How To Pre Download Overwatch 2?

To start playing Overwatch 2 as soon as it opens on October 4, preload the game on your preferred platform. There are a few restrictions and differences to be aware of before you start the download, such as the times that preloading will become available and the different file sizes across platforms.

The pre-download can be started on any platform, including PC via Battle.net, Xbox, PlayStation, and Nintendo Switch consoles. Players of Overwatch 2 on Battle.net should also make sure their PC satisfies the minimal requirements. Here is all the information you require regarding pre-downloading Overwatch 2, its availability date, and its size.

How To Download Overwatch 2 In Advance?

If you already own Overwatch 1, you already own the Watchpoint Pack for free, so you don’t need to worry about it. The option to preload Overwatch 2 before the Overwatch 2 launch time on October 4 at 12 pm PDT is available on any platform, but only to returning Overwatch 1 players or those who have purchased the Watchpoint Pack on their platform of choice.

Be advised that while Overwatch 2 is free to play, it does require a linked phone number on a single Battle.net account, therefore you’ll need to set up SMS protection for Overwatch 2 first. You do not need Overwatch 1 or the Watchpoint Pack to play Overwatch 2. Here’s how to begin the Overwatch 2 preload, however, keep in mind that there are a few restrictions based on the platform you choose:

  • PC users using Battle.net: Overwatch 2 is now available for preload on Battle.net. The Overwatch 2 update should begin downloading automatically if you have Battle.net’s automatic updates enabled, but you can also manually start the download by clicking on the gear icon next to the “Play” button on the Battle.net Overwatch page and choosing “Check for Updates.”
  • Console users: On October 4, at around 9 a.m. PDT, 12 p.m. EDT, 5 p.m. BST, and 6 p.m. CEST, Overwatch 2 can be pre-loaded on Xbox One, Xbox Series X, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, and Nintendo Switch. To begin the preload, check the game’s game library or storefront for updates.
  • New players: You will not be able to preload Overwatch 2 if you are a new player, have never played Overwatch, or do not own the Watchpoint Pack. However, you can begin installing the game as soon as it goes live on October 4 at 12 p.m. PDT.
Pre Download Overwatch 2
Pre Download Overwatch 2

Overwatch 2 Size and PC System Requirements

On the PC, Overwatch 2 is over 50GB, but on Xbox, PlayStation, and Nintendo Switch consoles, it is only 30GB. On Xbox Series X/S and PS5, the game should run very smoothly, however on older systems, such as Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, and PS4, performance or visual quality may suffer. These are your computer’s minimum and recommended system requirements if you’re playing Overwatch 2 on PC:

Minimum Requirements

  • Operating System:Β Windows 10 64-bit (latest Service Pack)
  • Processor:Β Intel Core i3 or AMD Phenom X3 8650
  • GPU:Β NVIDIA GeForce GTX 600 series, AMD Radeon HD 7000 series
  • Memory:Β 6GB RAM
  • Storage:Β 50 GB available hard drive space
  • Display resolution:Β At least 1024 x 768
  • Broadband internet connection
  • Operating System:Β Windows 10 64-bit (latest Service Pack)
  • Processor:Β Intel Core i7 or AMD Ryzen 5
  • GPU:Β NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060/ GeForce GTX 1650 or AMD R9 380/AMD RX 6400
  • Memory:Β 8GB RAM
  • Storage:Β 50GB available hard drive space
  • Display resolution:Β At least 1024 x 768
  • Broadband internet connection

You should be able to start playing Overwatch 2 straight away when the servers go live on October 4 at 12 pm PDT if you have already begun pre-downloading the game. Check out the Prepare For Launch post on the Overwatch website for further details and assistance with pre-downloading Overwatch 2.

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