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 taking the level of competitive Overwatch higher than it’s ever been you need to get your settings in order.

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, 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.

Choosing the perfect settings is a very subjective and personal choice but maybe we can give you some directions. So although we have analyzed 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 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: Pro player X 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 but there seems to be a pattern.

Tank players use a substantially higher eDPI, probably because their heroes generally don’t rely on having 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 compared 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 comfortably 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.


Mouse DPI used by Overwatch Pros
800 DPI
56%
1600 DPI
15%
400 DPI
9%
Over
0%
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 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.

Most used resolutions

1920x1080
90%
Other
10%
Most used FOV

103
96%
Other
4%
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.
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 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.

Good luck out there!