Overwatch

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Overwatch
Overwatch cover
Developers
Blizzard Entertainment
Release dates
Windows May 24, 2016
Reception
Metacritic 91
OpenCritic 91
IGDB 89
Taxonomy
Microtransactions Cosmetic, Currency, Finite spend, Loot box, Time-limited, Free-to-grind
Modes Multiplayer
Perspectives First-person
Controls Direct control
Genres Action, Shooter
Themes Sci-fi
Series Overwatch
Overwatch on IGDB
Overwatch guide on StrategyWiki
Overwatch on MobyGames
Overwatch on Wikipedia
Overwatch
Overwatch 2016
Overwatch 2 2022

Warnings

This game requires a constant internet connection for all game modes.

General information

Official forums
Official support sub-section
Overwatch wiki

Availability[edit]

Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Retail
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Always online (requires a constant internet connection to play)
Origins Edition, Collector's Edition, Game of the Year Edition and Legendary Edition
Windows
Amazon.com
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Always online (requires a constant internet connection to play)
Legendary Edition
Windows
Battle.net
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Always online (requires a constant internet connection to play)
Standard Edition and Legendary Edition
Windows
All versions require Battle.net DRM and a constant internet connection for all game modes.

Monetization[edit]

Microtransactions[edit]

Type Notes
Cosmetic The game has thousands of cosmetic items, ranging from sprays to skins, purchasable with the in-game premium currency.
Currency The game has an in-game premium currency called coins. It cannot be directly earned in game nor purchased directly at a fixed real money to in-game currency rate. You may receive it by opening both free (given at each account level) and paid (via real money transactions) lootboxes either as the direct reward from the lootbox or if one of the items you receive is a duplicate.
Finite spend The total spend is limited by the fact that you could in theory own all the cosmetic items. However, there are many thousand of low-value filler items, and you cannot directly purchase certain skins and items and must instead rely on the randomness of lootboxes, making the spend ceiling extremely high.
Free-to-grind You could, in theory, obtain all the items by grinding the game. It may take you until the heat death of the universe, but it is possible.
Loot box Overwatch was the first AAA western PC game with a sticker price to offer lootboxes, thus starting the whole trend.[1]
Time-limited Some cosmetics are seasonal and only available for a limited time.

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: Legendary Edition[edit]

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

  • 10 character skins

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 and the Legendary 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. (Launch)
In-game general settings. (Launch)

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[edit]

In-game video settings. (Launch)
In-game video settings. (Launch)

Graphics feature State WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
Multi-monitor
Pillarboxed 16:9.[2]
Ultra-widescreen
FOV is Vert-.[3]
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
80-103°. Defaults to 103°.
Windowed
Borderless fullscreen windowed
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
Listed as Texture Filtering.
Anti-aliasing (AA)
FXAA or SMAA. SSAA 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 (30-400 FPS). Menus are locked to 60 FPS.
High dynamic range display (HDR)
See the glossary page for potential alternatives.
Color blind mode
Choice of Deuteranopia, Protanopia, or Tritanopia. [Incorrect implementation, Applies filter to simulate colorblindness]

Input[edit]

Individual control profiles for each hero are available, making it possible to have custom control settings and bindings for each one.
In-game control settings. (Launch)
In-game control settings. (Launch)

Keyboard and mouse State Notes
Remapping
Mouse acceleration
Mouse sensitivity
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Controller
Controller support
XInput only. For Steam controller/link, see below.
Full controller support
Controller remapping
Controller sensitivity
Controller Y-axis inversion
Controller types
XInput-compatible controllers
Xbox button prompts
Impulse Trigger vibration
DualShock 4 controllers
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Generic/other controllers
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Additional information
Controller hotplugging
Haptic feedback
Simultaneous controller+KB/M
Locking UI to either Controller or Mouse+Keyboard is possible.

Audio[edit]

In-game audio settings. (Launch)
In-game audio settings. (Launch)

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Sound Effects, Music, In-Game Voice, Voice Chat.
Surround sound
Subtitles
On by default for some instances (like Archives and Tutorial), 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, Windows Spatial Audio[4]

Localizations

Language UI Audio Sub Notes
English
Simplified Chinese
Traditional Chinese
French
German
Italian
Japanese
Korean
Polish
Brazilian Portuguese
Russian
Spanish
Latin American Spanish

Network[edit]

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

Ports

Protocol Port(s) and/or port range(s)
TCP 80, 1119, 3724, 6113
UDP 3724, 26503-26597
Universal Plug and Play (UPnP) support status is unknown.

Issues fixed[edit]

Overwatch process isn't being terminated when the game closes and/or changed settings are not saved[edit]

Set the exe to run as administrator
  1. Go to the game installation folder \Overwatch\_retail_\ and right click Overwatch.exe > Properties > Compatibility tab > Check "Run this program as an administrator" > Apply/OK

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]

API[edit]

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

Middleware[edit]

Middleware Notes
Audio Wwise (XAudio2[citation needed]) [5]. Dolby Atmos support for headphones. Vivox for voice chat
Cutscenes Bink Video 1.100n
Multiplayer Battle.net
Anti-cheat Warden W/ GuardIT anti-debug[6]

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

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Use bnetlauncher[7]
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]

Windows
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.[8]

References