June 22nd, 2017

The Watch Dogs PC specs won’t be that demanding after all

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In fairness, you’d probably need eight cores to run that many monitors and record that many changing rooms at once.

Update: Err, it turns out maybe the specs are still demanding.

Remember those Watch Dogs PC specs yesterday, which were a bit steep, and resulted in smug comments from arseholes saying things like “I think I’m actually pretty close to the ultra specs”? Oh, that was me. Um. Anyway! It turns out that those PC specs may not actually be the PC specs after all, despite being on Ubisoft’s store page.

This happy news comes from a Tweet by Sebastien Viard, the graphics technical director on Watch Dogs. He Tweeted: “Hello. Ce ne sont pas les configs officielles. Les vraies specs sortiront bientôt et seront moins élevées que celles-ci :)” Which is all French to me.

Fortunately, Twitter has an in-built translator, which converts this into: “Hello. It is not the official configs. The real specs will come out soon and will be lower than these :)”

This certainly implies that yesterday’s specs – which recommended a 2GB DX11 video card, 8GB of RAM, and eight CPU cores – may actually be a little too high. Fingers crossed.

Thanks to IncGamers reader and perennial news-tipper-offer Johnny Bravo for the tip.

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  • Tim McDonald

    Tim has been playing PC games for longer than he’s willing to admit. He’s written for a number of publications, but has been with PC Invasion – in all its various incarnations – for over a decade. When not writing things about games, Tim can occasionally be found speedrunning some really terrible ones, making people angry in Dota 2, or playing something obscure and random. He’s also weirdly proud of his status as (probably) the Isle of Man’s only professional games journalist.

    • Durandal

      How surprising! It doesn’t make sense for a company to create a game with such demanding hardware requirements. They want after all sell as many units as possible, ergo they need to keep these requirements pretty low to meet the mainstream.

      But its also a nice example how fucked up the internet really is. Something is posted somewhere and everybody believes it, no matter if its confirmed or not.

      • Tim McDonald

        In fairness, those specs are still listed on the Ubisoft store page for me, which is about as close as you can get to official confirmation without either a press release or a developer commenting. And these were trumped by the latter!

        If the beta and preview code I’ve played over the years is any indication, optimisation is usually one of the very last things done. As such I suspect they’re tentative specs based on an earlier build which were mistakenly put up, but who knows?

        I do agree with you, though, in that they’ll want to sell as many as they can, so keeping the minimum specs reasonable is pretty important – particularly if the game’s going to be running on current-gen consoles as well! I’m pretty sure Crytek ran afoul of “stupidly high system requirements scaring off the public” when they launched the original Crysis.

    • Dareka


      When the spec first appeared, somebody(on another site) moaned how he regretted for getting into PC gaming. How the i5 he bought last year have become obsolete now and that PC gaming isn’t worthwhile thanks to the Watch Dogs spec.

      I face palmed and thought long on how to reply to his comment but couldn’t form the right words. Really, he shouldn’t be thinking about Ultra spec when he only acquired an i5 (if the original spec were true). I guess now his i5 is looking pretty powerful with this new revelation.