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Watch Dogs PC patch will sort out your graphics

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It could look better

You all know Watch Dogs. It’s that hit PC game where players can hack their way through a corrupt totalitarian regime with a magic cell-phone before hacking the human body with a baton and bullets when the heat is on. And like most games these days, it’s getting a patch. A patch that should make it oh so much prettier.

PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 players have already received that update, with PC and Xbox players now waiting for the patch to address several issues such as random bits of broken gameplay and a a few mission-killing bugs.

But it’s the chance to sort out the visuals that should be of interest here. Here’s the full list via the Ubisoft forums regarding the PC fixes:

  • Fixed graphical glitches on Low & Medium settings.
  • Fixed some crashes on SLI configurations.
  • Implemented several performance improvements.
  • Implemented a few control improvements.
  • Fixed issues causing infinite messaging and timing-out when trying to access the Online Shop from the Extras Menu while Uplay is set to Offline mode.
  • Fixed issues connecting to a Multiplayer game.
  • Implemented several mouse modifications.
  • Fixed “Drinking Game” control issue where wrong information was displayed when played with a gamepad.
  • Fixed “Chess Game” control issue.
  • Fixed bug where the invasion setting was never saved.
  • Fixed graphical issues during cut scenes and cinematics.
  • Fixed several graphical and texture bugs.
  • Removed Vista OS check to prevent false positives.
  • Added game version in main menu.

The PC platform will always be the powerhouse of gaming graphics. And now, this official patch, coupled with the one that unlocks thoise hidden away E3 2012 reveal graphics,  Watch Dogs will finally look up to scratch. Hopefully. I have no idea. It looks pretty enough to me already, because I’ve been mesmerised by those smoke and particle effects.

Last Updated: June 19, 2014

78 Comments

  1. It would be nice to have some kind of guide of how to activate those graphics mods.

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    • Alien Emperor Trevor

      June 19, 2014 at 08:43

      By who exactly?

      Zoe uses a Mac – and you’ve seen her photoshop graphics
      Darryn is too busy not doing his best Dark Helmet impression with that shiny Geralt statue
      Geoff would make it look worse because he’s a troll
      Gavin would get it to 1079p @ 59fps – so close yet so far

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      • Admiral Chief Cyber Commando

        June 19, 2014 at 08:44

        HAHAHAHA

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      • Rince&exhale

        June 19, 2014 at 09:57

        HAHAHA!

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    • Viking Of Science

      June 19, 2014 at 08:46

      Go Here: http://forums.guru3d.com/showthread.php?t=390114

      Follow the one step. Apparently the new settings just kind of appear in the menus, read more of thread for confirmation. 🙂

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      • FSR

        June 19, 2014 at 09:23

        The Worse’s mod. end of talk.

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    • Nick

      June 19, 2014 at 11:37

      http://forums.guru3d.com/showthread.php?t=390114

      Follow the instructions. Pretty straightforward. Too bad my PC cant handle the beauty xD

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    • Lizzard

      June 19, 2014 at 11:37

      Added a link above to a video that has the details

      Reply

  2. Admiral Chief Cyber Commando

    June 19, 2014 at 08:40

    “Implemented several performance improvements.”
    Flippen finally

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  3. Admiral Chief Cyber Commando

    June 19, 2014 at 08:40

    “Implemented a few control improvements.”

    I really hope so

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  4. Admiral Chief Cyber Commando

    June 19, 2014 at 08:41

    Imagine if they released when the originally planned to, the game was probably in even worse shape

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  5. Unavengedavo

    June 19, 2014 at 08:41

    … dary

    Reply

  6. Monado

    June 19, 2014 at 08:43

    What is up with this trend and why is nobody making more of a fuss about it? FFS, it’s not right that they reveal the games with this amazing graphics and the downgrades (and then later patch it in Ubi’s case)..
    In Dark Souls 2 case, on a forum where I complained about the graphical downgrade, I was told “You don’t play Dark Souls for the graphics”…What is up with this blind acceptance of clearly falsified information. There are hardly any official statements from devs saying look, we downgraded blah blah . It’s always after the fact. Regardless if it’s a good game, this is wrong, and we shouldn’t blindly accept things as it is…..Jeez, gamers are the reason the industry is so fucked. We buy into all these kak practices as if it’s the natural progression of things….

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    • Alien Emperor Trevor

      June 19, 2014 at 08:47

      Because it’s not a new trend… for PC.

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      • Admiral Chief Cyber Commando

        June 19, 2014 at 08:49

        You said it

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      • Monado

        June 19, 2014 at 08:51

        Have this been happening with PC games? I mean, most of the games I’ve seen revealed for PC, looks like what they’ve shown…This seems like a new thing to me, they reveal amazing trailers that looks much different in the final product

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        • Alien Emperor Trevor

          June 19, 2014 at 09:03

          Like A:CM? It’s on special on Steam right now for $5, & enough idiots have bought it to move it into the top 10 sellers list.

          There’s a reason PC gamers have been complaining about shitty ports for years. It’s because shitty ports are just that, especially when they don’t take advantage of the benefits of a PC. Like this lovely obvious example.

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          • Monado

            June 19, 2014 at 09:05

            Not even talking about mind you, they do this for consoles as well. ACM was the OG of this trend. But yeah, PC does get some pretty shitty ports….

          • Kromas

            June 19, 2014 at 09:07

            Bad news. It was not a port.The PC was the main platform and thus it was just a crappy game to begin with. Dead Space 2 is a crappy port.

          • Sir Rants A Lot Llew. Jelly!!!

            June 19, 2014 at 09:27

            Lol. No.

            Think again. It was designed with the console in mind. Look at the amount of active skills vs the amount of buttons on a controller.

            Anyone who believes that the game was designed for PC first is in for a shock. It was designed for console and just run on PC first because they knew the masses would not buy it on console first since Diablo was predominantly a PC genre.

            The best though?

            The fact that back in the beginning they were all like “Oh no, the game is being created with PC in mind first. Console isn’t even on our radar”. Then after poop hit the fan and it was better on console they said “The game was always meant to be played on console. We designed it so that it could be played there”

            Double standards… That being said… The game is actually good now. I won’t lie

          • Kromas

            June 19, 2014 at 09:39

            Could not really be bothered downloading it again. Maybe one day when I have nothing else to play.

          • Sir Rants A Lot Llew. Jelly!!!

            June 19, 2014 at 09:58

            No seriously. They’ve changed it a lot and it is now far better.

            Look, there is the glaringly obvious part of skills and the inability to specialise in a specific skill set. However, they have really balanced out the skills now and made the end game more enjoyable.

            Instead of Maphisto runs you now have rifts. You actually have ways of making gold with bounties. So yeah, the game is very good now. Honest. That coming from me. You should know by now how I used to feel about the game

          • Kromas

            June 19, 2014 at 10:04

            Uhm I think we might have missed each other somewhere. I was talking about Colonial Marines and it looks like you are talking Diablo or am I going crazy somewhere?

            Edit: Yeah …. we are talking about 2 different games. 😛

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            June 19, 2014 at 10:07

            That’s what I thought, but didn’t want to say anything because you both looked like you were having fun 😉

          • Kromas

            June 19, 2014 at 10:33

            Oh gamers they wanna have fu-uun!

          • Sir Rants A Lot Llew. Jelly!!!

            June 19, 2014 at 10:13

            But… but we were talking Diabs 0_0
            (refresh for pic of how I see the convo time line)

          • Kromas

            June 19, 2014 at 10:32

            Actually just go up one post more. 🙂

          • Sir Rants A Lot Llew. Jelly!!!

            June 19, 2014 at 11:00

            Eish… Timeline missread… My bad….

          • Kromas

            June 19, 2014 at 11:07

            I blame the cold weather. Brain Freeze without a Slush Puppy.

          • Sith JJ

            June 19, 2014 at 09:09

            Worst is how Diablo 3 was a mess on pc, got ported to console and was actually better.

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            June 19, 2014 at 09:23

            Thankfully I avoided that game like the plague – because Diablo 2 was boring & I didn’t expect 3 to be any better. Sometimes being a cynical grumpy old bastard really works out for the best.

          • Rince&exhale

            June 19, 2014 at 09:58

            You are shitting me?

          • Sir Rants A Lot Llew. Jelly!!!

            June 19, 2014 at 09:59

            Eish

        • Johan du Preez

          June 19, 2014 at 10:06

          Yeh its called Nvidia Gameworks …..

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        • Brian Murphy

          June 19, 2014 at 13:18

          It’s been happening for years, actually. Go back as far as Crytek going multi-platform and they openly admitted to cutting out things that worked on PC but not on console. (Cevat Yerli, specifically).

          And you have developers talking about the ‘politics’ of game performance between consoles and PC, when discussing why they limited a game this way, or that way.

          Parity, it’s the new microtransactions.

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    • Sith JJ

      June 19, 2014 at 08:52

      The problem is that the majority of people still buy games from developers regardless of having burnt their fingers ten times. They just don’t learn. They keep buying, the developers will keep doing the same thing, because why not?

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      • Monado

        June 19, 2014 at 08:53

        Exactly, which is why we’re to blame at the end of the day….Through and through we’ll end up buying those overpriced costumes and cut content

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        • Sith JJ

          June 19, 2014 at 08:56

          Speak for yourself. I haven’t bought a single game from any of the developers that screwed me over.

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          • Monado

            June 19, 2014 at 08:57

            Pah, neither have I , but we’re all gamers though, under one banner we stand

          • Sith JJ

            June 19, 2014 at 08:57

            True. True.

  7. Sith JJ

    June 19, 2014 at 08:49

    This is exactly what EA pulled.
    OH damn, sorry, now that you’ve seen how we screwed you over, let us fix it for you.
    Sorry. Too late.

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  8. oVg FX

    June 19, 2014 at 09:01

    UBISOFT CANADA, UBISOFT FRANCE, UBISOFT AMERICA, UBISOFT EUROPE, UBISOFT JAPAN, UBISOFT THE UNITED FEDERATION OF PLANET EARTH,
    and THE 700 567 PEOPLE WHO WORKED ON THE GAME

    PROUDLY PRESENT

    WATCH DOGS

    coming off a conveyer belt near you.

    THE CREDITS ARE LONGER THAN THE LORD OF THE RINGS TRILOGY.

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  9. Viking Of Science

    June 19, 2014 at 09:05

    Attention PC Gamers: Click this link: http://gabegaming.com/ It’s Glorious! Praise GabeN!

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    • Hammersteyn

      June 19, 2014 at 09:06

      Thought it was another patch 😛

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      • Viking Of Science

        June 19, 2014 at 09:07

        It’s better than a patch…. It’s a Mod 😉

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    • oVg FX

      June 19, 2014 at 09:06

      BWAHAHAHA

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    • Hammersteyn

      June 19, 2014 at 09:06

      LOL that’s awesome!

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    • Kensei Seraph

      June 19, 2014 at 09:07

      When enough people have visited that link does the Sale start?

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      • Sith JJ

        June 19, 2014 at 09:08

        Mine is blocked, but for some reason it still shows all the % discounts over the company page. One cannot simply block a bargain.

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      • Kromas

        June 19, 2014 at 09:09

        Enough=3

        HL3 Confirmed!

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      • Viking Of Science

        June 19, 2014 at 09:09

        I Hope so, and not, at the same time…. because this is accurate: http://youtu.be/RoGxA48HQ1g

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        • Kensei Seraph

          June 19, 2014 at 09:15

          Haha.

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    • Kensei Seraph

      June 19, 2014 at 09:09

      The sudden end to the music is jarringly unpleasant.

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      • Viking Of Science

        June 19, 2014 at 09:10

        It’s Symbolic of the Sudden emptying of your Wallet, and Maxing of Credit Card… 😛

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    • Praise Lord GabeN

      June 19, 2014 at 10:47

      Praise GabeN!

      Reply

      • Viking Of Science

        June 19, 2014 at 10:49

        GabeN, my lord, you grace us with your holy presence! Hail to thee!

        Reply

  10. Hammersteyn

    June 19, 2014 at 09:11

    Now they just need to fix the damn drinking game mini-game.

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    • Sk3tz0

      June 19, 2014 at 17:40

      is there a Drinking game I see it in the Legends but no where on the map..

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      • Hammersteyn

        June 19, 2014 at 17:54

        There’s three locations, the icons look like bottles, it’s utter bullshit how difficult the games are, especially the one in Pawnee

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        • Sk3tz0

          June 19, 2014 at 19:54

          I’ve scrolled thru that for ever never see it.. lol

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          • Hammersteyn

            June 20, 2014 at 08:22

            Oh you’ll know when you get to it 🙂

  11. Sir Rants A Lot Llew. Jelly!!!

    June 19, 2014 at 09:23

    This is why I don’t purchase day 1. I always wait for the crap to be fixed first before I spend any of my money.

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  12. Rags

    June 19, 2014 at 09:33

    As I read it this patch only fixes small glitches. Pretty standard patch. Would not be surprised if they make it harder to mod it to the 2012 standard with future patches.

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  13. Xcalibersa

    June 19, 2014 at 09:52

    Seems right

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  14. Mikhil

    June 19, 2014 at 09:56

    This better sort out my invisibility and floaty car issues.

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  15. Rince&exhale

    June 19, 2014 at 09:59

    Someone say mod?

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  16. Rince&exhale

    June 19, 2014 at 10:00


    Removed Vista OS check to prevent false positives.” If you are running Vista you don’t deserve to play games.

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    • ToshZA

      June 19, 2014 at 10:14

      If anyone is still running Vista they should just quit technology altogether.

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    • Sir Rants A Lot Llew. Jelly!!!

      June 19, 2014 at 10:14

      lol

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  17. MakeItLegal

    June 19, 2014 at 10:34

    mmm…still waiting … maybe after patch 3 or 4 i would dig in

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  18. Wyzak

    June 19, 2014 at 10:37

    Awesome, it’s already a fun game to play, so these fixes will just make it better.

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  19. Lizzard

    June 19, 2014 at 11:37

    Some may find this an interesting topic – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b43ZlqPvBDs&list=UUy1Ms_5qBTawC-k7PVjHXKQ The theory is that Ubisoft is deliberatly being assholes.

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  20. Ryanza

    June 19, 2014 at 12:27

    Well If you bought this game for the PC and you not happy with it then just sell it. Oh wait ….

    Don’t support DRM

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  21. Paul Donohue

    June 19, 2014 at 16:23

    so is crossfire fixed?

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  22. GalacticLordCaptainAwesomeness

    June 19, 2014 at 17:21

    Low and Medium GRAPHICS? What is this you speak of ?? This is not a Console, this is a PC!!!

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  23. Daniel Paiva

    June 20, 2014 at 01:13

    Updated my game on steam and still crashes, even more often!
    Really pissed cuz i’m not able to play more than max of half an hour!

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  24. GK

    June 20, 2014 at 14:51

    The latest Ubisoft patch HAS KILLED PERFORMANCE!!!
    SLI 770GTX and 4670K
    Before patch 96+FPS with stuttering.
    After patch now getting 1-2 FPS for LOOOOONG periods – MSI Afterburner shows my cards are running 20% utilization! WTF!

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    • GK

      June 20, 2014 at 15:00

      Here’s the proof!!! See the percentage next to TEMP in the upper left – that’s utilization percentage – when there was stuttering before driving it into the 30FPS and below – now there is stuttering down to 1/2 FPS and it shows like 20% Card utilization! What the hell Ubisoft – you just F#$$#$# the game! Running on Dual 770GTXs, 4670K @4.1GHZ all cores, 16GB Ripjaw 1600MHZ Dual Channel DDR3, on Kingston Hyper X 120GB SSD! Seriously this is SO CRAP!

      Reply

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