Watch Dogs PC "ultra" specifications revealed

Creative Director also says what CPU and GPU the recently released PC trailer was recorded with.

Watch Dogs Creative Director Jonathan Morin revealed on Twitter what CPU and GPU you’ll need to meet the game’s “ultra” specifications.

“We expect a lot of different specs to run the game at a high,” he said. “But here are the ultra specs for the few who have them and ask for it. Ultra specs: Intel Core i7-4770K with a GeForce 780.”

Morin also said that the recently released PC trailer that was showing the game at its best was recorded on an Intel Core i7-3930K with a GeForce Titan.

The “ultra” specifications are of course higher than the recommended system requirements, but also even higher than the “ultra” specifications that leaked last year.

In case you missed it, you can find the game’s minimum and recommended system requirements here.

Watch Dogs launches May 27 for Xbox 360, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, and PC. The Wii U version will launch this fall.

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tony24gaming
tony24gaming

Hi Guys im a noob at Specifications and i would just like to ask if i can run this on ultra with this specs 

CPU: AMD FX 8350 (overclocked to 4.4ghz)

Gpu: EVGA GTX 650 ti Boost 2GB

Ram: 12GB corsair XMS3? Thank You :)

night_slayer123
night_slayer123

I agree with Anarchy023. I think these ultra settings are a bit higher than whats required to play the game. My rig has the following configuration: i7-3770 @3.5Ghz, 4GB GTX670 (FTW) , 32GB 1600 Mhz.

Im a noob when it comes to configuring graphics cards. I used the GE Experience program to optimize the settings. When I went into the game settings, I noticed that all the settings except for one were set to ultra. 

The game looked amazing and ran perfectly on my rig.

Anarchy023
Anarchy023

Just for those wondering. Those specs are way higher than needed. 

I'm running a i5-2300 @ 2.8Ghz with a 2GB GTX 770 and 8GB 1333 MHz ram and I average 50-60 fps on ultra settings. 

saffet66
saffet66

Those are epic specs

Will my i5-4670k run this on ultra with gtx780?

Already pre-ordered it

skeetys
skeetys

lololol you pc master race people gotta build a brand new PC every time a new game comes out. While a PS4 will play all games with no upgrades needed for the next 10 years.

DigiTMPS3
DigiTMPS3

What, so my i7 4770 with gtx 760 SLI will not run at ultra? Disgraceful.

billzihang
billzihang

I'm starting to fear this game is going to be optimised like a dog.

cluclap
cluclap

OK so I have an i5 2310 clocked at 2.9 ghz and a gtx 570. 8gigs of ram. My ram is maxed out for my motherboard but i have an extra gtx 570 i bought for a MOBO upgrade to use the two GPU's in SLI. Should i be fine running the game without upgrading my MOBO and the two GPU's? or would it be best to go ahead? I dont wanna reinstall my OS or anything or lose data so im hesitant to upgrade my MOBO

wopske
wopske

How will my I5 4670k and a R9 290 with a overclock handle it at Ultra?

toshineon
toshineon

So it's safe to assume that my laptop with a core i5 and GT 650 won't run it? I gotta get a new PC, preferably a desktop computer.

Mattiboi99
Mattiboi99

Hi, I have just bought a new PC and was wondering if I will have no problems playing at ultra settings. 

VIDEO: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780 3GB 16X PCIe 3.0 Video Card

CPU: Intel® Core™ i7-4770K Quad Core 3.50 GHz 8MB Cache LGA1150

MEMORY: 16GB (4x4GB) DDR3/2133mhz Dual Channel Memory

if anyone has a second to spare  to answer i would appreciate it. :)

kitty
kitty moderator moderator

I've got a 4670k and 2 7870's in crossfire I should be alright with this. My 7870's OC to the stock 680 range.

spacecadet25
spacecadet25

Oh...my...God.  For decades I've been tricking out my Apple II so it can keep up with the ever increasing demands of gaming, to the extent that it no longer even resembles it's original form (it now resembles Cartmen's Trapper Keeper on that Rosie O'Donnell South Park episode).  But now this is where the specs are heading?  Thanks Watch Dogs, I'm going to have to give in and buy a new PC after all these years.

q8360
q8360

I have a 3930k and a 680gtx, will I be able to run this game on ultra?

bdecot
bdecot

The beauty of PC gaming is you only upgrade what you need.  I'm still rocking a Core i7 920 which runs all the latest games at the highest settings when paired with my two GTX680's.  Parts can be re-purposed to save cash and you learn a little something about computers which can pay the bills.  PC Gaming is why I now write software and make a great living.


Challenge your brain console fans and take the first steps towards building your own PC.  It's rewarding and it exercises your gray matter.  If you have no experience or clue, then seek some guidance from someone who does.

Salokin3
Salokin3

I keep seeing console gamers throw this out in the comments, so I'm going to try and spread a bit of knowledge. A gaming PC doesn't cost you $2000+, at max it should only cost you about $1500, and a sensible build should only cost you 800-1000. Sure, it costs more than a console, but that's money you'll make back in money saved via sales + sudden access to every game before the ps3/360 era, and don't forget the hidden 'fees' of consoles such as paying for online gaming and mods. Also, for the love of GabeN, please stop throwing around the word 'optimization' like it's some kind of magic dust developers sprinkle onto the console versions of their games that makes them better than the pc version.

uberjannie
uberjannie

I will be fine with GeForce 770 in SLI.

TehMasterer2
TehMasterer2

Yeah, I think it's time to upgrade my GPU. I never play with AA, though, which should reduce the load a bit...

Tee_Mal
Tee_Mal

Call me crazy but I don't think those graphics are anything out of this world infact they look pretty mediocre in my honest opinon, not unlike GTA 4, I have a 680 and a 3770k, if my rig needs to struggle to run those visuals then something is really wrong.

daviz88
daviz88

MARK WALTON you are an arrogant ass

daviz88
daviz88

i have to give you PC GAMERS kudos, I just  can't get my head around all this 64-bit OS, GTX 400-series,i7-4770k,TXAA and HBAO+  ...........and so on.

pidow
pidow

My i7-3770 will have to due.

Lu_Shen
Lu_Shen

Holy balls... Such epic specs.

yogaraj
yogaraj

what about i7-4770k and a gtx 770?Can i run in ultra?

pseudopsiakite
pseudopsiakite

@tony24gaming 3GB vram seems to be a new trend now with PC ports of the new consoles.  The consoles use unified memory where the CPU and GPU share the same memory so the game ends up using a lot of memory.  If you're building a new PC that you want to run on highest settings on 1080p I suggest a minimum of Radeon 290 or GTX 770 with 4 GB of vram. Keep in mind highest settings is better than consoles.


Going with a slower videocard you will need to reduce setting on some games to get smooth framerates.


pseudopsiakite
pseudopsiakite

@tony24gaming you can't run ultra textures with this because of the video card.   Ultra textures uses over 3 GB of vram.  Textures on high is 2 GB of vram you may need to lower other settings so it's under 2 GB of vram and gets a smooth frame rate.  GTX 650 TI is a low mid range videocard.

krishtrinity1
krishtrinity1

@skeetys You keep telling yourself that,how can PS 4 handle games for next ten years if it can't even handle games that are released right now.Deep down you know I am right(heard it somewhere)

ardagii
ardagii

@skeetys   pls stop talking when u don't have a clue on what u r saying. Get a PC with the money for a ps4 and the tv required and I promise you only high settings for games that run on ps4 or just spend the money for the ps4 without tv and u have medium settings until ps4 will get extinct, plus better graphics and and gameplay

skeetys
skeetys

@cluclap get a console.... games will start needing more and more on pc

nl_skipper
nl_skipper

@cluclap  Swapping out your mobo won't affect your HDD data, unless you're also switching to a new HDD in the process.  I'd go ahead and SLI that 570 since this game is definitely going to go beyond the limits of one 570.  A mobo swap is a pain in the butt though, only because you need to re-connect all the wiring from the power supply (along with ALL your other components of course!), but that's all there is to it, when you boot up the PC again it's pretty much as though nothing happened.

cluclap
cluclap

@wopske  I can run pretty much any game at it's highest settings with no AA at 1080p and all i have is an i5 and a gtx 570. Im sure you'll be fine

Banyek
Banyek

@Mattiboi99  this setting will play even watchdog 2 on ultra. No need to worry. But if I would have this computer, I would probably play ps2 titles on pcsx2 all day. 

taker254isback
taker254isback

@kitty that's a 5hitload of compute power! reminds me of the 1st CRYSIS and NO PC at the time can run the game maxed out with good FPS.

scorpioisrising
scorpioisrising

@TERMINATOR-SSD You will probably have some lag in certain areas of the game if you intend to play it on Ultra

RCT4ShouldExist
RCT4ShouldExist

@Tee_Mal  Free-roam games are much more taxing on the hardware. Urban ones especially because of the need for more unique textures and visuals, unlike something like Far Cry 3. Seems to be the best looking game with a completely free-roam urban environment that has ever been made.

kalipekona
kalipekona

@Tee_Mal  


What? Watch Dogs absolutely demolishes GTA 4 from a graphics standpoint. Even modded GTA 4 has too many rough areas to be able to compete with Watch Dogs. I have no doubt that Watch Dogs will be in the top 3 best looking games on PC when it comes out. My GTX 770 should do ultra at above 30fps. 

sirchick
sirchick

@Tee_Mal  I think it might not be because of that, it might be due to the fact there is a lot of buildings you can also enter, and every npc is unique with their own background. GTA sorta generates NPCs to fill the world so you can repeat alot of graphics, voice overs etc.


So i don't think its because its "better" graphics, but rather "more" graphics at any given time. Thats my theory anyway...

RCT4ShouldExist
RCT4ShouldExist

@yogaraj  Nope, that just won't do. Better be safe and upgrade to a Titan Z and 32 gigs of ram.

kalipekona
kalipekona

I have a gtx 770 and i5 2500k and I expect to do ultra settings at at least a v-synced 30fps.

matt609pbone
matt609pbone

@skeetys Don't you have something better to do than promote consoles on a thread OBVIOUSLY meant for PC gamers? Really?

hirorir
hirorir

@sirchick  "More" of anything would likely require a better CPU/Memory bandwidth, not a better GPU. "More" graphics doesn't really makes much sense in improving graphics quality...

sirchick
sirchick

@hirorir @sirchick  i didn't say more graphics was an "improvement" of graphics... i just meant more on the screen compared to GTA at any one time.

More graphics however = more poly counts.. so ultra settings could be higher details on the already large count of 3D assets on the screen at any one time particularly on characters increased shaders on the all models etc it all adds up.


And the GPU is responsible for processing that not the CPU, the GPU is next to useless for graphic processing.