Ubisoft Working On A Watch Dogs PC Patch To Fix Stuttering And Optimisation Issues

Written by Jon Sutton on Fri, May 30, 2014 5:00 PM
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A Watch Dogs patch is in the works to fix the plethora of technical issues that are affecting PC gamers, with the Watch Dogs technical director defending the job done with the PC version.

Users have been experiencing low frame rates, stuttering, Uplay login problems and more during the days following Watch Dogs’ release, but Sebastien Viard has been quick to announce that a patch is in the works to fix these problems which is due imminently…

Taking to Twitter, Viard claimed “Watch Dogs can use 3+ GB of RAM on NG consoles for graphics, your PC GPU needs enough VRAM for ultra options due to the lack of unified memory." For PC users Viard suggests what settings it's optimal to turn down in Watch Dogs to achieve the best playing experience, saying “If you experience lag/stutter on a fast PC, try to lower one of those settings to reduce the GPU VRAM usage: texture quality, AA, resolution."

In an effort to explain why there are so many problems with the PC version of Watch Dogs, Viard claimed that "Making an open world run on NG & CG consoles + supporting PC is an incredibly complex task, the team did a fantastic job. Congrats guys! And finally, our PC progs are also currently working on a patch to improve your experience thanks to your reports, stay tuned

Many gamers have been reporting stuttering severe stuttering issues while driving and an inconsistent frame rate as Watch Dogs struggles to load in the environment and the metadata assigned to all of the individuals of this virtual Chicago.

Despite these problems this negativity doesn't seem to have affected Watch Dogs success, which has become Ubisoft's most successful launch ever, beating off the likes of Assassin's Creed 2 and Far Cry 3

Are you experiencing many problems playing Watch Dogs?

Is Ubisoft’s PC optimisation of Watch Dogs good enough?

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00:03 Jun-06-2014

I've gotten a bit better performance using Radeonpro and dynamic vsync through that program, locking at 60 FPS max. I still get drops to 30 FPS sometimes, and it hovers in the mid-40s most of the time in the downtown area. The weird thing is most of the drops into the 30 FPS range are in the outskirts. But it's definitely playable for me.. I'd just like better performance before I finish the game. It's been out for a little over a week now, and no update on the patch?

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00:35 Jun-05-2014

where is the patch >:(

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16:23 Jun-01-2014

I have lag and shutter issue in this game ,is there any chance for me after patch to play this game smoothly? I can't get more than 40 fps in any graphical setting with all thos lags and shutter.

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16:10 Jun-01-2014

For all these reports on poor optimization, I do find the game pretty playable. The only problem is the stuttering and the FPS drops but these aren't frequent enough to call the game unplayable. But I do agree that it needs a fix.

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15:58 Jun-01-2014

'Making an open world run on NG & CG consoles + supporting PC is an incredibly complex task'


Didn't they once say PC was lead platform, clearly an outright lie, it just screams console port at every turn

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02:50 Jun-01-2014

i seriously need this patch. I can max out AC4 with AA, Witcher 2 W/O US, Skyrim with 400+ mods (including 2k textures and ENB) but despite that the game recommends that i play on the lowest settings?

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10:32 Jun-01-2014

yeah no way you can max ac4 with aa. Hmm but with skyrim I guess so

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13:18 Jun-01-2014

low res + msaax2 ;P

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16:08 Jun-01-2014

He can max it out at his native res, and so can I. The reason I bought my card is because of my native res :P

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16:34 May-31-2014

It plays nice right untell a BOSD or a crash slaps me in the face and yes I tryed the fixes people gave us like repluging the gamepad and such but still BOSD.

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15:21 May-31-2014

Now that I've finished the game...
Thanks Ubisoft

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14:00 May-31-2014

This is why I always wait until 6-12 months after the game's release when I buy them. Pre-ordering them only encourages developers to sell us more unfinished & over-hyped garbage that won't be optimized for PC.
It is clear that Ubisoft has made some profits from Watch Dogs through Pre-orders. Their way of marketing has worked well for them.

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13:03 May-31-2014

Looks like I should wait a month before starting Watch Dogs.

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20:11 Jun-01-2014

I have to wait too ,the game isn't released yet in steam for some countries witch includes me.

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11:56 May-31-2014

For me this game plays better than AC III but the game freezes every 2' and returns to normal and the cycle repeats. I get around 20-30 fps

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12:05 May-31-2014

Yeah the game freezes because of ya ram I think

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12:45 May-31-2014

and cpu...sorry Karry

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10:42 May-31-2014

:D then i will play without Stuttering :)

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10:38 May-31-2014

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10:07 May-31-2014

Meh... it's too late too redeem themselves. First AC 3, then AC 4. I thought Ubicrap would change but here they are again. I've completely lost trust to this sh**ty company. Here's my middle finger Ubicrap ,,l,,

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09:22 May-31-2014

Many thanks to the people who pre-ordered, they beta test for the rest of us, we thank you!

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06:35 May-31-2014

I have the game and its currently a mess. 900p at lowest settings I get 26 fps. If your GPU is AMD stay away from this game!!

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07:30 May-31-2014

i run 45 fps on high with the new 14.6 driver and i love it

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14:29 May-31-2014

i have stuterings ...

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16:50 May-31-2014

Me too,I get stuttering even with everything on low, Only happens when driving.

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05:58 May-31-2014

I have 13 hours on this game and only experience lag on ultra when driving.

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14:46 May-31-2014

With that gpu u should have constant 124210 fps :)

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03:12 May-31-2014

Ultra no AA at 1080p gives me a nice 60fps gameplay on my lappy. I had to turn off SSD caching and dedicate that SSD to Watch_Dogs to minimize stuttering while driving (turning down texture quality from Ultra to High seems to do the trick too, but I decided to go for an SSD solution). SLI scales incredibly well by literally doubling the framerate I was getting on a single card, so that's a huge +

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02:26 May-31-2014

I'm sure Ubisoft will fix the inconsistent frame rate. They did with AC4. I now max AC4 with TXAA x2 with a min of about 55 fps. I still keep PhysX particles off though.

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01:07 May-31-2014

I haven't had a lot of time to play it lately, and it seems like every time I get in the game, I'm messing with graphics options to try to squeeze out a few extra FPS... Good to know Ubisoft is working on a patch, though. I really do hope it helps with optimization, but I'm not holding out much hope for that much of a performance boost... I'm debating whether to wait a few more days until the patch comes out, or keep playing in case it takes them a while.

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