Here’s Watch Dogs running on an Ultra spec PC – and the hardware you’ll need to do the same

Every city has a price: future Chicago accepted constant surveillance in exchange for prettier trains.

Watch Dogs is now out; here’s our Watch Dogs review.

Watch Dogs’ most recent trailer was recorded on a rig rocking an Intel Core i7-3930K and a GeForce Titan. It could hardly be more unattainable if the GPU was cooled using a steady supply of dragon’s blood, or if its disc drive read DVDs via a diamond needle.

You needn’t own the most powerful graphics card in existence to run Watch Dogs on ‘Ultra’, though – merely something in that ballpark.

Watch Dogs creative director Jonathan Morin told Twitter followers that the dev team “expect a lot of different specs to run the game at a high” – but specified minimum hardware for the game’s very topmost setting: an Intel Core i7-4770K with a GeForce 780.

Though Ubisoft have recommended Nvidia cards for use with Watch Dogs, Morin confirmed that only one feature is unavailable to players running equivalent AMD GPUs – the temporal anti-aliasing effect Nvidia say produces a “smoother, clearer image”.

Morin noted that the shadow-enhancing horizon-based ambient occlusion tech Watch Dogs takes advantage of also works with AMD cards, though it was originally developed at Nvidia.

You can see both of those pretty gimmicks at work in Ubisoft and Nvidia’s PC trailer:

“By working with Nvidia, we really want to make sure PC gamers will be able to enjoy and explore the most realistic and visually stunning world environment ever created,” said Watch Dogs lead PC engineer Paul Vlasie of the video.

The recommended specs for Watch Dogs aren’t a standard you’d call bog either – you’ll want an i7 processor, a 2GB graphics card and 8GB of RAM.

Watch Dogs is out on May 27, which – gosh – isn’t so long off now. We’re dead excited to see if all those new systems play together in compelling fashion. How about you?

Ta, CVG.

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