Watch Dogs Legion update for PC promises to improve performance, especially on RTX GPUs

Written by Neil Soutter on Fri, Oct 30, 2020 1:00 PM
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Watch Dogs Legion released yesterday to a mixed reaction in terms of performance. We found the game to be pretty demanding on higher graphics settings and resolutions but still playable, however many users online are complaining about terrible performance, and a new hotfix update on PC aims to fix that.

Based on feedback, we’re deploying a hotfix to address the performance issues we’re seeing on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. This hotfix has already been deployed on PS4 and Xbox, and it is coming to PC on Friday, October 30th. We will continue monitoring your feedback in the meantime to respond accordingly,” Ubisoft said in a post on their forums.

Ubisoft will be issuing this update for Watch Dogs Legion today at some point, though they haven’t revealed a specific time yet. You can find the patch notes below, which should address some issues with performance if you’ve been experiencing them.

Watch Dogs Legion Hotfix Patch Notes:

  • Global performance improvements on PS4 for smoother gameplay/driving
  • Made several improvements to PC performance
  • Optimized performance to improve framerates for RTX GPUs
  • Fixed an issue that caused framerate drops to occur when characters walk through checkpoints
  • Improved the framerate performance when driving
  • Fixed a freeze when switching input controllers on PC
  • Fixed sporadic crashes on PS4
  • Fixed sporadic crashes on Xbox One/S
  • Fixed an issue that could cause the game to crash when launched on a console set to TURKISH, INDONESIAN, GREEK, ROMANIAN, HUNGARIAN, VIETNAMESE or THAI languages
  • Fixed an issue that could cause the game to crash on Xbox One X when selecting a certain option in the Into the Void mission
  • Fixed an issue that could cause the game to crash when browsing through the Premium Shop tabs on Xbox One

Additionally, Ubisoft warns users to update their Windows version, as many PC players have reported numerous crashes when playing on an outdated Windows version. Ubisoft themselves recommends updating to Windows version 1903 or 1909 at minimum, and strongly recommends having the latest OS version installed.

What do you think? Are you experiencing bad performance in Watch Dogs Legion? Have you found any fixes? And once the update is live: have you noticed any performance improvements? Let us know!

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15:20 Nov-01-2020

I'm confused. I watched a youtuber playing it with max settings and the game ran really smooth, constant 60fps, the guy even complimented ubi cuz the game ran so well and looked so good. And ppl are having issues?

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14:45 Oct-30-2020

Yeah, much better now. With RT on, I've went through the Piccadilly Circus at speed at night (since it's right near where the story starts) and now it dips to 55 for a split second then sticks to 59-65. Before, it dipped to 49-50 for a split second then fluctuated a lot between 50-65 and. Now's more stable. Otherwise, at best 1 frame extra in the previous locations I've played before.

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15:28 Oct-30-2020

What resolution if you don't mind me asking? Your GD profile says 1080p, but the FPS sounds a bit low for an RTX 3080 at that resolution.

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15:50 Oct-30-2020

I do use 1080p. All the settings are completely maxed, including RT. While driving in crowded areas I get the above figures, on foot it's 10fps more, maybe 15. Insides it goes to 105-120fps, depending on the interior.

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15:58 Oct-30-2020

You could DSR to 1440p or 4K and then use DLSS to render from a 1080p or lower res. The game would look much better (sharper and smoother) that way, but work about as smoothly fps-wise :)

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15:59 Oct-30-2020

Ah, okay. Have you tried using DLSS at upscaled 720p? I know 2kliksphilip did a video on DLSS 2.0 and it looked fairly good, if not better in some situations.

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16:09 Oct-30-2020

I admit, all the DLSS thing is new to me, right now the res is 1080p and the DLSS is on for "quality". I'll investigate more on the subject.

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01:05 Oct-31-2020

Holy crap a 3080 and getting 60 fps avg at 1080p?

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02:01 Oct-31-2020

Driving is taking up a big part of gameplay and time. The settings are on max with RT on and the scene was rather full of people and cars and neons at the time. I wouldn’t report averaging 105 fps during the intro mission because that is not representative. That average above is higher when not driving. It’s a 3080, but in the end this is good old Watch Dogs, not exactly the holy grail of optimisation and the looks (which are good) still don’t warrant such a rig. Or the first impression is that it’s demanding for nothing spectacular.

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02:36 Oct-31-2020

GD’s benchmarks after the update show a decrease after the driver+patch combo. I have the first versions results saved, but until Monday I am unable to run the benchmarking tool on that machine. Outside the tool, the driver and patch did help increase frames when driving (or at least stabilise it). In other situations, my difference was maybe 1-2 frames sometimes higher sometimes lower, which, in actual gameplay are hard to fully reproduce inbetween updates so it would be hard to see which affected, where and in what measure.

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14:00 Oct-30-2020

Ok, I just looked at some benchmarks online and my GPU is getting around 40-50 on all settings. It doesn't matter if it's on low or ultra, the performance is the same. Ubisoft is a joke. This is what happens when they rush a game, which they do all the time.

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14:07 Oct-30-2020

This is basically most Ubisoft games unfortunately. They make a game and move on without giving their previous games any of the attention they need.

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15:29 Oct-30-2020

If performance doesn't change with settings this usually indicates a CPU bottleneck. Just a thought.

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13:49 Oct-30-2020

just tested the game after updating drivers and patch, still really bad performance. cant get stable 60 fps on high preset at 1080p.

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13:55 Oct-30-2020

Wow, this goes on to show you how **** Ubisoft games are... The same thing will happen with Valhalla. I just don't support developers who make rushed games.

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21:21 Oct-30-2020

its depressing in my opinion. bought 3080 and was so excited to try new titles and this is what we get. my wallet cries when i look at those frames...

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02:08 Oct-31-2020

Relax, it’s just Watch Dogs.

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