Overwatch 2 is a fast-paced hero shooter made by Blizzard Entertainment. Just like any other shooter, it’s very important to know what the best settings are in Overwatch 2.
Making sure your graphical settings match what your computer can handle is the difference between having a good time and a bad time. Settings like sensitivity and crosshair customization can drastically improve your gameplay, and there are even unrelated settings that can affect how your aim feels.
Whether it’s a bug or by design, it’s good to know what your best setting options are. Overwatch 2 even allows you to individually change sensitivity and crosshairs for each character. To ensure you have the best experience, continue reading for our guide to the best settings for Overwatch 2!
Best Overwatch 2 Settings
Optimizations in Overwatch 2 come down to what every good competitive shooter does: high FPS (frames per second), and low latency. Luckily, Blizzard allows for a broad array of adjustments, meaning there’s plenty of tweaking to do to find that perfect settings combo.
At least, that’s how it is on PC. You’ll find far fewer options for console setting adjustments, but we’ve included them when applicable.
Best Graphics/Video Settings for Overwatch 2 (PC)
The table below shows what we feel are the most important and best graphic settings to change in Overwatch 2. In most cases, graphics quality doesn’t need to be changed beyond the presets. However, feel free to lower those settings if you need more FPS. Shadows, effects detail, fog, and antialiasing will have the most impact on your device.
|Setting||High-End PC||Low-End PC|
|Graphics Quality Preset||High-Medium||Medium-Low|
|Field of View||90-103||90-103|
|Dynamic Render Scaling||Off||Off|
|Frame Rate||Custom – 300fps or match monitor||Custom – 60fps|
|Nvidia Reflex (If you have Nvidia GPU)||Enabled + Boost||Enabled + Boost|
As for other Video settings, Dynamic Render Scaling, Triple Buffering, and Reduce Buffering should always be off. Dynamic Render Scaling alters your resolution to keep consistent FPS. In other words, your resolution/graphics will downscale on the fly whenever your FPS drops below the set amount. In theory, this should keep a stable FPS, but you’re better off sacrificing texture or shadow quality.
Next, Triple Buffering will try to create a smoother picture, but adds input lag to everything you do. This means your character fires their weapon at a slight delay to when you pressed the button. Trust me when I say that enough input lag will make you want to throw your PC out the window.
Lastly, Reduce Buffering will reduce input lag, but at the cost of 20–40FPS. To see if you need to use this, go into Practice Range and press CTRL + Shift + N. There should be a line that looks like SIM: 4.0ms/ 4.0ms/4.0ms. The third number will be your average input lag. If it’s over 16–20ms, consider turning on Reduce Buffering if you can afford the FPS cost.
Field of View
If there is anything everyone should change, it’s the Field of View. FOV is the area of vision you can see around your character. The higher the FOV, the more you see. While you should change FOV based on how far away you are from the monitor or TV, 90–103 FOV is the way to go to fully see what’s around you. Trust me, FOV is the difference between seeing a Reaper and dying.
You should always use Nvidia Reflex in any game if you have a supported Nvidia graphics card. Reflex reduces latency and improves performance at no cost. Any card from the 900, 1000, 1600, 2000, and 3000 series should be able to take advantage of this feature.
Best Sensitivity Settings for Overwatch 2 (PC & Console)
First we’re going to look at the best Overwatch 2 sensitivity settings for PC players and then on to our recommended sensitivity settings for Xbox and PlayStation.
PC – Mouse Settings
🖰 Overwatch 2 Mouse DPI Settings
Before we get into the best mouse sensitivity settings for Overwatch 2, we need to talk about DPI. Your DPI will influence your sensitivity, so be sure to set your DPI beforehand. DPI, or dots per inch, is an out-of-game setting that controls how far your cursor travels from moving your mouse. The lower the DPI, the less distance your cursor will travel.
Most mice nowadays have third-party programs that allow you to customize your DPI number, such as Razer Synapse. If your mouse can’t change its DPI, don’t worry about it — just skip to the next part of our guide. If you can, here are some tips to get you started.
DPI can be influenced by how big your mouse pad is, so we will use that to create a foundation. To start, place your cursor in the middle of the screen and your mouse in the middle of the pad. Move your mouse to the right until you hit the edge of the screen. The goal should be to find the DPI that allows you to move your mouse without having to drag it back to the middle in order to reach the edge.
Or just pick a random number and start swinging your mouse around until you find something you like. Worked for me.
Once you’ve found a DPI you like, move to in-game and load into the Practice Range. Don’t be afraid to keep your mouse settings open to change your DPI again. My recommendation is finding the right DPI and sensitivity combo that allows you to easily 180 while also being able to accurately hit shots.
If you want some more concrete numbers, Overwatch 2 pro players on average use 800–1000 DPI with 6–8% sensitivity. In my experience, these settings allow you to make small aim adjustments while being able to turn quickly as well.
Additionally, you can set specific sensitivity for individual heroes in Overwatch 2. On the right-hand side of the Controls settings, there is a Change Hero option. This will give you options for the specific hero you choose. For instance, heroes like Widowmaker or Ana can change their scoped sensitivity.
Important! At the time of writing, many are reporting that controller settings also affect your mouse sensitivity. Whether its placebo or not, I’m not taking chances. Be sure to turn off all controller settings and turn all sliders to 0%.
🖰 High Precision Mouse Input
You’re not done yet There’s one last setting to turn on that directly impacts your aim. The High Precision Mouse Input option in the Gameplay settings should be turned on. Essentially, this option takes advantage of a high-performance mouse and makes snapping towards a target more responsive. Once you’ve gotten everything to your liking, skip ahead to make sure you have the best crosshair settings for Overwatch 2.
If you use a controller to play Overwatch 2, the options for sensitivity are going to be a little different. Controller users have the option to set their horizontal sensitivity and vertical sensitivity. In practice, having a higher horizontal sensitivity and a lower vertical sensitivity will do you well.
Being able to quickly turn is far more valuable than looking up. Additionally, lower vertical sensitivity offsets your high horizontal sensitivity and you’re able to diagonally aim better. I typically subtract 5–15 from my horizontal sensitivity to make my vertical sensitivity.
Unfortunately, there is no one sensitivity that fits all players in Overwatch 2. Your sensitivity will depend on the hero you play and the options you choose in the advanced section.
The advanced section may look confusing, and it is. For now, forget about most of these options and only pay attention to the Aim Technique option. Dual-zone, Exponential Ramp, and Linear Ramp will have the most impact on your aim.
Dual-zone will slow small joystick movements and speed up bigger movements. Exponential Ramp will exponentially increase your sensitivity as the joystick moves away from the center. Lastly, Linear Ramp does the same as Exponential Ramp but in set increments.
The consensus is that Linear Ramp feels the closest to mouse aiming but, in my experience, Linear Ramp with high sensitivity felt good for fast-paced characters. Heroes like Genji and Tracer benefit from this option to quickly turn as they dash past their target. On the other hand, Dual Zone with a low sensitivity felt great for precision characters like Cassidy.
As with everything else, mess with the settings and try to find what best fits your playstyle.
🎮 PS5 Controller Users
Side note, if you have a PS5 controller, be sure to turn on Dualsense Trigger Feedback. This turns on the haptic feedback and the trigger buttons will give information based on who you play. People have been reporting that this feature is game changing.
Best Crosshair Settings for Overwatch 2
Unfortunately, there isn’t a one-size-fits all crosshair. With Overwatch’s cast being so diverse, there are many weapon types that might like different crosshairs better. We’ll go over each weapon type to ensure you have the best Overwatch 2 crosshair settings.
Spread weapons are weapons that have multiple rounds and require you to track your target. Heroes like Sojourn or Soldier 76 fit this category. For spread weapons, you need a bigger + crosshair with a center gap. The bigger lines and center gap will visually help you keep on target as you track their movement. Above is the crosshair I use for these characters.
Precision weapons are high-damage weapons that require you to hit headshots to get the fully benefit. Heroes like Widowmaker and Cassidy fit this category. For precision weapons, a smaller + crosshair with no center gap is ideal. The smaller crosshair will force you to focus on a smaller area as you aim for the head. Above is the crosshair I use for Cassidy, although it’s a work in progress. Not exactly sure if I should keep the dot or not.
Other weapons and heroes are a mixed bag. Some heroes, like Winston, barely need a change and others are in the air whether to change or not. In the end, preference remains king.
Try out all the different types of crosshairs that Overwatch 2 offers for your favorite characters and see which configuration you like best. Just remember — if you change the color, darker colors might be hard to see, while brighter colors are easier to see.
Putting it to Practice
Remember, these are simply the best general settings. Depending on your main, you may find yourself doing a lot of re-tooling to get it just right. That’s the gift and the curse of Blizzards incredibly in-depth hero shooter, which can at times make the console version look less complex and more appealing.
Still, if you’re willing to put in the work and start with our settings, you’ll be a pro hero in no time.
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