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Watch Dogs PC system requirements released

Saturday, 5 April 2014 13:58 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

Watch Dogs isn’t long for release, and for those who wish to pre-purchase the title for PC, you can do so now through Steam. If you head through the link, you will note two versions: the standard and digital deluxe versions.

There’s only a $10 difference between the two, so be sure to look over your options. The Steam page also lists the minimum and recommended PC requirements. You can find out if your rig can run the game below, or through the link. Watch Dogs releases on PC, PlayStation 3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One May 27. The Wii U version is still expected at some point.

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: 6 GB RAM
  • Graphics: DirectX 11 graphics card with 1 GB Video RAM – Nvidia Geforce GTX 460 or AMD Radeon HD 5770
  • DirectX: Version 11
  • Hard Drive: 25 GB available space
  • Sound Card: DirectX 9.0c Compatible Sound Card with Latest Drivers
  • Additional Notes: Broadband connection and service required for multiplayer mode. Supported Video Cards at Time of Release: nVidia GeForce GTX460 or better, GT500, GT600, GT700 series; AMD Radeon HD5850 or better, HD6000, HD7000, R7 and R9 series Intel Iris Pro HD 5200

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: 8 GB RAM
  • Graphics: DirectX 11 graphics card with 2 GB Video RAM – Nvidia Geforce GTX 560 ti or AMD Radeon HD 7850
  • DirectX: Version 11
  • Hard Drive: 25 GB available space
  • Sound Card: DirectX 9.0c Compatible Sound Card with Latest Drivers
  • Additional Notes: Broadband connection and service required for multiplayer mode. Supported Video Cards at Time of Release: nVidia GeForce GTX460 or better, GT500, GT600, GT700 series; AMD Radeon HD5850 or better, HD6000, HD7000, R7 and R9 series Intel Iris Pro HD 5200

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37 Comments

  1. Tiucaner

    Now those are proper system requirements. My PC is ready.

    #1 1 year ago
  2. kisame

    i probability get a good 40 fps on this 1080p on ultra
    man its crazy that my gtx 560 still beast on this games

    #2 1 year ago
  3. macronia

    good specs but i hope the game is well optimized :)

    #3 1 year ago
  4. adam-22

    i7 3770 crap does that mean my i5 2500k not good enough for recommended setting ?
    i have a 680 so i should be good on gpu

    #4 1 year ago
  5. Panthro

    I always get disappointed when companies release specs without an ‘ultra spec’…

    Sure I don’t ‘need’ the game to run maxed out but I always like to know if I could ultra setting a game before I buy it.

    Never had a problem with setting a game to ultra with my rig so far though.
    i5 3570k @ 4.2ghz with EVGA GTX 670 FTW Edition.

    So I am semi confident Watch Dogs won’t change that, I’m planning on doing an SLI next year with another 670 which brings it to around the power of 1 and a half GTX Titan’s to future proof ultra spec for another 5 years.

    Funny thing is, 670′s will likely be dirt cheap by that point.
    Looking forward to that, it’s gunna be fun.

    #5 1 year ago
  6. urbz2011

    @adam-22 ur pc will be fine

    #6 1 year ago
  7. harr0w

    8 cores I smell bs from 1000 yards

    #7 1 year ago
  8. Hcw87

    8 threads, not 8 cores. It’s obviously a typo. The 3770/4770 don’t even have 8 cores (they do have 8 threads).

    #8 1 year ago
  9. FlyBoogy

    If the screenshots are real the I can say that the 560Ti(had it for 3 years my self) that is recomanded for the game is total BS

    #9 1 year ago
  10. Panthro

    @FlyBoogy

    Nice screenshots will be from a high end computer running it on ultra.

    Recommended is just decent framerate + decent graphics, what you need for a comfortable experience.

    If you go off the video they showed a few weeks ago I am confident your 560ti will handle it fine, I mean… It looked only slightly better than GTA IV.

    #10 1 year ago
  11. unknown_gamer

    Ubisoft PC ports are poorly optimized , Don’t expect a 60FPS with Maxed out settings unless you have a really decent PC with an insane GPU + CPU overclocking

    #11 1 year ago
  12. BrokenSpline

    ^

    Pretty much. Its probably why the recommended specs are so high because have to use raw power to make it play nice.

    #12 1 year ago
  13. BrokenSpline

    @FlyBoogy

    The game won’t be looking like the 2012 reveal. IT will be a slightly prettier version of the PS4 version much like Assassin Creed 4 with PS4 vs PC.

    #13 1 year ago
  14. Hcw87

    @13

    There is no ”slightly better” when it comes to console vs PC graphics. The PC version of any game looks MUCH better (considering you can play it in 4K if you want).

    #14 1 year ago
  15. BrokenSpline

    @Hcw87

    The point is it will not look like the screenshots that most game sites are using ie the 2012 reveal. It will look like the video that was leaked a few weeks ago.

    http://www.eurogamer.net/articles/digitalfoundry-assassins-creed-4-next-gen-face-off

    Its not exactly jaw dropping in the differences and that was my point.

    #15 1 year ago
  16. Panthro

    And Anti-Aliasing goes a loooooong way.

    Once you remove them jaggies it’s pretty difficult to turn off that setting in any game, when I am on a console I don’t have a choice.

    #16 1 year ago
  17. Hcw87

    Watching screenshots/horribly compressed youtube videos isn’t exactly the way to go to see the difference in graphics.

    We still don’t know if there will be any unofficial mod support either, in which case it would further cement the PC version as the superior version to get.

    #17 1 year ago
  18. BrokenSpline

    @Hcw87

    Like there are mods for assassin creed or other Ubisoft games? I wasn’t pointing at the youtube videos but the images.

    #18 1 year ago
  19. Panthro

    @Hcw87

    For multiplat games their is almost never any advantages of playing them on a console.
    PC versions of games are always superior, it’s just the way it is.

    Even when people mention ‘bad ports’… those bad ports are ‘bad ports’ because they are to similar to the console version.
    Take Dark Souls for instance, one of the worst ports I have ever played and the reason behind that is because it is to similar to the console version.

    #19 1 year ago
  20. Panthro

    @BrokenSpline

    You can install graphical modifications to most of the Ubisoft games.
    Changing the shaders, better textures, better lighting etc…

    They are there if people want to use them.

    #20 1 year ago
  21. Hcw87

    @18

    http://www.nexusmods.com/farcry3/?

    Really hope Watch Dogs will support modding.

    #21 1 year ago
  22. BrokenSpline

    @Panthro

    “Even when people mention ‘bad ports’… those bad ports are ‘bad ports’ because they are to similar to the console version.”

    What the bloody hell are you talking about. Its a bad port because of a bad developer not because it was built for the console. Look at Thief 4 it plays smooth on the PC and doesn’t have the constant frame dropping that effects the console version because the port company knows their shit.

    #22 1 year ago
  23. Panthro

    @BrokenSpline

    Because the bad developer developed a port from a console game which was far to close to the console version.
    Little to no graphical settings
    30 frames per second lock
    720p resolution lock
    Muddiest textures in a PC game I have ever seen.

    It’s basically the console version completely duplicated for the PC, nobody in there right mind would want to play a game like that if they had an option to do otherwise, which is where the modders come in.
    They have fixed the frame cap, lifted off the resolution lock, and there are also texture overhauls.
    Fixing what the developers couldn’t be arsed to do.

    #23 1 year ago
  24. BrokenSpline

    @Hcw87

    Farcry would be an exception as it uses the same engine as the last game which also had a lot of mod support. Will not be the case for Watch Dogs just like there aren’t any for assassin creed.

    #24 1 year ago
  25. BrokenSpline

    @Panthro

    Assuming you are talking about Dark Souls. From Software told everyone it was going to be bare bone port because of their lack of experience with development with the PC.

    #25 1 year ago
  26. Panthro

    @BrokenSpline

    It is still a bad port regardless of whether they told us or not.

    #26 1 year ago
  27. Panthro

    @BrokenSpline

    I never said all console games make bad ports so I have no idea why you are bringing Thief 4 into the conversation.

    What I am saying however is that whenever a ‘bad port’ is brought up it is always for a game which also plays shitty on the consoles.
    Dark Souls plays and looks like shit on the consoles and the port wasn’t any better.
    If a 720p@30fps lock is acceptable for you console gamers then great! good on you.
    But I have higher standards I guess and I expect a better quality of games when I get them on a PC.

    #27 1 year ago
  28. BrokenSpline

    @Panthro

    Never said otherwise. Its the norm with the PC versions. We are lucky if we get advanced settings seen in Borderlands 2 which is sad.

    #28 1 year ago
  29. Reddpayn

    Some pc gamers are just annoyed because a 400 dollar machine can run similiar graphics like their pc`s. And btw, 4k is not worth the money yet. Currently it is highly overprised.

    #29 1 year ago
  30. mxmassef

    @Hcw87
    “The PC version of any game looks MUCH better (considering you can play it in 4K if you want).”
    You are saying that I can play watch dogs 4k max settings 60 fps with a 100 $ pc if I want to ?

    #30 1 year ago
  31. Hcw87

    @29

    No they can’t.

    @30

    If you can afford a proper gaming PC, it’s the way to go for multiplats. Get a few consoles to have on the side for their exclusives.

    If you can only afford a console, that’s your problem. But to deny that PC offers a superior experience is just stupid. You can play PC games on the couch with a controller aswell.

    #31 1 year ago
  32. Panthro

    @Reddpayn

    I have a 360, PS3 and a PS4.

    They cannot run games like my PC can. You are being silly.

    #32 1 year ago
  33. stretch215

    I see hcw has given up his tireless defense of the xbox one for greener pastures.lol.

    #33 1 year ago
  34. margaretesussman

    hi

    #34 1 year ago
  35. mxmassef

    @Hcw87
    Pc offers a superior experience graphically and you can download and make mods. This is only my opinion but do those things matter if you can`t play the best games on a pc (like gta v :) ). I reckon that one 10/10 game is better than ten 9/10 games. There is also the local multiplayer in consoles ( maybe one is able to make it work on pc after hard work and after one has bought another gpu to run two games at the sane time) .

    #35 1 year ago
  36. Reddpayn

    @32
    But oh, i have a pc too and my ps4 runs games better than that. Isnt that weird :)

    #36 1 year ago
  37. Edo

    @Reddpayn
    Depending on your PC specs it actually isn’t…go figure.

    #37 1 year ago

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    Surgeon Simulator developers Bossa Studios have announced its working on an Apple Watch game called Spy_Watch. Spy_Watch, according to the developer, has players heading up a spy agency which isn’t faring too well. Players will need to train a spy and then send him out on various missions to “reclaim the agency’s former glory.” Real-time […]

  • Trine 3: The Artifacts of Power hits Steam Early Access next week

    Frozenbyte has announced Trine 3: The Artifacts of Power will launch on Steam Early Access next week. The early access title will run you $19.99/€19.99/£14.99 and you can purchase it come April 21. If the short video above isn’t enough to tempt you, a video showing nine minutes of gameplay was released last week.

  • Journey, Flower, flOw trilogy to be released this summer on PS4 in 1080p at 60fps

    A remastered version of the Journey Collector’s Edition is coming to PlayStation 4 from ThatGameCompany. According to Gamespot, the trilogy will contain PS3 titles flOw, Flower and Journey on one disc, and it will run in 1080p at 60fps. A standalone version of Journey will arrive close to the trilogy’s release on PS4 through the […]

  • Here’s a few screenshots of PS4-exclusive Alienation from Housemarque

    Screenshots for Alienation, Housemarque’s four-player co-op PlayStation 4 exclusive, have been released and you can have a look at them in the gallery we’ve posted. Announced at gamescom 2014, the game features three main character classes, weapon customization, and various team set-ups. The game has players shooting at things with twin-stick gameplay with a top […]

  • Star Wars: Battlefront website notes November 17 release, teaser video and first image hit

    The first Star Wars: Battlefront image has been posted, and apparently it appeared on the official website at some point this morning. The game will also be released on November 17, according to the official website’s source code. The release date is noted in the code located in the image below. Props to Gematsu for […]

  • Mortal Kombat X is the fastest selling entry in the series to date

    Mortal Kombat X has sold faster than any other game in the series to date, making it the “biggest launch” in Mortal Kombat history, according to creator Ed Boon. Speaking in a series of tweets, Boon said both the mobile and console versions have “literally millions of players getting online” resulting in the servers being […]

  • Shadow of the Beast reboot resurfaces with some new screenshots

    The Shadow of the Beast reboot, which was announced in 2013, has show its face once more with early screenshots. Screenshots of the Amiga classic remake show off the Karamoon’s desert and the main character, Aarbron. According Matt Birch, CEO and founder of Heavy Spectrum, the team is currently hard at work on the “core […]

  • Halo: Spartan Strike arrives on Windows 8, iOS and Steam today

    Halo: Spartan Strike is now available on Windows 8, Steam, iOS devices and Windows 8 phones. The mobile top-down shooter will run you $5.99. Halo: Spartan Strike tells a new story in the Halo universe set during the events of Halo 2 on New Mombasa in 2552. Those playing on Windows 8 devices can compete […]

  • Final Fantasy 15 video shows highlights from the Episdoe Duscae demo

    Square Enix has released a Final Fantasy 15 video which shows highlights from the Episode Duscae demo included with launch editions of Final Fantasy Type-0 HD. FFT0 has shipped over one million copies worldwide, and a player feedback survey is available for the Duscae demo until May 19. Final Fantasy Type-0 HD is available on PlayStation […]

  • Bloodborne has sold over 155,000 digital units since release – SuperData

    PlayStation 4 exclusive Bloodborne has sold over 155,000 digital units since it was released on March 24, according to SuperData’s latest report. The figure produced by SuperData is worldwide and comes on the heels of the one million units sold announcement earlier this week. “After the release of the beautiful but terribly short game The […]

  • Nintendo US eShop update: Mega May returns, Super Smash Bros. update, Mii Fighter costumes

    Nintendo has updated the North American end of the eShop with a Super Smash Bros. update and the StreetPass Mii Plaza games Battleground Z and Ultimate Angler. The update is rather detailed, and a bit larger than normal, and you may wish to pay special attention to the activities listed. Here’s the full update: StreetPass […]

  • Here’s your first look at Sony boss Shuhei Yoshida in Super Time Force Ultra

    Sony Worldwide boss Shuhei Yoshida is a playable character in Super Time Force Ultra, and today, Capy Games has provided a couple images of the man himself in the game. Yoshida was announced as a playable character in the game during Sony’s PlayStation Experience event back in December 2014. The PS4 and Vita version will […]

  • The wait is almost over – The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt has gone gold

    CD Projekt RED has announced the news we’ve all been waiting to hear: The Witcher 3 has gone gold. This means Geralt’s latest, and possibly last, adventure has been sent to the factory to be pressed into lovely gaming discs. “We worked so damn hard over the past three years to bring you this game,” […]

  • Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture is a “couple weeks out from beta,” new trailer

    Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture is just a “couple of weeks out from beta,” according to development studio The Chinese Room, and a release date will be announced “shortly.” To give you an idea of how development has been coming along since it was announced at gamescom 2013, the team has released a new trailer […]

  • GTA 5 on PC looks incredible, but I can’t recommend it to console players

    As much as Matt Martin loves GTA 5, he can’t recommend upgrading from console to PC just for a slick editing suite and even prettier graphics. “This is the third time in as many years that I’ve bought GTA 5.” I have a Grand Theft Auto 5 obsession, as I’m sure you know if you’ve […]

  • The Forest engine updated to Unity 5, major graphical and gameplay improvements made

    The Forest’s latest patch added substantial improvements to the game. The Forest version 0.16 is now live on Steam with plenty of new additions. The game has been ported over to Unity engine version 5. The plant and skin shaders have been replaced or rewritten. Many other visual tweaks have been made, such as model […]

  • Star Wars: Battlefront banner leaks from Star Wars Convention

    EA has been setting up the Battlefront booth at Star Wars Celebration, and one leaked picture shows what could be the game’s main art. Someone on Reddit posted a picture of the game banner at EA’s booth. Here it is: Lots of things happening here. There’s a Star Destroyer in the distance, TIE Fighters and […]

  • Get GTA 5 working with Oculus Rift using this tool

    There’s a way you can play GTA 5 in VR if you own an Oculus Rift Dev Kit and have a bit of cash to spare. VorpX, the go-to program for adding VR support to games has received an update recently to support GTA 5. This is far from perfect, as it only translates the […]

  • FIFA Ultimate Team: week of April 15 team revealed

    This week’s Team of the Week is now available for anyone to challenge in FIFA Ultimate Team. The team members get selected each week based on their performance during the weekend matches. You can fire up FIFA Ultimate Team on any platform and challenge this squad. You’ll also find some Team of the Week items […]

  • Deus Ex: Mankind Divided will let you stealth all encounters, including bosses

    Deus Ex: Mankind Divided will bring back one of the original game’s major features. Deus Ex: Human Revolution is considered by many to be a great game and worthy of bearing the franchise name. One of its grating issues though was its boss fights. You only had one way to fight them: be confrontational. The […]

  • Project Cars PC specs and supported wheels announced

    The release date of Project Cars is inching ever closer and more details have been revealed to answer all your burning questions. Project Cars developer Slightly Mad Studios has revealed the full list of supported steering wheels on all platforms, as well as the minimum and recommended PC specs. Minimum specs CPU – 2.66 GHz […]

  • GTA 5 gets custom FOV mod on PC

    Those not satisfied with GTA 5′s built-in field of view slider can use a new mod to push the number even further. The PC versions of GTA 5 – just like its PS4 and Xbox One counterparts – lets you switch between third and first-person view in shooting and driving. The game has an FOV […]

  • Win! GTA 5 on PC!

    Want to win a Steam key for Grand Theft Auto 5 on PC? Just enter here. GTA 5 released on PC this week and is going down a storm. We like it a lot, which is why we’re giving away a Steam code for Rockstar’s latest. All you need to do is enter your email […]

  • GTA 5 topples Skyrim’s record for highest concurrent players on Steam

    Not factoring in Valve games, GTA 5 is the new king of concurrent player numbers on Steam. GTA 5 is very popular on PC, even more popular than games like Skyrim in its heyday. The number of concurrent players for GTA 5 has peaked today at 301,246. This makes it the only non-Valve game to […]

  • Mortal Kombat X: what does a modern fighting game look like?

    Mortal Kombat continues to evolve as NetherRealm adds RPG systems and daily challenges to a solid fighting game, says Sherif Saed. “Mortal Kombat X takes many cues from games like Destiny, Call of Duty, and GTA Online with hourly, daily and weekly events.” For as many of its familiar facets, Mortal Kombat X has enough […]

  • J-Stars Victory VS+ coming west in June – new trailer

    J-Stars Victory VS+ will make the jump (see what I did there) to the west after all. J-Stars Victory VS+ is the western title for the fighting game which stars characters from a variety of Shonen Jump-published manga. Bandai Namco has announced the fighter will release in Europe on June 26 and in the Americas […]

  • Codemasters F1 license good through 2016

    Codemasters has at least one more F1 game in it. F1 2015 isn’t out yet, so Codemasters is naturally not talking about what it might get up to in the future. We do know what it can get up to, though; Codemasters’ Steven Embling told Videogamer has the option to continue the series. “We have […]

  • Project Cars has pretty deep graphics options on consoles

    Project Cars offers players a wide variety of ways to customise their graphic settings on PS4 and Xbox One. Project Cars is a graphics showcase and all early indications suggest it’s going to be one of the best-looking games out there. Slightly Mad’s commitment to graphics seems to go deeper than making things pretty, though: […]

  • Super Smash Bros. patch nerfs Diddy Kong – report

    Super Smash Bros. 3DS and Wii U is great but Diddy Kong is a beast and must be stopped. The latest Super Smash Bros. 3Ds and Wii U patch seems to have nerfed Diddy Kong, a character so over-powered that serious tournament players generate controversy by choosing to use him. Nintendo doesn’t publish patch notes, […]

  • Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel developer shuttered

    Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel developer 2K Australia has been closed down. Kotaku broke the news, and also had word from an anonymous source, who said that all staff have been let go. 2K responded to our request for comment with the following statement: We can confirm we have taken steps to begin the studio closure process […]

  • Samorost 3 trailer shows Amanita still in fine form

    Samorost 3 looks as delicately beautiful as its siblings. Samarost 3 developer Amanita Design has a reputation for gorgeous, slightly surreal world building. This new trailer for its latest adventure looks just as if not more lovely than the previous Samarost games and Botanicula. Samarost 3 is coming to Mac and PC later this year, […]

  • Amnesia dev’s new project SOMA now in beta

    SOMA is nearly here and I am torn between excitement and horrified dread. SOMA is the latest horror project from Frictional, the team behind Amnesia: The Dark Descent. We’re pretty excited to see what Frictional comes up with next, and we won’t have too long to wait, apparently; the developer has announced that SOMA is […]

  • Steam Guard mobile authenticator now in beta testing

    Steam is now testing its latest security measure. Steam helps you protect your account by offering two-factor authentication, a solution so beautifully elegant and effective that it’s astounding every gaming network doesn’t do the same (looking at you, Sony). Valve’s version is called Steam Guard, and it works via email. This isn’t always super convenient, […]

  • Godzilla battles Mothra in new trailer

    Godzilla lets you stomp around cities and battle classic kaiju. I’m in. Godzilla is coming to PlayStation 3 and PS4 in early July, but we haven’t seen a great deal of it since its December reveal. The new trailer below gives you an idea of just what Natsume has done with one of the biggest […]

  • Tales of Zestiria to launch this year – new trailer

    Tales of Zestiria continues Bandai Namco’s delightful new habit of bringing the popular JRPG series to the west before the shine wears off. Tales of Zestiria is coming west in northern autumn, the publisher has announced. That’s not a bad turnaround, given it first hit Japan in January, and localisation of text-heavy titles is expensive […]

  • Project Cars release date locked down, new trailer released

    Project Cars finally has a release date. Project Cars will release on May 8, Bandai Namco UK has announced. We haven’t yet had an update from Namco Bandai’s other regional offices, but its probably safe to bet the racer will release around the same time in the Americas, Europe and ANZ region. We can now […]

  • Attack on Titan: Humanity in Chains trailer shows combat, online multiplayer

    Attack on Titan: Humanity in Chains has plenty to offer fans of the anime. Previously known as Attack on Titan: The Last Wings of Mankind, the Spike Chunsoft action game is coming west thanks to Atlus. Gematsu reports it’s due in both Europe and North America in May, via the 3DS eShop. The trailer below […]

  • Bloodborne stamina recovery rate affected by equip weight

    Bloodborne players have unearthed an important gameplay detail not mentioned in the game’s menus or manual. In Bloodborne, players need to manage their stamina carefully for best results. A far more aggressively-tuned affair than past Souls games, Bloodborne does away with equip weight limits, and items have no listed weight details. As far as players […]

  • Street Fighter’s Ryu, Fire Emblem’s Roy spotted in Super Smash Bros. patch – rumour

    Street Fighter’s Ryu is rumoured for future Super Smash bros DLC following datamining of the latest patch. Super Smash Bros. 3DS and Wii U were updated recently, and hacker shinyquagsire23 claims to have found some interesting files while poking around in the 3DS patch data. As detailed on Reddit, the audio files included a new […]

  • Suikoden 3 PEGI rating suggests PS2 Classic re-release

    Suikoden. Suikoden 2. And now: Suikoden 3. Suikoden 3 has been rated by PEGI for PlayStation 3, presumably ahead of an upcoming re-release. Gematsu turned up the rating, and although we have no further information at this time, it’s not much a leap to assume the RPG will turn up as a PS2 Classic on […]