All eight cores are required to render this fleecy collar.

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

Is this a glimpse at so-called ‘next gen’ specs and requirements, or are Ubisoft just bad at optimising ports? That’s not an easy question to answer when all we have so far are the minimum, recommended and “ultra” PC specs for Watch Dogs, courtesy of the Ubisoft store (in certain regions; I can’t actually see it in the US) and IncGamers reader Johnny Bravo.

Even the ‘minimum’ settings require a reasonable PC, and this the first time I’ve found myself looking at some specs and going “hmm … might be time to start putting some money aside for an upgrade” in a good long while. Here’s what Ubisoft says you’ll need for all those fancy weather and raincoat effects in Watch Dogs. First, the basics that everybody will have to have.

Operating System: Windows Vista (SP2), Windows 7 (SP1) or Windows 8
Note that we only support 64 bit OSs.
Hard Drive Space: 20 GB
Sound: DirectX 9.0c Compatible Sound Card with Latest Drivers
Internet: Broadband connection and service required for multiplayer mode

And now, the minimum:

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

example 1
GPU: NVidia GTX 460
CPU: Intel Core2 Quad Q6600

example 2
GPU: AMD Radeon HD 5770
CPU: AMD Phenom X4 9750


GPU: DirectX 11 graphics card with 2 GB Video RAM
CPU: Eight core

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 of course, “ultra.”

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

Well hey, at least I’ve got the 8GB of RAM sorted. Watch Dogs is due out on the same day in November (depending on your region) as Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag. That’s 19 November in the US and 22 November in Europe.

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