Overwatch Lag Fix Guide (UPDATED)
- 2018.04.13 10:16
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UPDATED: 21.09.2019 15:00
Overwatch is the newest baddest kid in the Fps world and it is revolutionizing what Fps games are like.
The whole Hero Shooter is amazing but like many other games this one has many performance issues… It is actually one of the most problematic games I have talked about so far, so lets get started.
Overwatch Lag, Latency Ping Problems
So lets break this guide in two and start with PC problems (connectivity first), and the lets jump into console problems
Brief General Optimization
I’m gonna run these down like there is no tomorrow.
First off Wired Internet Connections are way faster than WiFi connections and much more stable, this will mean better latency and less package loss, which will result in an overall improvement to game connectivity and overall internet speeds.
Secondly you should always keep you gpu drivers updated and your operating system clean, keep in mind that blizzard recommends that you do not Overclock your CPU and run Overwatch (probably the fact that Overwatch uses 6 cores makes it so Overclocking the cpu could fry the whole thing)
Third tip is to disable auto updates to make sure they don’t download during matches and cause huge lag spikes, also make sure Battle.net and Overwatch are on the “Trusted” list in your Firewall so it doesn’t get in the way of data packages from neither program.
And fourth if you have stutter or slow frame rates, lower your graphics and close all programs! Remember Overwatch needs skills, aim and reflex, so performance is your absolute priority.
Part I Overwatch On PC
Overwatch Connectivity Issues
There are two main problems with Overwacth, High Latency which besides being a pain to play with cause Long Load Times. The other problem is Loading Screen Freeze.
Contrary to what you would expect to work on other games, Overwatch can be thrown off by programs that are designed to create better/more direct connections between you and the game servers.
So if you have high latency in Overwatch you should Disable/ Uninstall high latency softwares like Gigabyte, RealTek, LAN Optimizer, KillerNIC, Asus GameFirst III or IV, and Hamachi VPN and Turn off all proxies and other VPNs to improve latency.
Overwatch Crashes When You Run The Program
Players are being met by an error sign that read “No License Found” and there are two solutions to the problem, one is to change the region you play on (you can find that just above the “play” button) or you can change your accounts password and relog.
Other players have their Overwatch crash when they go Fullscreen, this is mainly caused by recording softare, so disable Fraps, MSI, Afterburner, Playztv or D3DGear (which seems to be specially troubling).
And finally for any DLL errors or APPCRASH, it is best to perform a clean installation of your DirectX.
Stutter And Slow Frame Rates
Amazingly Overwatch uses 6 cores from your cpu, since that is a lot already if you don’t have a fast processor you should probably close all other programs while you play.
To improve performance AMD users should disable Raptr through the task manager, and you should also set “Tessellation Mode” to 8x/16x.
Nvidia users on the other hand should make sure the power settings are set to “Prefer Maximum Performance”.
Another easy trick you can try is running Overwatch.exe directly and not from the Battle.net launcher, alternatively you can go into your Battle.net settings and customize the “When I Launch” to “Exit Battle.net”
And to close this section, players can also experience “Jumps” in game, or game freezes that happen mainly when the RAM memory is low, (below 4gb). You can fix this issue by heading to the following directory:
My Computer > Properties > AdvancedSystemSettings > Advanced > Performance Settings > Advanced > Change Virtual Memory. Set page file for C drive to be anything high (say 5GB), then it may fix majority of the lag.
Mouse Won’t Disappear After Launching Overwacth
Probably the most annoying bug I can think of… Player have reported the cursor staying idle in the middle of their screen after launching Overwatch.
The solution is to head into the Control Panel and check off “Display Pointer Trail”, “Turn On ClickLock” and “Show Location”, Turn On “Hide Pointer While Typing”.
And as a bonus mouse tip, in your control panel you can turn off “Enhance Pointer Precision” which opposite to what it seems should help you aim better in Overwatch.
Part II Overwatch On Consoles
Just like the pc counterpart Xbox one and PS4 version of Overwatch has some connectivity issues.
If you often play with high latency or lag then these are your options:
• Use your console's internet browser to run a Battle.net Looking Glass test. This will help determine if the problem is between your console and our servers.
If you're using a wireless connection, switch to a more stable wired connection and try again.
• Reset your network devices to make sure your router hasn't become flooded with data.
Check your network configuration to find any issues with your firewall, router, or port settings.
Overwatch Screen Doesn’t Fit The Display
Console players, both PS4 and Xbox One have had problems fitting Overwatch into their screens. Many claim that the chat box is cut, and the corners are cut as well, to fix this Blizzard has suggested chaging your TV’s resolution setting to one of the options in Overwatch’s settings, and preferably you should make them match (same resolution on TV settings and Overwatch’s settings).
Overwatch is a really fun and exciting game, the characters are different and cool in their own way, but the game itself can have multiple issues that luckily require only some 20 minutes to do.
So there really is no excuse not to get any of these fixes done and make sure that you can play Overwatch to your highest performance.