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Watch Dogs reclassified, gets PC specs

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Ubisoft’s long awaited Watch Dogs is only a few months away now. Well, assuming it doesn’t get delayed, again. I suppose despite having watches they can’t tell time, am I right? No? Okay fine! But something seems to have happened during the extra development time – the game had to be reclassified by the Australian government.

Back in September, it was classified as MA15+ for having strong impact themes and violence, moderate impact language, nudity and sex and mild impact drug use. Now, in a classification dated 11 March, the game has been assessed and rated R18+. Why? Well, according to VG247:

The highest content warning is for high impact violence, but there are also strong impact warnings for themes, drug use and sex, and moderate warnings for language and nudity. The overall classification includes “references to sexual violence”, a major no-no in Australian media.

So, did Ubisoft change and intensify Watch Dogs, or did they just request a new rating? We’re still waiting for ESRB or PEGI ratings for Watch Dogs – perhaps those are also being reassessed. Meanwhile, the minimum PC specs have been released in the wild via twitter:

  • CPU: IntelCore 2 Quad Q8400 2.66Ghz or AMDPhenom II X4 940 3.0Ghz
  • Memory: 6GB RAM
  • Video Card: 1024 VRAM DirectX 11 Shader 5.0
  • Sound Card: DirectX9
  • Hard Disk: 25 GB

The recommended specs? Why they’re:

  • CPU: Core i7 3770 @ 3.5Ghz or AMD FX-8350 @ 4.0Ghz
  • RAM: 8 GB
  • OS: Windows Vista (SP2), Windows 7 (SP1) or Windows 8 (64 bit only)
  • Video Card: GeForce GTX 560 Ti/ Radeon HD 7750

Oh, and here is an awesome link from the developers themselves if you’re unsure if you can play Watch Dogs: just go here and the website will analyze your PC to let you know. It works for a whole variety of games. I think that’s pretty rad.

I’m excited for Watch Dogs to finally emerge – it’s about time! I’m ready to climb aboard the hype train and give it a go, I just wish it would launch already.

Last Updated: March 12, 2014

83 Comments

  1. ToshZA

    March 12, 2014 at 11:50

    Got the recommended specs. Those btw don’t look like the game will be a slouch, graphically. Just saying, #downgradegate people.

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    • General JJ the Fett

      March 12, 2014 at 11:56

      What is that required, a pc for ants?

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      • Mossel

        March 12, 2014 at 12:50

        Yeah you better be joking! (PS. That is exactly what I have in my box)

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        • General JJ the Fett

          March 12, 2014 at 12:56

          Yea. A quad for required isn’t something you see every day.

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      • Alien Emperor Trevor

        March 12, 2014 at 12:54

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    • Corrie Botha

      March 12, 2014 at 14:22

      Glad to see I can play it , still sitting with my GTX 560 , said I wouldn’t upgrade till DX12 cards start rolling.

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  2. TiMsTeR1033

    March 12, 2014 at 11:53

    Work PC Analysed : Your PC is a piece of shit! 0_0

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    • Guest

      March 12, 2014 at 12:27

      Like this.

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    • InsanityFlea

      March 12, 2014 at 12:28

      Lucky you, Mine refused to even run the analyzing software.

      Reply

  3. Kromas

    March 12, 2014 at 11:57

    Gaming pc is up to scratch and then some yay!

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    • Admiral Chief of comments

      March 12, 2014 at 11:58

      Woooooot!

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      • Kromas

        March 12, 2014 at 11:59

        Lightning the other day killed two of my screens and my server but my gaming pc survived thanks to two lightning surge protectors and a ups. 😛

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        • Admiral Chief of comments

          March 12, 2014 at 12:00

          Damn, close call!

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        • TiMsTeR1033

          March 12, 2014 at 12:01

          Moral of the story invest in better surge protectors, mine has been threw hell and back and never failed me yet!

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          • Admiral Chief of comments

            March 12, 2014 at 12:02

            How does one go “threw hell” ??

          • TiMsTeR1033

            March 12, 2014 at 12:04

            Massive electrical storms so bad it kills toaster and microwave. Tv Pc, Xbox DVD player all fine thanks to surge protector. Its UK made, paid R500 bucks for it 6 years ago.

          • Kromas

            March 12, 2014 at 12:04

            No amount of surge protectors would have helped. We had a direct strike. Lost 3 tvs,my server,all my networking equipment,dstv,fridge,microwave,kettle (i have spares cause life without coffee = suicide) and a whole lot of other stuff.

            Edit: Hell my walls are being removed to fix burnt wiring.

          • TiMsTeR1033

            March 12, 2014 at 12:05

            Got insurance for those things?

          • Kromas

            March 12, 2014 at 12:08

            Indeed. Cept my networking equipment. then again I had a basic network and internet back up two hours later.

          • Admiral Chief of comments

            March 12, 2014 at 12:09

            2 hours? Nice DR plan there dude!

          • Kromas

            March 12, 2014 at 12:11

            I keep 2 spare nanobridges and 2 spare mikrotik routerboars as well as a box of UTP and STP just in case.

          • TiMsTeR1033

            March 12, 2014 at 12:10

            I dunno man about no amount of surge protectors. The one I use, cant remember name. If direct strike will only kill the surge protector and stop it going through.

          • Kromas

            March 12, 2014 at 12:14

            Actually there is not a system in the world that is 100% effective against a direct lightning strike. But then again that is what lightning rods are for. Too bad mine seems to be made of plastic or something.

          • TiMsTeR1033

            March 12, 2014 at 12:15

            What area you in with such bad lightning?

          • Kromas

            March 12, 2014 at 12:17

            Roodepoort.

          • Unavengedavo(aka. Bilbo)

            March 12, 2014 at 12:18

            Jip, Roodepoort is notorious for bad lightning… If we see any lightning in the distance or hear a faint rumble, then we unplug our telephone line and PC’s

          • Kromas

            March 12, 2014 at 12:19

            I am pretty much protected from most lightning issues except a direct strike. It really is a million in one chance of it happening. Guess I won that lotto. 🙁

          • Unavengedavo(aka. Bilbo)

            March 12, 2014 at 12:21

            Go buy a ticket now!!

          • Gustav Willem Diedericks

            March 12, 2014 at 14:56

            Ditto

          • TiMsTeR1033

            March 12, 2014 at 12:23

            Dude I am in Heldekruin. How long ago this happen? I don’t recall much lightning lately.

          • Kromas

            March 12, 2014 at 12:24

            Last week Saturday. Four strikes nothing more.

          • TiMsTeR1033

            March 12, 2014 at 12:25

            Guess that’s all it takes.

          • HvR

            March 12, 2014 at 12:16

            is it earthed properly, 1m+ deep, no rusty connection or cable breaks?

          • Kromas

            March 12, 2014 at 12:17

            Yep but I am ripping it out and getting a bigger one today. R14000 later.

          • HvR

            March 12, 2014 at 12:29

            Ouch, so glad both my telephone and electrical lines are under ground. Only need those cheap Ellies surge protectors for power outage surges.

          • HvR

            March 12, 2014 at 12:12

            Will the crap on it and having to pay extra R50 for the crap teh DSTV blowing up is probably a blessing.

          • Kromas

            March 12, 2014 at 12:13

            It was an hour before the Lions vs Sharks game. I was pissed off cause that is the only reason I own DSTV.

          • HvR

            March 12, 2014 at 12:15

            Same here and F1, but at R800+ next month can probably go down to the pub watch the game have drinks and some nachos and still out cheaper at the end of the month.

          • TiMsTeR1033

            March 12, 2014 at 12:16

            DSTV is a rip off of note.

          • VampyreSquirrel

            March 12, 2014 at 12:07

            Through*

          • TiMsTeR1033

            March 12, 2014 at 12:08

            yes THROUGH. I am burning out from lack of caffeine in system.

        • Hammersteyn

          March 12, 2014 at 12:02

          LOL, went to see clients and inspect their infrastructure. They have surge protection plugs but they plug their PC’s into the wrong sockets.

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          • Admiral Chief of comments

            March 12, 2014 at 12:03

            You are not serious???

          • Kromas

            March 12, 2014 at 12:03

            Actually that happens a lot.

          • Hammersteyn

            March 12, 2014 at 12:03

            They used it for their screens

          • TiMsTeR1033

            March 12, 2014 at 12:06

            now thats plain doff man.

    • TiMsTeR1033

      March 12, 2014 at 11:58

      only to be disappointed by Watch Dogs bland world.

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      • Kromas

        March 12, 2014 at 12:00

        Don’t say that. I am a glass half full (of brandy) kind of guy.

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        • TiMsTeR1033

          March 12, 2014 at 12:00

          Seriously I hope it ends up being good.

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      • Mossel

        March 12, 2014 at 12:47

        Dammit Timmy. You’re like on a constant bummer. “Titanfall runs on source! Watch Dogs has a bland world!”
        Where’s the love?

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        • Gustav Willem Diedericks

          March 12, 2014 at 15:00

          You get a like for the Trivium logo!

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          • Mossel

            March 12, 2014 at 15:05

            And you get a like for giving a like!

          • Gustav Willem Diedericks

            March 12, 2014 at 15:49

            🙂 Made my day!

  4. Wyzak

    March 12, 2014 at 11:58

    I really hope Aiden doesn’t turn out to be trailer trash like the main chars from GTA.

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    • VampyreSquirrel

      March 12, 2014 at 12:06

      Only Trevor from GTA is trailer trash… the others are ghetto and “up market”

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      • Wyzak

        March 12, 2014 at 12:17

        The others might not have originated in a trailer park, but they still act like it.

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        • Kromas

          March 12, 2014 at 12:18

          Yeah you need the Boss from SR series. He was down to earth … even as president. 😛

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          • Wyzak

            March 12, 2014 at 12:23

            Haven’t had the chance to play a SR game yet.

          • Kromas

            March 12, 2014 at 12:24

            I found Saints Row to be more enjoyable than GTA. Then again I love toilet humour.

          • Wyzak

            March 12, 2014 at 13:30

            Hehe to each their own. I’m specifically more excited about Watch Dogs than GTA V PC because I don’t like the new direction that GTA took when it went all gangsta. I like how Aedin is an intelligent and hopefully sophisticated lead.

  5. Hammersteyn

    March 12, 2014 at 11:59

    My PS4 is ready. My wallet…. not so much.

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    • TiMsTeR1033

      March 12, 2014 at 12:01

      Your wallet will adjust.

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      • Hammersteyn

        March 12, 2014 at 12:08

        bye bye booze money.

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      • Mossel

        March 12, 2014 at 12:58

        And by wallet you mean anus.

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  6. VampyreSquirrel

    March 12, 2014 at 12:03

    Only thing I own that’ll run that is my laptop… when I get the Nvidia gfx card fixed.

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  7. sath

    March 12, 2014 at 12:08

    hm fairly low to mid range recommended specs hopefully this doesn’t indicate the level of graphics and is just whats needed for medium and not high

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    • Unavengedavo(aka. Bilbo)

      March 12, 2014 at 12:35

      From what I can tell according to the twitter feed, this seems to be the Min specs

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    • Rags

      March 12, 2014 at 13:15

      Only for the graphics card, that’s pretty much the consumer high end CPU though.

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  8. Maxiviper117

    March 12, 2014 at 12:11

    Looks like 4GB of Ram inst enough for games nowadays, luckily I have 8GB

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  9. InsanityFlea

    March 12, 2014 at 12:24

    Amped for this title. We need something fresh & new.

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  10. Anon A Mouse

    March 12, 2014 at 12:26

    Just checked my laptop. Only thing that’s green is soundcard. lol

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    • Admiral Chief of comments

      March 12, 2014 at 12:56

      lol

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    • Alien Emperor Trevor

      March 12, 2014 at 13:10

      Mine too lol. And the OS.

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  11. Mossel

    March 12, 2014 at 12:45

    LOL the recommended specs are exactly what I have! CPU and GPU wise.

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  12. Umar Praise The Golden Sun

    March 12, 2014 at 12:48

    Got mid results….meh

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  13. Alien Emperor Trevor

    March 12, 2014 at 12:49

    Those are higher than avg min specs for the CPU & RAM. Guessing it has to do with the whole city-sim thing.

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  14. Sk3tz0

    March 12, 2014 at 14:10

    Getting this on console.. no need to embarrass myself with my shitty PC specs.

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  15. UltimateNinjaPandaDudeGuy

    March 13, 2014 at 13:46

    This made me realize my CPU is getting old.

    So fellow PC compatriots. Would you recommend upgrading my CPU which is a i7 2600 LGA1155 32nm or actually taking the leap and upgrading my mobo to be able to take the 22nm architecture?

    Think I am trying to avoid having to upgrade my mobo…

    Reply

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