 and i am really anoyed so DONT by activisoin games.


On June 15, 2009 at 1:37 pm

I bought CoD4 a few days ago and it worked only 2 or 3 times.
In 99% ít says “Downloading Game Settings”.
CoD 5 is working fine.
Whatever! CoD4 is the last Activision game i bought !


On October 2, 2009 at 12:45 pm

my cod4 takes ages 2 download game settins and once that has finally done i clik on a game mode and it never joins a game what should i do


On August 12, 2010 at 2:59 am

guys it isnt even working for me pease please can someone reply i need to know why it isnt working for me


On August 28, 2010 at 6:08 pm

it makes no since my cod 4 wont load when im trying to select the game type i want to get into a pre game lobby it says downloading game settings but never does ive been waiting a whole day turning off my ps3 restarting and everytime i go in it takes just as long and wont load. Does anybody else have this problem?


On September 20, 2010 at 12:00 am

Okay. so i want to like get onto spilt screen yet. it only goes a 1/4 of the way then stop D:
plus downloading game settings WHATS THAT ABOUT please fix before i go skitz at you and my ps3

Your’s truely sniperpig(:

toby Laker

On November 4, 2010 at 3:58 am

well any help for me when i try to join a game like crash it freezes but some other maps work for me :(
and crash is my favourite map so that really sucks balls

click here

On November 24, 2010 at 3:10 am

Couldn’t be written any better. Reading this post reminds me of my old room mate! He always kept talking about this. I will forward this article to him. Pretty sure he will have a good read. Thanks for sharing!


On April 17, 2011 at 8:34 am

it`s been 3 years and it still doesn`t work


On April 17, 2011 at 8:36 am

come on someone do something this is so dum i get the game 4 my birth day and i can`t play online.. i don`t understannd some one do something this has gone on long enough..

bob ho

On April 18, 2011 at 10:35 am

we no ones even reading these no one even checks the comments


On October 24, 2013 at 6:31 pm

its still en doing it get it fixed for sack