How to improve Overwatch FPS and performance

If you have an older computer or are playing Overwatch on a laptop then there are a few things you can do to ensure you get optimal performance. My friend managed to go from quite a shaky 25 FPS to a consistent 40 FPS on an old laptop with just a few changes. Let’s start with the simplest changes first.

Turn off Battlenet when Overwatch launches

Go into your Battlenet settings and select the option “When I launch a game… Exit Battle.net completely.” This will stop Battlenet from running in the background which can increase Overwatch performance by a surprising amount on older machines. A boost of 10 to 15 FPS is not uncommon as it can hog a lot of resources.

Use a customized config

You can alter settings within the Overwatch options menu but there are also options you can change that are not listed.  The following config is widely available on a lot of different websites and sets the graphics to be low but still maintain reasonably nice models and textures. From this config, you can go into the options and reduce textures further. To apply this config then copy and paste it into Documents > Overwatch > Settings and open up the settings file in there. It is always a good idea to save the current settings elsewhere in case you need them again.

You need to make sure to replace xxx with your monitor’s native resolution and refresh rate. You can do this by googling your monitor or by typing dxdiag into the run menu and checking your monitors’ specifications listed there.

  • [Render.13]
  • AADetail = “0”
  • DirectionalShadowDetail = “0”
  • DynamicAmbient = “0”
  • EffectsQuality = “1”
  • FullScreenHeight = “xxxx”
  • FullScreenRefresh = “xxx”
  • FullScreenWidth = “xxxx”
  • FullscreenWindow = “0”
  • FullscreenWindowEnabled = “0”
  • GFXPresetLevel = “5”
  • LimitToRefresh = “0”
  • LocalFogDetail = “1”
  • LocalReflections = “0”
  • MaxAnisotropy = “16”
  • MaxEffectsAnisotropy = “8”
  • MaxExtraQualityAnisotropy = “16”
  • MaximizedWindow = “0”
  • RefractionDetail = “0”
  • RenderBrightness = “0.008507”
  • RenderContrast = “1.027341”
  • RenderScale = “0”
  • ShowFPSCounter = “1”
  • SimpleDirectionalShadows = “0”
  • SSAOEnabled = “0”
  • SSLRDetailLevel = “0”
  • TranslucentShadowDetail = “4”
  • TripleBufferingEnabled = “0”
  • UseGPUScale = “0”
  • WindowedFullscreen = “1”
  • WindowedHeight = “1003”
  • WindowedPosX = “0”
  • WindowedPosY = “0”
  • WindowedWidth = “1628”
  • WindowMode = “1”

Update Drivers

If you haven’t updated your computer’s drivers for a while then now might be a good time to to check the AMD/Intel websites and see if there are any new drivers to download.

Keep your laptop cool

Make sure your laptop does not get too hot. Overwatch can really strain older machines and keeping them cool should be a priority. There are lots of laptop stands that have built-in fans that are designed to pull heat away from your laptop. This might help performance during a longer session and will definitely improve the health of your laptop.

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If you have any more advice on increasing Overwatch performance or maximizing your FPS then comment below and let me know.

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