Watch Dogs patch might just make it as beautiful as you had expected

By Brenna Hillier
19 June 2014 00:42 GMT

Watch Dogs is getting a major patch over the next few days, and it hits important notes such as hacking, corrupted saves, and most importantly: a lot of those graphics issues.


Watch Dogs players on PlayStation 3 and PS4 should already have the update, with the PC version launching soon and Xbox platforms to follow within a week, according to the Ubisoft forums.

There are a couple of major complaints about Watch Dogs that the patch notes suggest this update ought to address. A couple of mission-breaking bugs have been squashed, and the ability to hack has been restored – quite a major issue in a game about being a hacker.

The weapon wheel should no longer come up empty, and save files that get stuck at 90% due to corruption ought to be restored – although you may lose a few collectibles. In multiplayer, problems with connections and spawning have been given a going over.

That’s all well and good, but it’s the PC-specific section of the patch notes that is really interesting in light of a recent Watch Dogs fix unlocking improved graphical performance. Take a look – I’ve bolded the bits I think are most interested:

  • Fixed graphical glitches on Low & Medium settings.
  • Fixed some crashes on SLI configurations.
  • Implemented several performance improvements.
  • Implemented a few control improvements.
  • Fixed issues causing infinite messaging and timing-out when trying to access the Online Shop from the Extras Menu while Uplay is set to Offline mode.
  • Fixed issues connecting to a Multiplayer game.
  • Implemented several mouse modifications.
  • Fixed “Drinking Game” control issue where wrong information was displayed when played with a gamepad.
  • Fixed “Chess Game” control issue.
  • Fixed bug where the invasion setting was never saved.
  • Fixed graphical issues during cut scenes and cinematics.
  • Fixed several graphical and texture bugs.
  • Removed Vista OS check to prevent false positives.
  • Added game version in main menu.

That’s quite a few mentions of graphical improvements. Given that it’s become clear that Watch Dogs on PC is capable of better graphics, has Ubisoft re-enabled the gorgeous graphics it locked away for some reason?

Thanks, GameInformer.

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