Watch Dogs PC system requirements


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

Update: Watch Dogs graphics technical director Sebastien Viard, who should know, has said that “the real specs [will be] out soon and will be lower than [these] ones”. No specific word on the 64 bit thing, mind.

Watch Dogs is going to upset people a bit: it might be the first PC game to absolutely require a 64 bit operating system to run. If it’s not, I’m absolutely sure you’ll tell us in the comments. Ubi’s showcase next-gen hacking affair has had its system specs outed by Neogaffers, who spotted them during a brief spell of absent-mindedness from Uplay.

Watch Dogs is a now-sort-of-standard 20 gig large, and asks for a DirectX 9 compatible sound card fed with the latest drivers. It doesn’t matter whether you’re running Vista Service Pack 2, Windows 7 Service Pack 1, or Windows 8 – so long as it’s 64 bit.

Here’s the ‘minimum’ spec:

  • GPU: DirectX 11 graphics card with 1 GB Video RAM
  • CPU: Quad core
  • RAM: 4GB
  • example 1

GPU: NVidia GTX 460

CPU: Intel Core2 Quad Q6600

  • example 2

GPU: AMD Radeon HD 5770

CPU: AMD Phenom X4 9750

And the ‘recommended’:

  • GPU: DirectX 11 graphics card with 2 GB Video RAM
  • CPU: Eight core
  • RAM: 8GB
  • example 1

GPU: NVidia GTX 560 ti

CPU: Intel Core i7-3770

  • example 2

GPU: AMD Radeon HD 7850

CPU: AMD FX-8350 Eight-Core

And finally, the suggested ‘Ultra’ machine:

  • GPU: Latest DirectX 11 graphics card with 2 GB Video RAM or more
  • CPU: Latest Eight core or more
  • RAM: 8GB or more
  • example 1

GPU: Nvidia GTX 670

CPU: Intel Core i7-3930K

  • example 2

GPU: AMD Radeon HD 7970

CPU: AMD FX-9370 Eight-Core

It’s all very well to decide to stick to PC while the expensive new consoles settle in – but what if all the next-gen games require upgrades? Where do you fall on Ubi’s spectrum of acceptable hardware?

Check if your PC can run it and meets the Watch Dogs system requirements, recommended specs and minimum requirements.