Watch Dogs for PC looks "stunning" on high settings, Ubisoft says

Creative director Jonathan Morin also reveals official minimum system requirements.

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The PC version of Ubisoft's upcoming open-world action game Watch Dogs will look "stunning," so long as you're playing at high settings, creative director Jonathan Morin has said on Twitter.

"PC on very high setting is REALLY stunning if you ask me," Morin said, responding to a fan who asked him to compare the PC version with the console versions.

Morin also said the PC version of Watch Dogs will feature "very high" density, meaning the game will be able to handle lots of on-screen characters, vehicles, and physics effects at once.

But can your PC rig run Watch Dogs? Morin revealed the official minimum system requirements for Watch Dogs and they are available below. Unfortunately, the official recommended system requirements have not been announced.

In October, the game's "ultra" specifications leaked, recommending over 8GB of system RAM alongside a Nvidia GTX 670 or Radeon HD 7970 graphics card and an Intel Core i7-3930K or AMD FX-9370 processor. The leak also suggested that you'll need a 64-bit system to run Watch Dogs, though none of this is confirmed.

Official Watch Dogs Minimum PC System Requirements:

  • Processor: IntelCore 2 Quad Q8400 2.66Ghz or AMDPhenom II X4 940 3.0Ghz
  • Memory: 6GB RAM
  • Video card: 1024 VRAM DirectX 11 Shader 5.0
  • Sound Card: DirectX9
  • Hard drive: 25 GB

Watch Dogs launches May 27 for Xbox 360, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, and PC. The Wii U version will come sometime later.

For more on Watch Dogs, be sure to check out GameSpot editor Shaun McInnis' recent extensive hands-on preview of the game from his recent trip to Ubisoft Montreal.

Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and you can follow him on Twitter @EddieMakuch
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Discussion

409 comments
bartekzmuda
bartekzmuda

I just can't believe how people can be so stupid to fall for that. Do you remember far cry 3 gameplay on E3 ? Yeah it was also supposed to be running on Pc ultra and what did we get ? Shit. Just compare the E3 version and actual pc ultra gameplay.  So don't expect that watch dogs on Pc  will look like it did in 2012. It will look just like the ps4 version with optional higher resolution (wow) 60 fps(wow) and like 10 more NPC's on the street. Take that You stupid basterds.

thesmud0
thesmud0

F***k you Ubisoft showing us mindblowing graphics at E3 demos and tell us those were recored on PS4 while they were running on a high end system and making the PS4 version look so much worse now. Money addict company, trying to sqeeze even the last penny out of our wallets. In my opinion that's cheating and just lame. I hope thay gameplay and story is good because otherwise Ubisoft RUINED a great idea completley...

thebastardsword
thebastardsword

looks amazing, still getting the ps4 version instead, Id be interested to see how good this runs on my gtx 4gb 760 tho

headbanger1186
headbanger1186

What else is new? Games look the best on PC, and the Earth orbits the Sun, and cats hate taking baths. That is all.

steverl22
steverl22

Amen!! I've been rocking 16gb for the last year and a half.....get with the times buddy

steverl22
steverl22

I'm a 'Ultra' watch dog gamer.....can't wait!

sinsationalsx
sinsationalsx

Looks like I'll be playing this on Ultra and no need to upgrade anything! Wee!

sohail5566
sohail5566

i am just hoping for the game to launch that would be enough for me i will play in lowest settings

hystavito
hystavito

I like the sound of very high density, it's one of things I've been hoping we'd start to see with the new generation consoles.  Note that I don't just mean on the consoles, but also on the PC ports.

minijeffro
minijeffro

I'm sure it looks great, excited to play it. I just hope it does not have the usual slew of typical Ubisoft bugs when it comes out. They are one of the worst at releasing PC games with gobs of bugs in it.

cws3e
cws3e

I'm sure it does, but this exactly news, does anybody expect Ubisoft to come out and say, "yeah, so our game, well, it looks like shit"

Toxic-Seahorse
Toxic-Seahorse

2.6 GHz Quad Core and 6gb of ram? Holy hell. I easily pass those specs but those are pretty damn high compared to most game. Let's hope the graphics really justify the requirements.

Hobbes444
Hobbes444

So is my Q6600 at 3.2 GHz gonna be able to run this or is the installer gonna tell me i can't play the game??

FTB_Screamer
FTB_Screamer

That's OK, I have 16GB RAM XD. GPCMR FTW!

Andy639_basic
Andy639_basic

Minimum 2.66 GHz quad core processor... What the hell, Ubi. This game is cross-gen, how can the minimum spec be so high when you have last gen and Wii U versions coming out.

tarunsuresh7
tarunsuresh7

WTF.................6GB RAM...................

4love10
4love10

well then release the bloody game fast be for the graphic is outdated.

eimantas23
eimantas23

It could be less stringent requirements, but also will work with me without any lag.


R4gn4r0k
R4gn4r0k

Yeah, I'll believe it when I see it.

XNEXUS666X
XNEXUS666X

I should bloody well hope it looks stunning, that PS4 demo looked like garbage, let's see some PC footage please.

SpLiTMaN
SpLiTMaN

meh another game that will not require me to over-clock anything....seriously this is getting annoying...when's the next gen coming??????

DemannameD
DemannameD

Considering that my 4 year old PC with newer 760's in SLI is running titanfall and BF4 in 1080p on Ultra settings @ 40+fps... I'm not to worried about running any games that are being developed for this "New" generation of consoles... Maybe I'll have to upgrade more than my GPU when they release the PS5.

orbit991
orbit991

Damage control in full swing at Ubi.

deadpen
deadpen

Thank god PC gamers don't have to do like console gamers and spend a lot of money by buy a new console to play this game and even then it will not look as good as it will on their pc..................after they only update some memory...............and video card............. and add a little bit of hard drive................and a new processor helps to get it to look better than the ps4. But that is all..................maybe.

Vodoo
Vodoo

I can run it on ultra on my laptop. Those specs aren't anything crazy. The only thing I might have to do is add more ram, currently only using 8GB's but upgradable to 32.

Gankstar_VX84
Gankstar_VX84

Not gunna get this. Ubisoft open world games are a missionary slog, still not finished Creed IV it's just so boring! so definitely skipping this.

Tiwill44
Tiwill44

Isn't this game supposed to be about hacking things and not getting caught? Why do we always see the main character gunning down people now? This is shaping up to be a bad GTA clone with gadgets.

Toadamus
Toadamus

even if my pc cant handle it ill stay turn it way up to ultra settings lol 

YearoftheSnake5
YearoftheSnake5

I need a new video card. My 275GTX is due for an upgrade.

thekorican
thekorican

God Damn a GTX 670 or a HD 7970 with a I7 just for ultra settings!?!?!?!  That's like $800 just for two components.  Guess I"ll just run this game on very high.

comb5
comb5

  My Phenom II X4 970 is starting to shift towards minimum requirements. How sad. Time for a processor upgrade.

billzihang
billzihang

It's really time to shift up from 8 to 16GB RAM.

billzihang
billzihang

Just before the miliions of people complain that their 5 year old laptop can't run it--- do you really think the platform is just going to sit around and wait for people?


You ain't running a gaming PC, hate to break that to you. I suggest buying a console if you don't want to upgrade.


Technology can't, and shouldn't wait around for people.

Sabre
Sabre

@thesmud0 Why are you console people complaining about how a game looks.  You should be used to it by now.  It's a console!  If you want real graphics and smooth play, get a PC!  I'll be running this game at 2560 X 1440 with ultra settings and will enjoy every minute.  Ditch the stupid console controller too.  It's awful!     

jessica73
jessica73

@Andy639_basic I am sure it's accounting for things with old architecture. Like something like a old C2Q or a old Phenom II x4 is lowend compared to something about shit like a current gen i5, which definitely wouldn't be minimum spec.

grbolivar
grbolivar

@Andy639_basic I don't want to play a fugly watered-down version on my PC, I already have a Wii U for that. I'm glad the PC version "looks stunning", all I need to do now is upgrade my RAM to 8GB :)

grbolivar
grbolivar

@tarunsuresh7 It's 2014 buddy.

crateaday
crateaday

Haha...hard drive. I don't know anyone with less than 1TB. My HTPC should handle this just fine based on the requirements. It'll look good in the loving room. May have to knock it down a notch from "ultra" to "high" though. Not gonna bother though if it ends up looking like the latest footage...

SpLiTMaN
SpLiTMaN

@deadpen  i like how you know absolutely nothing about how a game's graphics are processed but hey nice try man maybe next time...

hadlee73
hadlee73

@Gankstar_VX84  Please don't give Ubisoft ideas. They might actually make an open world game in which you play a Missionary, lol

RiKanKiDD
RiKanKiDD

@Gankstar_VX84  I loved AC IV, I even got every Trophy for it on PS4. I enjoyed it and will enjoy WatchDoggies too

deadpen
deadpen

@SpLiTMaN The sound card correct LOL, how about you tell me how a game's graphics are processed.

TehMasterer2
TehMasterer2

@Kyran87 @billzihang It wouldn't need saying if it wasn't, regrettably, the case. Publishers tend to care about how much profit they get from a particular market, and if the vast majority of PC gamers are running mid-range laptops then a game with top-of-the-line requirements isn't going to sell too well on the platform. 

moldyspud
moldyspud

@TehMasterer2 @Kyran87@billzihangThen don't play it on ULTRA. My god, the minimum requirements are for 5 year old systems. If you can't get more ram than 4gb you need to upgrade... if you want to play new games with better graphics, you upgrade, just like you would have to buy a new console.

I don't know why morons whine about having 5 year old laptops and expect every new game to be played on them, but don't mind spending 500$ on a new console.

Wake the **** up and see reality mother********

billzihang
billzihang

@TehMasterer2 @Kyran87@billzihangIt's why of course PC versions of multiplat games for years haven't really looked all that much better, not truly in terms of object density, shaders and scene complexity. Generally speaking it's just upped textures and higher resolutions.


They just don't invest in areas where the market is smaller.