It doesn’t matter if you have the best gaming monitor already, as you also need to change the Overwatch video settings in order to get an advantage over your opponents. With these Overwatch settings, you will ready to stomp your opponents if you have the necessary skills for it. Applying these settings definitely helps, but it does not make you a pro immediately.
Also, if you have a good gaming mouse, you may want to optimize your mouse settings as well. We are going to list the best mouse settings for Overwatch in this guide as well very soon, so stay tuned.
Best Video Settings for Overwatch
Your main goal is to get as much FPS as possible and remove as much clutter on the screen as possible. This will optimize your view and will give you a slight advantage over others. These settings will maximize your FPS and at the same time minimize screen clutter on your screen. And don’t worry, these settings will not make the game look horrible.
Reaching that magical 144 FPS should be your main focus. Therefore, it is important that you invest in a 144Hz monitor if you want to get the most out of your gaming rig. Once you buy a 144Hz monitor, it’s certain that you’ll never be able to back to 60Hz again. If you have a 60Hz monitor, you should aim at getting 60 FPS instead, and this isn’t had to get.
This guide is intended to give you the best and perfect settings for competitive gameplay. We have analyzed professional Overwatch players and seen what settings they use. Here are the best video settings for Overwatch:
Resolution: 1920 x 1080 (144) or 2560 x 1440 (144)
We recommend that you pick the highest possible resolution as long as you can choose the highest possible refresh rate your monitor supports and you can get frame rates that high. If not, you can lower your resolution to get get frame rates in Overwatch.
Field of View: 103
Just set this setting to the highest value as a higher number means a wider vision you are able to see in your monitor
Aspect Ratio: 16:9
Use an aspect ratio of 16:9 (widescreen). Using an aspect ratio of 21:9 (ultrawide) will cut off roughly 30% of your field of view as opposed to giving you a wider FOV, which is what you would expect from an ultrawide monitor.
Having Vsync enabled will increase your input lag, which is the last thing you want in competitive FPS gaming. Vsync will eliminate screen tearing, but it’s simply not worth it. It’s better to use better alternatives, such as FreeSync or G-Sync.
Triple Buffering: Off
This can cause an increased input lag as well, so disable this as well. Only turn it on if you want Vsync on, which you shouldn’t do anyway
Limit FPS: Off or Display Based
If your monitor supports FreeSync or G-Sync, you will have the option to pick “Display Based” here, which you should do. This will synchronize the FPS of the game with your monitor’s refresh rate and thus eliminating screen tearing. If you can’t pick that option, set it at “Off”, as you want the highest FPS possible.
Graphics Quality Settings
Clicking on the “+” symbol next to “Advanced” in order to see all the graphics quality settings. Here are the best settings you can select here:
Render Scale: 100%
Setting this to lower than 100% will make everything look very bad and pixelated. Having it set above 100% will make your FPS decline drastically and you won’t be able to see the difference anyway.
Texture Quality: Medium
Only set this to higher if your GPU can handle it and do so consistently. You need those 60 FPS (on a 60Hz monitor) or 144 FPS (on a 144Hz monitor) numbers! If you need more FPS, you can set it to low, but it will make everything look bad and pixelated.
Texture Filtering Quality: Low – 1X
The quality improvements are not really noticeable. Keep this at low for optimal performance, unless your GPU can handle a higher setting.
Local Fog Detail: Low
You don’t want fog blocking your vision, do you? And on top of that, it will decrease your FPS. Keep this on low.
Dynamic Reflections: Off
It’s not worth it to have this setting enabled.
Shadow Detail: Low
You don’t want this off, since you want to be able to see the shadows of your enemies (in corners, etc.). Setting it to low is optimal in terms of FPS.
Model Detail: Low
When this setting is on anything else besides “Low”, you will get your vision blocked by random bushes around the maps. You will also get a little more FPS.
Effects Detail: Low
The effects will still be clearly visible even on the “Low” setting, and you will see great performance gains.
Lighting Quality: Low
You don’t want to get blinded by looking at light, do you?
Antialias Quality: Low – FXAA
Having this setting on “Low – FXAA” is definitely worth it, as you will only see a drop in FPS of around 3 percent. This will give you smoother edges in Overwatch and if you turn it off, the edges will look really bad.
Refraction Quality: Low
This is the quality of light as it passes through objects or mediums. Having this setting at “Low” is the most optimal setting.
Screenshot Quality: 1x Resolution
The quality of in-game screenshots.
Local Reflections: Off
Having this setting turned off is the most optimal setting as it provides no real value and you will get better FPS if you have it disabled.
Ambient Occlusion: Off
This will add more depth to light and shadows in Overwatch. It will also increase your FPS by quite a bit, so it is worth turning off.