BVS (short for "Branch if oVerflow Set") is the mnemonic for a machine language instruction which branches, or "jumps", to the address specified if, and only if the overflow flag is set. If the overflow flag is clear when the CPU encounters a BVC instruction, the CPU will continue at the instruction following the BVC rather than taking the jump.
BVS only supports the Relative addressing mode, as shown in the table at right.
In the assembler formats listed, nnnn is a two-byte (16-bit) address.
The execution time for BVS is not a fixed value, but depends on the circumstances. The listed time is valid only in cases where BVS does not take the branch. If it does take the branch, ececution takes one additional clock cycle. Furthermore, if the branching crosses a page boundary, yet another cycle must be added to the execution time listed.
BVS does not affect any of the CPU's status flags.