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Almost a Quarter of Overwatch PC Players Use Integrated GPUs

A whopping 22% of PC Overwatch players are gaming on an integrated GPU.


Blizzard games aren't known for being intensive on PC system resources, but I would have never thought that almost a quarter of players of the PC version of Overwatch are using integrated GPUs. According to Blizzard 22% of Overwatch's PC player base forgo a dedicated graphics solution in favor of Intel's HD Graphics or AMD's APUs.

Blizzard Senior Software Engineer Ryan Greene spoke on the Overwatch development team's hardware compatibility goals at GDC 2017. He stated that the goal of the team was that the recommended specs should get at least 60 fps, and the minimum specs should get at least 30 fps. Greene said not everyone on the team was excited about optimizing the game for low-end hardware, but as time went on, they started to see the value in the concept.

During play testing for Overwatch, Blizzard used various configurations of hardware, from top-of-the-line gaming PCs to notebooks and ultrabooks. Green stated, "We set up playtest labs with various machines all configured with different hardware. We got different people to play on it, and they were surprised at how well it ran, and how much it felt like Overwatch."

Perhaps one of the aspects that has made Overwatch so popular is its accessibility. In the days where many AAA games get a token unoptimized port to PC, that even high-end hardware have trouble running, a game that can run on almost anything might make a PC gamer out of someone with lower-end hardware who would never consider playing on their machine before.

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    March 16, 2017 12:40 PM

    Jason Faulkner posted a new article, Almost a Quarter of Overwatch PC Players Use Integrated GPUs

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      March 16, 2017 1:29 PM


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        March 16, 2017 2:03 PM

        I mean, Blizzard said 22% were playing without a dedicated GPU. Seems like it wouldn't work out too well but the minimum requirements do list an "Intel HD Graphics 4400."

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          March 16, 2017 2:04 PM


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            March 16, 2017 2:08 PM

            I'm not sure if they're counting from active userbase or total logins. My guess would be the latter.

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              March 16, 2017 2:18 PM

              yeah like how many might be people with a real gaming PC that normally play it there but decided to install and try it on their laptop with integrated graphics?

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      March 16, 2017 2:56 PM

      I finished that latest star craft expansion with an Intel onboard gpu

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      March 16, 2017 3:35 PM

      I have a gtx1060 but I play on everything low because I need to maintain 144fps lol. Its majorly cpu-bound when you get above 100fps

      The graphics are still good though and if an integrated gpu can do low at 30fps thats not bad

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      March 16, 2017 4:13 PM

      Ugh Blizzard. Giving an advantage to players with better hardware, so unfair

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