Watch Dogs PC system requirements revealed

Watch Dogs is now available for pre-order on Steam and that means that the PC specs have been revealed, too.

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The long-awaited (and long-delayed) Watch Dogs is set to release on May 27, which means PC players have until then to make sure their systems can handle the CTOS' technological onslaught. The game is now available to pre-order on Steam and the listing includes the minimum and required specs for anyone hoping to experience Aiden Pearce's journey on their PC.

Steam (via Polygon) offers the following:

Minimum requirements:

  • Windows Vista (SP2), Windows 7 (SP1) or Windows 8 (Only 64 bit OSs supported.)

  • Nvidia Geforce GTX 460 or AMD Radeon HD 5770 with DirectX 11 graphics and 1GB of video RAM

  • Intel Core 2 Quad Q8400 2.66Ghz or AMD Phenom II X4 940 3.0Ghz CPU

  • 6GB Memory

  • 25GB of HDD/SSD space

Recommended requirements:

  • Windows Vista (SP2), Windows 7 (SP1) or Windows 8

  • Nvidia Geforce GTX 560 ti or AMD Radeon HD 7850 with DirectX 11 graphics and 2GB of video RAM

  • Eight core - Intel Core i7-3770 3.5 GHz or AMD FX-8350 X8 4 GHz CPU

  • 8GB Memory or more

  • 25GB of HDD/SSD space

The Steam listing also notes that the following video cards are currently supported: 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.

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    April 5, 2014 1:00 PM

    Ozzie Mejia posted a new article, Watch Dogs PC system requirements revealed.

    Watch Dogs is now available for pre-order on Steam and that means that the PC specs have been revealed, too.

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      April 5, 2014 1:18 PM

      Wow, 64-bit only. Didn't think we'd be seeing a game require that for a few years.

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        April 5, 2014 1:29 PM

        Not the first I think. 32 bit needs to diaf

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          April 5, 2014 1:53 PM

          Games being restricted to 2 GB of memory was limiting things. Kinda sad, though, because I don't have enough money to build a new gaming PC this year, and I probably won't next year.

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            April 5, 2014 6:39 PM

            You have a 32-bit machine that you still play games on?? Processors have been 64-bit for a looooong damn time.

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            April 5, 2014 7:34 PM

            Archvile, are you trying to tell us you're still running a Core-generation (not Core 2, original Core) CPU in your gaming machine? The last of the original Core CPUs were discontinued in 2007.

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              April 5, 2014 7:44 PM

              No, it's an i7-920, but the video card (GTX 285) is starting to show its age.

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                April 5, 2014 7:51 PM

                ...What does that have to do with the game requiring a 64 bit CPU and operating system?

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                  April 5, 2014 8:57 PM

                  You just got archville non sequitur'd like a motherfucker. Seen it a million times.

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                  April 5, 2014 10:31 PM

                  My system has 6 GB, and pretty soon, that'll get close to not being enough RAM.

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                    April 6, 2014 11:51 AM

                    Unless you bough Intel's own "Smack Over" motherboard most socket 1366 boards have six dimm slots on them for that triple channel hottness.

                    Sit around long enough for a deal and a 12GB triple channel kit should hit $99.

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        April 5, 2014 1:58 PM

        It's starting to shift.

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        April 5, 2014 2:21 PM

        2001 - Microsoft releases Windows XP 64-Bit Edition

        2014 - games are 64-bit.

        That was fast!

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          April 5, 2014 4:50 PM

          1961 - IBM releases the 7030 Stretch 64-bit computer
          1990 - SGI releases the IRIS Crimson 64-bit workstation
          1993 - Everyone makes fun of Jurassic Park for showing a real IRIS Crimson running the real fsn program
          1994 - SGI releases the Crimson Jurassic Classic

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          April 5, 2014 7:35 PM

          - Windows XP x64 was shit.

          - The original Far Cry had an x64 binary available (though not the default).

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            April 6, 2014 12:50 AM

            Better than normal XP...not that that took much.

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              April 6, 2014 11:57 AM

              If by better you mean terrible driver support because hardly anyone had 64bit compatible hardware I suppose so.

              Intel didn't even have a 64bit compliant part until 3 years AFTER XP64 released. Even then it was geared more toward workstations as it was a Xenon chip.

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            April 6, 2014 1:48 PM

            Especially since Windows XP 64-Bit Edition that came out in 2001 was only available on Itanium processors. It wasn't until 2005 or so that Windows XP Professional 64-Bit that ran on X86-64 processors was available.

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        April 5, 2014 2:21 PM

        consoles being 8gb RAM surely is a factor

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      April 5, 2014 1:29 PM

      Well, the day has come...finally a game that my system doesn't even meet minimum requirements for. I have the exact AMD processor they mention, but only 4 GB RAM. Guess this will be the excuse I finally need to upgrade to a PS4.

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      April 5, 2014 1:36 PM

      Are they counting hyperthreading on that 3770? I thought those were 4 core.

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        April 5, 2014 1:57 PM

        Yes x2.

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        April 5, 2014 2:14 PM

        They must be.

        The 3770k is only a 4-core with hyperthreading to get it to 8 logical threads

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        April 5, 2014 4:53 PM

        I'm pretty sure ever Core i series processor is hyperthreading.

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          April 5, 2014 4:54 PM

          oh, nevermind, I misread the post.

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          April 5, 2014 7:57 PM

          Not true, my Core i5-3470 does not have hyperthreading.

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          April 6, 2014 12:03 PM

          A lot of Core i series processors don't have hyperthreading. It's to create price incentives between parts.

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      April 5, 2014 2:07 PM

      Seeing these system requirements is like getting news from the vet that the family dog needs to be put to sleep. It looks like it's time to retire the old PC.

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        April 5, 2014 6:49 PM

        that is a pretty terrible analogy

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      April 5, 2014 4:34 PM

      Its going to be interesting how my PC handles this one. All are at/above recommended except for CPU, mine being an i5 2500k.

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      April 5, 2014 4:48 PM

      Looks like I'll get it for PS4.

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      April 5, 2014 4:56 PM

      Pretty steep for a game with an Xbox 360 version.

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      April 5, 2014 5:51 PM

      That's some steep CPU requirements for recommended. A processor that is 90%+ as fast as the 4770. Basically the fastest available CPU for mainstream market. The -E series is for enthusiasts with money to kill, or someone who really needs the fastest non Xeon CPU for some reason.

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        April 5, 2014 7:21 PM

        The only thing here that I don't quite hit is ram.

        I guess I have exactly 8gigs of 2100+, but wouldn't trust to hit exactly on the mark with ram. Honestly, have recommended requirements this high gives me some hope for this game.

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      April 5, 2014 7:06 PM

      What. The. Hell?

      Go look at the game on steam. The page just went up, (or was just re-upped) and they're using the same screenshots to promote the game as they were before original launch.

      By the way, did anyone else catch the throwaway line, "thanks to our powerful all new advanced graphics engine... " in the last trailer they put out.

      I might even be convinced that the game looks truly amazing in person, but they're just acting like nothing ever changed. They should be called out hard by the "games media" BEFORE the game launches for bullshots, not after everyone has rushed out and bought it.

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      April 5, 2014 7:58 PM

      If thats the case it should look like the bullshot demo they showed to everyone.