Overwatch 2 is finally dropping for players all around the globe today, and we are all excited for the PvP action we were so eagerly waiting for. The graphics of the game looks splendid, and I think it is the right successor to OW1. This guide is a continuation to the testing done for OW2 in the beta state. If there are any changes after the release, I will update this post.
The Beta version for Overwatch 2 was provided by the developers to selected players. This was a reward drop for players who watched specific streamers play the game for 4 hours. If you missed the chance to get the beta key, you can get it again in future updates.
Having that out of the way, in this guide, I will be going over the best graphics settings you can do for Overwatch 2. These tweaks can help you in enjoying the game in the best possible fashion. It will also help you get decent framerates.
Make sure you meet the minimum system specs for OW2 and also make sure to check out my system settings used to test the game.
The Best Graphics Settings for FPS in OW2
Remember that these settings are for the Beta version of the game. If I see any significant changes in the final release of Overwatch 2, I will make sure to update this post. If not, the settings should remain the same.
System Requirements for Overwatch 2
Below are the minimum system requirements for the Overwatch 2 PvP Beta on Windows. Due to potential programming changes, the minimum system requirements for the Overwatch 2 PvP Beta may change before and after launch.
Note: For a list of compatible video hardware, see the official Supported Video Cards list from Blizzard.
|Minimum Requirements||Recommended Specifications|
Windows® 7 / Windows® 8 / Windows® 10 64-bit (latest Service Pack)
Windows® 10 64-bit (latest Service Pack)
Intel® Core™ i3 or AMD Phenom™ X3 8650
Intel® Core™ i7 or AMD Ryzen™ 5
NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 600 series, AMD Radeon™ HD 7000 series
NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 1060 or AMD R9 380
6 GB RAM
8 GB RAM
50 GB available hard drive space
Broadband internet connection
None of the recommended digital installation
1024 x 768 minimum display resolution
Note: SLI/Crossfire will no longer be supported by the Overwatch 2 PvP Beta
Best Graphics Settings for OW2
These settings are relevant for users having GTX series cards like 1650, 1660, and 1050Ti and processors like i3, i5 or i7 12th gen/Ryzen 5 and 7 series. Take note that due to these conditions the settings can vary by a small margin. The general settings should remain the same.
Display Mode: Fullscreen (Unless exclusively stated, keep this to fullscreen for most PvP games)
Target Display: Best Match
Resolution: 1920×1080 (60/144)* (This setting is based on the monitor you have. Keep it to the native res and refresh rate to avoid performance drops)
Field of View: 103 (Since this is mainly a PvP game, the more visual clearance, the better. Hence FoV is kept at max)
Aspect Ratio: 16:9
Vsync: Off (Only useful when there is a screen tearing issue. Otherwise there is no point in keeping this ON)
Triple Buffering: Off (Improves the quality of V-Sync but in this case, not a good option for optimum performance and settings)
Reduce Buffering: Off (This can be a bit demanding for lower-end rigs. This one is optional, but keep this off for the time being)
Display Performance Stats: On (Depends on Preference. Mine is ON to track important stats)
Nvidia Reflex: Enabled + Boost (A great option for Online multiplayer. Reduces lag by a decent amount)
Display System Clock: Off
Limit FPS: Custom (Set the value to the maximum amount. You can also use Display Based which can also help with optimization)
Graphics Quality: Medium (Start off by setting this to the medium. After this only a few changes are needed to be made to the advanced settings)
Advanced Graphics Settings
Render Scale: 100% (Best scaling option for a clearer image)
High-Quality Upsampling: Default
Texture Quality: High (High gave me the best results without hampering much Framerates)
Texture Filtering Quality: Medium 2X (This is the sweet spot for most players which gives decent visuals)
Local FOG Detail: Medium
Dynamic Reflections: Off
Shadow Detail: Low (A big NO when it comes to online multiplayer. Can take up a lot of frames and compromise performance)
Model Detail: Medium (Adds detailing to player models like textures and detailing)
Effects Details: Low (Lower effects details can result in higher FPS and better performance for an intense PvP game like OW2)
Lighting Quality: Medium
Antialias Quality: Low – FXAA
Refraction Quality: Low
Screenshot Quality: 1X Resolution
Ambient Occlusion: Low
Local Reflections: ON
Damage FX: Default
Video Guide: Link
Results and Tips for More FPS
I tested the game on a GTX 1660 with 16GB RAM and a Ryzen 5 3600 Processor. This should be your entry to a medium-end rig for this game. If you happen to have a low-end system, try to lower the High settings to Medium. Most of your effects should be Off at all times to avoid FPS Drops.
Also, you can cap the framerate to your monitor’s refresh rate if you are facing screen tearing issues. This is particularly prevalent for Low-End systems like GTX 1050Ti and i3 8100. For those of you having RTX 30 series cards like RTX 3050, RTX 3060Ti, 3070, or 3080, you can run the game at ultra without any issues. The game is quite optimized for that.
Let me know your thoughts and how you are enjoying The Beta, and possibly in the future, the full release of Overwatch (OW) 2.
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Last Updated on October 4, 2022
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