Overwatch: Best Stretched Resolutions To Boost FPS

You’ve probably seen a lot of Pro Overwatch players and content creators with high-end PC hardware play on stretched resolutions making their game look worst, and you might be thinking, what’s the point of having the best hardware and still lowering the resolution. For some people, the advantages of using a stretched resolution on Overwatch are more important than graphics quality.

The most crucial benefit of playing on stretched resolutions is that you get higher FPS on Overwatch, and there comes the benefit of having a more responsive game and lower input lag.

What improvements can I expect in Overwatch by using stretched resolutions?

That’s a good question because that depends a lot on your specific hardware and the resolution you will be playing Overwatch on. A basic rule of thumb is that the lower your resolution is on Overwatch, the higher the FPS. The actual gains may vary even on identical PC builds, so that’s something to keep in mind. It doesn’t mean that because your friend with the same PC build and stretched resolution gets 300 FPS in Overwatch, you will be able to achieve the same.

Many things come into play, like how well your PC is optimized, the actual chips of your hardware(silicon lottery), and many other things. If you want to know more about optimizing your PC and boosting your FPS, you can schedule an appointment with me or check out my complete optimization guide for Windows.

For those of you who prefer to see actual numbers, look at the table below with a few tests I did on Overwatch with different stretched resolutions and how much the FPS increased on Overwatch depending on the resolution. The tests were done on a 1080p 24″ monitor.

ResolutionFPS Boost
1811×108011% more FPS
1750×108019% more FPS
1600×90025% more FPS
1440×108026% more FPS
1024×96055% more FPS

Best Stretched Resolutions for Overwatch

The best thing, in my opinion, to do is to test every stretched resolution on Overwatch for a few rounds or days and see which one feels the best for you. Below you can find my recommendations on the best stretched resolutions for Overwatch while considering the FPS gains and visibility in-game. You don’t want to be playing in 400 fps but not be able to see any enemies because your screen is zoomed in too much.

1811×1080: Playing Overwatch on 1811×1080 resolution will provide you with a slight FPS boost while the change in graphics quality will be minimal to unnoticeable.

1750×1080: I feel like 1750×1080 is the best stretched resolution for Overwatch since it will provide you with a nice FPS boost and lower input lag while keeping the graphics quality to an acceptable level.

1600×900: The 1600×900 resolution is a pretty solid choice for many people playing Overwatch on stretched resolution, and without a doubt, you must try it.

1440×1080: Almost identical to the previous one, the 1440×1080 resolution is a good choice, especially for people on low-mid-end gaming PCs since it will give you a nice boost on your FPS.

1024×960: Don’t play on this resolution unless there is no other choice.

How to apply stretched resolutions on Overwatch

Now that you know what stretched resolutions you should be looking at when playing Overwatch, it’s time to apply and test them. Below you will find step-by-step instructions on using a stretched resolution to Overwatch.

AMD GPU Users

If you have an AMD GPU follow the steps below to apply any stretched resolution to your PC.

Right-click on your desktop, and choose AMD Radeon Software.

How to open AMD Radeon Software

Next, navigate to Gaming -> Display, and on the right side, you should see the “Custom Resolution” option. Click on “Create New“.

How to find custom resolutions on AMD Radeon Software for Overwatch.

Now type the stretched resolution you would like to play on and click on “Create“.

How to create a stretched resolution on AMD for Overwatch.

Once you’ve done that, open up Overwatch, go to graphics settings, and make sure to choose the resolution you just created as well as that you are playing the game on full screen.

NVidia GPU Users

If you have an NVidia GPU follow the steps below to apply any stretched resolution to your PC.

Right-click on your desktop, and choose NVidia Control Panel.

Next, navigate to Change Resolution and on the right side click on the “Customize…” option.

Customizing resolutions on NVidia Control Panel.

Now type the stretched resolution you would like to play on and click on “Test“, and then “OK“.

How to add stretched resolution on NVidia Control panel for Overwatch.

Now, select the resolution you just created and click the “Apply” button.

Selecting the stretched resolution for Overwatch.

Navigate to “Adjust desktop size and position” tab, and make sure that under Scaling Mode you select Full-screen, and that the scaling is performed on Display.

How to play Overwatch on full screen stretched resolution.

Once you’ve done that, open up Overwatch, go to graphics settings, and make sure to choose the resolution you just created as well as that you are playing the game on full screen.

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