Best performance and graphics settings for Overwatch
Overwatch is one of the blizzard entertainments most played creations. Unfortunately, many of our readers suffered lag in Overwatch while others wanted to play overwatch on their low-end systems. For this reason, we have made a special guide for optimizing graphics settings for Overwatch to increase your FPS and improve your gameplay. So without further ado here are the max performance settings for Overwatch
You can only edit the in-game settings of overwatch as far as I know.
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Start Overwatch, and select Options in the menu. Open the Video settings tab. We will go through each setting and optimize each setting
Display Mode: Fullscreen.
Full Screen is the best choice for performance and gameplay. You can spot enemies better and give you a gameplay advantage.
Resolution: use your max resolution.
Using your max monitor resolution is recommended for better gameplay experience. You will be able to spot enemies better and get a competitive advantage.
You can reduce the resolution only as a last resort. It affects the quality quite a bit especially if you have a large monitor.
Field of View: 103.
This is a very personal preference, but all the pro players prefer to maximize the FOV so that they can spot players better.
A wider field of view (FOV) increases your vision so that you can spot players easily. Lower values will increase performance.
Aspect Ratio: use your default
It depends on your display whether it is a regular monitor or a widescreen monitor. Nowadays the majority of the monitors have a 16:9 aspect ratio by default. Ultrawide monitors have a 21:9 ratio.
It can cause drastic FPS drops if your FPS drops below monitor refresh rate. Turn this off.
Triple Buffering: Off.
Triple Buffering adds latency and can cause lag, disable it to get the max performance in Overwatch.
Reduce Buffering: On.
We contacted the customer support team at Blizzard. They explained this setting to our team:
“This setting Reduces Buffering and is aimed at reducing input lag while playing overwatch 2.”
I recommend using this option as it gives you a gameplay advantage. Make sure you reach at least 60 FPS to take advantage of this setting.
Limit FPS: off or Same as monitor refresh rate.
This is the fps cap. I recommend setting it at the same value as your monitor refresh rate (60, 120, 144Hz), especially for laptops.
For systems, you can turn if off provided you have a good cooling for your PC.
Advanced Video Settings
Graphic Quality: Low.
If you want to maximize the fps gain, select the Low graphics preset, and then click on the Advanced tab as shown and edit each setting.
TEXTURE QUALITY: Low or Medium
Medium is the most recommended graphics setting since you can have a better gameplay experience and spot enemies better. Set it to low only if you cannot even reach 60 FPS in-game.
TEXTURE FILTERING QUALITY: Low 1x
The lowest is best setting for Overwatch. It adds extra filtering to the texture which can cause a Huge FPS hit. Always keep it to low.
LOCAL FOG DETAIL: Low.
Turn it off. Why do you want fog hampering your Vision?
DYNAMIC REFLECTIONS: OFF.
Turn it off. It will boost performance and FPS.
SHADOW DETAIL: Low
You don’t want this to be set as off, you need to be able to see the shadows of your enemies (in corners, and on buildings, etc).
MODEL DETAIL: Low Or Medium
Medium is the best graphics setting for spotting enemies and getting FPS. The perfect balance.
You can set it to low if your game is lagging.
EFFECTS DETAIL: LOW.
Low. You do not want the extra effects. You can already see effects in the low settings.
LIGHTING QUALITY: LOW.
The best setting is low. You do not want FPS to take a hit. Also, the lighting effects are distracting.
ANTIALIAS QUALITY: LOW – FXAA.
This is the lowest you can set it too. Frankly disabling this is better but you have no option provided by overwatch. Sad life.
REFRACTION QUALITY: LOW.
Lower is better. You will have less distraction and onscreen effects in-game. Best for max Performance in Overwatch
SCREENSHOT QUALITY: 1X RESOLUTION.
This setting changes the quality of in-game screenshots. It does not impact FPS so you can set it however you like.
LOCAL REFLECTIONS: OFF.
This graphics setting must be turned off as it provides no real value in terms of gameplay advantage and you will get better FPS if you have it disabled.
AMBIENT OCCLUSION: OFF.
This setting adds more depth to light and shadows in Overwatch. It affects FPS so by turning it off you will increase your FPS in overwatch by quite a bit.
Render Scale: Default
Do not change this graphics setting. The default setting is the most optimal one and can give you a great gameplay experience. Anything below 90% makes the texture blurry and you will not have fun playing overwatch.
- That’s all. Click Apply to save the changes.
Congratulations you have successfully optimized overwatch graphics and performance settings to get you the best FPS. If you do find more settings and ways to boost fps in overwatch do let me know. I would be happy to add them to the list. You can also try to optimize windows 10 to get better FPS in overwatch.
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See you in-game.