Overwatch 2 Beta Guide – Twitch Drops, System Requirements, & More

Overwatch 2 Beta Guide - Twitch Drops, System Requirements, & More

Overwatch 2’s beta is going live tomorrow, which means this will be a large portion of the community’s first experience with this highly anticipated sequel. Despite looking and playing a lot like the original, developer Blizzard has made some noticeable changes to various heroes, game modes, and even shaved down the number of people per team from six to five. While some players got into the beta via a sign-up that happened some time ago, all hope is not lost as you still have a chance to get your hands on this game.

Here’s everything you need to know about the Overwatch 2 beta:

How to Join the Overwatch 2 Beta

There are two ways to join the Overwatch 2 beta. The first is getting chosen via signing up on the official Overwatch 2 homepage. The selection is based on a variety of factors that Blizzard doesn’t fully explain, but you can still fill this form out at the time of writing this article. Keep in mind that you need to own the original Overwatch to participate in the beta regardless of what method you get in.

The second, and what I suspect most popular method, is gaining access via Twitch Drops from specific streamers. You will need to tune in to one of these streams on April 27th from 10:00 AM PT to 6:00 PM PT. This is the only time that Overwatch 2 beta Twitch Drops will be active. You will need to accrue a total of four hours across any number of the streamer channels listed below to become eligible for these Twitch Drops. Remember you will need to link your Battle.net account with your Twitch account to claim this drop.

Don’t worry if you aren’t lucky enough to get into this beta. Blizzard has confirmed that they will be running additional betas in the future. The Overwatch 2 beta will run from April 27th to May 17th.

Here is every participating streamer you can watch to potentially earn Overwatch 2 beta access:

Overwatch 2 Beta System Requirements

Since this beta is only for PC, some players may wonder if their computer is strong enough to handle Overwatch 2. Thankfully, Blizzard has sent over both the minimum and recommended system requirements. This beta will not be available for Mac users. Chances are if you can run the original Overwatch you should have no trouble running Overwatch 2.

Minimum System Requirements

Operating System – Windows® 7 / Windows® 8 / Windows® 10 64-bit
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

Recommended System Requirements

Operating System – Windows® 10 64-bit
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

Overwatch 2 Beta Details

As stated previously, the Overwatch 2 beta will run from April 27th to May 17th. Modes such as Competitive will be disabled, however, you can play any of the characters confirmed for Overwatch 2. This includes all of the reworked characters like Doomfist, Orisa, Echo, or newcomer Sojourn. Gameplay is now 5v5 instead of 6v6, with teams consisting of one tank, two damage dealers, and two support. Additionally, any player who gets into the beta is free to stream their experience.

Author: Deann Hawkins