Overwatch 2 Crashing - How To Fix Overwatch 2 Crashing On Startup Or Mid Game

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Overwatch 2 Crashing: How To Fix Crashing In Overwatch 2
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Is Overwatch 2 crashing on your machine?

Blizzard has launched a new edition of Overwatch, and with it comes a whole new set of issues. This time, the most irritating problem that gamers are facing with the game is the age-old crashing issue, alongside the login error.

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If you are one of those unlucky enough to have been forced to play some other games instead Overwatch 2 because of this issue, you’re in luck. We’ve put together some advice, to hopefully get back where you belong, in the thick of the action.

And now that Overwatch has been officially shut down, you're going to have to confront this head-on.

How To Fix Crashing In Overwatch 2

Overwatch 2 randomly crashing is undoubtedly causing frustration and irritation for gamers. There have been reports of feet being stamped, fists being clenched, and cushions being aggressively plumped, as a result. However, this problem is very easy to fix if you know what you’re doing.

Here are our suggestions for fixing the Overwatch 2 crashing issue. Before we get into the troubleshooting tips, first, make sure your PC (if you are on a PC) meets the system requirements to run Overwatch 2.

If your system doesn't meet those minimum requirements, then your adventure is already at an end. Simply put, you are going to struggle with all sorts of issues if your hardware isn't powerful enough to run the game.

Update your graphics drivers

A common cause of game crashes is outdated graphics drivers. So make sure yours are fully updated. If you use AMD, you can check for updates here. If you are on NVIDIA, go here. And for Intel, click here. Also, make sure your OS is up-to-date as well.

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Verify the integrity of game files

Corrupted or damaged game files can also cause a game to crash. So run them through the integrity checker to verify they are valid. Here is how to do it.

  • Run your Blizzard Battle.net client.
  • Click Overwatch 2 in the left pane. Then, click Options and select Scan and Repair from the drop-down menu.
  • Press Begin Scan.

Close other applications

If your computer barely meets the specs for the game, then having lots of other memory-hogging programs running in the background will increase the risk of Overwatch 2 crashing. So, close everything else down via Task Manager to reduce the risk of this happening.

Lower the graphics settings

Tweak the in-game graphics settings so that Overwatch 2 runs smoothly. Start by setting everything to low and then increase the settings until you run into stuttering, lag or crashing issues. Just experiment with them to find the right balance for your device.

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In addition, if you overclock your computer - stop. While in theory, overclocking is designed to wring every last drop of performance from your PC, in many cases it actually has the opposite effect, and crashing is a common side-effect.

Additionally, overclocking can actually do long-term damage to your hardware. So it just isn't worth it.

Check your Antivirus and Firewall

Another reason Overwatch 2 might be crashing is down to an overly-enthusiastic security program. Start by adding Overwatch 2 to your safe list.

Alternatively, temporarily disable your antivirus or firewall, and try running the game. If it works without any issues, then you can be reasonably confident that you've identified the source of your problem.

Why Does My Overwatch 2 Keep Crashing?

Overwatch 2 crashes could be caused by a variety of factors.

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For instance, your computer might have outdated graphics drivers or operating system. You might also have corrupted game files, which can result in a crash. In addition, your PC might not be powerful enough to handle the game.

The suggestions we have outlined above are your best bet for fixing Overwatch 2 crashing. Hopefully, your device won't crash while playing Overwatch 2 after applying the tips we've mentioned here.

Now that everything is sorted, have a look at how to fix the Overwatch 2 error starting the game and the error 6-04, in case you encounter them in the future.