Since the release of Overwatch 2, some players have been struggling not only against enemies but also with FPS drops, stutters, and other technical problems. In this guide, we want to introduce you to some of the ways you can fix these problems.
What it’s about: Regardless of whether it’s an old PC or a high-end computer, some players have recently been having problems with the frame rate in Overwatch. Regular stutters and FPS drops ruin the gaming experience. We’ll show you a few ways to work around these problems.
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How to Fix Stutters and FPS Problems
We have compiled a small list of solutions for you here. Some are very simple to implement and should solve problems quickly. We also have a few more complex solutions that might help.
System Requirements, Drivers and Windows
When it comes to technical issues in games, there are a few things you can always do, regardless of the game, to check if something is wrong with your setup.
Minimum Requirements: First, check the minimum requirements of Overwatch 2. The official minimum requirements are available for playing in 30 FPS. If your PC meets at least these requirements, the problem is probably not due to the installed parts. Here is a list of the requirements:
- OS: Windows 7, 8, or 10
- Processor: Intel Core i3 or AMD Phenom X3 8650
- Graphics Card: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 600-series or AMD Radeon HD 7000 series
- Memory: 6 GB RAM
- Storage: 50 GB
Tip: When installing Overwatch 2, save the game files on an SSD. These are faster than an HDD and can give you additional FPS.
Drivers: The next issue you should check is your graphics card drivers. Go to your graphics card provider’s website and select your graphics card. Then download and install the latest drivers. We have linked the download pages for the two major vendors:
Windows: Of course, it can also happen that Windows gives you problems. Update Windows to the latest version to avoid this problem. You can also activate the Game Mode of Windows. Just type “Game Mode” in the search, and you will get to the corresponding menu. Additionally, we recommend that you disable the core isolation of Windows. Search for “core isolation” and disable memory integrity there.
Sometimes, additional overlays from Windows or Discord affect your gaming experience. We’ll show you how to work around this.
Discord: Discord’s Hardware Acceleration makes Discord run better with the help of your graphics card. However, it drains important resources that you need to play Overwatch. Here’s how to turn off this setting:
- Open Discord.
- Go to User Settings (small gear).
- Go to the Appearance.
- Disable the Hardware Acceleration there.
Additionally, we recommend that you also turn off Discord’s in-game overlay. And this is how it works:
- Open Discord.
- Open the User Settings (small gear).
- Go to Overlay under App Settings.
- Disable the in-game overlay there.
Windows Game Bar: Additionally, you can disable the game bar of Windows (Xbox). Follow these steps:
- Open Start > Settings > Gaming.
- Go to the Xbox Game Bar.
- Deactivate it.
Change Graphic Control Panel Settings
If you are using an NVIDIA graphics card, you can change the settings in the Control Panel to have a few more FPS available in Overwatch 2 by following these steps:
- Open the NVIDIA Control Panel by right-clicking on your desktop.
- Click on “Manage 3D Settings” > Program Settings.
- Select Overwatch 2 from the list there.
Change the settings there as follows:
- Monitor Tech: G-Sync
- Maximum Pre-rendered frames: 2
- Threaded Optimization: On
- Power Management: Prefer Maximum Performance.
- Texture Filtering – Quality: Performance
Deactivate Microsoft Device Association Root
Another possibility is a bit more complicated. For this, you need to make some changes in the Device Manager. We will now show you what these are:
- Search for the Device Manager and open it.
- Expand the menu of software devices.
- Right-click on Microsoft Device Association Root Enumerator.
- Select Disable Device.
Limit Threads in Battle.net Launcher
YouTuber TroubleChute has presented another way to save FPS and avoid stutters in the game on his channel. Limit the threads that are used for Overwatch and regulate your graphics settings in the game.
Follow these steps to limit the threads:
- Open the Battle.net launcher.
- Go to “Overwatch 2.”
- Click on “Settings” – The small gear next to the “Play” button.
- Go to the game settings.
- Select Overwatch 2 there.
- Check the “Additional command line arguments” box.
- Write “-threads 2” in the field.
- Click on Done and start the game.
Additionally, you should check the graphics settings in Overwatch:
- Launch Overwatch 2
- Go to the settings in the game
- Open the video settings
- Disable Dynamic Render Scale.
- Set Render Scale to Custom.
- Select 100% for the in-game resolution.
- Optional: Limit the maximum FPS to 60 or 30 (for worse PCs).