Overwatch is a multiplayer first-person shooter video game developed and published by Blizzard Entertainment. It was released in May 2016 and has over 10 million game copies activated, making it one of the biggest game titles around. Overwatch puts players into two teams of six, with each player selecting one of several pre-defined hero characters with unique movement, attributes, and skills; these heroes are divided into four classes: Offense, Defense, Tank, and Support. Players on a team work together to secure and defend control points on a map and/or escort a payload across the map in a limited amount of time.
Overwatch is using a proprietary game engine and we tested the game title with ‘Ultra’ and Epic graphics quality settings. Once we had the graphics and display settings figured out we used FRAPS to manually benchmark a section of the game for a couple minutes. We tested at two resolutions during the same online game, so you will have an idea of the general performance at that resolution. The two runs were done at different places in the same map, so the performance lines shouldn’t line up at all.
1080P Benchmark Results: The ASUS ROG Strix GL502 with the GeForce GTX 1070 8GB graphics card did amazingly well on Overwatch at 1080P. We were averaging 114 FPS on Ultra IQ settings and 82 FPS with the Epic IQ settings. Some of our best matches in Overwatch have been done on the GL502!
1080P Benchmark Results: We aren’t sure how many people will try to play games on the battery, but performance was still solid on the battery. We unplugged the laptop in the middle of playing and went from 114 FPS on average to 68 FPS, which isn’t bad. This is one tough gaming notebook and can easily play games like Overwatch at Full HD with respectable frame rates both plugged into the wall and unplugged on the go!