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Watch Dogs Legion system requirements updated by Ubisoft

Smartphone? Check. 3D-printed taser? Check. Massive, impractical drone? Check. But what are the Watch Dogs Legion system requirements?

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Smartphone? Check. 3D-printed taser? Check. Massive, impractical drone? Check. But what are the Watch Dogs Legion system requirements?

Watch Dogs Legion launches on a bunch of systems over the next two months.

First, it’ll launch on PS4, Xbox One, PC and Google Stadia (yeah, remember that?) on October 29, 2020. Then a fortnight later, it’s a launch title for the Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S, on November 10. Then (if you’re in the right country) it’ll be a launch title on PlayStation 5 on November 12. Then, a week later, it’ll become available when the PS5 does, in the less fortunate countries.

That’s a lot of ways to play Watch Dogs Legion and, in practice, will mean a lot of different experiences between the generations. (Yeah, we’ve got a lot of that to look forward to over the next couple of years.)

The experience is not too dissimilar to PC gaming, where the performance any individual will receive is dependent on what hardware they have. Thankfully, Ubisoft has done a thoroughly comprehensive job of breaking down the Watch Dogs Legion system requirements based on target resolutions and settings. There’s even a section on Ray Tracing, a feature (currently) only available on Nvidia’s RTX series of cards.

But what are the Watch Dogs Legion system requirements?

Watch Dogs Legion system requirements

1080p / Low Settings

  • CPU: Intel Core i5-4460 / AMD Ryzen 5 1400
  • GPU: Nvidia Geforce GTX 960 Nvidia Geforce GTX 970 or Nvidia Geforce GTX 1650 or AMD Radeon R9 290X
  • VRAM: 4 GB
  • RAM: 8 GB (dual-channel setup)
  • Storage: 45 GB
  • Operating System: Windows 10 (x64)

1080p / High Settings

  • CPU: Intel Core i7-4790 / AMD Ryzen 5 1600
  • GPU: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 or Nvidia Geforce GTX 1660 S or AMD Radeon RX 480
  • VRAM: 6 GB
  • RAM: 8 GB (dual-channel setup)
  • Storage: 45 GB
  • Operating System: Windows 10 (x64)

1440p / High Settings

  • CPU: Intel Core i7-7700K Intel Core i7-9700 / AMD Ryzen 5 2600 AMD Ryzen 5 3600
  • GPU: Nvidia Geforce RTX 2060 S or AMD Radeon RX 5700
  • VRAM: 8GB
  • RAM: 16 GB (dual-channel setup)
  • Storage: 45 GB
  • Operating System: Windows 10 (x64)

4K / Ultra Settings

  • CPU: Intel Core i7-9700K / AMD Ryzen 7 3700X
  • GPU: Nvidia Geforce RTX 2080 Ti or Nvidia Geforce RTX 3080 or AMD Radeon VII
  • VRAM: 11 10 GB
  • RAM: 16 GB (dual-channel setup)
  • Storage: 45 GB (+ 20 GB HD textures pack)
  • Operating System: Windows 10 (x64)

1080p / High Settings (with Ray Tracing)

  • CPU: Intel Core i5-9600K Intel Core i5-8400 / AMD Ryzen 5 3600 AMD Ryzen 5 2600
  • GPU: NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070
  • VRAM: 8 6 GB
  • RAM: 16 GB (Dual-channel setup)
  • Storage: 45 GB
  • Operating System: Windows 10 (x64)

1440p / Very High Settings (with Ray Tracing)

  • CPU: Intel Core i7-9700 / AMD Ryzen 5 3600
  • GPU: Nvidia GeForce RTX 3070
  • VRAM: 8 GB
  • RAM: 16 GB (dual-channel setup)
  • Storage: 45 GB
  • Operating System: Windows 10 (x64)

4K / Ultra Settings (with Ray Tracing)

  • CPU: Intel Core i7-9700K Intel Core i9-9900K / AMD Ryzen 7 3700X
  • GPU: NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Ti Nvidia Geforce RTX 3080
  • VRAM: 11 10 GB
  • RAM: 16 GB (dual-channel setup)
  • Storage: 45GB (+20 GB HD textures pack)
  • Operating System: Windows 10 (x64)

Update: October 12, 2020

Just a few weeks out from release, Ubisoft has updated the Watch Dogs Legion system requirements.

In part, that’s to include Nvidia’s latest and greatest cards, the RTX 3000-series cards, based on the new Ampere architecture. In some places that replaces a previous card, like the RTX 3080 beating out the RTX 2080 Ti on the 4K / Ultra (with ray tracing) spec, or the RTX 3080 kicking out the older AMD Radeon VII on the standard 4K / Ultra target.

There are also changes at the bottom end, with the lowest card – the GTX 960 – replaced by its bigger brother, the GTX 970, and the cheaper (but far more modern) GTX 1650 for 1080p / Low settings. Dual-channel RAM is mandated at the lowest level, too. At the next jump up, the GTX 1660 S joins the party, while there are general tweaks to CPU parts.

What’s also interesting is the addition of a completely new tier – 1440p / Very High settings (with ray tracing – which still features a very expensive (and very hard to get hold of, thanks to stock scarcity and scalpers) RTX 3070 card.

To try and help make sense of this, we’ve put a strikethrough on any parts that are no longer included in the Watch Dogs Legion system requirements. New additions are in italics, while everything that is as it was before is just in normal text.


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Tom is an itinerant freelance technology writer who found a home as an Editor with Thumbsticks. Powered by coffee, RPGs, and local co-op.