The average gamer, 13 years or older, spends 6.3 hours per week playing video games.
Most of the time they require a console, like a Playstation or Xbox, or a PC. Either way, it can sometimes be a hit to the wallet to buy the hardware for video gaming. This is especially true when it comes to PCs.
If you're looking to play a newer game like Overwatch on your PC, you'll need up-to-date computer components. Or perhaps, your computer is stocked with enough power on its own.
Let's see if your system meets the Overwatch requirements.
Minimum Overwatch Requirements
For any game, your computer will primarily need a satisfactory operating system, processing unit, graphics card, and RAM, among other things.
For Overwatch, you need a Windows 7,8, or 10 operating system at the minimum.
For the processor, you'll need an Intel Core i3 or an AMD Phenom X3 8650. The processor will help run all the functions that the game will need. This is a fast-paced game and a lot goes on at once, so your computer can get easily overwhelmed.
For the graphics card, or GPU, you'll need at least an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 460, an ATI Radeon HD 4850, or an Intel HD 4000 graphics card. The graphics card will help determine the visual quality of the game. The sharper, the better.
For RAM, or Random Access Memory, you'll need at least 4 GB. RAM functions like your brain's short-term memory, in a sense. With RAM, your computer will store information that the game only needs for a short period of time. But because the game is so large, your computer needs a lot of space.
It's important to note, however, that all of these requirements are the absolute minimum specifications your computer can have. If your computer only has these components, your gameplay experience will likely be pretty poor.
If you want to actually enjoy the game and compete with the 30 million other Overwatch players out there, you'll want to have your computer meet these next specifications.
Recommended Overwatch Requirements
To get your computer to run Overwatch most optimally it has to have the following specs:
For the operating system, nothing has changed. A Windows 7,8, or 10 O.S. will still provide you the best experience.
At the CPU, or Processor, however, you'll need to bump up the Intel i3 to an i5 to get the best performance. An AMD Phenom II X3 will also work.
For the GPU, you'll need an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660 or AMD Radeon HD 7950 or better.
Lastly, you'll need 6 GB of RAM instead of 4.
Ready to Play?
Hopefully, your system already meets most of the Overwatch requirements and you won't have to buy too many extra computer components.
Remember that you also have to have a good broadband internet connection, and a 1024 x 768 computer monitor resolution. Neither of these should be a problem for most modern computer systems.Once you've got your system set up, you might want to look into creating a web server so that you can host Overwatch games with your friends. Our site has helpful information that can guide you through all of your tech troubles.