Best Overwatch Settings for Competitive Performance

By |2018-07-13T00:07:44+00:00December 30th, 2017|Categories: E-Sports|

Playing Overwatch does not only require you to have decent aiming skills, it also requires a decent computer… However, you can increase Overwatch’s performance and FPS while reducing input lag just by optimizing the game’s settings (and some computer settings).

Let’s start with the requirements to play Overwatch.

Minimum requirements:

  • Operating System: Windows® 7 / Windows® 8 / Windows® 10 64-bit (latest Service Pack)
  • Processor: Intel® Core™ i3 or AMD Phenom™ X3 8650
  • Video: NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 460, ATI Radeon™ HD 4850, or Intel® HD Graphics 4400
  • Memory: 4 GB RAM

Recommended specifications:

  • Operating System: Windows® 7 / Windows® 8 / Windows® 10 64-bit (latest Service Pack)
  • Processor: Intel® Core™ i5 or AMD Phenom™ II X3 or better
  • Video: NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 660 or AMD Radeon™ HD 7950 or better
  • Memory: 6 GB RAM

Windows System Optimization:

As changes of game settings are needed, system settings should be changed, too. The only complicated thing would be to disable Cortana. Apart from that, we can go to Windows Settings > Privacy Settings and change all the permissions from on to off (If you’re like me and you only use your computer to play, it won’t be necessary to have them on). This will prevent the system from sharing information and therefore lowering your performance.

You can also go to your Overwatch folder, find the .exe file and click on Properties > Compatibility and leave the box for “Disable fullscreen optimization” checked. Disabling this property may increase your performance in low-end PCs. Nevertheless, several users have reported to not need this, but this can be thanks to their good performance computers. Does not apply to every version of Windows 10.

Overwatch Settings Optimization:

You have to face the question: what do you prefer, a beautiful game or a high-performance gameplay? Even if you have a good PC, you may still consider to lowering the game settings in order to increase FPS and maybe your aiming accuracy. If you have a low-end PC, this is definitely mandatory.

To optimize your game settings, simply enter the practice range (so you can see the results), hit “escape” (Esc) and select “options”. Then you can click on “video” and start changing the settings: everything is best if it’s on “low”. The render scale can go to 75% although if your computer is low-end it would be better to lower that percentage.

Pro gamers don’t usually care much about the looks of the game but the feel of it. How the game feels to the “touch” of the mouse is actually a significate matter to a high performance of the game and your performance as a player. Let’s remember that higher FPS could mean better aiming and a lower input lag would increase your reaction time and accuracy.

Optimizing All the Things:

The above tips are mainly to improve game performance but you can also improve yours by changing some more things like your effective DPI. To know more about mouse sensitivity and dpi, you can read our article about it here.

Also, it’s good to have a big space and a mat for the mouse since playing at lower sensitivities need more space to move the mouse around. Another big tip would be to always play with a headset and communicate with your teammates!

Wrapping things up:

I started playing Overwatch with a really low-end PC. I’m actually sure it didn’t even meet the minimum requirements fully, but these changes worked for me as I’m sure they’ll work for you. The game looked horrible, pixelated and ugly but I could play with my friends and that’s what mattered the most to me. Note that it won’t look ugly and pixelated with recommended settings.

And even now, with better graphics, I still have my settings on low. I hope this article was useful to you and if you liked it don’t forget to share it and comment!

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