Overwatch, like any game, has a bunch of settings that you can tweak to your heart’s desire in order to make the game look prettier, change your crosshair color, etc. In this guide, we will analyze what the pros do with their settings in order to help you maximize the game’s performance and, as a consequence, your own performance. In this article, we will talk about Best Overwatch Settings.
We’ve been taking a look at the players in our Best Overwatch Settings and Gear List as well as doing our own testing to come up with this complete article. Follow this guide and you’ll be competing like the pros in no time!
Best Overwatch Settings
Once you’ve bought yourself a great gaming mouse it is important that you use it correctly. Turning your DPI and sensitivity all the way up can cause your crosshair to jump all over the place while choosing a low sensitivity might give you problems in situations where you have to be mobile and make split-second adjustments. Overwatch is a very frantic and fast-paced game so in general, you want your sensitivity and eDPI to be slightly higher than in other FPS games that we analyze.
‘The perfect settings’ are very subjective and personal but we can give you some directions. We’ve analyzed what the pros are doing as far as mouse settings go so you have a starting point to come up with your own settings. Of course, no one should blindly copy what the pros are doing, but if all pros are within a certain range it’s probably not very wise to be much above (or below) their overall sensitivity. Adjusting to your new settings might take some time but we hope to set you on the right track for your personal best mouse settings for Overwatch.
Best Sensitivity for Overwatch
There’s a reason most pro players use a relatively low sensitivity. It just makes your aim much more consistent and less jittery. With very high sensitivity, you won’t be able to make those crucial micro-adjustments to your aim, causing you to miss shots, for example. Since lots of players use different settings regarding DPI and in-game sensitivity we will use the eDPI to calculate the ‘true sensitivity’ of players. As a quick frame of reference: the average Overwatch pro has to move their mouse ~28 centimeters to perform a 360-degree turn in the game.
Best eDPI for Overwatch
eDPI stands for Effective Dots Per Inch and it’s the easiest way to compare sensitivities across the same game. eDPI takes two metrics (mouse DPI and in-game sensitivity) into account. This way you don’t end up with an endless amount of different settings which equate to the same sensitivity (for example 2 sens at 800 DPI is the same as 4 sens at 400 DPI) and you get an easy metric to compare true sensitivity.
Do take note that different games handle sensitivity in a different manner so we can’t use eDPI to compare true sensitivities across games. Doing that is a lot more complicate, but usually, cm/360 is used for an easy comparison that doesn’t involve numerous calculations.
Aside from that, we can definitely use eDPI to compare the true sensitivity of different players in the same game and that’s why we’re here. To calculate the eDPI you simply multiply your mouse sensitivity with the DPI of your mouse. Have a look at this example:
We don’t want to make any wild assumptions here but there seems to be a pattern.
Tank players use a substantially higher eDPI, probably because their heroes generally don’t rely on having a precise aim, and having a higher eDPI allows them to scan the battlefield faster or react to threats a bit quicker. In the early days support players used to have a much higher average eDPI as well, but with the release of heroes like Ana and the increasing relevance of heroes such as Zenyatta and Lucio (when compare to the early stages of the game, where Mercy was by far the most used healing hero) steady aim has become a bit more important, so now the average support eDPI is even lower than that of DPS players, if only by a bit.
Obviously these are only averages. There’s a difference between a Widow expert who benefits from having a steady and precise eDPI setting and a Genji main who will probably want their eDPI to be higher to make those constant 180 turns easier to perform, for example. Take these settings for what they are: an average. You can use them as a guideline to find your own personal eDPI, but always make sure that you use something that you feel comfortable with.
Mouse acceleration & Mouse DPI
DPI stands for Dots Per Inch. It measures how sensitive your mouse is. If you use 400 DPI your mouse moves 400 pixels for every 2.54cm or 1 inch your move your mouse. So in essence a higher DPI means a higher mouse sensitivity. You can change DPI settings in your mouse’s software program or on the mouse itself, depending on the manufacturer. As you can see, the preferred DPI varies wildly, so the wisest thing to do is just pick something that you’re comfortable with, or (if you have an older mouse) check what the native DPI of your mouse is and set it at that.
There’s no benefit to having a super high DPI (it can even lead to issues with registering movements) so there’s no need turn it all the way up.
Best Overwatch Settings
Overwatch on max graphics is a gorgeous game to look at, that’s for sure, but if you want to gain a competitive advantage you’ll want as many frames per second (FPS) as possible while also eliminating unnecessary eye candy from your screen. We did some research and some in game testing and have come up with an answer that maximizes your FPS and minimizes the amount of clutter on your screen while still making sure that the game doesn’t look horrendous.
Overwatch is an incredibly fast paced and hectic game. So it comes as no surprise that most pros use video settings that let you play at the highest FPS possible. With slight adjustments to your video settings you can get the most out of your gaming rig as well.
Reaching 60 FPS (if you game on a monitor that’s not capable of pushing over 60 frames per second) and 144 FPS is incredibly important, so please consider following our guide to decrease graphical fidelity and improve your chance to react and perform on the highest level.
Although we understand budget concerns and want to give tips on how to improve performance on lower-end computers, this guide is mostly to get the perfect settings for competitive performance. That’s why we’ve analyzed the pros. They are not making compromises.
Small tip: if you encounter sudden FPS issues, go to your settings, disable ‘reduce buffering’, click apply, and then enable it again (don’t forget to apply).
Best Resolution and FOV for Overwatch
As opposed to CS: GO, most Overwatch players mainly use a 1920×1080 resolution, since lowering your resolution in Overwatch offers little to no visual benefits. So contrary to CS: GO (where resolution and aspect ratio is a cause for great debate), most pros want the cleanest visuals.
While not optimal, a reduction of your resolution to 1280×720 can give a tremendous boost to your gaming performance and frames per second. Please consider dropping to 720p if you are below the critical 60 frames mark.
When it comes to FOV you just want to have it at the maximum setting. This allows you to see the most, and in a game as hectic as Overwatch, it’s of critical importance to have a good overview of the action.
Best Overwatch Settings: Refresh Rate
Overwatch is a fast paced game with a lot going on at any given time so it’s extremely important that you’re able to follow what’s going on in the game without any distractions. It’s for that reason that the vast majority of Overwatch professionals are on 240Hz monitors along with, of course, a PC that can deliver at least 240 frames per second.
As you may know, a moving image is made up out of a series of still images that are played in rapid succession. A regular 60Hz monitor gives you 60 of those images each second. Go to a 144Hz monitor and you’ve got 144 images per second. In short: with a 144Hz monitor the images come at you more than twice as fast as what you get with a 60Hz panel. Upgrade to 240Hz and you guessed it: you get 240 images (‘frames’) per second.
Having a faster monitor makes tracking fast-moving objects (and you’ve got a lot of those in Overwatch) a lot easier. A pesky Tracer, for example, is way more natural to track with a high refresh rate setup. An easy way to ‘see’ the difference is by moving your hand
But the advantages don’t end there: even leaving the whole visual aspect (which is huge) aside there are undeniable advantages with high framerates. A regular 60 FPS rig has an ‘input lag’ of between 55 and 75 milliseconds while a rig that’s running at 240 frames per second has an end to end latency of between 20 and 35 milliseconds. This means that the game won’t only look more responsive but also feel much more responsive.
To run games at higher refresh rates you need a decently powerful system with a dedicated graphics card, but luckily Overwatch isn’t the most difficult game to run. A card such as the RTX 2060 Super (which is one of our favorite cards at this point in time due to the price-performance ratio) can already give you more than enough frames to get the best out of a 240Hz monitor so there’s no real need to shell out the big bucks for the top cards unless you’ve got the budget for it.
Compared to games such as CS: GO, Overwatch is a pretty ‘plain’ game in the sense that almost everyone uses the same resolution, there are no custom radar options or things like that, so there’s no need to spend hours upon hours tinkering with every possible setting to get your game just right. Just make sure to follow the basic guidelines (make sure your sensitivity isn’t outrageous, make sure you’re getting enough frames per second, …) and you’re good to go. Hopefully, this guide has helped you maximize your game and settings so that you’re ready for that grind to Top 500.