Blizzard Entertainment Welcomes Xbox Series X & Xbox Series S Enhancements For Overwatch In New Update


Posted on March 11, 2021 by Nick Moreno

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To those that actively play Overwatch, it is expected that the title would stop its major announcements since the game’s release for Nintendo Switch back in 2019. Of course, new Heroes would continue to be added to the game as the developer plans to treat the 2016 title as a live service. However, there are other priorities that take the team’s attention.

For one, the exciting sequel – Overwatch 2 – is in development. Howbeit, while the game is underway, there is no set date for its release. In a previous financial report from Activision Blizzard, Blizzard Entertainment is unsure as to when the game will arrive. Additionally, the same can also be said for Diablo IV as well for the time being.

Despite what the firm has on its plate currently, it wasn’t easy to predict the developer would issue next-gen upgrades for Overwatch this week. But, the announcement is only unique to Xbox Series X & Xbox Series S; leaving PlayStation 5 in the dark currently.

Added “Preferred Mode” graphics option which allows switching between three different presets: “Resolution”, “Balanced”, “Framerate”. These modes adjust video settings to bias towards image quality, resolution, and framerate.

“Resolution”: This mode prefers higher-resolution output at the cost of some image-quality (Series X: 4K @ 60Hz, Series S: 1440p @ 60Hz).
“Balanced”: This mode prefers image-quality at the cost of resolution (Series X: 1440p @ 60Hz, Series S: 1080p @ 60Hz).
“Framerate”: This mode prefers higher frame-rate at 120 frames-per-second at the cost of both image-quality and resolution (Series X: 1440p @ 120Hz, Series S: 1080p @ 120Hz).

Among the three modes to choose from on either Xbox Series iteration, the framerate option is the one that opens eyes the most. Mainly due to the game’s performance boosted up to 120 frames per second – even on Xbox Series S. Blizzard Entertainment mentions that there is a disclaimer to the mode: “Not you must have a TV that supports 120Hz or VRR (Variable-Refresh-Rate) to fully take advantage of the ‘Framerate’ mode.”

With the indication that variable refresh rate is a concern for those wanting to experience Overwatch at 120 frames per second, perhaps that also stands in regards to the absent PlayStation 5 upgrade as well. Thankfully, Sony Interactive Entertainment in the past confirmed VRR is underway in a future update sometime later on.

Elsewhere regarding Overwatch, a television show is currently in the pipeline for the series. The project was leaked alongside more details on the planned Diablo television series as well. You can read the full report by heading here.

Are you planning to play Overwatch on Xbox Series X & Xbox Series S?

Overwatch is out now for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, PC, Nintendo Switch, and Xbox Series X|S; playable via backwards compatibility on PlayStation 5.

Source: Blizzard Entertainment

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