Watch Dogs 2 PC Systems Requirements Revealed And New PC Release Date

Written by Felix Nova on Tue, Oct 18, 2016 8:05 PM
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Unfortunately PC gamers have a little longer to wait now to play Watch Dogs 2. The PC release date for this next Ubisoft game has been moved back from November 15th to November 29th. However mixed in with this news is the official system requirement release for Watch Dogs 2. So lets take a look to see how well your PC can run Watch Dogs 2 system requirements and whether you need an upgrade.

Watch dogs 2 MINIMUM System Requirements

Supported OS – (64-bit versions only) Windows 7 SP1, Windows 8.1, Windows 10

Processor: Intel Core i5 2400S @ 2.5 GHz | AMD FX 6120 @ 3.5 GHz

RAM: 6GB

Video Card: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660 (2GB) | AMD Radeon HD 7870 (2GB) or better

Hard Disk Space: 50 GB

Peripherals: Windows-compatible keyboard and mouse, Microsoft Xbox One Controller, Dual Shock 4 Controller

Multiplayer: 256 Kbps or faster broadband connection

Watch dogs 2 RECOMMENDED System Requirements

Supported OS – (64-bit versions only): Windows 7 SP1, Windows 8.1, Windows 10

Processor: Intel Core i5 3470 @ 3.2GHz | AMD FX 8120 @ 3.9 GHz

RAM: 8GB

Video Card: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780 (3GB) | NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970 (4GB) | NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (3GB) or better | AMD Radeon R9 290 (4GB) or better

Hard Disk Space: 50 GB

Peripherals: Windows-compatible keyboard and mouse, Microsoft Xbox One controller, Dual Shock 4 controller

Multiplayer: 256 Kbps or faster broadband connection

Watch Dogs 2 Computer System Performance Review

So recommended Watch Dogs 2 system specs are hovering around the high performance top end 3-4 year old PC mark, by the looks of them. With the aging Nvidia GTX 780, which has 3GB VRAM, cited as the older sort of graphics requirement option for WD2 recommended. A machine also has to have 8GB system memory and an i5 3470 or AMD FX 8120 processor as a rec requirement. By today's standards it seems like this hits the more common Nvidia GTX 970 or RX 470 graphics card requirement mark, to get reasonable FPS results on a 1080p screen resolution with high graphics settings. 

One thing we are pleased to see is that there is no Watch Dogs 2 frame rate cap on the PC. So none of this 60FPS cap for Watch Dogs 2, which is a relief. There also seems to be some solid 4K support being implemented for Watch Dogs 2. Take a look at the following graphics info for more on Watch Dogs 2 graphics options.

ADDITIONAL FEATURES

General
• 4K support
• Stuttering/lag framerate optimization – We employed a fix that makes all controls much more responsive and less framerate-related. We’ve optimized resource creation, GPU VRAM upload and required VRAM for the game.
• No FPS cap
• Full SLI/Crossfire support at launch
• Multiple save file support – This feature allows players to have up to three auto save slots for three separate playthroughs.
• Multi-monitor support with borderless mode and advanced settings that allow for customized placement of menu and HUD.
• Multiple windowed mode options – Windowed mode with flexible/resizable windows, multi-monitor borderless.

Improved Graphic Features
• Screen Space Reflections
• Headlight Shadows – Support for additional shadows from car headlights
• Extra Details Options – Increases the level of detail for all objects in the game, and adds more details to objects in the distance.

Improved Graphics Options
• FOV sliders
• Pixel Density sliders
• Sharpness sliders
• Ultra Textures pack available at launch

Anti-aliasing options
TXAA
MSAA
Post Processing Anti-Aliasing options SMAA and FXAA

Improved Keyboard/Mouse controls
• Full adaptation with mouse and keyboard
• We’re using raw mouse input to reduce latency and use the Windows hardware cursor throughout the game without any additional signal filtering to smooth or accelerate mouse movement by default
• Advanced keyboard support – Keyboard hotkeys for every menu and app for faster access. Additionally, all hotkeys can be remapped.
• Mouse-centric UI – Any UI screen, menus or smartphone app supports full mouse interaction, so the player can finish any UI task with the mouse only. Everything is clickable and has appropriate button states.
• Toggle/Hold modes for different controls (aim, sprint, walk, inventory, etc.)

Driving
• Driving has been adapted to suit the keyboard controls, with adjustable steering sensitivity. Same goes for driving camera sensitivity and auto-centering camera behavior

Gamepad support
• On-the-fly switching between mouse and keyboard to gamepad, without any additional options, UI will just switch to gamepad mode
• Supported gamepads: Xbox One controller, PlayStation 4 DualShock controller

We will report more on the graphics and visuals when Watch Dogs 2 hits the new PC release date of 29th November.

 

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04:20 Oct-20-2016

I was very excited about the game and the requirements look great for my pc.i loved the first game but i just found out this one is going to use denuvo drm so right now im not really sure if it will be a good investment.

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18:49 Oct-19-2016

Ubi did this with Syndicate, and that ended up being a pretty solid port. A couple of weeks of dedicated work seems to do Ubi good, so I'm all for it. I'm pretty pumped about GTA5...I mean Watchdogs 2, but I'm still hesitant to fully trust Ubi until I see port reports.

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19:09 Oct-19-2016

Don't you mean Starbreeze studios for syndicate?

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19:30 Oct-19-2016

AC Syndicate

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23:45 Oct-19-2016

Oh my bad, thought you were talking about EA's Syndicate.

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18:11 Oct-19-2016

i want to believe!

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13:55 Oct-19-2016

I5 3470!! better not be bullsh*iting us , the first game was a CPU Disaster

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13:45 Oct-19-2016

thats a very low cpu requirement

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12:29 Oct-19-2016

come on pc gamers ditch this ubi game. they always delayed it purposely for pc gamers & still after that the game turn to be ty port.

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11:43 Oct-19-2016

Can I play at Max settings? 60 fps?
If not, then what settings do I need to get steady fps?

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11:55 Oct-19-2016

not max high-ultra no aa need rx 470 or r9 290 for ultra preset i guess

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09:16 Oct-19-2016

Is it safe to pre-order this now? Or wait for reviews?

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10:36 Oct-19-2016

it's never safe to preorder

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10:41 Oct-19-2016

yeah i dont recommend preordering games anymore

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12:18 Oct-19-2016

well if you pre order on steam you can get your money back anyway, but still why pre ordering like a month before the release? if you really want to preorder you should do it like a day before release so you can preload it and still got the pre order stuff.

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14:37 Oct-19-2016

Or maybe pre-order it....never?

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06:56 Oct-19-2016

Finally, Optimized Game For Launch From Ubisoft.....

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14:39 Oct-19-2016

Show me proof. A couple lines of text and a delayed date doesn't mean anything!

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04:22 Oct-20-2016

Denuvo drm buddy. Game destroyer

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05:05 Oct-19-2016

"Supported gamepads: Xbox One controller, PlayStation 4 DualShock controller"
Does that mean you can't play using Xbox 360 controller?

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07:34 Oct-19-2016

Might be writing mistake cause no 360 controller support is no brainer

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16:33 Oct-19-2016

Xbone controllers use DirectInput just like the 360 ones. I use Xbone controllers for the original Halo. If one is compatible, then the other should be too.

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04:24 Oct-19-2016

Oh, look. A new Ubisoft game. Can I run it-nope, okay. See you guys later then...

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04:33 Oct-19-2016

Try upgrading that GPU instead

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05:25 Oct-19-2016

That's the plan. Just waiting on Eurocom. :)

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03:48 Oct-19-2016

Well this requiresments surprised me de the Cpu recommended and the sort of gpus required for this game to run at 60 fps 1080, but how is the 780 comparable to a 970 or 1060?

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09:10 Oct-19-2016

Mine is still holding up, with little oc, it's almost like a 970 but with 1gb less vram.

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03:21 Oct-19-2016

How well can I run it?

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18:08 Oct-19-2016

I don't think you can at all, I'm afraid... the game isn't out yet :(


On a more serious note, your hardware falls into the low-medium category, but all will be clearer when the game actually comes out.

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02:55 Oct-19-2016

I never lost trust in you Ubisoft. Please make this the continuation of the comeback you began when you decided to not make another Assassin's Creed. Take your time, do it right, and properly support all gamers, not just console.

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00:06 Oct-19-2016

"No FPS cap" Throwback to when this was a standard feature and not something to toss around like its some amazing innovation :/

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22:59 Oct-18-2016

Looks like we got an optimized ubisoft game :D

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22:42 Oct-18-2016

Wow I expected a 970 for minimum and a 980 ti for ultra but nopee instead I see some proper requirements from Ubisoft that i havent seen in a long time. Very impressive and hope all this is true

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22:34 Oct-18-2016

I'm suprised by the requirments. I expected they to be much higher, but I guess im wrong. That for low->mid gaming pc's can play now the game. But at least the game is 50GB. The only hope i can have is the optimization to be good and the aiming to be good. On mafia 3 for me the aiming is awful and the voice of the

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tires spining is awful there. I hope these 2 things are different.

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21:56 Oct-18-2016

Can I play low-med 900p smaa with 60 fps?
Is the minimum requirement for low 1080p?

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22:03 Oct-18-2016

usually it is yes

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21:36 Oct-18-2016

Felt kind of pissed when I read the title, but after reading the full article I have to say that this seems like the first smart thing Ubisoft has done in a while! Don't force it, polish it and make the PC port worth the wait, finally a tip from Rockstars book!

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02:53 Oct-19-2016

Not exactly a tip from Rockstar's book when they don't even announce PC versions of their games.

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I was talking about GTA V, not RDR series, think a bit first, before downvoting, thanks!

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100% Yes [1 votes]
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