How to Fix Overwatch 2 Freezing on Windows?

Overwatch 2 freezing issue has become common among players as the game is launched recently. Overwatch 2 runs on an upgraded version of the previous proprietary engine, which sometimes introduces a new set of problems along with glitches and technical errors. Some common contributing factors to freezing issues can be corrupted files, compatibility settings, outdated graphics drivers, and high graphics settings.

How to Fix Overwatch 2 Freezing on Windows?
How to Fix Overwatch 2 Freezing on Windows?

If we go through the causes, there are multiple that often make you prone to freezing issues:-

  • Outdated or Corrupted Graphics Driver- The outdated driver could be the leading cause of the freezing issue, as GPU manufacturers frequently update their drivers. Hence, keeping the up-to-date driver may help with the issue.
  • Corrupted Game Files- Almost every video Game contains DLL files, which aid in running the game smoothly. However, they are corrupted and lost sometimes. Therefore, repairing the game files can fix this issue.
  • Overclocked GPU- If you have clocked your GPU over its stock settings, you might need to revert them as it can cause freezing issues when playing games due to the badly configured overclock settings.
  • In Game Settings- Setting your Graphics to a high and ultra preset requires more GPU computing power. If your graphics card cannot handle the high or ultra graphics preset, It can produce freezing issues in some cases.
  • Corrupt System Files- Windows system files are required to run games and applications properly. If they are damaged or corrupted by the third-party application and some virus, the game often results in crashing and freezing.

1. Repair Game Files

Most game issues can be fixed by just repairing the corrupted game files. If the game is freezing due to the corrupted game files, running Scan And Repair verifies all the existing game files to restore the corrupted ones.

  1. Open the Battle.net launcher and go to Games.
  2. Select Overwatch and change its version to Overwatch 2
  3. Click the Gear icon next to the play button
  4. Click Scan and Repair

    Repairing Overwatch 2 Game Files
    Repairing Overwatch 2 Game Files
  5. Once the scanning is finished, check if the freezing issue is fixed.

2. Reinstall Graphics Driver

In many cases, the installed driver becomes corrupted if you haven’t updated GPU drivers in a long time. You can fix this by uninstalling the corrupted drivers and installing a fresh copy from your respective graphics card manufacturer’s website.

Display Driver Uninstaller (DDU) can aid you in uninstalling drivers entirely from the computer as it removes the registry files along with the drivers.

  1. To reinstall the Graphics driver, download Display Driver Uninstaller first.
  2. After the downloading, you can simply boot to the Safe Mode as recommended, not required.
  3. Now navigate to the Downloads folder and extract the DDU ZIP folder by right-clicking and selecting Extract to DDU

    Extracting DDU Folder
    Extracting DDU Folder
  4. Once done, head to the extracted folder and double-click the DDU Application, and click Extract

    Click Extract
    Click Extract
  5. Again navigate to the extracted folder and run the DDU application, then select the Device Type and its Vendor
  6. Click Clean and Restart

    Uninstalling Graphics Driver
    Uninstalling Graphics Driver
  7. Once you have restarted, open the browser to head to the Manufacturer’s website
  8. Select your Graphics Card to download the driver
    Clicking Download
    Clicking Download
  9. Once it’s done, run the Graphics Driver installer and follow the instruction.
  10. After installing the driver, restart your computer, then launch the game to check if the freezing issue persists.

3. Reduce Render and Display Resolution

If you are trying to run overwatch 2 in a high resolution, you might encounter a freezing issue as running a game in high resolution requires more GPU resources, putting a lot of stress on a GPU. Hence, Reducing the render and display resolution might aid in fixing the freezing issues.

  1. To reduce the display resolution, launch Settings and head to the Display

    Navigating to Display Resolution
    Navigating to Display Resolution
  2. Now click the drop-down menu of Display Resolution under Scale and Layout
  3. Select the lower resolution of your actual resolution
    Reducing Display Resolution
    Reducing Display Resolution
  4. Once done, launch the game, change the video resolution to Display, and check if the freezing issue is resolved.

4. Close Background Programs

If you have a lot of apps that boot up with your PC as startup programs, they can cause a freezing issue as they stress a system, even if they are idle. Background apps include overlays, browsers, and media applications, among others. Follow the steps to close the background programs:-

  1. Launch Task Manager by pressing Ctrl + Shift + Enter
  2. Select the background app, then click End Task

    Closing Overlay Applications
    Closing Overlay Applications
  3. Once done, open the game to check if the issue is fixed.

5. Configure Virtual Memory

Virtual Memory allows the system to use memory from the hard disk to store data temporarily. The System stores more memory compared to the physical Ram. So if your game runs out of physical memory, the system will use the virtual memory temporarily. Follow the steps to configure virtual memory:-

  1. Click Start Menu and type About Your PC

    Navigating to About Settings
    Navigating to About Settings
  2. Open the Settings and click Advanced System Settings from the right
    Opening Advanced System Settings
    Opening Advanced System Settings
  3. Click Settings under Performace
  4. Go to Advanced and click Change under Virtual Memory

    Opening Advanced System Settings
    Opening Advanced System Settings

    Note: Virtual memory’s maximum size should not exceed 3 times the amount of your physical Ram. It should be 3 times X the amount of your total physical Ram. For example, if you are using 4 GB of Ram, the maximum size of virtual memory should be 6,144 MB. You can multiply your system memory by 3 times, which will give the answer.

  5. Now first, for the initial size, you can write the recommended Value
  6. For the Maximum size, multiply the recommended value by 3 times as in my case, it is 1914MB, and after multiplied, it will be 5742 MB.
    Opening Virtual Memory Settings
    Opening Virtual Memory Settings
  7. Once done, restart your computer and launch the game to see if it fixes the freezing issue.

6. Run System File Checker

SFC or System File Checker is a utility that repairs system files by executing via command prompt. If your game is freezing due to corrupted system files, running a system file checker may help fix the freezing issue.

  1. Click Start Menu and type Command Prompt
  2. Right-click the terminal, and choose Run As Administrator

    Opening Command Prompt
    Opening Command Prompt
  3. Copy and paste the following command and wait for the verification to be done
    Sfc/ scannow
    Repairing Corrupted Files
    Repairing Corrupted Files
  4. After that, check if the issue is fixed,
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