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Overwatch cover
Blizzard Entertainment
Release dates
Windows May 24, 2016
Metacritic 91
OpenCritic 91
Monetization One-time game purchase
Microtransactions Cosmetic, Currency, Finite spend, Loot box, Time-limited, Free-to-grind
Modes Singleplayer, 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 2016
Overwatch 2 2022

Overwatch is a singleplayer and multiplayer first-person action and shooter game in the Overwatch series.

The game is no longer playable as of October 3, 2022 as it was replaced by the free-to-play sequel Overwatch 2 on October 4, 2022.

General information

Official forums
Official support sub-section
Overwatch wiki


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
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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
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Always online (requires a constant internet connection to play)
Legendary Edition
Windows (unavailable)
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Always online (requires a constant internet connection to play)
Standard Edition and Legendary Edition
All versions require DRM and a constant internet connection for all game modes.


Type Notes
One-time game purchase Upfront purchase is required.


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

Overwatch: Origins Edition

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

Overwatch: Game of the Year Edition

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

  • 10 in-game lootboxes

Overwatch: Legendary Edition

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

  • 10 character skins

Overwatch: Collector's Edition

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

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

Configuration file(s) location

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


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

Graphics feature State WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
Pillarboxed 16:9.[2]
FOV is Vert-.[3]
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 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]


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)


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
On by default in the Tutorial, but added in 2019 to missions in the Archives event, then in regular play with three levels of customization ("None", "Critical gameplay", "Critical gameplay + Conversations", or "Everything").
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
Toggle with sound in background option.
EAX support
Dolby Atmos for Headphones, Windows Spatial Audio[4]
Royalty free audio


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.
The official multiplayer service was shut down on October 3, 2022.

Connection types


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

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

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

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

Other information


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


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

Add as a non-Steam shortcut to have the Steam Overlay

Use bnetlauncher[7]
With this method, manual login on every startup is not required.
  1. Download bnetlauncher.
  2. Extract bnetlauncher.exe to an easily accessible location.
  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 after the full path and quotation marks. For example, it would look like "C:\Overwatch\bnetlauncher.exe" ow.
Add the game executable[citation needed]
With this method, manual login on every startup is required, even if 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, manual login on every startup is not required.
  1. In Steam, add the Launcher.exe executable from Blizzard App path as a non-Steam shortcut.

System requirements

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]