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Which edition of Watch Dogs is right for you?

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As surely as a watched dog never boils, a new release from Ubisoft will inevitably be split into myriad editions — or a myriad of editions, if you like to freestyle the English language — each one containing just a tiny fraction of the entire game. Watch_Dogs will arrive on May 27, plummeting into existence like a white hot meteorite before fracturing into a billion limited edition pieces. 

There are approximately seven hundred different versions of the game to consider, and it’s probably fair to say that not a single one of these editions contains the full game. So which one should you choose? What compromises will you grudgingly accept? How can you be certain that, come May 27, you’re not plunging headlong into one of biggest mistakes you have ever made? 

Shh now, I’m here to help. You may consult my absolutely accurate and definitely not made up guide to what each edition does and does not contain.

Watch Dogs: a great big simulated city, and you with all the switches.

Watch_Dogs: Standard Edition

The Standard Edition of Watch_Dogs arrives on a set of sixteen zipdisks sellotaped together and lovingly packaged in a stylishly understated and fully resealable jiffy bag. On the bag you will find a jauntily positioned plain white label, on which the game’s name has been hastily written in red biro.


  • All of the most important limbs of the main protagonist, Aiden


  • Aiden’s facial features
  • Aiden’s magic mobile phone
  • Aiden’s unique repertoire of quips and one-liners
  • Chicago. Players are instead welcome to explore the smokey, featureless void from Assassin’s Creed’s loading screens

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Watch_Dogs: Chrome Edition

The Chrome Edition of Watch_Dogs is contained within a luxurious, two-ply corrugated cardboard box that’s damp all down one side. Inside the box you’ll find a loose, unbranded USB stick containing the game’s installer, as well as a bunch of menus for local takeaways.


  • In-game hat embroidered with the phrase “HACKER? I BARELY KNEW ‘ER”
  • In-game pet: a camp robot who will scream in delight every time you hack something or look in his direction


  • Vehicles
  • Pedestrians
  • Collision detection
  • Any of the game’s much anticipated egg side-missions

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

Watch_Dogs: Extreme Edition

The Extreme Edition of Watch-Dogs comes printed on an exclusive dual layer DVD. The plastic disc will be frisbeed through your open window by a nice man from ParcelForce, who has been specially commissioned by Ubisoft to aim for your computer’s CD tray. Should he be successful in this attempt, a pair of shades will drop on to his face as a gnarly guitar riff plays. If unsuccessful however, a sad trombone will be heard as he slumps away.


  • Alternative script with all of the nouns taken out
  • Much, much louder voices
  • World entirely built out of hackable steampipes


  • Ability to pause the game
  • Ability to get out of cars or ever slow down

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Watch_Dogs: Unknowable Obelisk Edition

The Unknowable Obelisk edition of Watch_Dogs is a ghostly manifestation of the game’s code given human form by an ethereal hologram. The game will arrive unbidden in the night, slithering beneath your duvet covers to place a single digital finger in your unsuspecting mouth. A bitterly static frazzle on the tip of your tongue will then give way to a full-body Watch_Dogs gaming experience, as you slip into a euphoric virtual representation of the game world in which time and space lose all meaning.


  • Side-mission in which Aiden drops his phone down a drain and stands there for ages with his hands on his hips, unsure of what to do
  • Big head mode
  • All in-game radios play the Crystal Maze theme tune over and over
  • Some exclusive Watch_Dogs stickers


  • Shoes. Pedestrians will dynamically complain about how there are no shoes or shoe shops
  • Skybox. Sky is replaced by a massive JPEG of the Ubisoft Montreal development team

Our Rob lives fairly close to Chicago - and cannot vouch for the accents in Watch Dogs.

Watch_Dogs: Platinum Sapphire Edition

The Platinum Sapphire Edition of Watch_Dogs can be downloaded by first pre-ordering the PlayStation 4 version from GameStop, cancelling the pre-order, turning your Xbox on and then immediately pulling your ethernet cable out of the wall before registering for a Uplay account from Bulgaria. A 16 digit code will then flash repeatedly for seven seconds in your peripheral vision. Memorise it! Now enter this code on the Far Cry 4 pre-order form, which can be found inside any Watch_Dogs edition Happy Meal for a limited time only. You can find a list of participating McDonalds restaurants on the official Watch_Dogs website.


  • A massive in-game phone, which Aiden shouts into during stealth missions
  • All of the randomly generated guns from Borderlands
  • Exclusive artbook of tasteful nudes


  • Walking animations
  • The controversial series of side-quests in which Aiden hacks a combine harvester and mangles a load of dogs and old people

If you’d like an actual rundown of the differences between the staggeringly numerous editions of Watch_Dogs, or are simply frustrated by unfettered whimsy, here is a table of contents taken from the game’s Wikipedia page. It is roughly as ridiculous as the fiction above.