Overwatch 2 system requirements

Make sure your gaming PC meets the Overwatch 2 system requirements, as Blizzard's new FPS game demands more powerful hardware than its predecessor

Overwatch 2 system requirements: heroes gather in a dynamic pose

Need to check your PC against the Overwatch 2 system requirements? We’ve got you covered. Although you won’t be able to get away with integrated graphics like the first game, you probably won’t need to upgrade your CPU in order to play Blizzard’s long-awaited hero shooter sequel – unless you want to pump out the frames, that is.

 

The Overwatch 2 system requirements are generally more demanding than its predecessor. It’s got a larger storage footprint, demanding 50GB of space on your gaming SSD rather than 30GB, as well as increasing the amount of gaming RAM you’ll need to meet the minimum or recommended specs. Now, the previously recommended graphics card requirements are the minimum, and Blizzard suggests you use an Intel Core i7 rather than the cheaper Core i5.

Minimum Recommended
OS Windows 7 64-bit Windows 10 64-bit
CPU AMD Phenom X3 8650
Intel Core i3
AMD Ryzen 5
Intel Core i7
RAM 6GB 8GB
GPU AMD Radeon HD 7000 series
Nvidia GeForce GTX 600 series
AMD Radeon R9 380
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060
Storage 50GB 50GB

That said, the Overwatch 2 system requirements make for a modest barrier to entry. It carries the same minimum processor requirements as the original and doesn’t ask for more than 8GB of RAM in a world that now gravitates towards 16GB. You also won’t need a graphics card that’s capable of ray tracing in order to get in on the action, nor need to install the game on an SSD, although it’ll likely perform better with one.

The game won’t get another public beta ahead of the Overwatch 2 release date, but these specs can still change ahead of launch. Hopefully, Blizzard will give us specific models to aim for, as not all Ryzen 5s, i3s, and i5s are built equally…

Overwatch 2 image of Tracer on Steam Deck with orange backdrop

Can I play Overwatch 2 on Steam Deck?

You can technically play Overwatch 2 on Steam Deck, but it won’t be available to download via Valve’s storefront. As such, the game might not receive the same treatment as a Verified or Playable release, and compatibility could change in the future.

To install Overwatch 2 on Steam Deck, you’ll have to use the Battle.net launcher in desktop mode. Once you’ve got things up and running, the program can be added to your library using the ‘Add a Non-Steam Game to My Library’ option, enabling you to start the FPS game while in handheld mode.

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Take the Overwatch 2 system requirements test over on PCGameBenchmark to answer the question… Can I run Overwatch 2?