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Overwatch gets performance uplift on Xbox Series X|S

Published: 10:00, 10 March 2021

Blizzard have released a patch for their hero shooter Overwatch, improving the performance on both Xbox Series X and Series S. The game now supports up to 120 FPS on both systems.

A brand new patch for Overwatch is not live on all platforms with a wide range of changes and improvements as well as bug fixes. The patch also brings one exclusive improvement to Xbox Series X|S consoles. 

As Blizzard note in the patch notes, the game has been officially optimised for Xbox Series X|S with several enhancements, which include higher frame rate and more. Here's the breakdown of these Xbox specific features:

Optimized for Xbox Series X|S Enhancements

Added “Preferred Mode” graphics option which allows switching between three different presets: Resolution, Balanced, Framerate. These modes adjust video settings to bias towards image quality, resolution, and framerate.

  • Resolution: This mode prefers higher-resolution output at the cost of some image-quality (Series X: 4K @ 60Hz, Series S: 1440p @ 60Hz)
  • Balanced: This mode prefers image-quality at the cost of resolution (Series X: 1440p @ 60Hz, Series S: 1080p @ 60Hz)
  • Framerate: This mode prefers higher frame-rate at 120 frames-per-second at the cost of both image quality and resolution (Series X: 1440p @ 120Hz, Series S: 1080p @ 120Hz)

Blizzard states that you must have a TV that supports 120Hz or VRR (Variable-Refresh-Rate) to fully take advantage of the Framerate mode.


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You can check out the full patch notes here.

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