Watch Dogs and Ghosts Might Force You to Upgrade Your Gaming Rig

The next time you launch into these next-gen frag fests you might need to include some gaming rig upgrades to your load out.

If you plan on playing Watch Dogs or Call of Duty: Ghosts you may be looking at some costly computer upgrades.

Minimum system requirements (not suggested) for both of these games have been released in the last 24 hours, and they are, shall we say... extreme. If you're fanatical about keeping up with the Joneses and always having the latest and greatest components lodged in your rig - good for you. But for those who try to bleed every last drop of gaming goodness from your aging rigs, well... you're either going to have to bite the bullet and upgrade, or bypass playing these two games altogether.

Here are the minimum specs for Watch Dogs:

  • Supported OS: Windows Vista SP2 64-bit, Windows 7 SP1 64-bit, Windows 8 64-bit
  • Processor: Intel Core 2 Quad Q8400 @ 2.66Ghz or AMD Phenom II X4 940 @ 3.0Ghz
  • RAM: 6 GB
  • Video Card: 1024 VRAM DirectX 11 with Shader Model 5.0 (see supported list)
  • Sound Card: DirectX 9 compatible Sound Card

Yup, you read that right. This particular game requires a 64-bit operating system to play. And yes, you're going to need 6 gigs of RAM. 

Here are the minimum specs for Ghosts:

  • Supported OS: Windows 7 64-Bit,  Windows 8 64-Bit
  • Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo E8200 2.66 GHZ, AMD Phenom X3 8750 2.4 GHZ or better
  • RAM: 6 GB RAM
  • Video Card: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 550 Ti, ATI Radeon HD 5870 or better
  • Sound Card: DirectX Compatible Sound Card
  • HDD: 50 GB HD space
  • DirectX: 11

If you were paying attention you'll see that this game also requires a 64-bit operating system with at least 6 gigs or RAM. And god help you if you're running an older video card. What's worse is that Nvidia “recommends” a GeForce GTX 780. Um, okay. Hope you have an extra $600+ in your wallet for that bad boy. The difference between the "minimum" card and the "recommended" card is not unlike the difference between a Volkswagen Bug and a Porsche. It's kind of ming boggling actually. Oh, and while you're at it you better have an extra 50 gigs of HD space, because these ghosts need a lot of elbow room.

So, what are your thoughts? Are these specs ridiculous or is it just the evolution of the hobby?  Does anyone care?  Let us know.

Published Oct. 8th 2013
  • Eli "The Mad Man" Shayotovich
    Featured Correspondent
    The only thing I balked at was Nvidia's recommendation of having a GTX 780 to run Ghosts. That's just flat out absurd. If the game doesn't run GREAT (not passable, GREAT) on much lower cards... something is fishy. Because even if I had an extra $600 laying around to buy ONE component for my gaming rig... I still wouldn't buy one. Not gonna do it. And asking the mainstream PC gamer to do so is, IMHO, asking way too damn much.

    Requiring a 64-bit OS, 6 gigs of RAM and the HD space - especially the later two - aren't big deals. It'll be interesting to see if sales take a hit on the 64-bit OS though. I've had one (no matter what version of Win I'm running) for years, so it's not a big deal, but... it might be for the general PC gamer.
  • Corey Kirk
    Featured Columnist
    Actually, I think it's about time that devs require better specs for the PC versions of the games. I think it is a little bit humorous that the majority of PC gamers have been wanting devs to quit pandering to consoles, and now that they are listening and delivering better experiences which will naturally require better equipment, those same PC gamers complain about the upgrades. In Watch Dogs' case, you can play the game at recommended settings with a GTX 460 which is a 3 year old card. So that is not asking much. The 64 bit OS should not be an issue either since Microsoft have been offering 64 bit OS since Windows XP. I even remember many PC gamers complaining that there were no games that utilize 64 bit systems. Now that there are games that will require 64 bit, are we really going to complain? I get that hardware can be expensive, but we can't complain about what we have been asking for over the last 10 years.
  • Patrik Wagner
    I agree 100%. If we as PC gamers want to push the boundaries of game capabilities and graphics, then we must also be prepared to upgrade our systems to allow for innovations.

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