Overwatch Open Beta PC Performance Review

Graphical Options and Control Settings

Overwatch Open Beta PC Performance Review

Graphical Options and  Control Settings

 

When it comes to graphical options and control options Overwatch does everything right, from including a detailed graphical options menu all the way to colour blind options and having fully rebindable controls that can be changed on a character-by-character basis if the user wishes. 

Overwatch is clearly a game that gamers can play their own way. 

 

Control Options

In the games control options, you can configure the controls to your exact requirements, be it on a Controller or on Keyboard and mouse. The games controls can also be changed on a character by character basis, allowing you to map controls that you feel are most suitable to a particular playstyle. 

To be completely honest I cannot think of a way that Blizzard could have done any better with the games control options, as this is more than enough to cover pretty much PC gamer. 

 

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 Graphical Options

The graphical options in overwatch are very impressive, with an FOV slider the maxes out at 103 and a wide variety of vsync or other framerate limiting options.

The game also includes a built-in framerate monitor, which will give users the exact framerate of the game and even detail other performance data like ping, removing the need for external framerate monitoring tools like FRAPs, MSI Afterburner or  the Geforce Experience. 

It is also great to see that the game has colour blind options for the in-game UI, which makes this multiplayer-centric game much more accessible for those without full-colour vision. 

Moving down to the advanced display options we can see that there are quite a lot of detailed graphical options, including resolution scale, that will allow you to scale larger or smaller resolutions to your display for higher graphical fidelity or performance. The game also features full SMAA support, which is an option that is missing from a lot of modern games. 

There is also a built-in screenshot option in Overwatch that allows you to take a screenshot at a higher resolution than what you are currently playing at, which means that even 1080p gamers can take some glorious 4K screenshots. 

 

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Graphical Presets

When testing the Overwatch we will be using all of the games 5 graphical presets, with resolution scale set to 100% at resolutions of 1080p, 1440p and 4K depending on what GPUs we are using.   

Moving from Low to Medium presents by far the largest graphical boost, with changes beyond that being much less noticeable, mostly changing minor details like shadows and lighting that can often be missed when playing such a fast paced multiplayer title.   

 

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(Low Settings (Left), Medium Settings (Right))

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(High Settings (Left), Ultra Settings (Right))

 Overwatch Open Beta PC Performance Review  (Epic Settings)

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Most Recent Comments

06-05-2016, 14:24:46

AverageNinja
Seems like it's a very well optimized game, hitting 60 FPS on 4K with ultra settings on the flagship cards with ease. Good going, Blizzard. Nice, in-depth article too, Mark! I enjoyed reading it.Quote

06-05-2016, 14:53:47

WYP
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Originally Posted by AverageNinja View Post
Seems like it's a very well optimized game, hitting 60 FPS on 4K with ultra settings on the flagship cards with ease. Good going, Blizzard. Nice, in-depth article too, Mark! I enjoyed reading it.
Cheers dude, takes a lot of energy to do.

Lots of sites think that it's fine to just do max settings at each res, but I like to do all the presets to give some wider coverage.

It would be nice to cover some more GPUs, or perhaps try some CPU stuff by locking down cores or hyperthreading on the CPU. Sadly then it becomes a massive time sink.Quote

07-05-2016, 05:00:24

AverageNinja
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Originally Posted by WYP View Post
Cheers dude, takes a lot of energy to do.

Lots of sites think that it's fine to just do max settings at each res, but I like to do all the presets to give some wider coverage.

It would be nice to cover some more GPUs, or perhaps try some CPU stuff by locking down cores or hyperthreading on the CPU. Sadly then it becomes a massive time sink.
Aye, I can imagine it takes a lot of time. The work's appreciated though, it's a good read.

Of course more GPUs would be nice, like something in between the 960 / 380 and the Fury / 980 Ti (perhaps an R9 390(x) / GTX 970), but I can understand that that would take way too much time.Quote

07-05-2016, 13:48:36

AngryGoldfish
Another excellent performance review. It's great to see a PC game work so seemingly well. It makes me smile. I love gaming so much, and I hate to see it fail so miserably as it does too often these days.Quote

10-05-2016, 09:45:42

Julia2607
Awesome!Quote
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