Best Settings for Overwatch [PC and console]

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Overwatch is a great game that has a vibrant competitive scene.

PC is the preferred platform for most Overwatch players, but it’s very popular on consoles, too.

Check out my article on crossplay in Overwatch here.

If you wish to have the best experience while playing on PC, then it’s a good idea to adjust the settings. 

Read on to learn about the best settings for Overwatch. If you take the time to tinker with the settings just a bit, it’ll help you to have an easier time getting the game to run well.

Best Overwatch settings PC

The Malevento Deathmatch Map in Overwatch.

Overwatch isn’t necessarily a taxing game for beastly gaming rigs to try to play, but you do want the smoothest gameplay possible to stay competitive.

Using the settings mentioned below should ensure that you’ll have a great experience each time you decide to play a match.

Mouse Sensitivity Settings

The best mouse sensitivity settings will depend on your preference. Some players prefer high sensitivity, but most competitive players do best with low sensitivity settings.

When you have lower sensitivity, it makes it easier to make fine adjustments. Your aim will be much better and you’ll get more consistent results. 

High sensitivity settings often lead to your aim becoming jittery. This can be especially bad in tense game situations where accuracy means the difference between victory or defeat.

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Here are my recommended settings:

  • Set the DPI to 800
  • Sensitivity between 5 and 7.75
  • Zoom sensitivity setting between 30 and 40
  • eDPI should be between 4000 and 6,200
  • polling rate should be set at 1000Hz. 

I think these settings are a good place to start. Try them out for yourself and tweak them as needed from there.

The Best Overwatch Video Settings

Video settings are imperative when you want to reduce lag in the game.

Try these steps to improve the performance in the game:

One of the first things to do is turn V-Sync off. This normally helps to reduce screen-tearing, but it makes the game lag a bit.

Set the resolution to whatever your monitor’s native resolution is, and the same goes for the refresh rate.

Turn triple buffering off and reduce buffering on. 

It’s fine to set the graphics quality to high since this isn’t an intensive game. If you have a very old PC, then you might wish to turn the graphics quality down a tad.

Set the texture quality to high. You’ll want the texture filtering quality to stay set at epic since it makes it easier to see players in the game. 

Set dynamic reflections to off and set local fog detail to low.

Shadow detail should be set to medium.

Set model detail, effects detail, and lighting quality to low.

Anti-alias quality can be turned off.

Refraction quality is best when set to low. 

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The screenshot quality should be at 1x resolution. Local reflections and ambient occlusion can be turned off.

The gamma correction, contrast, and brightness can be set to less than 50%.

I think these settings are a good place to start. Using these settings will give you the best gameplay experience, and you should have a competitive edge without lag caused by the graphics.

Try them out and tweak them as needed. 

The best settings for Overwatch on console (PS, Xbox, Switch)

What if you’re a console Overwatch player? Is it still going to be possible to make adjustments to improve the gameplay experience?

You won’t have as many settings that you can adjust when playing on consoles, but you can still make changes that will help. The following settings should be helpful for console Overwatch players. 

Set the horizontal sensitivity and vertical sensitivity to 45.

Aim assist strength is something you should play around with. If you generally play shooters with aim assist on, then you’ll want a higher setting such as 95, but many players prefer lower settings. It comes down to personal preference. 

The recommended aim assist window size setting is 70. Turn aim assist legacy mode off. Aim assist ease in should be set to 20. Aim smoothing can be set to 0. 

If you’re using aim assist as suggested, then going with aim ease in settings of 20 will be sensible. It allows you to better feel the aim assist kicking in.

Turn invert vertical look and invert horizontal look off.

I also find that it’s best to turn the vibration off since it can throw off your aim and cause you to make mistakes at crucial moments. 

Turn switch movement and look sticks off.

Legacy sticks should also be set turned off.

The best aim technique setting is linear ramp.

If you use these settings, then it should allow you to have a smooth experience while playing on consoles. Try them out and tweak them to taste.

These settings should be ideal for playing Overwatch on Playstation 4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch.