Watch Dogs

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Watch_Dogs
Watch_Dogs cover
Developers
Ubisoft Montreal
Ubisoft Quebec
Ubisoft Bucharest
Ubisoft Reflections
Bad Blood Ubisoft Paris
Bad Blood Ubisoft Annecy
Publishers
Ubisoft
Engines
Disrupt
Release dates
Windows May 27, 2014
Watch Dogs guide at StrategyWiki
Watch Dogs at Wikipedia
Watch Dogs
Watch Dogs 2014
Watch Dogs 2 2016

General information

PC Report
Steam Community Discussions
Ubisoft Forums - Watch Dogs PC Discussion

Availability[edit]

All versions require Uplay DRM.

Downloadable content (DLC) and expansions

Name Notes
Access Granted Pack
Windows
Bad Blood
Windows
Conspiracy
Windows
Season Pass
Windows

Version differences[edit]

Watch Dogs has six special editions, each with varying DLC. Refer to the Uplay Pre-Order Edition Comparison for details.

Essential improvements[edit]

Watch Dogs Settings Configuration Tool[edit]

Allows for extensive settings changes not available ingame in a convenient GUI.

Skip intro videos[edit]

Skip intros[citation needed]
  1. Install the No Intro Mod.

TheWorse Mod[edit]

Restores E3 2012/2013 visual effects.
Some of the restored effects may appear buggy, such as headlight shadows.
Significantly reduces Field of View. See Field of view (FOV) to change this.
Uses the built-in patch mechanism that Ubisoft provided and incorporates the version 1.3 patch.
The version with MalDo textures allows ultra textures on GPUs with less than 3GB of vram. It removes mipmaps, introducing aliasing on distant textures.

Game data[edit]

Configuration file location[edit]

System Location
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Documents\My Games\Watch_Dogs\<user-id>\GamerProfile.xml

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows <Uplay-folder>\savegames\<user-id>\274\
Steam <Uplay-folder>\savegames\<user-id>\541\

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
Origin
Steam Cloud
Uplay

Video settings[edit]

Video settings.
Video settings.
Advanced video settings.
Advanced video settings.
Graphics option Option Notes
Widescreen resolution
Multi-monitor
Use Flawless Widescreen.
Ultra-widescreen
Use Flawless Widescreen.
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
Use Flawless Widescreen. To set custom FOV value see Field of view (FOV).
Windowed
Borderless fullscreen windowed
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
Force in the graphics card control panel.
Anti-aliasing (AA)
TXAA (Nvidia only), FXAA, SMAA, up to 8x MSAA and 2x SSAA.
SSAA can only be enabled by changing SuperSampling ="0" to ="1" in the GamerProfile.xml file.
Vertical sync (Vsync)
In-game Vsync can result in input lag.
60 FPS
120+ FPS

Field of view (FOV)[edit]

Flawless Widescreen[citation needed]
  1. Go to Flawless Widescreen\PluginCache\FWS_Plugins\Modules\WatchDogs\Dependencies\Scripts\
  2. Open WatchDogs.LUA with Notepad
  3. Find fFOVMax and change Max to whatever desired.
Horizontal FOV is used. Recommend changing from 110 to 120 for 1080p, 16:9.

Input settings[edit]

Keyboard and mouse Native Notes
Remapping
← Backspace, Page Up, Page Down and Enter are not bindable.
Mouse acceleration
Mouse sensitivity
No true mouse input as the mouse emulates an analog joystick.
Mouse input in menus
Implemented with a software cursor, which is susceptible to framerate changes and will feel different from the normal OS/hardware cursor.
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Both X and Y axes can be inverted independently.
Controller
Controller support
XInput only.
Full controller support
Controller remapping
Default and three left handed presets.
Controller sensitivity
Controller Y-axis inversion
Both X and Y axes can be inverted independently.
Additional information
Button prompts
Use DualShock Button Prompts mod.
Controller hotplugging
Haptic feedback
Simultaneous controller+KB/M
Rapidly changes button prompts

DualShock Button Prompts[edit]

This mod adds PlayStation buttons, can be installed with Watch Dogs Mod Installer.

Mouse smoothing and aim assist[edit]

Disable mouse smoothing and aim assist[1]
  1. Go to the configuration file location.
  2. Open GamerProfile.xml with your text editor of choice.
  3. Find the following lines and set them to these values.
Sensitivity="1"
UseMouseSmooth="-" 
Smoothness="0"
selAimAssist="-"

Notes

This fix will only remove the mouse acceleration from the menus and not while aiming.

Audio settings[edit]

Language, subtitles and volume control settings.
Language, subtitles and volume control settings.
Audio options Native Notes
Separate volume controls
Music, songs, sound effects and voices.
Surround sound
Auto configures up to 5.1 output[2]
Subtitles
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
Always enabled.

Localizations

Language UI Audio Sub Notes
English
Traditional Chinese
Czech
Danish
Dutch
Finnish
French
German
Hungarian
Italian
Japanese
Korean
Norwegian
Polish
Portuguese
Brazilian Portuguese
Russian
Spanish
Swedish

Network[edit]

Network settings.
Network settings.

Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
LAN play
Online play
8 Drop in and drop out invasion mode for the singleplayer. Freeroam, online decryption, online race.

VR support[edit]

Issues fixed[edit]

Stuttering, even on PCs greatly exceeding recommended requirements[edit]

Increase priority of the process
  1. When the game is running, press Alt+Tab to minimize it
  2. Open Task Manager and go to the Details tab
  3. Right-click on watch_dogs.exe and set the priority to High
  4. Close Task Manager, and click on Watch Dogs in the taskbar to continue playing
  5. Optional: Set Textures to High or below, as Ultra seems to be bugged and incapable of running smoothly on any PC

Worse performance on the latest patch[edit]

Remove patch[3]
  1. Disable the automatic Uplay updates, also on Steam if possible.
  2. Go to <path-to-game>\data_win64\, then delete patch.dat and patch.fat

Low GPU Usage/low FPS in SLI[edit]

Don't use SMAA, use MSAA instead[citation needed]

Continue button greyed out[edit]

Revert to cloud saves[4]
  1. Go to the save game data location and backup the .save files.
  2. Launch Uplay, click on the Gear icon in the upper right corner and go to Settings.
  3. Check Enable Cloud Saves.
  4. Start the game. A prompt should announce that the cloud and local saves are not in sync.
  5. Select the cloud save game then play.

Low frame rate[edit]

Generic fixes[citation needed]
  1. Close Uplay after fully loading the game, online play will still be available.
  2. Set the textures to Medium and the level of detail to High.
  3. Set GPU Max Buffered Frames to 1.
RAM usage fix (stuttering and high HDD usage fix)[citation needed]
Parameter most likely works as to not preallocate system's page file and write when needed.
Enable Triple Buffering with V-Sync[citation needed]
  1. While in-game, press Escape, then go to Options - Display.
  2. Change Window Mode to Borderless, then press Enter.
  3. Immediately press Escape four times (Alt-tabbing out of the game will negate this effect)
Disable PostFX
  1. Go to GamerProfile.xml
  2. Find PostFXQuality
  3. Change PostFXQuality="x" to false
  4. Save GamerProfile.xml
  5. Set GamerProfile.xml to read only to prevent overwriting

Performance issues on AMD and Nvidia GPUs[edit]

Doing such will not fix stuttering issues, the frame rate gain from the latest drivers is relatively minor.
Download the latest drivers[citation needed]

Stuttering on 2GB VRAM cards with ultra textures[edit]

Use Maldo textures[5]
  • MaLDo has combined ultra textures without mipmaps used as high textures.
  • Players with 2 GB of VRAM, set high or medium shadows and reflections.
  • Setting max rendered frames = 2 (or 1) is recommended with this mod.
  • To use Maldo textures with other mod than TheWorse Mod, you can follow this instruction:

https://forums.guru3d.com/threads/kadzait24-watch-dogs-mod-game-files-xml-wip-and-download.390092/page-117#post-4859919 (created on purpouse of kadzait24 mod - textures are in unpacked files in patch\graphics\_textures and textures)

Notes

Setting textures to high (ultra) cause stuttering on 4GB RAM configurations.
  • Reflexions set to ultra can give FPS boost.

Audio[edit]

Voice audio not playing during cutscenes[edit]

Instructions[citation needed]
  1. Go to the speaker setup screen.
  2. Set your audio channels to anything below 7.1 Surround, then restart your game.

Gameplay[edit]

Minimap icons and crosshair dissapearing[edit]

Instructions[citation needed]
  1. Go to the configuration file location.
  2. Delete GamerProfile.xml.
  3. Disable any on-screen displays such as Fraps, MSI Afterburner, GeForce Experience, etc.

Frosting effect[edit]

Disable the MSAA antialiasing and the motion blur effect[citation needed]

Multiplayer[edit]

Unable to connect and play multiplayer[edit]

Instructions[6]
  1. Open the Start Menu, type ncpa.cpl and press Enter.
  2. Right click on any unused adapters and click on Disable.
  3. Restart Uplay.

Frequent Crashes[edit]

Increase page file size[citation needed]
  • Increase the size of the Windows page file to be as twice as big over your current RAM. See this.
  • Do so on a drive where the game isn't installed if possible.

Notes

Windows uses page file if system is running out of RAM thus increasing amount of RAM in the system is highly recommended.

Bedbug got killed on Mission "Not a Job for Tyrone" when you begin to hack the house[edit]

Instructions[7][8]
  • Before hacking the house, shoot at the wall of Bedbug's house until everyone is screaming and run away.
  • When everyone has left, start hacking.

Notes

There is a bug in-game that makes the ground of Bedbug's house disappear so he will fall out of the map during hacking. After shooting at the wall, the ground won't disappear or Bedbug will reposition.

Other information[edit]

API[edit]

Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 11
Shader Model support 5
64-bit executable

Middleware[edit]

Middleware Notes
Cutscenes Bink

ctOS app[edit]

ctOS app is available for Android and iOS.

System requirements[edit]

64-bit OS required.
Windows
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) Vista SP2 7 SP1, 8
Processor (CPU) AMD Phenom II X4 940 3.0 GHz
Intel Core 2 Quad Q8400 2.66 GHz
AMD FX-8350 4.0 GHz
Intel Core i7 3770 3.5 GHz
System memory (RAM) 6 GB 8 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 25 GB
Video card (GPU) AMD Radeon HD 5770
Nvidia GeForce GTX 460
1 GB of VRAM
DirectX 11 compatible
Shader model 5.0 support
AMD Radeon HD 7850
Nvidia GeForce GTX 560 Ti
2 GB of VRAM
Supported Nvidia chipsets: GTX 460 and better, GT 500 series, GT 600 series, GT 700 series.
Supported AMD chipsets: Radeon HD 5850 or better, HD 6000 series, HD 7000 series, R7 and R9 series.
Supports the Intel Iris Pro HD 5200 chipset.

References