Watch Dogs PC system requirements reappear in more intimidating form


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

When Watch Dogs specs surfaced briefly on Uplay last week, a Ubisoft Montreal tech man reassured us that “the real specs will be lower than [these] ones”. 

Well, they’re not. While the ‘Ultra’ requirements have disappeared, the minimum specs have grown, like unattended mould.

Last week’s ‘minimum’ requirements suggested 4 GB of system RAM. That’s now 6 GB of RAM. You’ll also want a quad core CPU, like an Intel Core 2 Quad Q8400 at 2.66 Ghz or an AMD Phenom II X4 940 at 3 Ghz, and a graphics card with at least 1 GB of VRAM. Ubisoft recommend a TX 460 or Radeon HD 5850.

The ‘recommended’ specs ask for either a multithreaded quad core Intel i7-3770 at 3.5 Ghz or an eight core AMD FX-8350 at 4 Ghz – plus 2 GB of VRAM and 8 GB of system RAM.

To run it at all, you’ll still definitely need a 64 bit OS – namely Vista, Windows 7 or Windows 8.


  • Supported OS: Windows Vista SP2 64bit, Windows 7 SP1 64bit, Windows 8 64bit
  • Processor: Intel Core 2 Quad Q8400 @ 2.66Ghz or AMD Phenom II X4 940 @ 3.0Ghz
  • RAM: 6 GB
  • Video Card: 1024 VRAM DirectX 11 with Shader Model 5.0 (see supported list)
  • Sound Card: DirectX 9 compatible Sound Card


  • Processor: Core i7 3770 @ 3.5Ghz or AMD FX-8350 @ 4.0Ghz
  • RAM: 8 GB
  • Video Card: 2048 VRAM DirectX 11 with Shader Model 5.0 or higher (see supported list)
  • Sound Card: Surround Sound 5.1 capable sound card
  • 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

Gosh, these borderline next-gen games are a bit fussy. Can you play Watch Dogs this year, or is a Christmas upgrade in order?

Cheers, MCV.