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You'll need a 64-bit OS to play Watch Dogs on PC

7:00 PM on 10.03.2013 // Jordan Devore
  @DtoidJordan

And a quad-core CPU for good measure

[Update: Watch Dogs graphics technical director Sebastien Viard has stated on Twitter that the system specs that went out on the Uplay site and made the rounds today are not correct. The real ones, which are supposed to be lower than what's shown here, will be released soon.]

The system requirements for the PC version of Watch Dogs were found on Ubisoft's Uplay website and although that information has since been removed by the company, rest assured knowing that someone was around to grab the details. Most notably, players will need a 64-bit operating system, a DirectX 11 GPU with 1 GB of VRAM, a quad-core CPU, and 4 GB of RAM. This is all for the minimum specification, mind you.

For the recommended and ultra specifications, you're looking at a DirectX 11 GPU with 2 GB of VRAM, an eight-core CPU (or more!), and 8+ GB of RAM.

Another Ubisoft game, Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag, also had its PC specs released. This is also going to require a 64-bit operating system although, as expected, it won't need quite the high-end hardware that Watch Dogs does. Find the full breakdown below.

[Via NeoGAF]

Watch Dogs

Base specification

  • 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 specification

  • 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 specification

  • 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 specification

  • 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

Assassin's Creed IV

Minimum specification

  • Operating System: Windows Vista SP or Windows 7 SP1 or Windows 8 (both 32/64bit versions)
  • Note that we only support 64 bit OSs.
  • Processor: Intel Core2Quad Q8400 @ 2.6 GHz or AMD Athlon II X4 620 @ 2.6 GHz
  • RAM: 2GB for Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8
  • Video card: Nvidia GeForce GTX 260 or AMD Radeon HD 4870 (512MB VRAM with Shader Model 4.0 or higher)
  • DirectX: DirectX June 2010 Redistributable
  • Disk Space: 30 Gb
  • Sound: DirectX Compatible Sound Card with latest drivers
  • Peripherals: Windows-compatible keyboard and mouse required, optional controller

Recommended specification

  • Operating System: Windows Vista SP2 or Windows 7 SP1 or Windows 8 (both 32/64bit versions)
  • Note that we only support 64 bit OSs.
  • Processor: Intel Core i5 2400S @ 2.5 GHz or AMD Phenom II x4 940 @ 3.0 GHz or better
  • RAM: 4GB or more
  • Video card: Nvidia GeForce GTX 470 or AMD Radeon HD 5850 (1024MB VRAM with Shader Model 5.0) or better
  • Supported video cards at the time of release: Nvidia GeForce GTX 260 or better, GT400, GT500, GT600, GT700 series or AMD Radeon HD4870 or better, HD5000, HD6000, HD7000 series
    *Note: Latest GeForce drivers tested: 320.49 for all series. Latest Radeon drivers tested: 13.1 for Radeon HD4000, 13.4 for Radeon HD5000 and above.
    *Laptop versions of these cards may work but are NOT officially supported.

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