Overwatch PC Tweaks Guide: Settings_v0 Tweaks for FPS Increase, Graphics and Performance

By   /   May 7, 2016
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Overwatch may not be the most visually advanced game out there, but it is quite demanding and if you want to get max out of it, you will need to use some of these Overwatch PC Tweaks.

Performance is always of paramount importance when it comes to fast-paced shooters like Overwatch. However, turning everything down to lowest possible setting at 800 x 600 is not recommended as well, making the need to find balance with PC tweaks.

Overwatch PC Tweaks Guide

With our Overwatch PC tweaks guide, we hope to provide you with some pointers that will help you find a balance between playable performance and endurable graphics; especially on low-tier gaming machines.

Tweaking Everything Manually
If you are looking for maximum performance by tweaking the present graphics settings, you are not doing it right.

The reason for this is that the present graphics settings have more than what meets the eye. What I want to say here is that selecting low present leaves textures to high which can cause some performance hiccups.

On the contrary, if you are looking for maximum visuals, selecting ultra-present leaves AA to 8x which should be at 16x. Therefore, you need to tweak every setting yourself rather than relying on in-game presents.

Render Scaling Affects Performance
Like the name suggests, render scaling essentially alters the resolution at which the game’s graphics are rendered.

For example, 1080p with 50% render scaling is basically 950 x 540. Therefore, it is a good idea to alter render scaling and play with it until you get your desired playing experience.

At least for me, the game’s default settings – including render scaling – has been quite decent. Instead of altering everything to low/epic, try to play a game at default and at your display’s native resolution.

Performance Eating Graphics Settings
When it comes graphics settings that hurt performance a lot, Dynamic Shadows come at the top.

While the difference from medium to low is negligible, it is very significant when dropping from high to medium. In case you are comfortable with seeing no reflections at all, you can completely turn off the feature, though, I do not recommend it.

Next up, we have Local Fog which does not affect the image quality to any noticeable extent, but can provide a significant performance boost when dropped from high to low.

Lastly, we have Shadow Detail which provides a huge performance boost when dropped to the lowest possible. Moreover, turning off the feature does not completely remove shadows unlike Dynamic Shadows.

Overwatch Overclocking Issues
If you have a good PC (recommended specs) and you are still getting performance issues or even crashes then there might be a possibility that your might have overclocked your hardware (primarily memory). If that’s the case, you should switch it to default to have an optimized experience.

Overwatch Drivers Updates
Needles to say, to have a smooth experience, you should update your drivers to the latest. Both Nvidia and AMD users should update the drivers to the latest to get the maximum out of your hardware from Overwatch.

Overwatch PC Tweaks
To save you from the hassle of changing everything, we have created a couple of text files that you need to put into a certain folder and change your graphics settings without any issues. Do note that you can create multiple files and use them if need be!

First of all, you need to head over to Documents – Overwatch – Settings – Overwatch and open up the file named settings_v0. This file essentially contains all the graphics settings and even the ones which cannot be altered in-game.

I have attached a setting for low settings – without sacrificing the crispiness – and highest possible settings.

Overwatch Lowest Possible Settings Tweaks
You need to make sure to replace xxx with your monitor’s native resolution and refresh rate.

  • [Render.13]
  • AADetail = “0”
  • DirectionalShadowDetail = “0”
  • DynamicAmbient = “0”
  • EffectsQuality = “1”
  • FullScreenHeight = “xxxx”
  • FullScreenRefresh = “xxx”
  • FullScreenWidth = “xxxx”
  • FullscreenWindow = “0”
  • FullscreenWindowEnabled = “0”
  • GFXPresetLevel = “5”
  • LimitToRefresh = “0”
  • LocalFogDetail = “1”
  • LocalReflections = “0”
  • MaxAnisotropy = “16”
  • MaxEffectsAnisotropy = “8”
  • MaxExtraQualityAnisotropy = “16”
  • MaximizedWindow = “0”
  • RefractionDetail = “0”
  • RenderBrightness = “0.008507”
  • RenderContrast = “1.027341”
  • RenderScale = “0”
  • ShowFPSCounter = “1”
  • SimpleDirectionalShadows = “0”
  • SSAOEnabled = “0”
  • SSLRDetailLevel = “0”
  • TranslucentShadowDetail = “4”
  • TripleBufferingEnabled = “0”
  • UseGPUScale = “0”
  • WindowedFullscreen = “1”
  • WindowedHeight = “1003”
  • WindowedPosX = “0”
  • WindowedPosY = “0”
  • WindowedWidth = “1628”
  • WindowMode = “1”

Overwatch Highest Possible Settings
You need to make sure to replace xxx with your monitor’s native resolution and refresh rate.

  • [Render.13]
  • AADetail = “4”
  • DirectionalShadowDetail = “4”
  • DynamicAmbient = “1”
  • EffectsQuality = “4”
  • FullScreenHeight = “xxxx”
  • FullScreenRefresh = “xxx”
  • FullScreenWidth = “xxxx”
  • FullscreenWindow = “0”
  • FullscreenWindowEnabled = “0”
  • GFXPresetLevel = “5”
  • LimitToRefresh = “0”
  • LocalFogDetail = “4”
  • LocalReflections = “1”
  • MaxAnisotropy = “16”
  • MaxEffectsAnisotropy = “8”
  • MaxExtraQualityAnisotropy = “16”
  • MaximizedWindow = “0”
  • RefractionDetail = “2”
  • RenderBrightness = “0.008507”
  • RenderContrast = “1.027341”
  • ShowFPSCounter = “1”
  • SimpleDirectionalShadows = “0”
  • SinglePointAmbient = “1”
  • SSAOEnabled = “1”
  • SSLRDetailLevel = “3”
  • TranslucentShadowDetail = “4”
  • TripleBufferingEnabled = “0”
  • UseGPUScale = “1”
  • WindowedFullscreen = “1”
  • WindowedHeight = “1003”
  • WindowedPosX = “0”
  • WindowedPosY = “0”
  • WindowedWidth = “1628”
  • WindowMode = “1”

This is all we have Overwatch PC tweaks guide. If there is something else you would like to know, do make sure to let us know in the comments section below! And if you are facing any errors, bugs, crashes or other related issues, you can refer to out troubleshooting guide.

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