What is Overwatch Reduce Buffering and when should I use it?

October 16, 2018 |

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Your Overwatch graphics are equipped with an option called Reduce Buffering. If you are contemplating the question: “What is Overwatch Reduce Buffering?”, you will find the answer in the article below.

So, what is Overwatch Reduce Buffering? For those of you who are not familiar with the feature, we will elaborate. The buffering feature is very handy when you are playing a game in that it makes your game look smoother. The frames are rendered before they are displayed. Usually, when the buffering feature is enabled, you will have input lag issues. To avoid them, you should turn the Reduce Buffering option on. Make sure to set the highest refresh rate for your monitor so that together with the Reduce buffering option, it will give you better graphics.

You can use these two options to fix issues with Reduce Buffering.

  • you can restart your game
  • you can update your graphics driver

But is Reduce Buffering working properly?

You will know if Reduce Buffering is working properly if your computer doesn’t lag at the first opening of a game and your Overwatch Reduce Buffering feature is on.

Method 1

Restarting your computer will help fix your issue, especially if it occurred after you used the Alt and Tab keys to switch between Overwatch and other programs. Many users report that a simple restart helped them with this issue; if however, you are not one of the lucky ones, you can always try the next method.

Method 2

Update your graphics driver. It is truly remarkable how many things are working in your computer all at once, so it’s not surprising that sometimes one part lags behind.

In the case of graphics drivers, you will have to update them if you are using a new operating system or if you have recently upgraded your software or hardware. Sometimes, they just become obsolete before you have the time to update them.

You always have two options in this scenario: to update the drivers manually or employ a special tool. We suggest the latter in order to make sure that your system is always updated and your drivers are scanned for any possible malfunctions. Use Auslogics Driver Updater, a tool that was specially created to keep track of all the drivers of your device. The scan this tool will perform will show the drivers that are in need of an update, then it will start the process of downloading the appropriate driver versions and end with the update process being completed in background mode. You won’t have to worry about a thing! And think of all the time that you saved!

Hopefully, you benefited from this article and you know if the Reduce Buffering option is working properly.

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