Alongside its hefty system specs, Watch Dogs on PC will require Uplay

Yes, even the Steam version.

Ubisoft has confirmed that the PC version of Watch Dogs will require the publisher's Uplay platform to be installed.

That's regardless of where you've purchased the game, so even the Steam version will go through Uplay as opposed to its own Steamworks platform.

"Like some of our other AAA releases, including Far Cry 3, Splinter Cell: Blacklist, and Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag," said a Ubisoft representative to IGN, "Watch Dogs will be available on Steam and will leverage Uplay to support the games services."

This means that PC users will need to have their own Uplay account and client installed to run Watch Dogs.

Ubisoft also announced the PC system requirements for the game over the weekend. Brace yourself:

Minimum:

  • OS: Windows Vista (SP2), Windows 7 (SP1) or Windows 8 (Please note that we only support 64 bit OSs.)
  • Processor: Intel Core 2 Quad Q8400 @ 2.66Ghz or AMD Phenom II X4 940 @ 3.0Ghz
  • Memory: 6GB RAM
  • Graphics: DirectX 11 graphics card with 1GB Video RAM - Nvidia Geforce GTX 460 or AMD Radeon HD 5770
  • DirectX: Version 11
  • Hard Drive: 25GB available space
  • Sound Card: DirectX 9.0c Compatible Sound Card with Latest Drivers

Recommended:

  • OS: Windows Vista (SP2), Windows 7 (SP1) or Windows 8 (Please note that we only support 64 bit OSs.)
  • Processor: Eight core - Intel Core i7-3770 @3.5 GHz or AMD FX-8350 X8 @ 4 GHz
  • Memory: 8GB RAM
  • Graphics: DirectX 11 graphics card with 2GB Video RAM - Nvidia Geforce GTX 560 ti or AMD Radeon HD 7850
  • DirectX: Version 11
  • Hard Drive: 25GB available space
  • Sound Card: DirectX 9.0c Compatible Sound Card with Latest Drivers

Watch Dogs launches May 27 for Xbox 360, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, and PC. A Wii U version will also be released at a later date.

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gawdzila
gawdzila

Honestly what bothers me even more than the Uplay stuff is the route that Ubi took with graphics development.  They used nVidia's "GameWorks" to create effects for this game, and *that's* the reason I'm not going to buy it.  It automatically creates an inferior product for anyone using AMD graphics hardware, which, I might add, is nearly half the market.


nVidia is like the Apple of graphics hardware -- sure, they make a good product, but everything they do is closed, and proprietary, and ultimately hurts the development of technology and games in the long run.  AMD supports open standards and develops hardware and software technologies that are open for use and compatible with other company's hardware.  nVidia wants to make people beholden to their secret tech and use it to crowd every other competitor out of the market.  I'm not on board with that.


http://www.forbes.com/sites/jasonevangelho/2014/05/26/why-watch-dogs-is-bad-news-for-amd-users-and-potentially-the-entire-pc-gaming-ecosystem/

Algearond
Algearond

Cannot WAIT for this, BUT since TESO is out........going to be quite a while before I pick it up lol

ismail_ali
ismail_ali

I build my new pc specially for Watch Dogs! I was having low budget can anyone tell me how much FPS will i get and which settings can i play without any lag?

-Core i3 3210 3.2ghz

-Ram 8GB DDR3

-Radeon HD 7770 1GB GDDR5 Spapphire Ghz Edition

-1TB Seagate HDD 64mb cache

-Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit

I want to know plz i am dying for this game!

ceaseless
ceaseless

Uplay is only for initial activation. Afterwards, you can turn it off and won't need it to run the game.

jayrobert
jayrobert

8 cores for recommended? Ouch, I thought 8 cores wasn't being used yet but that's asking for too much only on recommended

dark422
dark422

That's why I pre-ordered the PS4 version

dedknedy
dedknedy

@jayrobert  The Intel CPU they listed is quad-core only.. the AMD chip is 8 cores. They just worded it really badly. 8 core Intels are server grade CPUs costing over $1000. No way they would make that the recommended chip.

dark422
dark422

Look on steampowered.com for the specs.

nikacino
nikacino

@dedknedy @jayrobert  Sigh... the i7-3770 is considered 8 cores. It has 4 Physical Cores and with the Hyper threading. Each Physical Core has 2 virtual-cores inside in which it becomes 8 cores total. 

PowerDingALing
PowerDingALing

I bet 99% of the people here saying they won't buy the game anymore because of Uplay WILL buy the game.

Also, everybody always knew it would require Uplay.

You look like seagulls, just making noise.

dark422
dark422

I don't see why people have a problem with Uplay. I don't. What's the big deal?

Gelugon_baat
Gelugon_baat

@PowerDingALing  

You will lose that bet. Besides, Watchdogs isn't the only game worth playing when it does come out.

Harrason
Harrason

Welp, I guess there goes any remaining reason to buy this game on PC.

santinegrete
santinegrete

bad call Ubi. Now I decided PC version is worth less than $7.49 if I have to log two times to play. Do you know how much of my patience I have to muster because any game wants to sync with Uplay server, adding more to the load time? EVEN IN OFFLINE MODE?

TheKeef
TheKeef

And with this, I have lost interest in this title. I used Uplay once, once.......

EmericaCky2K
EmericaCky2K

Nothing more annoying than having to use three API's to run my games library. EVERYTHING SHOULD RUN THROUGH STEAM. HAIL GABE.

al_is_here
al_is_here

yeah i will not be buying this anymore

whackyq
whackyq

Wow, this game as more in common with AC than I thought

lonesamurai1
lonesamurai1

It sucks but in all honesty it won't deter me from buying it, although I'm not planning to buy it until later this year like Nov, Dec, but I will say at least it's not Origin because I'll support Ubisoft way before I will EA.

crix01
crix01

Just like most Ubisoft games. So what? Oh Uplay! A third party DRM! How terrible! The world is going to end!!!!

The game is going to sell anyways, just like CoD does, despite the hypocritical whining on the web.

nl_skipper
nl_skipper

Got to love all the crying over Uplay/Origin..  by the same people who obsess over Steams greatness.  It's just such a hypocrisy, some DRM is fine (like Steamworks), but Uplay, oh, no, not that!  You people are ridiculous... especially those who use this as an excuse to pirate, shame on you!

killerquagmire
killerquagmire

@nl_skipper  What an idiot you are sir! You must equate Walmart to every other store since they are all retailers. Quality of service means something you dope!

al_is_here
al_is_here

@nl_skipper  Would it be fair if origin sold valve games and you were required to additionally install steam and make an account? we arent bitching about drm, we are pissed that we have to use more than 1 client/drm to play the game.Get your head out of your ass.

santinegrete
santinegrete

@nl_skipper now I'm sure you hadn't have to suffer login everytime you want to execute the damn game. We are the customers, and we saying no it's more relevant and important than your bland argument of calling us whimping crybabies.

Delston
Delston

@nl_skipper  It's a pretty flawed point you made.  I do not pirate games, but I prefer Steam.  Uplay is just another barrier between me and the game.  It's ugly, it's clunky, and it's just Ubisoft getting on the digital distribution bandwagon, while still using steam.  


People are allowed to prefer one client over another without being hypocrites...Steam is just cleaner and doesn't get in the way....and it just works.

Stepn2myworld
Stepn2myworld

@nl_skipper. Here is my point. Why would I buy the game on Steam and then be forced to used Uplay? Two services to play one game? No way! That is why I don't buy EA games on Steam that require Origin. 


Ultimately, to be truly approach what Steam is now, Origin and Uplay are going to have to offer more than just their catalog of games.

Letrico
Letrico

@nl_skipper  Very true indeed. I have seen many people that resort to pirating to play the game just because it is on Origin/uPlay. To be honest, Origin and uPlay load faster than my fucking steam since it technically updates everytime you reopen it. Steam users you know it is true.

The only issue I have is my friends are all on Steam and linking a game to Steam helps in easy chat. I believe most people playing Origin/uPlay specific games and link them to Steam for chat love AND they are doing double DRM launching willingly. 


People are hypocrites, most people that are whining now will either buy it anyway but just want to make some noise or just people that hails CoD as the best game ever.

klugenbeel
klugenbeel

You think Origin is a bitch to deal with....well if you haven't had the displeasure of using Uplay, you will. Uplay will make you praise EA and see Valve as digital distribution Gods. When I got my copy of Blood Dragon via buying some parts, I found out I had to use Uplay, which later i needed for a copy of Splinter Cell for picking up a new nvidia 7 series card...because of Uplay both Splinter Cell and Blood Dragon just about rot on my machine....not a big deal because....STANDBY FOR TITANFALL!

Fursnake
Fursnake

Seems like a lot of unnecessary bitching about Uplay. Sure, I wish it was just on Steam and didn't have to go through another DRM thing like Uplay, but I have used Uplay to play stuff like Far Cry 3 and ACBF and Uplay didn't ruin the games at all. I didn't buy it off Steam though because I figured it was going to use Uplay anyhow...c'mon it's Ubisoft

Gamer_4_Fun
Gamer_4_Fun

God, I just hate Uplay. The only reason I switched to PC gaming from console predominantly is for Steam, I am sure a lot of others out there who did the same thing for Steam. Its not hard to see why, Steam ecosystem is just rock solid and awesome.

B0NES96
B0NES96

@Gamer_4_Fun  No. I would think if someone switches to PC, it's for the better graphics, mods, and better choice of peripherals.

grin89
grin89

gonna pirate it since uplay is a requirement

grin89
grin89

@ExplicitMike @grin89  still gonna purchase for ps4 but i hate uplay origin and pretty anything other then steam. its fun to see what a pc is capable of even if i dont plan on beating it on pc.

ExplicitMike
ExplicitMike

@grin89 LOL like I said in another comment. Ubisoft is encouraging piracy. Hell Uplay was full of Pirate flags last time I was there. Oh that was Assassins Creed 4 oops. 

ksbwings
ksbwings

Wow, every time the PC gaming requirements getting even more and more. It drives the PC gamers to hardware upgrading and it is really a good advantage for PC manufactures. Anyway,the good feature of PC gaming is moderation setting.


As long as u own i5 or i7 series with sufficient Nvidia card. Game setting can be moderated and plays with high quality.  Not necessary to use speed filters for 1080p setting or more.


720p or 900p setting sometime is more better for ultra setting and speed effectiveness (no filters is required) as long as ur RAM is high enough and the unnecessary start-up/process programs are all off.

Oggy1985
Oggy1985

Respect for the specs, especially the part "Please note that we only support 64 bit OSs". For that reason i do hope the game will be well optimized for multi-core CPUs and large amounts of RAM (>10GB).


Don't care much about Uplay. We live in the digital world and every publisher is pushing its own solution - Steam, Origin, Uplay.

bloody-hell
bloody-hell

If this uPlay DRM client crap would be entirely optional during installation, perhaps I could deal with that because I don't care much about multiplayer and their uPlay point unlock nonsense for ingame gimmick extras doesn't interest me.

It doesn't stop piracy because uPlay games are usually cracked within the week of release and it's a unnecessary extra that doesn't work too well either, connectivity problems, savegame wipes, security risks, them using it to spy and collect information, etc.


From a usability perspective uPlay is also annoying because as I understand it applies patches in sequence of their release, so if you don't play uPlay game X for a few years and then start it back up (if UbiSoft even "allows" you to start it up after such a long time) you may have to sit through 5+ patch downloads and installs.
Steam's depot system, which works more like a SVN client is the better approach because you get the latest game content, whether there were 5, 10 or 100 patches, it's one update to the most recent version.

Also I think additional DRM protection and external account requirements should plain and simply be banned when they want to sell their product on Steam and only include their uPlay launcher and account requirement crap for the version bought on their uPlay store.

There should be a policy instituted by Valve that all games offered on Steam either have no DRM or use Steamworks only and no additional, external 3rd party nonsense, no additional external accounts, no additional launchers and so on.

Same for multiplayer, if a game sold on Steam has multiplayer it should make use of Steams multiplayer infrastructure or offer a standalone client so the customer can host his own server.


Long story short - I'm not buying Watch Dogs because of uPlay, I may be getting it in a few years dirt cheap and apply a "Patch" that removes that uPlay DRM crap to check out the singleplayer.

That's all I can give them, they make their product that unattractive to me, they get the least amount of money, my conscience is clear.


As for the system requirements, I bet that half of the minimum specs will also do just fine, people may just have to turn down some of the graphics options, no big deal.

dpclark
dpclark

@bloody-hell

"and no additional, external 3rd party nonsense..."

Um... Steam itself is 3rd party nonsense.

bloody-hell
bloody-hell

@dpclark "additional, external", yes - you clearly didn't read my post, even less tried to understand the point.

When they release on Steam, that should be all that's required.

The version they sell on their UbiSoft store directly can require uPlay, Starforce, always online mode, have a 1 time activation limit, require a bloodsample and copy of your drivers license and so on because I don't care about what they do on their store, they can dig their own grave over there.

However, if I was to buy on Steam I don't expect to be required to jump through additional DRM hoops and register even more accounts on external sites, especially for such a disfunctional "service" as uPlay.


Also I don't consider Steam nonsense because it offers lots of functionality, easy updates and it actually works.

Try to justify the uPlay client's existence with positive features that are to the consumers advantage, go ahead, please, I'm waiting.

ptown58
ptown58

Clients (download managers) are not needed at all, there should always be an option to opt out of the client but still be able to play the game. 

The Recommendations really depend on what resolutions one is using, 8 cores cpu and 8 gigs memory sounds pretty far fetched as there is a good youtube vid of a i3 4130 dual core keeping up with a quadcore while gaming @ 1080p not to mention that I myself went from 4gig memory to 8gigs and can not tell the difference at all, though I rarely ever play multi player (Boarderlands 2 multi no dif) 

Watch Dogs looks like it will be really good, if the graphics are not "nexxt next gen" I'll be just fine if the game is fun.

dani3po
dani3po

The truth is that it seems absurd the hatred towards Uplay and Origin by people using Steam, when they are exactly the same. It's a free market, and it is logical that companies want to sell their products in their own store, and not pay for selling in other store. If you hate  DRM, it is logical that you hate all form of DRM (consoles included, which are arguably the worst and most expensive DRM)

LLOYD1985
LLOYD1985

@dani3po And most of the excuses I hear is they don't like DRM. Hello, Steam is also DRM.

toyiba
toyiba

@dani3po  Point is, if you have Steam you don't need UPlay. It defeats the purpose of Steam.

One or the other, not both.

ExplicitMike
ExplicitMike

@dani3po Well Have about this. I like steam interface and launcher better. Uplay is slow for me.  Several games have crashed on me because of Uplay. Steam has done that very rarely. If possible I want all my games on GOG. But since that not possible I at least want a capable non intrusive DRM solution. If I have it on Steam why the Hell is Uplay necessary? To have multiple programs on my PC opened? Just saying. Not a fanboy. I just like the service that works better.

dark_jedi79
dark_jedi79

@dani3po  Yeah I don't get what the big deal is. I bought AC IV on Steam and all that happens is it opens Uplay to launch the game. It saves my login, just like Steam, so I don't have to do it all the time. It fast just like Steam. I guess I just don't get it.