Watch Dogs PC system requirements detailed, to the horror of 32 bit OS users. UPDATE: “These are not official configs”


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?

Thanks, VG247.