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Blizzard Entertainment
Release dates
Windows May 24, 2016
Overwatch guide on StrategyWiki
Overwatch on MobyGames
Overwatch on Wikipedia


This game requires a constant internet connection for all game modes.
Overwatch 2016
Overwatch 2 TBA

General information

Official website
Official forums
Official support sub-section
Overwatch wiki


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
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Origins Edition, Collector's Edition and Game of the Year Edition
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Origins Edition
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Standard Edition and Game of the Year Edition
All versions require Battle.net DRM and a constant internet connection for all game modes.

Version differences[edit]

Overwatch: Origins Edition[edit]

This version includes the base game, along with the following extra content:

Overwatch: Game of the Year Edition[edit]

This version includes all of the content found in the Origins Edition, along with:

  • 10 in-game lootboxes

Overwatch: Collector's Edition[edit]

This version includes all of the content found in the Origins Edition, but not the Game of the Year Edition, along with:

  • The game's soundtrack
  • A visual sourcebook
  • A 12.8" statue of the Soldier: 76 hero

Game data[edit]

In-game general settings.
In-game general settings.

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Documents\Overwatch\Settings\Settings_v0.ini
Progress, stats, and controls are saved automatically by Battle.net servers.

Video settings[edit]

In-game video settings.
In-game video settings.
Graphics feature State WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
Pillarboxed 16:9.[1]
FOV is Vert-.[2]
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
80-103°. Defaults to 103°.
Borderless fullscreen windowed
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
Listed as Texture Filtering.
Anti-aliasing (AA)
FXAA or SMAA. SSAA/Downscaling is available through the "Render Scale" option.
Vertical sync (Vsync)
Triple buffering is also available.
60 FPS and 120+ FPS
30 FPS, Display based (value of refresh rate + 10), or custom (30-300 FPS). Menus are locked to 60 FPS.
High dynamic range display (HDR)
Color blind mode
Choice of Deuteranopia, Protanopia, or Tritanopia. [Incorrect implementation, Applies filter to simulate colorblindness]

Input settings[edit]

Individual control profiles for each hero are available, making it possible to have custom control settings and bindings for each one.
Due to the nature of Overwatch's game engine, you can experience mouse lag despite having a framerate above 60fps. The only known fix is to use lower settings or more powerful hardware.
In-game control settings.
In-game control settings.

Audio settings[edit]

In-game audio settings.
In-game audio settings.
Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Sound Effects, Music, In-Game Voice, Voice Chat.
Surround sound
On by default for some instances (like special PvE events), but added in 2019 to regular play with three levels of customization.
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
Toggle with sound in background option.
EAX support
Dolby Atmos for Headphones


Language UI Audio Sub Notes
Simplified Chinese
Traditional Chinese
Brazilian Portuguese
Latin American Spanish


Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
LAN play
Online play
12 Versus
Up to 6 spectators can be added to a game on top of the max player limit.

Connection types


Protocol Port(s) and/or port range(s)
TCP 80, 1119, 3724, 6113
UDP 3724, 26503-36503
Universal Plug and Play (UPnP) support status is unknown.

VR support[edit]

3D modes Native Notes
Nvidia 3D Vision
Works using Compatibility Mode (enabled by default). Depth-sensitive halo around weapons.

Other information[edit]


Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 11
Shader Model support 5
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes


Middleware Notes
Audio Wwise[3] (XAudio2[citation needed]) Dolby Atmos support for headphones. Vivox for voice chat
Cutscenes Bink Video 1.100n
Multiplayer Battle.net
Anti-cheat Warden W/ GuardIT anti-debug[4]

Add as a Non-Steam shortcut to have the Steam Overlay[edit]

Use bnetlauncher[5]
With this method, you don't have to log in manually on every startup.
  1. Download bnetlauncher.
  2. Extract bnetlauncher.exe to wherever you find most convenient.
  3. In Steam, add bnetlauncher.exe as a Non-Steam shortcut.
  4. Right-click the shortcut and go to Properties.
  5. In the Target box, add a space and add ow. For example, it would look like "C:\Overwatch\bnetlauncher.exe" ow. This will depend on where you extracted the executable.
Add the game executable[citation needed]
With this method, you have to log in manually on every startup, even if Battle.net is running in the background.
  1. In Steam, add <path-to-game>\Overwatch.exe as a Non-Steam shortcut.
Add Blizzard App executable[citation needed]
With this method, you don't have to log in manually on every startup.
  1. In Steam, add the Battle.net Launcher.exe executable from Blizzard App path as a Non-Steam shortcut.

System requirements[edit]

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 7
Processor (CPU) Intel Core i3
AMD Phenom X3 8650
System memory (RAM) 4 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 30 GB
Video card (GPU) Nvidia GeForce GTX 460
ATI Radeon HD 4850
Intel HD Graphics 4400
A 64-bit operating system is required.
SSD can fix FPS issues in first minutes of gameplay.[6]