If you want to play Watch Dogs on the PC, you’re apparently going to need a pretty beefy rig. Minimum system requirements posted on Uplay suggest that the game will need a 64-bit OS and at least 6GB of RAM. PC Gamer published the requirements along with some instructions on how to get to them, but it looks like I’m restricted to a Canadian version of the Uplay site that hasn’t been updated. Anyway, here’s the damage:
- 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
- This product supports 64-bit operating systems ONLY
- 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
You need a 64-bit OS to address more than 4GB of RAM, so it makes sense that 32-bit versions of Windows aren’t supported. I suspect there are a lot of folks with 4GB of RAM that may need to upgrade even if they’re running a 64-bit OS. At least the 8GB recommendation isn’t too much of a step up.
On the CPU front, even the minimum spec calls for a quad-core chip. The base graphics requirement appears to point to the supported list from the recommended specs, which is a little weird. I’m surprised to see Intel’s Iris Pro integrated graphics in the mix with much more powerful GeForce and Radeon cards. Looks like you’ll need a reasonably recent graphics card to have any hope of playing the game.
Curiously, there’s no mention of storage requirements. Watch Dogs was developed first for the PC, so it’s probably loaded with high-res textures. I’d expect a hefty install footprint. In fact, I’m hoping for one. Although Watch Dogs‘ steep system requirements may be a turnoff for some gamers, they tell me that the game might just take advantage of the potent hardware available on the PC. I’m okay with leaving older systems behind if it means the rest of us can enjoy a better experience. We’ll have a better sense of that experience when Watch Dogs hits the PC on November 19.