How to vastly improve Overwatch performance on Nintendo Switch - Dexerto

How to vastly improve Overwatch performance on Nintendo Switch

Published: 29/Oct/2019 1:32 Updated: 29/Oct/2019 1:49

by Brad Norton


Overwatch community has already discovered ways to improve loading times.

Released on the handheld platform on October 15, Overwatch on the Switch allows gamers around the world to play the competitive title online no matter where they might be.

While this version of the game doesn’t allow for crossplay or progress to be carried over from other platforms, the community has unveiled a nifty trick to improve the handheld experience.

In an October 27 video, YouTube channel ‘rkuo’ compared an assorted of interchangeable hardware and proved that there are methods to shorten loading times in Overwatch. 

Storage space in the Nintendo Switch can be manually adjusted with the addition of various SD cards. Testing numerous storage devices in the console, the video unveiled how load times can be massively impacted.

Loading into a typical match on Paris to begin the comparisons, it was highlighted how internal Switch storage is nearly six seconds faster than utilizing SD card storage space. 

Installing Overwatch to the system memory itself will get you into a game in only 13 seconds compared to 19 seconds when installed on an SD card instead.

Detailing the analysis, the channel concluded that internal storage, referred to as eMMC, is “faster by 25-50 percent on loading into the level.”

“MicroSD card ratings matter, but even a good microSD card doesn’t match the internal eMMC,” they surmised. Therefore, if you’re just about to purchase Overwatch for your Switch, ensure that you have enough internal storage space left in order to optimize loading times.

While everyone sits through an introductory phase with each competitive map, loading in just a few seconds earlier can give you that slight edge in competition. 

Every second is crucial when setting up your defenses or planning an attack for instance, so use this knowledge to your advantage when climbing the ranks.


Best Overwatch tricks to dominate any hero as Tracer

Published: 18/Nov/2020 0:07

by Michael Gwilliam


Tracer has been one of the best Overwatch heroes for quite some time with a tremendously high skill ceiling. However, in 2020, the character has some new tools up her sleeve that players should really take advantage of, especially with Overwatch 2 in development.

In a new video by educational YouTuber Nathan ‘KarQ’ Chan, Overwatch League pro and Tracer specialist Dante ‘Danteh’ Cruz shared his best tips to battle each of the game’s heroes.

As a general tip, he advises that players learn map geometry to better navigate your way around to confirm frags. Remember, an earlier patch in 2020 made it so Tracer can Blink upwards onto ledges allowing for some vertical mobility.

Knowing where these spots are and traversing sneakily will reward your gameplay and make you a huge threat to any enemy backline.

Roadhog secondary primary fire on King's Row
Understanding Hog’s primary and secondary fire is key.

Moving onto individual matchups, one of the most interesting tips that Danteh has for facing a D.Va is to Recall a bit earlier when she uses Self-Destruct. While most guides suggest to do so right away, he advises to do so earlier so you have even more time to secure a kill onto her in Baby form.

Against Roadhog, aside from staying away from his Hook, understanding how his primary and secondary fire operates will pay dividends. If you can play around both distances, you’ll have a much easier time to farm Ultimate charge off of him.

If the enemy has a Sigma, it’s best to open up the engagement with Pulse Bomb so he doesn’t have time to use Kinetic Grasp and eat it. After that, you should be free to melee him to death or use primary fire to secure the kill.

When dealing with an Ashe or Widowmaker, this is where the map geometry really comes into play. Use your map knowledge to get near those hitscan heroes and go in for the kill, especially if they’re already scoped in.

Doomfist can be a massive pain for a lot of heroes, but not for Tracer. Because he’s so cooldown reliant, you can easily get away from his abilities. If you’re able to focus him every chance you get, he won’t be able to do much.

Thanks to Tracer’s range buff, she can easily stay out of range from McCree’s Flash Bang while pressuring him. Use this to your advantage to negate his best tool in the 1v1.

Tracer sticks Baptiste with Pulse Bomb
Don’t be afraid to just stick Baptiste.

For Pharah, she can be a bit tricky to deal with, but keep in mind that she is often run alongside a Mercy pocket, which means the other enemy support may not have peel if you can focus on them. Make us of this and pressure the enemy backline to render the Pharah pick useless.

Against Baptiste, a lot of players like to wait until he’s already used Immortality Field before going for a Pulse Bomb. However, Danteh doesn’t agree. If you can stick Baptiste, even if he gets lamp out, it will be destroyed by the Bomb and leave him with a mere 40 HP. Don’t be afraid to just go for it.

Tracer can be a very rewarding character to play when you know what you’re doing. Keep these tips in mind next time you Blink into battle and watch your SR rise as you climb the Overwatch ladder.