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How to Fix “Player is in a different version of Overwatch” in Overwatch 2

Are you getting the “Player is in a different version of Overwatch” error in Overwatch 2?

If so, you won’t be able to play together with them.

Overwatch 2 was released on October 4, 2022.

Since its release, the game has had multiple known issues.

Some of the known issues are server disconnection, cosmetics, items, currency not showing up, and others.

In this guide, you’ll learn why you’re getting the “Player is in a different version of Overwatch” error in Overwatch 2 and how to fix it.

Why does Overwatch 2 say “Player is in a different version of Overwatch”?

Player is in a different version of Overwatch

Overwatch 2 says “Player is in a different version of Overwatch” because you’re not using the beta version of Battle.net.

If you’re not using the beta mode of the client, you’ll get the error message.

Many players are complaining about the issue on various forums.

“I just updated to Overwatch 2 but it says that I can’t join my friends. They are at a party and playing just fine but I can’t join them”.

“Same! This is happening with a friend of mine”.

“Having the same problem. It’s weirder because one friend finished queuing right after me and I was able to group with them fine. My next friend finished queuing shortly after and it refused to let me invite them due to this error”.

How to fix “Player is in a different version of Overwatch” in Overwatch 2

To fix “Player is in a different version of Overwatch” in Overwatch 2, you need to switch to the beta version of Battle.net.

You can do this by opening Battle.net > logo > Settings > Beta > Switch to Beta.

You can also try using “/invite (their http://Battle.net tag)” and to join them, type “/join (their http://Battle.net tag).”

After you’ve switched to beta, restart the client and launch Overwatch 2.

Method 1: Switch to the beta version of Battle.net

  1. Exit Overwatch 2.
  2. Launch Battle.net.
  3. Click on the Battle.net logo.
  4. Select “Settings”.
  5. Select “Beta”.
  6. Click on the “Switch to Beta” button.

After you’ve clicked on the “Switch to Beta” button, the client will restart.

Lastly, launch Overwatch 2 and you will be able to play with your friends.

Method 2: Use /invite in the general chat

  1. Launch Overwatch 2.
  2. Press “Enter” to open the general chat.
  3. Type “/invite BattleTag” (e.g. invite Russ#11490).

Further reading

How to Fix “In Queue: Players ahead of you” in Overwatch 2

How to Fix “Login Error Disconnected from Game Server” in Overwatch 2

How to Fix “Error Code LC-208” in Overwatch 2

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