Will you need PlayStation Plus or Xbox Live for Overwatch 2? All online requirements

Will you need PlayStation Plus or Xbox Live for Overwatch 2? All online requirements
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Written by 

Morgan Truder


31st Aug 2023 13:23


Overwatch 2 is one of the most popular hero shooters around, but do you need a PlayStation Plus (PS+) or Xbox Live subscription to play the game? Not only will we go over this, but if you require anything else to play the game on PC. While the game is developed by Blizzard, it is not unusual for them to require some kind of subscription to play. 

Overwatch 2 is nearly a year old, and is the follow-up to the game of the year winning Overwatch. The second iteration of the game brought with it some new heroes, and other changes too, with PvE content even being added since release. 

Let’s dive into whether or not a PS+ or Xbox Live subscription is needed to play. 

  • If you’re looking for more Support heroes to learn in Overwatch 2, be sure to check out our Lucio guide

Do you need PlayStation Plus to play Overwatch 2? 

Overwatch 2 special ability
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Overwatch 2 is a game that is always online, however, it is also free to play, which means you won’t require a PS+ subscription to play.

As long as you have a decent internet connection, you can jump right into the world of Overwatch 2, find matches, and hopefully get some wins without needing anything else. 

  • Be sure to check out our guide on Illari, the support hero added during Season 6 of Overwatch 2

Do you need Xbox Live to play Overwatch 2? 

Invasion game mode in Overwatch 2
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The same as with PlayStation, Xbox Live is not required to play Overwatch 2 because it is free-to-play. So all you need is a decent internet connection, and some decent snacks to be safe, and you can jump right in with your favourite hero and your pals. 

  • If you’re looking to learn more about the new season of Overwatch 2, be sure to check out the Season 6 patch notes

Do you need to pay for online services on PC?

Normally PC is where online games get the edge over consoles because PC games are usually free to take online. Overwatch 2 is no different, but that’s because you don’t need to pay for a subscription service regardless of where you play the game. 

That is all there is to know about what subscription service you will need to play Overwatch 2. If you’re enjoying the game, make sure you check out our guide on how to complete Underworld event challenges

For everything else, take a look at our Overwatch 2 homepage.

Morgan is one of the Guides Writers at GGRecon. He first started writing about games for fun whilst doing his BA (Hons) in History and Film. Since then he has turned this passion into a career and was previously an Editor at VideoGamer before joining GGRecon. Despite enjoying all sorts of games, he can often be found playing Football Manager, Red Dead Redemption 2 or Sekiro.

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