Blizzard’s Overwatch is easily one of the most anticipated games of this year. Ever since its announcement, the game has managed to gather quite a fan following. Even after successful beta tests, you may come across Overwatch Errors, crashes, FPS stuttering and graphics problems.
Since the game’s release, players have been reporting several issues, random crashes, and other errors – a few of which were not even present in the game’s beta. However, it is nothing that a couple of minor workarounds cannot seem to fix.
In this article, we walk you through a long laundry list of launch issues with possible workarounds to help resolve these issues to get you started with the game.
#1 Overwatch Error Fix: Lost Rendering Device
Since the beta, users have reported encountering the following error at start-up:
Your Rendering Device Has Been Lost! Application Closing.
While this error can simply be solved by capping your FPS, you need to update your graphics card drivers to get rid of it.
#2 Overwatch: I click Play, but Nothing Happens!
If you are unable to launch the game, try disabling your anti-virus temporarily. You also need to make sure that there are no other program or overlays running before starting the game.
#2 Overwatch Overclocked Memory
According to Blizzard, users with overclocked memories in the BIOS settings will experience a crash at launch. To solve the issue, users simply need to manually set the clock speed back to default.
#3 Overwatch Mei’s Left Click Causes a Crash In-Game and in Kill Cams
While in the game, users have experienced crashes with Mei’s left-click. This is due to the particle effects emitted not properly handled by a few graphics card. To solve the issue, you need to make sure that your graphics card drivers are up-to-date.
#4 Overwatch Performance Fix: TV Displays Cutting Off Borders
This is primarily a TV problem which has resolution not supported by the game. To solve the issue, you need to change your TV’s resolution to something that the game supports i.e. 1920 x 1080 or something like that.
#5 Graphics Device Loss and Blue Screen of Death ‘BSOD
This is something related to multi-monitor setup. You need to try to run the game on a single monitor and make sure that your video card drivers are up-to-date.
Try to download the latest drivers, uninstall the older ones, and do a fresh install. While doing so, you need to deselect the 3D vision options and check the clean install.
#5 Waves on Screen
This is because of Netgraph which can simply be removed by pressing Ctrl + Shift + N – you can read more about Overwatch Netgraph here.
#6 Lost Server to Game Server
This is something being experienced by a lot of Overwatch players. Currently, there is no possible workaround for this, but Blizzard is looking to provide an update on it.
#7 Overwatch Crashes Fix
To fix this issue, you need to try to download the latest drivers, uninstall the older ones, and do a fresh install. While doing so, you need to deselect the 3D vision options and check the clean install.
#8 Can’t Download Overwatch
You can try logging out of Battle.Net application, reset your password, and try downloading the game again. If you notice that the game is grayed out, contact Blizzard’s Support Team.
#9 Overwatch Error: No Compatible Graphics Hardware Was Found
This error occurs when your PC does not meet the minimum system requirements of the game. If it does, you need to make sure that you have all the important updates installed.
#10 Overwatch Running Slow While Multitasking
Do note that Overwatch requires 6 CPU cores to run properly. If your CPU has less than 6 cores, multitasking will cause performance hiccups. In such a situation, you need to make sure that you close all third-party applications.
#11 Overwatch Long Load Times Fix, High Latency Fix
There are some applications like Gigabyte, RealTek, etc. LAN Optimizer, KillerNIC, Asus GameFirst III or IV, and Hamachi VPN that cause latency. If you are experiencing some, you need to make sure that you disable/uninstall all these programs before playing the game.
#12 Overwatch Headphone Sound Fix
If you get sound out of one headphone only, try to disable the supplementary audio software utilities.
#13 Overwatch Performance Issues on Laptops
First thing you need to make sure is that your game should be running using the dedicated GPU (Nvidia/AMD) rather than the integrated one. In power saving mode, many laptops switch to integrated GPU to save power. So, before you start the game, make sure your machine is at optimum performance mode.
#14 D3DGear Causes Overwatch to Crash
For now, if you want to play the game, you need to disable D3DGear as it has been found to crash the game. Blizzard is aware of the issue and the problem might be solved with the future updates.
#15 No Overwatch License Found
Some users have reported that they are getting “No Overwatch License Found” message once they try to get into the game. If you are facing the issue, try changing your password and logging in again via battle.net. If the issue persists, you should contact support.
#16 Overwatch NAT and Connection Issues
NAT issue was also prevalent in the beta. So if you are behind a router and getting disconnected after each single match or during the match, you should try disabling (or turn it to open) to avoid these disconnections. Console users are more prone to this issue than the PC gamers.
#17 Overwatch – Kicked for Inactivity on Loading Screen
If you are stuck at loading screen then there is a possibility that your machine isn’t able to connect with the server properly. There are a few things you can try to resolve the issue. First, you should make sure that your antivirus or any security tool isn’t blocking Overwatch.
If that’s not the issue, you should make sure that your NAT is open in router settings (see #16). A quick router restart could also resolve the issue for you. Still no luck? Try using a VPN and see if you are able to get into the game.
#18 Overwatch Service Status
Since Overwatch is an online game with a huge community (It’s Blizzard, so yes, it’s big), service issues are expected. If you want to be sure whether it’s a service issue or an issue at your end, you can keep track of it via twitter.
#19 Overwatch Known Issues
Blizzard has already shortlisted common issues being faced by users. So they will be working on them on priority basis. You can see the complete list here.
If you are facing any other issues related to Overwatch, do share with us in the comments below!