How to See FPS in Overwatch

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Seeing your FPS (frames-per-second) is essential in online games, especially in competitive games like Overwatch.

That’s because viewing your FPS can give you a general idea of if the lag you are experiencing is due to computer performance issues or network latency. 

In this step-by-step guide, I’ll show you how to show FPS in Overwatch and optimize it so you can enjoy the best gaming experience possible.

You might also like this article on the best PC settings for Overwatch.

Showing FPS in Overwatch

There are three different methods available that you can use to display your FPS in Overwatch without downloading any third-party FPS software.

These methods are using the in-game FPS counter, using the GeForce Experience if you have an NVIDIA graphics card, or the Windows Gamebar if you use Windows.

The in-game counter is the best method, but if you do not want to use that for one reason or another, you can use one of the other methods. 

Using the In-game Counter

  1. Open Overwatch and hit ESC.
  2. When the main menu pops up, click on Options.
  3. Navigate to Video and then select Details.
  4. Enable Display Performance Stats by clicking on the selection next to it and changing it to On.
  5. Underneath that, press the “+” to open up another selection of settings.
  6. From that list, switch Show Framerate to On.
  7. Now the built-in FPS counter will be displayed when you play Overwatch! 

Using GeForce Experience

  1. Open GeForce Experience.
  2. In the top-right corner, click your profile icon to open the settings.
  3. Select Account from the options available, and then navigate to General.
  4. Locate the In-Game Overlay section and press the Settings button. 
  5. A menu will open up, allowing you to change the HUD layout to display your FPS.
  6. Click Performance and then FPS.
  7. Choose where you would like it to be located by selecting it on the screen under Position.
  8. Save your settings, and then your FPS will be displayed while you play Overwatch! 

Using Windows Gamebar

  1. Open Windows Game bar by pressing WIN + G (Or whatever hotkey you have set to).
  2. A selection of floating panels will appear on your screen. 
  3. Typically the “Performance” panel will be located in the bottom left corner of your screen. 
  4. To display it on your screen, press the pin button in the panel’s top right-hand corner. 
  5. You can then close the Windows Gamebar, and the panel will remain on your screen. 
  6. Your FPS will be displayed at the bottom of the panel whenever you play a game. 

I do not recommend using the Windows Gamebar as it causes a large panel on your screen, which can get annoying quickly.

Sick of playing Overwatch? Check out how to uninstall Overwatch (for PC, Xbox, PlayStation, and Nintendo Switch).

Optimizing Your FPS in Overwatch

Now that you know how to display your FPS in Overwatch, it is time to learn how to optimize your FPS to ensure you have the best gaming experience.

Lower frame rates in a competitive video game like Overwatch can mean the difference between winning or losing.

There are dozens of different settings you can tweak to optimize your FPS.

Below you can see the easiest way to optimize Overwatch for the best performance. 

Tweak Graphic Settings

When optimizing your FPS in Overwatch, tweaking the graphics settings is the first thing to do.

After all, if you have a system that cannot handle the video settings you are playing with, your FPS will drastically suffer.

Start by checking your resolution. If gaming at fx 4K, consider changing this to 1080p instead, as monitor resolution significantly impacts your GPU VRAM usage.

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If you plan to play video games in 4K, as a rule of thumb, you should have at least 8 GB of VRAM.

Pro tip: switching to a lower resolution actually makes those headshots much easier in first-person shooters.

Next, you should set your Graphics Quality Settings to Low or Medium, as that will have one of the biggest effects on your FPS in-game. Again, this has to do with texture quality taking up VRAM.

Sure this will affect how the game looks, but a higher FPS is always preferred to pretty graphics, as the latter won’t give you a competitive advantage. A higher FPS will!

If that does not improve your FPS enough, set the Shadow Detail, Model Detail, Effects Detail, and Texture Quality too low. 

You can also turn off Dynamic Reflections, Ambient Occlusion, and Antialias Quality to improve your FPS.

Overall, if something can be set to low or turned off, do that until your FPS improves, and then you can slowly test it and see what you can bring up to a Medium quality level. 

Update Graphic Drivers

Sometimes Windows will not update your graphics drivers during an update, even though this is normally an automatic process.

It could be because an update got interrupted or failed for some reason, but if you think this is causing your FPS problems, it is a simple process to look for any potential driver updates quickly. 

Update Your Drivers:

  1. In the taskbar, type “Device Manager” and select it when it pops up.
  2. Navigate to the category of the driver you wish to update. 
  3. Right-click on it to bring up a pop menu.
  4. Click “Update Driver.” 
  5. Usually, Windows will not find a new driver, but occasionally it will. 
  6. If you believe there is an updated version of your driver, go to the manufacturer’s website and search there.

Conclusion

Displaying FPS in Overwatch can help you figure out if a problem with your game quality is from a low FPS or if it is because of a low ping. If you found this article helpful, check out my other articles, like Overwatch Heroes’ heights and ages. Until next time, happy gaming!


FAQ

What Factors Can Affect My FPS in Overwatch?

Many different factors can affect your FPS, including but not limited to the graphic settings for the game, old hardware or software running on your computer, how optimized the game is for your device, and finally, other programs running on your computer and taking up resources.

My FPS is Still Suffering After Changing My Graphical Settings. What Should I Do?

If your FPS is still suffering after changing the graphics settings and checking for driver updates, here are a few other things you can try doing. 

  • Defragmenting your hard drive. 
  • Turn off unnecessary background processes or apps that take up extra system resources. 
  • Overclock your RAM.
  • Update your BIOS. 

If you do not know how to do the above, check out this helpful article from PCGames, which helps guide you through the process.


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