Overwatch Best Settings & Options Guide


Overwatch, as any game, has a bunch of settings 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 your personal performance, as well as your PC’s performance. The best Overwatch Settings are hard to find but we’ve analyzed close to a hundred professional Overwatch players in our Overwatch Pro Settings and Gear List. You can check individual pros there as well. With the Overwatch League on the horizon, you need to get your settings to the next level.

Best Mouse Settings for Overwatch


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, chosing 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.

Choosing the perfect settings is a very subjective and personal choice but maybe we can give you some directions. So although we have analzyed the average eDPI for all Overwatch roles and similar sensitivity and DPI settings might make sense for you, please feel free to experiment. 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. It is worth it.

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 a 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 ingame sensitivity we will use the eDPI to calculate the ‘true sensitivity’ of players.



Average eDPI of Overwatch Pros
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eDPI


eDPI stands for effective Dots Per Inch and it’s the easiest way of comparing sensitivities, since eDPI takes the two metrics (mouse DPI and ingame 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.
We calculate the eDPI by multiplying the mouse DPI with the ingame sensitivity. Have a look at this example:

Example: Surefour is using a DPI of 1600 and a sensitivity of 3.37.

Formula: Sensitivity * DPI = eDPI

Answer: 1600*3.37 = 5392


Average eDPI of Overwatch Pros
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(DPS)
Average eDPI of Overwatch Pros
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(TANK)
Average eDPI of Overwatch Pros
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(Support)
Average eDPI of Overwatch Pros
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(FLEX)

We don’t want to make any wild assumptions here (because the sample size is pretty small) but there seems to be a pattern here.

DPS players are using quite substantially lower eDPIs (probably because they need much more precise aiming). Tanks and Supports, however, don’t have to rely on aiming quite as much and can try to take advantage of the improved mobility that a higher sensitivity and eDPI provides.

Again, this distribution is very much depending on which specific hero each player that is categorized under DPS, Tank, Support or Flex is playing but there seems to be a small indicating trend nonetheless.


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, DPI varies wildly across professional Overwatch players, so the wisest thing to do is check what the native DPI of your mouse is and set it to 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 to put it at max.


Mouse DPI used by Overwatch Pros
800 DPI
50%
400 DPI
23%
1600 DPI
10%
Over
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OF OVerwatch PRos use 1920x1080

Best Overwatch Video 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 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 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.

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.

Most used resolutions

1920x1080
99%
Other
1%
Most used FOV

103
98%
Other
2%
The higher your field of view is, the larger the cone of vision of your character will be. So simply put; the higher this number, the more you can see on screen. 99% of professional players have this put to 103 (the maximum in Overwatch) because there’s obviously an undeniable advantage to being able to see the most of the battlefield before you.
Use 16:9 since you will give up field of view on your right and left if you use 16:10. This has no effect on FPS either.
This reduces screen tearing, but it does create some input lag as a tradeoff. Only turn this on if the screen tearing is absolutely unbearable. You’ll want to minimize input lag as much as possible.
Turn on only in combination with Vsync and when you’re having problems with screen tearing and/or stuttering issues. This setting can cause control latency issues and/or input lag.
Turn this off, since you always want to have the highest FPS possible. It’s only worth setting this to display based if your FPS is fluctuating enormously.
Put this at 100% because everything below that will look grainy and pixellated. Only go lower if you really don’t have any other settings to tweak. Setting it to higher than 100% will decrease your FPS drastically and the difference isn’t really all that noticeable.
Turning this up all the way does not make a massive difference ingame and on top of that you’ll drop some FPS. Keeping this on medium will still have your textures looking decent and it won’t cost you much frames per second. Anything lower than medium will obviously gain you some extra FPS, but it will make the game look heavily pixellated.
The change in quality isn’t that noticeable. When you raise it up you get a 4% drop in FPS so it’s best to keep it at low (1x).
Do you want fog on your screen which takes some FPS away? Keep this one at low.
Turning these up gives you a 20% decrease in FPS. If this is enabled it gives you no gameplay advantage whatsoever so just disable it.
In Overwatch you cannot disable shadows altogether, but you can disable shadow detail. This will increase your FPS by roughly 30% so it’s well worth the less detailed shadows this gives you. It’s worth noting that shadows of enemies only start to show on low (and higher) so if you want the advantage of seeing your enemies coming around the corner (which you probably want) we recommend that you set this to low.
Effects will still be clearly visible at low settings, so you get free FPS without giving up crucial information if you turn this down.
Overwatch’s forced bloom is already really high, so if you increase the lighting quality the ‘blinding effect’ will only get worse when you come out of building and so on, so if you turn this down. Turning it to low will also boost your FPS.
We recommend FXAA, since you’ll only experience a 3% FPS loss when you turn that on. If you turn this off completely the edges in your game will look pretty bad, though you will get more FPS. Only turn it off if you really need the FPS boost.
Refraction quality refers to the quality of light when it bends as it passes through specific objects in the game world (such as glass and whatever). Because of Overwatch’s forced bloom though the light in this game is already pretty overwhelming so we suggest that you lower this as much as possible. That will also gain you a little bit of FPS.
Adds a certain ‘depth’ to shadows and lighting in general. Lessens FPS by roughly 15% when turned on. It’s worth turning it off so you get more FPS.
Just
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OF Overwatch PROS use 1600 DPI

Conclusion


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, etc. 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. Good luck out there!