How to fix Modern Warfare Error Code 38

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare’s Error Code 38 has caused matchmaking issues since its release, and although frustrating, the fix is often simple.

Although the previous CoD games are often left to gather dust once the franchise moves on to the next blockbuster installment, the new joint progression system has kept Modern Warfare alive. For those who prefer the realistic feel of Infinity Ward’s engine, or want to level up the best Warzone weapons, Modern Warfare will continue to track your progress, keeping the game alive and well.

Since the start of Season 3, Black Ops Cold War players have recently had to deal with the Bravo 433 Destructive Gator error code, and Dev Error 6034 continues to be a problem. Modern Warfare players are still suffering from Error Code 38, but luckily, the fix is usually simple.

What is Modern Warfare’s Error Code 38?

When trying to boot up Modern Warfare or join a match, console players can sometimes be hit by Error Code 38, completely preventing them from playing the game.

This usually occurs around the time of updates and can often be caused by the update not installing properly. Or, if it occurs long after the update, it could be through a client-side console problem.

How to fix Error Code 38 in Modern Warfare

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Check for a pending update

As Warzone is still tied to Modern Warfare and they’re launched from the same client, sometimes the most recent updates don’t automatically download. Launching an out-of-date version of the game can cause many problems, most notably Error Code 38.

To check if Modern Warfare is up to date on PlayStation and Xbox:

  1. Close Modern Warfare.
  2. Navigate to your Game Library/ My Games and Apps.
  3. Find Modern Warfare/ Warzone.
  4. Press the ‘Options’ button.
  5. Select ‘Check for Update’ (PlayStation).
  6. Select ‘Manage Game’ then scroll down to ‘Downloads’ (Xbox).
  7. If an update is available, install the update.

Once this update is installed, you should be able to play Modern Warfare without seeing Error Code 38.

Hard restart your console

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If an update isn’t showing, it’s worth hard restarting your console. This will either fix the problem or make the missing update show up.

To hard restart Xbox consoles:

  1. Hold down…

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