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GTA V is the current open-world obsession, but that’ll be changing next month with the release of Watch Dogs, the stealthy, hack-centric one-word game from Ubisoft. At least, it will change for PC gamers, because this one is actually coming to their platform of choice.  And here’s what you’ll need to play it on Pc, as spotted by the perpetually eagle-eyed NeoGAF.

It was listed un Uplay, before being summarily yanked, but not before GAF got hold of the specs for posterity.

Here are the specs in full:

Base spec:

  • Operating System: Windows Vista (SP2), Windows 7 (SP1) or Windows 8
  • Note that we only support 64 bit OSs.
  • DVD-ROM: DVD-ROM Dual Layer
  • Hard Drive Space: 20 GB
  • Sound: DirectX 9.0c Compatible Sound Card with Latest Drivers
  • Internet: Broadband connection and service required for multiplayer mode

Minimum Spec:

  • GPU: DirectX 11 graphics card with 1 GB Video RAM
  • CPU: Quad core
  • RAM: 4GB

Example 1

  • GPU: NVidia GTX 460
  • CPU: Intel Core2 Quad Q6600

Example 2

  • GPU: AMD Radeon HD 5770
  • CPU: AMD Phenom X4 9750

Recommended Spec:

  • GPU: DirectX 11 graphics card with 2 GB Video RAM
  • CPU: Eight core
  • RAM: 8GB

Example 1

  • GPU: NVidia GTX 560 ti
  • CPU: Intel Core i7-3770

Example 2

  • GPU: AMD Radeon HD 7850
  • CPU: AMD FX-8350 Eight-Core

Ultra Spec:

  • GPU: Latest DirectX 11 graphics card with 2 GB Video RAM or more
  • CPU: Latest Eight core or more
  • RAM: 8GB or more

Example 1

  • GPU: Nvidia GTX 670
  • CPU: Intel Core i7-3930K

Example 2

  • GPU: AMD Radeon HD 7970
  • CPU: AMD FX-9370 Eight-Core

What’s interesting to note here, beyond the beefy CPU (but relatively relaxed GPU) requirements is that the game only supports 64 bit systems; so you’ll need to upgrade if for some reason you’re still rocking out with a 32-bit OS. Also interesting? you’re going to need an octo-core CPU for ultra performance. Plus, the game will support 4K gaming; so will look incredible if you have the requisite hardware..and a ludicrously expensive screen.

It’s one of the first lots of Pc specs in a while that actually recommend some heavy specs. Is this the first real next-gen game?  Will we all be benchmarking with Watch Dogs in the future?

Last Updated: October 3, 2013

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was reviewed on PC

92 Comments

  1. Otto_ki

    October 3, 2013 at 13:34

    …..WOW

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  2. Rags

    October 3, 2013 at 13:36

    My body & pc are ready!

    Reply

  3. Alien Emperor Trevor

    October 3, 2013 at 13:39

    Yay, the old boy can still cut it. I should probably look to upgrade late next year.

    Reply

  4. Mossel

    October 3, 2013 at 13:42

    GPU: NVidia GTX 560 ti
    CPU: Intel Core i7-3770
    lol this is exactly what I have!

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    • TiMsTeR1033

      October 3, 2013 at 13:52

      How much RAM though?

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      • Mossel

        October 3, 2013 at 13:54

        Got 8gb ram! I actually have a i7-3770K, and I can still overclock them if need be.

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        • TiMsTeR1033

          October 3, 2013 at 13:55

          How much that cost you?

          Reply

          • Mossel

            October 3, 2013 at 13:56

            An arm and a leg… bought it last year in march after I just started working, so I went a little trigger happy.

          • TiMsTeR1033

            October 3, 2013 at 14:13

            In a nice case I hope 😉

          • Mossel

            October 3, 2013 at 15:08

            hehe, always! but at least my pc will be good for the next 4 years.

          • TiMsTeR1033

            October 3, 2013 at 15:13

            or so you hope..

  5. Uberutang

    October 3, 2013 at 13:45

    Intel Core i7-3930K is 6 core…

    Reply

    • FoxOneZA

      October 3, 2013 at 15:11

      Which would be the equivalent of 12 AMD cores and no bottlenecks I would imagine.

      Reply

  6. Sir Rants-a-Lot Llew

    October 3, 2013 at 13:46

    560Ti and i7-2600. I’m sure I will run it on high. Looking at ultra though I think ultra will kill my PC lol

    Reply

    • UltimateNinjaPandaDudeGuy

      October 3, 2013 at 13:51

      570GTX HD and a i17 – 2600… 8GB of DDR3… I am going to need to upgrade my CPU cooler xD

      Reply

      • Lord Chaos

        October 3, 2013 at 13:54

        HD7970 x2, FX9370 and 32GB ram, should be fine…

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        • UltimateNinjaPandaDudeGuy

          October 3, 2013 at 13:59

          lol I am forcing myself to stick to a budget…

          Also let me know when you are selling one of those 😛

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          • Lord Chaos

            October 3, 2013 at 14:00

            lol. Not all that expensive if you buy from supplier.

          • George

            October 3, 2013 at 14:04

            Not everyone is able to buy from supplier. That’s why I am still crawling with a 2nd gen i5

          • Lord Chaos

            October 3, 2013 at 14:05

            I’ve also found a wholesale store that I’ve regularly bought at. Prices are very good.

          • George

            October 3, 2013 at 14:07

            Help a brother out with some details?

          • Lord Chaos

            October 3, 2013 at 14:08

            Try Matrix Computers. They’re my go to store when I’m to lazy to drive all the way to a supplier.

          • George

            October 3, 2013 at 14:10

            Shot thanks. I usually do Wootware. They sell powercolor radeon cards for really cheap.

          • Lord Chaos

            October 3, 2013 at 14:14

            I’ve even found network related stuff, (routers and cabling) to be cheaper with them then at the supplier on occasion.

          • Lord Chaos

            October 3, 2013 at 14:16

            Prophecy aren’t bad as well, and they deliver.

          • UltimateNinjaPandaDudeGuy

            October 3, 2013 at 14:42

            http://www.rebeltech.co.za is pretty damn good btw… Online shop.

    • Devourer of Small Bunnies

      October 3, 2013 at 14:03

      Same but the 2500k. Dont think Ill be happy though.

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      • Sir Rants-a-Lot Llew

        October 3, 2013 at 14:28

        ??

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        • Devourer of Small Bunnies

          October 3, 2013 at 14:55

          With the performance I mean. I want it ALL SHINY DAMMIT! lol

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          • Sir Rants-a-Lot Llew

            October 3, 2013 at 16:06

            Ah I see what you mean. Well you’ll just have to settle for next-gen console level quality then I guess

          • Devourer of Small Bunnies

            October 3, 2013 at 16:20

            AHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA I just pee’d a lil

          • Sir Rants-a-Lot Llew

            October 3, 2013 at 16:24

            😀

  7. ElimiNathan

    October 3, 2013 at 13:48

    Lol Ultra is a bit hectic but i can do recommended!

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  8. Uberutang

    October 3, 2013 at 13:48

    Mmmmm. i5 Quad running at 4,5, with 670 SLI… wonder how it will handle it?

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    • TiMsTeR1033

      October 3, 2013 at 13:51

      Will DIE!!

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    • A 2 Brute?

      October 3, 2013 at 13:54

      You’ll be able to run it quite well! Shouldn’t have any issues.

      Reply

    • Devourer of Small Bunnies

      October 3, 2013 at 14:04

      Ag maybe 640×480. just make sure its billinear and not trilinnear filtering. Also save.

      Reply

  9. veggiesaurus ZA

    October 3, 2013 at 13:52

    I assume they mean 8 logical cores rather than physical, since the 3770k has 4 hyperthreaded cores

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    • Mossel

      October 3, 2013 at 13:55

      Indeed it does.

      Reply

  10. A 2 Brute?

    October 3, 2013 at 13:53

    i5 Quad running at 3.7Ghz per core overclocked. 8GB DDR3 2000 Ram and a GTX 660Ti Superoverclock. Think I will be ok 🙂

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  11. A 2 Brute?

    October 3, 2013 at 13:55

    Imagine 4k Resolution…

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  12. ToshZA

    October 3, 2013 at 13:56

    Ok so I meet the high specs, almost. Need a new graphics card. T_T

    Decisions decisions. 3DS with new Pokemon games, New graphics card, or PS4. 🙁 I need to earn more money!

    Reply

    • Lord Chaos

      October 3, 2013 at 13:58

      Gonna be a tough 12 months coming for us gamers.

      Reply

      • ToshZA

        October 3, 2013 at 14:03

        Very tough. I might actually need to sell someone’s kidney. Not mine though, I’m still attached to it.

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        • Lord Chaos

          October 3, 2013 at 14:04

          I’ll make you a fair deal on your soul. 😛

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          • ToshZA

            October 3, 2013 at 14:10

            I’m a Ginger. Good luck with that. 😛

          • Lord Chaos

            October 3, 2013 at 14:12

            That makes me a sad panda.

          • ToshZA

            October 3, 2013 at 14:14

            It’s ok, sad panda’s don’t need their souls. Thanks, I’ll have that.

            *snatch*

          • Lord Chaos

            October 3, 2013 at 14:15

            Lol, already sold mine at the beginning of the year so I can play this on ultra.

          • ToshZA

            October 3, 2013 at 14:45

            Dammit! No soul for me then. 🙁

  13. Devourer of Small Bunnies

    October 3, 2013 at 14:04

    Did anyone else just here the sound of an overdraft dying? Just me? Ok.

    Reply

  14. Rikus

    October 3, 2013 at 14:08

    Just get it on PS4. Problem solved (except for the 4K res).

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    • ToshZA

      October 3, 2013 at 14:12

      New graphics card : R3700 (GTX 760)
      New PS4 : R6700

      Other new graphics card : R5500 (GTX770)

      Game on PS4 : R700 – R750
      Game on PC : R400 – R500

      Yeah, no.

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      • Lord Chaos

        October 3, 2013 at 14:13

        Whoot for the master race. 🙂

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        • ToshZA

          October 3, 2013 at 14:15

          Actually, with a 760, Watch Dogs, 3DS and Pokemon X or Y costing about the same as a PS4 – I have a christmas shopping list.

          Sorry Playstation, you lose this time. Maybe next year. 😉

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      • Rikus

        October 3, 2013 at 14:20

        Actually, a PS4 costs R6299. Also, you are only comparing the price of a GPU upgrade to the (incorrect) price of the PS4. What about us poor okes who have to upgrade a lot more?

        Actually, I’m only trolling. I love you PC gamers with your “master race”. Wish I had a PC to run this on ultra.

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        • TiMsTeR1033

          October 3, 2013 at 14:21

          Id rather buy a ps4 than upgrade a pc…

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          • Rikus

            October 3, 2013 at 14:22

            Personally, me too.

          • Lord Chaos

            October 3, 2013 at 14:22

            ‘Cept if you get a crew together for a heist, then we could have it all.

          • TiMsTeR1033

            October 3, 2013 at 14:25

            Too much GTA v for you!! I punish you by playing more Gta v!!

          • ElimiNathan

            October 3, 2013 at 15:17

            Yup yup, well, both eventually!

        • ToshZA

          October 3, 2013 at 14:48

          To be fair, I’m not into the Master Race thing. I have an Xbox 360 and a PC. And I plan on buying a PS4 or Xbone next year when more games are out and I can compare them more directly.

          Just for now, this christmas, a pc upgrade is a much better bet. I was smart enough to buy the 3770k with 16gb’s of ram when I bought a new computer last year. Now, just the graphics I need to update. It’s a much cheaper option, and as I said below, for the price of a PS4, I can get a graphics card, Watch Dogs, a 3DS AND pokemon X or Y.

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          • Rikus

            October 3, 2013 at 15:07

            I completely understand. In the end we all love gaming and want maximum value for our money. I’m not into PC gaming (mostly because my PC is unable to play any games at this stage and requires a MASSIVE upgrade) and that’s why I’m buying a PS4. I was just giving the PC games grief since they always give the “master race” comment on the console news pages.

          • ToshZA

            October 3, 2013 at 16:27

            Yeah man I know the feeling. I had an 8 year old machine that wasn’t able to play anything released for 3 years until I upgraded last year. Whole new machine, wasn’t cheap at all. In that case, I’d go with the PS4 as well, so yep.

      • Uberutang

        October 3, 2013 at 14:31

        Got a mate selling a Gigabyte GTX 670OC for R3500 …

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        • ToshZA

          October 3, 2013 at 14:44

          Its the same as an MSI Gaming GTX 760, for the same price, only brand new. 🙂

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          • Uberutang

            October 3, 2013 at 14:47

            Yup, the 670 is faster…but I would also go for the new one though.

          • ToshZA

            October 3, 2013 at 15:23

            Only by around 5% faster, and considering the new recording tech (on the 760 – allowing me to use fraps without frame rate issues) and the high quality build and standard overlock on the gaming card, it’s just a nicer overall package. If raw performance was the only thing counting though, the 670 does come out on top.

  15. BacchusZA

    October 3, 2013 at 14:10

    Well, I’ve got the 7970, & 16Gb of RAM, so I’m sorted there. The processor may be a bit light though, given it’s an i5-3570K. I’ve yet to OC it though, so maybe I can manage ultra with a decent framerate still……

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  16. Donato

    October 3, 2013 at 14:12

    Yay Ultra for me!! 🙂
    CPU: Intel i7 393k
    GPU: Nvidia GTX690

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  17. Kromas

    October 3, 2013 at 14:19

    Sorted. But I will be buying a R9290x as soon as it is available for all the awesome.

    Reply

  18. Wyzak

    October 3, 2013 at 14:35

    “octo-core GPU”

    I think you meant CPU 😀

    Rocking the minimum spec! Oh yeah! GTX 460 + i7 + 12-16GB RAM 😀

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  19. rambo007

    October 3, 2013 at 14:52

    i7 2600k 8GB RAM SSD drive and MSI770GTX 🙂 should be fine

    Reply

  20. FoxOneZA

    October 3, 2013 at 15:08

    Or you can just overlcock all your hardware and invest in a refrigerated room 😛

    Reply

  21. zaldrich

    October 3, 2013 at 15:14

    well guess its time my old athlon x64 6000+ goes to the graveyard

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  22. brad coetzee

    October 3, 2013 at 15:52

    im good for everything except cpu. oh wells.

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  23. Johan Fourie

    October 3, 2013 at 16:07

    I don’t get it. Why the need for such a beefy CPU but at the other end of the stick a mid-range GPU? Someone enlighten me plox? I don’t really see why I can’t enjoy this game at ultra settings with an i5 and a GPU in the 670 – 770 range. :/

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    • Sir Rants-a-Lot Llew

      October 3, 2013 at 16:26

      What they mean by ultra is ultra settings at 1080 + full AA and SSAO and all the fancy bells and whistles.

      I’m sure a 670 – 770 range card will run on utlra. Just not with AA and all that jazz turned on

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      • Johan Fourie

        October 3, 2013 at 16:52

        Yea, I know that ultra resembles all those features, but those are all GPU related. Still don’t see the need for such a beefy CPU. Ran Tomb Raider, Hitman Absolution, BF3, Max Payne 3 etc, all buttery smooth on ultra settings, albeit with FXAA (which I favor more than MSAA). I know Watch Dogs is in an entirely different league, but again, the feature mostly relate to GPU. Oh well. Will still need an upgrade in due time anyway.

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        • Sir Rants-a-Lot Llew

          October 3, 2013 at 20:03

          CPU needs to keep up with the GPU I guess lol

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  24. Ryanza

    October 3, 2013 at 16:47

    The only spec i care about for PC titles is DRM or No DRM. So because of UPLAY my interest level for this game is at ZERO.

    Plus I do not understand why people are so interested in this game. I can understand why this game is a wet dream for the NSA. The funny thing is, that you can spy on NPC’s in the game and Ubisoft and the NSA is going to spy on you through UPLAY.

    The game in-tails pushing a button to do everything and and to spy on NPC’s , and from gameply vids it looks really boring to me.

    My HD 7970 is waiting for the The Witcher 3.

    Do Not Support DRM and the NSA. Never trust the French (Ubisoft).

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  25. Maxiviper177

    October 3, 2013 at 22:11

    That i7 3930k is like R10 000, that’s overkill.

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  26. TehBrad

    October 3, 2013 at 23:21

    Ouch… I just make the minimum cut.

    Reply

  27. James Marshall

    October 30, 2014 at 11:44

    watch dogs is better than grand theft auto i almost play all the series of the GTA but watch dogs is really different type of game, i have play station 4 i play watch dogs on it, inspired from the games i buy the coat wearing aiden pearce in this game for Halloween now its time play it again with full throttle, i refer a site that is best to get this coat http://goo.gl/h3cme8 visit this site i get this coat from here and its a best affordable place to buy it.

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