Overwatch 2: Fix Crashing & Freezing

Last Updated on October 21, 2022

Overwatch 2 assigns players into two teams of five, each player selecting one of several pre-defined hero characters with unique abilities. Players on a team work together to secure and defend control points on a map or escort a payload across the map in a limited amount of time. The heroes fall into three classes: Damage, Tank, and Support. There will also be a PvE mode in this iteration of Overwatch, which should bring more players to the title.

Similar to every AAA, OW2 suffers from a few problems here and there. I have already covered performance issues in this article. That’s not all; the game also suffers from constant crashes on computers running on older device drivers. Today’s article will focus on ironing out crashing issues in Overwatch 2.

Update: Added more inputs to help fix the issue.

How To Fix Crashing in OW2


Disable Overclocking

In the game crashing fiasco, overclocking is the culprit, most of the time. Some players were able to fix this issue by bringing their GPU and CPU to default frequencies. MSI Afterburner and Zotac Firestorm are two popular tools used to overclock GPUs, both of these are known for creating problems for newer titles.

While it is not clear how many players are actually affected by the crashes, it is a good reminder that overclocking can be dangerous if not done properly. It’s also worth noting that even if you don’t experience any crashes while overclocking, your system may still be unstable and could crash at any time.


Update Graphics Drivers

When you play a video game or watch a movie, the graphics card is responsible for displaying the images on your screen. If your graphics card isn’t working correctly, you may experience lag, or the images may not be shown correctly. Updating your graphic drivers can help increase your performance and fix any display issues you may be experiencing.

From time to time, I have seen people reporting crashes, and it turns out they haven’t updated their Graphics drivers for a while. You can easily update your graphic drivers by heading to the official websites:

Nvidia has already pushed an update for OW; go check it out.


Install Visual C++ Redistributables

Visual C++ redistributable is a software component installed on a computer to run applications developed with Visual C++. Updating or installing this has helped solve the crashing issues in multiple games we covered earlier.

You can download Visual C++ Redistributable Runtimes All-in-One from here. Unzip the file and launch “install_all.bat” as Administrator.


Tone Down Settings

You may need to tone down your settings if you’re experiencing crashes while playing Overwatch 2. Many games have minimum system requirements to prevent crashes and other issues. Checking your system requirements before purchasing a game is always a good idea.


Scan and Repair Files

Overwatch 2 is a game on Battle.net Launcher. To verify the game, follow the steps given below:

  • Click on the Overwatch Icon
  • Locate the Gear Button located right next to “Play”
  • Now, click “Scan and Repair” and then click “Begin Scan”
  • The launcher will now start looking for any broken or corrupted files.

Disable Antivirus and Firewall

There are a number of potential causes for this, but one of the most common is interference from an antivirus or firewall program. These programs are designed to protect your computer from harmful programs but can also block legitimate programs from running properly.

If you find that your game is frequently crashing, it may be due to antivirus or firewall interference. To fix this, you must add the game to your antivirus or firewall program’s list of exceptions. This will allow the game to run without interference and should help to fix the problem.

Click on Allow Access, when you launch the game for the first time:


Fixes from Community

Razer Software leading to crashes

Razer’s Chroma syncs with Overwatch; this is supposed to be a fun experience. But Synapse has caused crashing issues for many. You can try running the game with the Synapse software turned off.

Hyperx Nguenity

Another software that conflicts with the game sometimes.

Rivatuner

Performance stats are now inbuilt in Nvidia and AMD software. Rivatuner has created troubles for many gamers in the past, including me.


How To Fix Freezing in OW2

PC gaming is no stranger to freezing and performance issues, but with the release of new games and updates, these problems seem to be happening more often. In some cases, games will completely freeze up, while in others, they just run slowly. There are a variety of possible causes for these issues, from hardware problems to software conflicts, but the fixes can be just as varied.

The first step in solving any PC gaming issue is to determine whether it’s only happening to a single game (OW2 in this case) or not. If yes, then this is a game-specific problem.

To fix this: You can go to your game settings and turn down settings low. Also, try migrating the game to an SSD.


Old text: This is how you can fix freezing and crashing in Overwatch 2. The game will have problems as this is not a public release. Beta testing is an integral part of game development. It allows developers to get feedback from players about the game and find and fix any bugs before it is publicly released.

Releasing a beta stage game allows developers to test the game’s servers and make sure everything is working correctly. It also gives players a chance to try out the game before it’s released and give feedback about what they like and dislike. Beta testing can help ensure that when the final version of the game is released, it is as good as possible.

So we can let these problems slide for a while and use the workarounds to take care of the problems.

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Written by Vikas

I am Vikas, and I have been into computers and gaming since I was four. I have been solving computer issues since Windows 2000 was a thing. I love playing PC games (especially online multiplayer ones). Professionally, I have worked as a Brand Enabler and hold a computer engineering degree. In my spare time, I read books and play with my cats.

My favorite games are Destiny 2, Warframe, COD Cold War, and Minecraft.

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