How to Turn On or Off Vsync in Overwatch 2 – The Ultimate Guide

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Hey there Overwatch 2 player! Have you noticed annoying screen tearing or stuttering while playing? As a fellow gaming and graphics enthusiast, I totally get how frustrating that can be.

The good news is there‘s a handy graphics setting called Vsync that can fix those issues for you. In this ultimate guide, I‘ll go over everything you need to know about Vsync and walk you through how to enable or disable it in Overwatch 2.

Let‘s team up and get your game running silky smooth!

What is Vsync and Why Does it Matter for Overwatch 2?

Vsync, short for vertical sync, synchronizes the frame rate of your game with the refresh rate of your monitor. For example, if you have a standard 60 Hz monitor, Vsync will cap your FPS at 60 frames per second.

This prevents a problem called screen tearing, which is when your graphics card sends a new frame to the monitor before the previous one has finished displaying. Tearing leads to visible artifacts and stuttering that can ruin your gaming experience.

Overwatch 2 is a fast-paced FPS where split-second reactions matter. Screen tears and stutters can throw off your aim and timing, causing you to miss shots or use abilities incorrectly.

So enabling Vsync improves the overall smoothness and responsiveness of the game by eliminating tearing. But it can also add a bit of input lag or delay between your controls and in-game actions.

Competitive players may want to disable Vsync to minimize lag, while more casual gamers will appreciate the visual benefits of having it on. It comes down to personal preference and what you value most!

How to Turn Vsync On or Off in Overwatch 2

On PC:

  1. Open up the Options menu from the main screen or Escape key
  2. Go to the Video settings tab
  3. Scroll down and find the Vsync option
  4. By default it‘s set to Off, click the box to select:
    • On – Enable Vsync
    • Off – Disable Vsync
    • Triple Buffered – Can reduce input lag vs normal Vsync but may cause FPS dips
  5. Click Apply to save the setting
  6. Restarting the game may be required for it to fully take effect

On Consoles:

  • PlayStation: Go to Settings > Sound and Screen > Video Output Settings. Toggle Enable Vsync.

  • Xbox: Go to Settings > TV & Display Options > Video Modes. Toggle Allow VRR.

  • Nintendo Switch: Vsync is permanently enabled and can‘t be disabled.

It only takes a few seconds to change the setting on any platform. Try enabling and disabling it and pick whichever option gives you the best performance!

Weighing the Pros and Cons of Vsync in Overwatch 2

Let‘s get into the specific benefits and drawbacks of using Vsync for an FPS like Overwatch 2:

Benefits of Enabling Vsync

  • Eliminates screen tearing – This is the main benefit. Vsync perfectly lines up your frames with the monitor‘s refresh cycle for a tear-free picture.

  • Smoother gameplay – With frames properly syncing, animations and motions look cleaner without jarring tears or stutters. Vsync enhances overall gameplay smoothness.

  • Cleaner image quality – Scenes render correctly without visual corruption or artifacts from tearing. Vsync presents the game as the developers intended.

  • Takes load off GPU – Your graphics card doesn‘t have to work as hard to push frames out as fast as possible. Lower load while still maintaining smooth FPS.

Downsides of Enabling Vsync

  • Input lag – The buffering of frames introduces a slight delay between your controls and on-screen actions. Competitive gaming requires minimizing lag.

  • Frame rate limited to refresh rate – If your GPU can render frames faster than your monitor can display them, Vsync will cap your FPS at the max refresh rate. This hampers performance.

  • Potential stuttering – On underpowered hardware, the frame rate may periodically dip below the max refresh rate, causing intermittent stuttering while Vsync tries to maintain sync.

So in summary, Vsync improves visual quality but can limit performance and responsiveness. It‘s all about finding the right balance for your setup and gaming priorities!

Optimizing Overwatch 2 Settings With Vsync

Based on my own testing and research, here are some tips for getting the best Overwatch 2 experience with Vsync:

  • For serious competitive players, disable Vsync to reduce input lag as much as possible. The high frame rates make tearing less noticeable anyway.

  • For more casual gamers, enable Vsync for smoother visuals and minimal tearing without worrying about lag.

  • If you have a high refresh rate monitor like 144Hz or above, setting a Frame Rate Limit 3-5 FPS below max refresh reduces input lag vs normal Vsync while preventing tearing. This essentially acts as a poor man‘s G-Sync!

  • Try using Triple Buffered Vsync if you want syncing with lower lag. Can help, but might cause FPS instability or drops.

  • On console, Vsync is recommended for TV gaming. Only competitive players on PS5/Xbox Series X|S with 120Hz displays may want to disable it if input lag is a top priority.

So in general:

  • Competitive = Off
  • Casual = On
  • High refresh displays = Limit FPS below max
  • Console = On

I suggest tweaking the in-game settings and monitoring FPS, input lag, and tearing. Find the right balance for your setup and gaming style.

How Can I Tell If Vsync is Working Properly in Overwatch 2?

To make sure Vsync is configured correctly and enabled as intended, here are a couple ways to verify:

  • Check Video Settings – Simply re-open the settings and look at what the Vsync option is set to. Ensure it says On, Off, or Triple Buffered based on your preference.

  • Observe frame rate – With Vsync on, your FPS should be capped at your refresh rate. Use the in-game performance stats to monitor your frame rate and see if it‘s syncing properly.

  • Screen tearing test – Look at horizontal lines or edges in the game while panning the view. Any tearing means Vsync is misconfigured or disabled.

  • Input lag – Expect some minor increase in input lag with Vsync on. Not a precise test but gives a subjective feel for responsiveness.

Tweak the settings while monitoring these factors to dial in the optimal setup. Remember, some tearing at very high uncapped frame rates (200+ FPS) is relatively hard to see so don‘t worry if you have an insanely high-end rig.

Troubleshooting Vsync Issues in Overwatch 2

Of course, technical issues can always crop up. Here are some troubleshooting tips if you‘re running into problems getting Vsync working correctly:

Vsync enabled but screen tearing persists:

  • Restart the game and PC to fully apply settings
  • Double check in-game Vsync setting is actually on
  • Update graphics drivers
  • Force enable Vsync globally through GPU control panel

Severe input lag when enabling Vsync:

  • Use Triple Buffered mode instead
  • Limit FPS to 2-3 frames below max refresh rate
  • Disable Vsync and enable Low Latency mode if available
  • Upgrade monitor to higher refresh rate

Low frame rate and stuttering with Vsync on:

  • Lower graphic quality to increase FPS performance
  • Reduce resolution scaling
  • Upgrade PC hardware or console
  • Disable Vsync and tolerate some tearing

Tearing remains even with Vsync on:

  • Try Triple Buffered Vsync
  • Limit FPS to 3-5 frames below max refresh
  • Force enable Vsync via GPU control panel
  • Update graphics drivers
  • Check display cable connections

With a bit of tweaking, you should be able to get flawless frame pacing and enjoy Overwatch 2 with silky smooth visuals. Let me know if any issues persist!

Vsync in Overwatch 2: Final Thoughts and Summary

Alright, that covers everything you need to know about managing Vsync in Overwatch 2! Let‘s recap the key points:

  • What is Vsync? Syncing frames with monitor refresh to prevent screen tearing.

  • Should you enable it? Competitive players – disable for lower lag. Casual players – enable for smoother visuals.

  • How to turn on/off? Via Video Settings menu on PC and console platforms.

  • Optimizing settings? Limit FPS on high refresh monitors. Use Triple Buffered mode potentially.

  • Checking if it‘s working? Monitor FPS, tearing, input lag.

  • Troubleshooting issues? Restart game, update GPU drivers, force enable in control panel.

Phew, that was a lot of info! But now you‘re equipped to get the most out of Overwatch 2‘s graphics.

Let me know if you have any other questions down below! I‘m always happy to chat more about squeezing every last drop of performance out of your hardware.

Now get back out there, tune your settings, and dominate your next match in Overwatch 2! The power is yours.


Written by Alexis Kestler

A female web designer and programmer - Now is a 36-year IT professional with over 15 years of experience living in NorCal. I enjoy keeping my feet wet in the world of technology through reading, working, and researching topics that pique my interest.