How to Fix Overwatch FPS Drops Issues

By Jonny Lin  Program Issues  OverwatchWindows   5 Comments

Many Overwatch players are experiencing an issue with their game. Their FPS (frames per rate) drops (sometimes seriously) when they are playing Overwatch.

This is a very annoying issue. They can’t have a smooth gaming experience because of this issue. But don’t worry. This can be fixed…

Fixes to raise your dropping FPS on Overwatch

The following are a few methods that have helped many Overwatch players fix their low FPS issues. You may not have to try them all; just work your way down the list until you find the one that works for you.

  1. Adjust your game graphics settings
  2. Update your device drivers
  3. Repair your game files
  4. Check for software confliction
  5. Check your computer hardware

Method 1: Adjust your game graphics settings

Your FPS on Overwatch may be low because your graphics settings are too high for your computer hardware. You should check your graphics settings. Try using lower settings and see if this fixes your low FPS issue. If it does, you’ve solved your problem. But if not, there are still several fixes for you to try.

Method 2: Update your device drivers

Your game FPS may drop because you’re using a wrong driver or it’s out of date. To see if that’s the case for you, you should update the drivers for your computer devices. If you don’t have the time, patience or skills to update your driver manually, you can do it automatically with Driver Easy.

Driver Easy will automatically recognize your system and find the correct drivers for it. You don’t need to know exactly what system your computer is running, you don’t need to risk downloading and installing the wrong driver, and you don’t need to worry about making a mistake when installing.

You can download and install your drivers by using either Free or Pro version of Driver Easy. But with the Pro version it takes only 2 clicks (and you get full support and a 30-day money back guarantee):

1) Download and install Driver Easy.

2) Run Driver Easy and click the Scan Now button. Driver Easy will then scan your computer and detect any problem drivers.

3) Click the Update button next to each device to download the latest and correct driver for it. You can also click the Update All button at the bottom right to automatically update all outdated or missing drivers on your computer (this requires the Pro version — you will be prompted to upgrade when you click Update All).

If you’ve updated your driver with Driver Easy but your problem persists, please contact Driver Easy’s support team at support@drivereasy.com for advice. You should attach the URL of this article so they can help you better.

4) Restart your computer. Then run your game and see if this makes your game run smoother.

Hopefully it does. But if not, there are three more fixes for you to try.

Method 3: Repair your game files

Your may get the dropping FPS on Overwatch because of corruptions of your games files. You should run the Scan and Repair tool on your Battle.net program to restore the corrupted files. Here’s how to do it.

1) Open the Battle.net program, then click Overwatch.

2) Click Options, then click Scan and Repair.

3) Follow the on-screen instructions to complete the scan and repair.

4) Launch your game.

If your game runs smoothly, great. But if not, there are two more fixes for you to try.

Method 4: Check for software conflicts

Your issues are sometimes caused by interference from other programs. To see if that’s the problem for you, you should temporarily disable your programs and check if the problem persists. (Consult the documentation of the program for instructions on disabling it.)

You should pay attention to the following types of programs:

  • Programs running in the background, such as Game DVR.
  • Overlay programs, including GeForce Experience
  • Antivirus software or firewalls. 

If closing programs resolves your problem, contact the vendor of your software and ask them for advice, or install a different solution.

Be extra careful about what sites you visit, what emails you open and what files you download when your antivirus software or firewall is disabled.

Method 5: Check your computer hardware

Occasionally, FPS problems can be caused by your computer hardware. It’s worth checking the hardware devices on your computer.

1) If you’ve change the frequency settings of your CPU, GPU, or RAM, you should change it back to the default

2) Check the temperature of your hardware components (CPU, GPU, RAM ,…). If you are experiencing an overheating issue, try placing your computer in a cooler environment or using a better cooling system.

3) If you discover any hardware issue that you can’t fix yourself, you should contact the manufacturer of your device for support, or have your device serviced.

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