Overwatch’s Competitive Play Update Now Live on Xbox One

Posted by at 11:32 am on July 1, 2016

overwatchA couple of days ago, Blizzard published a detailed primer on Overwatch’s competitive play update on the official game site. Earlier today, the patch including competitive content that hit PC first came quicker than expected to Xbox One. In the original announcement of the update, they had said that PC players would receive competitive play first while Xbox One and PlayStation 4 players would have to wait until next week.

Blizzard has always been good at disclosing the modified content of any given patch, major or minor, for their games. For most, the big takeaway of the latest Overwatch patch notes is, of course, the competitive play.

Now when booting up the game, a “Competitive Play” icon will be available alongside the standard “Quick Play” and “Weekly Brawl!” variants. It’s important to note that in order to access competitive matches, you will need to reach at least level 25. While this may annoy some who are just now picking up the game, it makes sense since the
Besides the new mode, there are a few other points of interest with this new patch:

  • New ways to customize the control layout, and user preferences
  • The Hero Gallery now includes weapons
  • The capability to prefer/avoid players in matchmaking has been removed
  • Both McRee and Widowmaker have been nerfed

There’s also the typical bug fixes and optimizations that come with any and all patches. With the Xbox One and PC “Competitive Play” live, it wouldn’t be surprising to experience longer wait times, and a few Xbox One issues have been reported already, as chronicled on the Overwatch Twitter feed. For PlayStation 4 players, “Competitive Play” is imminent, but there is no firm release date for the update at this time.

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