Fix Overwatch 2 Stuttering and FPS Drops on PC [Updated 2023]

Overwatch 2 stuttering fps drops – Overwatch 2 has proven itself to be quite optimized so far. In fact, I remember playing both the betas of the game, and I remember it to be quite optimized back then, as well. After the full release on October 4, 2022, I tried the game on 4 different systems of mine having 4 different GPUs, and Overwatch 2 ran flawlessly on all of them. Yes, there were some minor hiccups on the GTX 1650. But it wasn’t anything significant.

Unfortunately, not every player is having a similar experience. In fact, Overwatch 2 is stuttering a lot for some players, which brings to this article. Here is a small Overwatch 2 performance guide, that might help tackle some of the performance issues like FPS Drops and Stutters.

How to fix Stuttering and FPS Drops in Overwatch 2

Start by checking the system requirements of Overwatch 2 and make sure that your hardware specs are somewhat similar or better than whatever is listed under ‘Recommended’.

The PC requirements for Overwatch 2 differ quite a bit from Overwatch. Check them out:

Minimum Requirements Recommended Specifications
Operating System
Windows 10 64-bit (latest Service Pack)
Windows 10 64-bit (latest Service Pack)
Intel Core i3 or AMD Phenom X3 8650
Intel Core i7 or AMD Ryzen 5
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 600 series, AMD Radeon HD 7000 series
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060/ GeForce® GTX 1650 or AMD R9 380/AMD RX 6400
50 GB available hard drive space
Broadband internet connection
1024 x 768 minimum display resolution

Try setting your Screen to Borderless Window. My game was stuttering a lot on Fullscreen mode, even on an RTX 3070. As soon as I switch to Borderless Window, the stutter and random freezing was completely gone.

Blizzard has recommended that you use the GPU drivers specifically released for Overwatch 2. Both Nvidia and AMD have released their drivers for Overwatch 2. Download and install them using the links below.

Tone down the settings of the game a bit. I know that Overwatch 2 looks awesome when played at high settings. But the game looks quite decent when played at low settings, as well. So there is no reason to play the game at extremely high settings.

In fact, you can open a stream of any Overwatch Twitch Streamer at the moment, and ask them the settings they are using. You will most likely find that they are playing at low settings. I have already written a detailed guide regarding this. You can check it out here.

Visit Nvidia Control Panel, click on ‘Adjust image settings with preview’ located on the left sidebar, select ‘Use my preference emphasizing:’, and pull the slider all the way towards ‘Performance’.

Overwatch 2 Nvidia Control Panel settings

If you are using a Gaming Laptop, make sure that you use your MUX switch, and enable your Discrete Graphics or your Dedicated GPU. Most of the time, the laptops run on Hybrid Mode. Therefore, unless you choose to run your laptop solely on your GPU, it will keep on using the integrated GPU occasionally.

So, if your laptop is not fast enough to switch to the Discrete GPU, you will face severe stuttering and freezing in Overwatch 2. Different laptops have different ways of switching between GPUs. Just Google your Laptop’s model, and check where the MUX switch is located. I personally use a Lenovo Legion 5 Pro, and my MUX switch is located in the Lenovo Vantage app.

How to turn on MUX switch on Legion 5 Pro

Also, plug your laptop into a power outlet. Running off the battery may cause performance issues.

Disable every single overlay that you have at the moment. Be it from the Nvidia Geforce Experience app, Discord, Xbox Game Bar, Windows Game Mode, etc. Disable Nvidia Instant Replay and Windows Background Recording by going to Settings > Gaming > Captures > Background Recording, if you are using them at the moment. You have no idea about the amount of resources these utilities consume.

Close useless applications like Razer Synapse, Logitech G Hub, etc., as they eat a lot of RAM.

After trying all these methods, if Overwatch 2 is still stuttering or freezing for you, then you can contact Overwatch Support and send them a ticket. I will be on my toes the next few days, looking for guaranteed fixes. And as soon as I find something, I will immediately update this article. If you want, you can bookmark this page.

If you think this guide has helped you then let us know in the comment section below. And for more Overwatch 2 guides, keep an eye on Frondtech. We will be covering every single technical issue and bug of the game. Good luck!

That’s all, folks!

Last Updated on April 12, 2023

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