Stuttering or choppy gameplay in Overwatch 2 can be frustrating. Here’s how to fix Overwatch 2’s stuttering, freezing, and lag issues.

If you're playing Overwatch 2 and the game looks choppy or begins stuttering, then you've come to the right place. Read on for the solutions on how to fix Overwatch 2's stuttering issues.

Update your drivers and operating system

The cause of stuttering or choppy gameplay in Overwatch 2 may be your PC's drivers. Therefore, make sure to update them by visiting the Device Manager. Ensure that your Windows operating system is updated as well.

  1. Type in "device manager" in your PC's search box
  2. Select the "Device Manager" option
  3. Click on a device category
  4. Right-click the driver that requires an update
  5. Update the driver
How to fix Overwatch 2 stuttering (Image via esports.gg)
How to fix Overwatch 2 stuttering (Image via esports.gg)

Reset your Overwatch 2 settings

Another solution is to reset your Overwatch 2 game settings. To do this, launch the game, press the "ESC Menu" button, select "Options" from the menu, visit the "Video" tab, select "Graphics Quality," and press "Delete Restore Defaults." Then, restart Overwatch 2 to apply the settings.

  1. Launch Overwatch 2
  2. Press the "ESC Menu" button
  3. Select "Options"
  4. Click on the "Videos" tab
  5. Select "Graphics Quality"
  6. Press the "Delete Restore Defaults" button
  7. Click on the "Apply" button
  8. Select "Exit to Desktop"
  9. Launch Overwatch 2 again
Restoring your Overwatch 2 settings to their defaults (Image via Blizzard Entertainment)
Restoring your Overwatch 2 settings to their defaults (Image via Blizzard Entertainment)

How to fix Overwatch 2 stuttering and freezing

You can also do the following to reset all of your in-game options before running Overwatch 2 again:

  1. Log in to the Battle.net app
  2. Select Overwatch 2
  3. Press the gear icon located next to the "Play" button
  4. Select the "Game Settings" option
  5. Press the "Reset In-Game Options" button
  6. Click on the "Done" button
  7. Launch Overwatch 2
How to fix Overwatch 2 stuttering and freezing (Image via Blizzard Entertainment)
How to fix Overwatch 2 stuttering and freezing (Image via Blizzard Entertainment)

Fix your network and connection issues

The problem may be the connection to your network. To reset your network devices, shut down your PC and power down and unplug your modem and router. Wait for a minute before plugging the devices back in and wait for them to boot up. Next, start up your PC.

  1. Shut down your computer
  2. Power down and unplug your modem and router
  3. Wait 60 seconds before plugging them back in
  4. Wait for the devices to boot up
  5. Boot up your computer
Connecting to your device's network (Image via esports.gg)
Connecting to your device's network (Image via esports.gg)

Release, renew, and flush your DNS information

Another way to fix networking issues is to release, renew, and flush your DNS information for Windows 8 and 10. To do this, hold the Windows button on your keyboard and press R. Next, type in "cmd" and press enter. Type in "ipconfig /release" and press enter again. Type in "ipconfig /renew," press enter, type "ipconfig /flushdns," and hit enter. Then, connect to your network.

  1. Press Windows + R
  2. Type in "cmd" and hit enter
  3. Type in "ipconfig /release" and press enter
  4. Type in "ipconfig /renew" and press enter
  5. Type in "ipconfig /flushdns" and hit enter
  6. Close the command prompt
  7. Connect to your network
Accessing the command prompt (Image via esports.gg)
Accessing the command prompt (Image via esports.gg)

Check the Overwatch 2 system requirements

Of course, check if your computer meets the minimum Overwatch 2 system requirements. Below are Blizzard's outlined minimum requirements plus the recommended specifications needed to run the game smoothly.

Overwatch 2 Minimum Requirements
Overwatch 2 Recommended Specifications
Operating System
Windows 10 64-bit (Latest Service Pack)
Windows 10 64-bit (Latest Service Pack)
Processor
Intel Core i3 or AMD Phenom X3 8650
Intel Core i7 or AMD Ryzen 5
Video
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 600 series, AMD Radeon HD 7000 series
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060/ GeForce GTX 1650 or AMD R9 380/AMD RX 6400 or Intel Arc A770
Memory
6 GB RAM
8 GB RAM
Storage
50 GB available hard drive space
Internet
Broadband internet connection
Resolution
1024 x 768 minimum display resolution

Here's the list of Overwatch 2's supported video cards, as stated by Blizzard:

NVIDIA
AMD/ATI
Intel
GeForce GTX 600 seriesRadeon HD 7000 seriesIntel UHD 600 Series
GeForce GTX 700 seriesRadeon HD 8000 seriesIntel UHD 700 Series
GeForce GTX 800M seriesRadeon R5/R7/R9 200 seriesIntel Iris Xe Series
GeForce GTX 900 seriesRadeon R5/R7/R9 300 seriesIntel Arc 3/5/7 Series
GeForce GTX 10 seriesRadeon R9 Fury/Nano series 
Volta seriesRadeon Pro Duo 
GeForce GTX 16 seriesRadeon RX 400 series 
GeForce RTX 20 seriesRadeon RX 500 series 
GeForce RTX 30 seriesRadeon RX Vega series 
GeForce RTX 40 SeriesRadeon VII series 
 Radeon RX 5000 series 
 Radeon RX 6000 series 

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