The hype around the Overwatch 2 beta is at an all-time high but not everyone will have the chance to play it.
The developers recently announced that hopeful players can get into the beta by watching various livestreams on Twitch. Twitch drops are a common way game developers build hype around upcoming games, but many Overwatch fans were frustrated with the requirements, including watching a minimum of four hours of streams.
To clear up many of the questions and concerns the Overwatch fandom has surrounding the Overwatch 2 beta, developers have released an FAQ on beta participation, including system requirements. Here are the minimum requirements to install in the Overwatch 2 beta.
Overwatch 2 beta system requirements
To participate in the Overwatch 2 beta, potential participants need to have a PC that meets these minimum requirements:
- Operating system: Windows 7 / Windows 8 / Windows 10 54-bit
- Processor: Intel Core i3 / AMD Phenom X3 8650
- GPU: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 600 series / AMD Radeon HD 7000 series
- Memory: 6 GB RAM
- Storage: 50 GB of available hard drive space
These minimum requirements will get players around 30 FPS so players with worse hardware may still be able to run the game. For the best performance and experience, players will want to target 60 FPS on medium settings. Here are the recommended settings for this:
- Operating system: Windows 10 64-bit
- Processor: Intel Core i7 / AMD Ryzen 5
- GPU: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 / AMD R9 380
- Memory: 8 GB RAM
Can you play the Overwatch 2 beta on console?
Not yet. Xbox and PlayStation players won’t be able to play Overwatch 2 until the game’s official release. Developers have said that there will be future betas that include console players as well as PC players. It is unknown when those may come or what hoops players will have to jump through in order to participate.
Can Mac users participate in the Overwatch 2 beta?
Blizzard has specified in a recent FAQ that the beta was developed solely for Windows-based PCs. A Mac-specific beta “will not be provided,” developers added, making it seem unlikely there will ever be a beta that works with Mac computers. Odds are that the game usable on Apple hardware, though.