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"We know how to find you" - Watch Dogs teaser foreshadows our digital shadow

Jonathan Lester
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"We know how to find you" - Watch Dogs teaser foreshadows our digital shadow

PC Specs & mandatory Uplay also announced

We all leave a digital footprint as we go about our daily lives, from social networks to credit card purchases, CCTV cameras and Oyster Cards. Something that vigilante hacker Aiden Pearce will be able to co-opt to devastating advantage in Watch Dogs when it releases this summer. The hype train is once again picking up speed following the recent delay, and the latest trailer gives us a flavour for the sort of information we'll be able to use during the hac

On the PC side of things, we've got some good and bad news. The specs have been revealed... but I'm afraid that you'll also have to use a certain much-maligned digital platform to play it.

Though definitely a mood piece rather than gameplay, the new video does a great job of setting the tone. Hacking and using data to advantage will play a huge role in Watch Dogs, alongside combat, stealth, driving and traversal.

So, onto the news. Specs-wise, Watch Dogs isn't asking too much on the minimum side of things, though you'll want a relatively decent rig for recommended settings. Nothing too taxing, mind. Considering that there's currently some controversy over Watch Dogs' console vs PC graphics and a seeming 'downgrade' since the reveal trailers, I daresay that graphics hounds are likely to prioritise the PC version. Behold:

Minimum specs:

  • DirectX 11 GPU with at least 1GB of VRAM (NVidia GTX 460 or AMD Radeon HD 5770)
  • Quad core CPU (Intel Core2 Quad Q8400 or AMD Phenom II X4 940)
  • 4GB of RAM

Recommended specs:

  • Windows Vista (SP2), Windows 7 (SP1) or Windows 8 (Please note that we only support 64 bit OSs.)
  • DirectX 11 card with at least 2GB of VRAM (NVidia GTX560 ti or AMD Radeon HD 7850)
  • Eight core CPU (Intel Core i7-3770 running at 3.5 GHz or AMD FX-8350 Eight-Core CPU running at 4 GHz)
  • 8GB of RAM
  • 25GB of available hard drive space

I hope you like Uplay, though. Ubisoft has confirmed that the PC version will require you to create or use a Uplay account to play, and do so through the client. Even if you buy it on Steam. Annoying. Thoughts?

Ahead of Watch Dogs' May 27th release, be sure to check out our comprehensive coverage, including detailed previewdeveloper interviews and companion app hands-on. We hope that it delivers on its clear potential.

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Tsung  Apr. 8, 2014 at 13:16

Personally I hate U-Play. It's been around for many years (as far back as Rainbow Six 3) and thus I have games on the account with several different email addresses. (some are now dead).

Can you merge accounts? No..

Forget the email address login details for that older game you own? great you can re-buy the game. Trying to bring your entire collection together under one email address is not allowed.

Still worse than that is the delivery platform where you have to download the game using the original purchase method choice. If you forget that method or something happens to that company wave goodbye to that game.

Lets say you buy Settlers 7 thro' Steam
Then buy Far Cry 3 using greenmangaming (using capsule).
Then you buy Far Cry 3 : Blood Dragon from U-Play.

You remembered to register all games to the same u-play account (gratz) but U-Play will only allow you to download FC3:BD the other two you HAVE to use the Steam and Capsule clients.

It's a clusterf*ck basically of the worse sort. It's not like steam where any games registered to your account are available to download (via U-play) regardless of purchase method.

Then moving onto updates, buy a game with several patches (lets say latest Splinter Cell), and after downloading wait a further hour whilst it download and applies each patch in turn. How difficult would it be to update the original download with the latest version?


U-Play is expect, I just wish they spent some time and sorted it out properly.

Last edited by Tsung, Apr. 8, 2014 at 13:17
Late  Apr. 8, 2014 at 14:30

They think they're all seeing, but they're not all that. I'm not even called Jerry Sheffield!

Damn but it'd be spooky if the vid showed each individual who was watching it, or had us all in it, lol.

And they did get one thing right:


Last edited by Late, Apr. 8, 2014 at 14:32
JonLester  Apr. 8, 2014 at 14:36

@Tsung: Annoying, no? It's a shame that Ubisoft aren't trying to make Uplay a service that gamers actively want to use with incredibly convenient features and loads of nifty extras(of which there's a scant few) rather than forcing us to use it.

@Late: There's one guy called Jerry Sheffield freaking out right now.

musicrabbie  Apr. 9, 2014 at 08:04

The min specs are wrong. Check your sources. Min. RAM is 6GB.

X10  Apr. 16, 2014 at 12:24

Is http://watchdogs.com/digitalshadow/ meant to take you somewhere special? Just takes me to the Watchdogs site with the trailer.

Late  Apr. 16, 2014 at 12:34


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