Getting this error message “Your rendering device has been lost!” while you try to play Overwatch?
Does Overwatch get closed suddenly with a screen blackout?
Let’s admit it that the situation is frustrating and hugely disappointing when you want to play Overwatch it starts to crash repeatedly.
I have been experiencing the same issue when I was trying my hands with Overwatch. I was mad at finding a solution. Worked hard, gathered all the fixes and solutions for this error from around the web. Later, after trying my ways down with several different methods, finally, my issue was resolved.
How to fix Overwatch “Your Rendering Device Has Been Lost”?
Yes, the error popup “Your rendering device has been lost!” was no longer appearing on my screen. It got a permanent fix.
But how? It happened only when I experimented with hundreds of methods from my previously collected list.
So, how would you know which solution worked for me? Do you need to repeat all those?
No, you do not need to repeat those daunting steps to find for the solutions again. For you, I have listed out all the fixes that I found to be successful in fixing my issue.
Now, let’s have a look at the steps to fix the error permanently.
Solution #1: Check PSU and Other PC Hardware for Compatibility
When your PC components like the Power Supply Unit couldn’t provide the necessary power in sufficient amounts, the Graphics Processing Unit no longer could perform smoothly. To run Overwatch without any issues, you have ensured that the PSU can fulfil the power requirements of the GPU of your PC.
You can get varieties of PSUs in the market; however, the Tier-1 and Tier-2 PSUs are robust for a smooth gaming experience anytime.
Coming to the Clock Speed of your GPU, if it overclocked then make sure the overclocked power matches with the needs of Overwatch.
Look for any heating issues in the Graphics Processing Unit because if this goes unnoticed for long, your Overwatch playtime experience will disturb you every single time you hit the game-high!
Move to the second solution if this didn’t get you a fix.
Solution #2: Check for any conflicting applications running in the background
Many of the players have reported that applications like TeamViewer actively running in the background while they played Overwatch caused crashes and the rendering device lost error appeared.
So, keep monitoring for any such background apps that may create conflicts with Overwatch.
You can follow the steps below:
- Right-click on the Task Bar and click on the Task Manager option.
- Here, you will get a list of applications running in the background from the Process Tab.
- Identify the apps that are lying unused and the ones that are consuming a big chunk of RAM or processor. To close an application, right-click and select End task.
Even after this if you still get the issue, let’s have a try for the next solution.
Solution #3: Check the Windows SuperFetch service status
Windows SuperFetch is a crucial component when it comes to Windows’ memory management. Without SuperFetch turned on, you will not be able to play Overwatch and will get the rendering device lost error frequently.
For this, you need to check whether the service is activated or not.
Here are the steps to do so:
- Hit the Windows Logo key and R at a time on your keyboard. You will get to see the Run dialogue box.
- Type “services.msc” and press the Enter button.
- Now, find the service “SuperFetch” from the list shown and right-click, select Properties.
- Check whether the status of the service is showing Running or not.
- Then, make sure the Startup type is set to Automatic.
Most of the time, SuperFetch service is behind the rendering device lost error, and I hope the above steps will clear out the error. If not, go ahead, another fix is there.
Solution #4: Check for the Antivirus Firewall Blocking
Antivirus programs are there to give your PC 360-degree protection round the clock, but sometimes they are known to block several applications without any malicious activity.
To ensure you are safe from this issue, you need to exclude Overwatch from your Antivirus scanning list.
Here are the steps:
- Open the installed antivirus program in your PC.
- Go to the “Virus & Threat Protection” settings tab. Here, you will see a list of applications.
- Tap on the option “click on Add or remove exclusions”.
- There, add Overwatch and discord, click save. Restart your computer to see whether the problem persists or not.
If everything is right with your Antivirus, then you should check the driver editions by following the steps below.
Solution #5: Check Whether all your device Drivers are Updated!
When the drivers are outdated, many of the functions don’t work correctly. The chipset and graphics drivers when go outdated become incompatible with the latest editions of Overwatch and create rendering device lost error.
For this, make sure all of your device drivers are updated and compatible when the newer editions of Overwatch get released.
Alternatively, you can diagnose and uninstall the drivers which you find faulty. Later download and install the latest updates manually from the official graphics or chipset manufacturers website.
Solution #6: Enable AMD GPU Scaling
You can enable a feature called GPU Scaling if you are using an AMD processor-based Graphics Unit.
If you have no idea about what GPU Scaling is, not to worry, I will be assisting you in the journey.
With AMD graphics card drivers you get a feature called GPU scaling which helps your image get better screen resizing capacity and dimensions to fit from all the screen-edges aptly.
When this feature is turned off, and you have an AMD based graphics card, you may face the rendering device lost error while playing Overwatch.
So, how to turn on the feature?
Here are the steps:
- Open AMD Radeon settings from your taskbar Quick Launch area.
- Find the Display tab and click on the GPU scaling feature by toggling the button aside.
Now, close the AMD Radeon settings dashboard and give your PC a fresh reboot. After restarting try playing Overwatch.
Though Overwatch has been there as a favourite multiplayer game for a long time, there are some instances where the gaming experience deteriorates. It may be due to one or more of the above-shared issues in the article.
Blizzard Entertainment, the official developer of the game Overwatch, is pretty good at fixing the user-reported software issues by releasing fast on-the-air updates. But if the problem is related to your PC hardware, then you are the one who can give it a fix.
The methods shared above are all tested and resulted in a permanent fix for the rendering device lost error associated with Overwatch. And, I hope your rendering device issue associated with Overwatch no more persists following the step-by-step methods.