Overwatch Adds Better Highlight Functions and Offers Less Duplicate Loot in New Update

Overwatch Adds Better Highlight Functions and Offers Less Duplicate Loot in New Update

Take better video clips, get less duplicate items. Win-win.

Get ready to show off your moves in Overwatch with a new update to the game's highlight functionality. Soon, you'll be able to have more control over what highlight reels you can save from games.

Previously, Overwatch would automatically save select highlights, collecting top highlights from five different games. Unfortunately, if you logged out of Overwatch or shut off your PC or game console, those highlights would disappear. Players have been asking Blizzard to help them with this limited functionality almost since the game launched according to Jeff Kaplan.

The new highlight functions will still record top highlights, but will save those top five clips for the next 24 hours. In addition, Blizzard is adding a "recently captured" section that will allow players to keep track of game highlights they capture manually.

The way this works is if there's a moment in your Overwatch game that you want to capture, you can press the capture button (one button for consoles, multiple mappable buttons on PC) and the game will save that highlight in a 12 second video clip format. Overwatch will save up to 32 of the most recently capture highlights for players to keep, export, etc.

PC players will have some added functionality, including multiple video formats to export their Overwatch clips to. One example is 4K video, which Kaplan says players can output to even if the PC they're playing on can't actually handle such settings. Kaplan warns that the more sophisticated video formats will naturally mean larger file sizes, but as long as players are aware of that, they'll probably appreciate the option anyways.

Lastly, Overwatch Loot boxes will also be getting some much requested changes. Kaplan says Blizzard will dramatically reduce the number of duplicates - thought at a certain point duplicates are bound to happen as Overwatch doesn't have an infinite amount of content. To make up for the lost credits a player receives upon getting a duplicate item, Kaplan says Blizzard will be increasing the amount of credits players can get in a Loot box. "We'll make sure your credit intake will be at least the same, if not more, when all this is done."

The new Loot updates are available now on the PTR. No word yet however on how to get Jeff Kaplan's sweet D.Va jersey (but we're trying!)

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Matt Kim

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Matt Kim is a former freelance writer who's covered video games and digital media. He likes video games as spectacle and is easily distracted by bright lights or clever bits of dialogue. He also once wrote about personal finance, but that's neither here nor there.

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