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]

Skip intro videos[edit]

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

TheWorse Mod[edit]

Restores the E3 2012/2013 visual effects hidden in the configuration files. It uses the built-in patch mechanism that Ubisoft provided and incorporates the version 1.3 patch. It replaces some textures, shaders and a some default configuration in the core files. Some of the effects from E3 have not been properly polished by developers for release, including headlight shadows that may appear bugged at times. Similarly, using the version with MalDo textures, which allows you to use Ultra textures on GPUs with less than 3GB of memory, works removing mipmaps. This will introduce some significant aliasing on distant textures as they will not load the properly optimized versions included in the retail game, cutting down on memory. Also, the field of view is significantly closer with this mod, which might cause discomfort or decreased viewing distance by nature of the effect. So see Field of view (FOV).

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 use 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 SuperSampling ="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
Mouse input in menus
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.
Other
Touchscreen optimised
Additional information
Button prompts
Controller hotplugging
Haptic feedback

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

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]

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[citation 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)

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]

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[5]
  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[6][7]
  • 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

  1. Reddit - Mouse Acceleration Fix
  2. PC Gaming Surround Sound Round-up
  3. Watch_Dogs PC Update Does Not Resolve Stuttering, Users Angry With Ubisoft - The Dark Side Of Gaming
  4. Reddit - Lost Savegame Data
  5. Reddit - Multiplayer Fix
  6. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-F0R1LbvknA
  7. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cw7t33uhcm0