PC Games ‘Overwatch’ Update: High Bandwidth Mode Added to PC Version

By Carlo M. , Updated Sep 14, 2016 05:19 AM EDT
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Blizzard announced an update on "Overwatch" that will bring high bandwidth mode to the PC version of the game.

According to Gamespot, "Overwatch" for PC is getting an upgrade that game developer Blizzard say will help boost online multiplayer gaming experience for its legions of fans. The company released a high bandwidth mode update for "Overwatch" PC gamers and got game engineers Tim Ford and Philip Orwig to discuss in-depth what the update brings to the PC version of the game.

The discussion is full of technical stuff but overall this development bodes well for PC users. Orwig said, "Ultimately the thing you need to keep in mind is that, if your connection isn't keeping up, don't worry about it, we'll downgrade you appropriately and you'll see the interpolation delay increase. Everything is going to work out perfectly fine on that front."

Ford added "The net result of that is you'll be shot around corners less, you'll be able to predict escape moves better and the server will hear about it sooner. So, if you got that Blink off the servers going to process that quicker and make you less likely to get hooked."

Meanwhile, The Escapist posted about the low refresh rate of "Overwatch" of 21hz which is far from the 60hz that is common with other games of its kind. The high band width mode addresses this issue as the game is now running on 63hz based on tests from initial rollout of the update. In a statement from Blizzard, a reminder was issued by the game maker.

It said, "Since we know that not all internet connections are equal, we've also added in tech that will automatically and adaptively scale down your update rate if we find your connection can't keep up.

Simply put, if you're internet connection is slow or unstable, you'll be put back down to the 21hz refresh rate. Similarly, because high bandwidth servers (as the name suggests) will increase your bandwidth consumption, we're also looking to add an option to self-limit your update rate in a future patch."

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