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Overwatch Graphics Performance Tweak Guide

By: Sean Ridgeley | Guides | Posted: Aug 1, 2016 2:11 am

Local Reflections

 

Affects the presence of traditional reflections in a given scene. As you can tell from the screenshots, this setting has a massive visual impact when disabled.

 

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The benchmark tells us that fortunately, this visually important setting costs little or nothing. Keep it enabled.

 

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Ambient Occlusion

 

This setting determines how realistic and rich shadows are in-game. Enabling it means a significant jump in visual quality and scene depth.

 

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Testing reveals this setting has a major performance impact, as is typical. If you really need the additional 4-6 frames, there are worse settings to disable, but keep it on if you can help it at all.

 

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Final Thoughts

 

Blizzard has equipped Overwatch players with a ton of useful graphics options to toy with, and many scale extremely well – an impressive technical feat that means no matter your hardware, you can probably join in on the fun and at respectable framerates.

 

As always, I strongly encourage you to go through this entire guide to find out exactly what's best for you as every system is different and a lot of choices are heavily affected by preference. That said, the key options to tweak are Local Fog Detail, Dynamic Reflections, Shadow Detail, Refraction Quality, and Ambient Occlusion; just fiddling with these alone will net you gigantic performance increases, and most have little effect on visuals.

 

Happy tweaking!

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