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Overwatch – Is It Too Much For Your PC To Handle?

by Steve Longfields

Overwatch is a team-based game focused on achieving certain goals with your team in order to win a match. It is an online first person shooter strategy game that was released back in 2016 by Blizzard Entertainment.

Blizzard’s Overwatch is now about 3 years old but is still relevant and tons of people still pick-up and play the game every day. Part of the reason is because Blizzard keeps on adding new content to Overwatch. The content ranges anywhere from new skins, new maps, new characters, and even new game modes. At the original release date Overwatch only had 21 playable characters, over the past few years they have added 9 new unique characters for players to enjoy. The latest Hero to get added to the game was Baptiste who is a battle-hardened combat medic with a fittingly assigned support role in the game. Maps are also constantly getting added to the game, maps are very important since this is basically your battlefield and where everything happens in the game. Each map is unique and has its own specific goal you need to play around. Each map is also very well designed and rounded overall, having special places and specific areas that gives players the opportunity to create various plays and execute different strategies unique to a specific map. At launch, Overwatch only had 12 maps but as time went by, they have added a number of new maps to the game. The latest map that was added to the game was Havana (Escort) for Standard Play and Petra (Deathmatch) for Arcade.

Overwatch PC Requirements

Overwatch is available on multiple platforms, one of which is PC. Overall, Overwatch is not a graphically intensive game and it does not take a lot of GPU power to be able to run it. Most modern PCs should be able to handle it and play it without running into much trouble, some low end PCs can encounter frame drops at if there are a lot of things happening around you.
Here are the minimum spec requirements for Overwatch:
• CPU: Intel Core i3 or AMD Phenom X3 8650
• CPU SPEED: Info
• RAM: 4 GB
• OS: Windows Vista/7/ 8/10 64-bit (latest Service Pack)
• VIDEO CARD: Nvidia GeForce GTX 460, ATI Radeon HD 4850, or Intel HD Graphics 4400
• PIXEL SHADER: 4.0
• VERTEX SHADER: 4.0
• AVAILABLE DISK SPACE: 30 GB
• DEDICATED VIDEO RAM: 768 MB

As you can see, the minimum requirements to play Overwatch isn’t that much demanding. Do note though that you are going be playing this on low settings and you might not even hit 60FPS. If you barely pass the minimum requirements, you might not have the smoothest gameplay nor the best experience while playing the game.
Here are the recommended spec requirements for Overwatch:
• CPU: Intel Core i5 or AMD Phenom II X3, 2.8 GHz
• CPU SPEED: Info
• RAM: 6 GB
• OS: Windows Vista/7/ 8/10 64-bit (latest Service Pack)
• VIDEO CARD: Nvidia GeForce GTX 660 or ATI Radeon HD 7950
• PIXEL SHADER: 5.0
• VERTEX SHADER: 5.0
• AVAILABLE DISK SPACE: 30 GB
• DEDICATED VIDEO RAM: 2 GB

Now if you pass the recommended spec requirements, you should easily be able to hit 60FPS and get some smooth enough gameplay that will get you a decent experience. You should be able to compete at a relatively high level and be comfortable while playing. You can also start increasing your settings to a mix of medium-high and still be able to reach at least 60FPS.

Overwatch Pricing and Editions

Over the years, Overwatch has had a few different variations and editions released. Origins and Legendary are the two different editions that each had some additional cosmetics. As of the time of writing, there are currently only 2 available options you can buy for Overwatch. Standard Edition which costs $19.99 and is basically just the barebones of the game with no additional skins or items, and the Legendary Edition which costs $39.99 and includes 5 legendary skins, 5 epic skins and 5 origins skins, for a total of 15 Overwatch skins. The zero-of-charge version is currently unavailable, but will be released soon.  It also include some additional Overwatch themed content for other Blizzard games.



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