Overwatch System Requirements

Overwatch is a unique combination of character story, first-person shooting, and tactical team play. While similar games like Paladins and Team Fortress 2 exist on the market, Overwatch brings a level of storytelling and character lore that no other game has yet been able to match.

Overwatch is a minimally-demanding game, but if you want to be competitive against other online players, you should have a computer that can handle the game. We’ll go over exactly what you need to enjoy Overwatch below fully.


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Overwatch was Blizzard Entertainment’s answer to the boom in team-based shooter games that happened in the early 2010s. It was also a solution to Blizzard’s failure to develop Titan, an MMORPG that they had previously been working on. Instead of losing the entire Titan team, when the idea was scrapped, a portion of them moved to work on Overwatch instead.

The game is a popular e-sports platform, and it’s also a beacon of diversity and inclusivity within the game industry, with an incredibly encompassing cast of heroes to choose from. Blizzard has since announced Overwatch 2, which will be functionally the same as Overwatch, but with the inclusion of single-player content, too.

  • Release Date: May 24th, 2016
  • Platforms: PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch
  • Genre: FPS
  • Developer: Blizzard Entertainment
  • Publisher: Blizzard Entertainment

System Benchmarks

Minimum System Requirements

  • OS: Windows 7/8/10 (64-bit)
  • CPU: Intel Core i3 or AMD Phenom X3 8650
  • RAM: 4 GB
  • GPU: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 460, ATI Radeon HD 4850, or Intel HD Graphics 4400
  • HDD: 30 GB

Recommended System Requirements

  • OS: Windows 7/8/10 (64-bit)
  • CPU: Intel Core i5 or AMD Phenom II X3 or better
  • RAM: 6 GB
  • GPU: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660 or AMD Radeon HD 7950 or better
  • HDD: 30 GB
Overwatch System Benchmarks

Optimal PC Builds

Because of Overwatch’s simple, cartoony art style, the base graphics load of the game isn’t heavy. However, there are many particle effects to deal with while playing. Things like other ultimate attacks, sentry turrets, and other traps can cause framerate spikes and drops if your computer isn’t strong enough to handle the game.

That’s not considering the load that playing with other players online puts on your machine. As such, we still recommend at least a mid-tier PC while playing this game if you want to be a decent competitor.

If you’re only interested in playing casually, of course, a budget PC, as long as it has a discrete graphics card, should be able to handle the game. Some high-end laptops may be able to handle the game, too.

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Rose Mattise

Rose has been combining her love for gaming with her passion for writing for years. She enjoys tinkering with PCs, scoping out the latest games, and whiling away the hours at her computer - usually by writing about her findings.

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