Just how does Overwatch fare running on lower-end PCs? The good news is Blizzard has extremely good form in PC optimisation to date – and whether it’s World of Warcraft or Starcraft 2, it’s always offered graphics settings to cater to a wide spectrum of setups. It’s an important topic for those without a top-of-the-line machine, who still look for solid 60fps performance in Blizzard’s new shooter. Thankfully, to ensure as many people can play as possible, Overwatch adapts very capably to a range of cheaper graphics cards and CPUs.
Take our budget PC as an example. Our test below uses a Core i3 4130 processor, 16GB of RAM and an overclocked GTX 750 Ti (a graphics card that currently costs under £90). It’s by no means an exhaustively powerful machine, and yet on medium settings it plays at between 60-90fps, making for an experience that could potentially be locked at a smooth 60fps. We’re targeting 1080p resolution in this case, with all settings manually forced to medium, scaling set to 100%, and only texture filtering pushed out to the epic preset.
The GTX 750 Ti holds up convincingly, though we have given it a boost to help it along. We’ve resorted to a slight overclock on our stock card using MSI’s free Afterburner utility, bumping its core clock up by 200MHz and memory by 400MHz. This card is often sold with a factory overclock anyway, giving it performance gains out of the box over the standard Nvidia unit. However, with or without this extra push on clock speeds, it’s an impressive turnout at 60fps, and those on comparable cards can take confidence in the results.