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How To Download Overwatch 2 Beta On PC (2022)

Do you need OW installed for the beta & what's the download size? Here's everything about downloading & installing Overwatch 2 Beta on PC.

If you’d like to play Overwatch 2 Beta and have received access via Twitch drops or email, here’s how to download it on PC and begin playing. Find the answers for more frequently answered questions related to the download size, claiming your drop, and more.

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Overwatch 2 Beta Download on PC

Players of Overwatch can get access to the Overwatch 2 Beta. And if you are invited to the OW2 beta, you can get a free trial of Overwatch 1 to then get access to the second game in the series. Follow the steps below to make it happen.

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  • Download the Battle.net launcher/Desktop App from Blizzard.com and complete the setup process.
  • Log into your account and then find Overwatch in the client (the OW symbol should be at the top). Make sure it’s the same account that has received the beta access.
  • Check the Game Version at the bottom left. It will show you “Overwatch” but if you click on the drop-down, you can select Overwatch 2 Tech Beta.
  • Wait until the client loads the page and then download and install it by clicking on the blue Install button.
  • Once done, all you need to do now is click on the Play button.

Overwatch 2 Beta Download Size

The available hard drive space required for Overwatch 2 Tech Beta is 50 GB whereas it was 30 GB for Overwatch. Moreover, the memory for OW1 was 4 GB RAM (min) and 6 GB RAM (rec) but for OW2, players need a minimum of 6 GB RAM, and it’s recommended to have 8GB RAM.

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OW2 Beta System Requirements

Minimum (targeting 30fps):

  • Operating system: Windows® 7 / Windows® 8 / Windows® 10 64-bit (latest Service Pack)
  • Processor: Intel® Core™ i3 or AMD Phenom™ X3 8650
  • Video: NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 600 series, AMD Radeon™ HD 7000 series
  • Memory: 6 GB RAM
  • Storage: 50 GB available hard drive space

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Recommended (targeting 60fps on medium settings):

  • Operating system: Windows® 10 64-bit (latest Service Pack)
  • Processor: Intel® Core™ i7 or AMD Ryzen™ 5
  • Video: NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 1060 or AMD R9 380
  • Memory: 8 GB RAM
  • Storage: 50 GB available hard drive space

Make sure to update to the latest drivers available for your graphics card for the best experience.

Do I need Overwatch installed for Overwatch 2 beta?

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Yes, players need Overwatch to get access to Overwatch 2 beta and that’s because players of the original game get a free upgrade to this new title. But if you are invited to the beta but don’t own OW1, you can download the Battlenet client and get Overwatch as a free trial, through which you can get to the OW2 beta. This will last until the beta period does. The first Overwatch 2 PvP Beta started on April 26th 2022 at 11am PT and will continue till May 17th 2022 (date subject to change). 

Where is my Overwatch 2 Drop?

  • While you watch a stream, you should get the Twitch Drop notification that says that you are now eligible to get 1 OW2 PvP beta access. You must claim your drop by the date mentioned otherwise you will lose the loot.
  • Click on the Drops option which comes up after clicking on your Profile Picture.
  • Claim the access from here.
  • This will only work if you have successfully connected your Battlenet and Twitch accounts because this is how the game will verify that you are eligible for a Twitch drop.
  • Now open your OW client and wait until it updates.
  • Restart your Battlenet launcher after waiting for a while and see if you’ve received the update.
  • Once you have, update the Game Version from Overwatch to Overwatch 2 Tech Beta and you are good to go.

If you missed this beta drop, don’t worry. More invites will be sent out soon so keep an eye out on the official social media channels of Overwatch to know more. As per @overwatchleague, 1500 beta keys will be released per hour starting May 5, 2022. This is your opportunity to win access by watching the Overwatch League during the opening weekend.

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