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Watch Dogs 2 looks amazing with NVIDIA Game Works

NVIDIA and Ubisoft team up to create the ultimate port of Watch Dogs 2, adding in specific features like HBAO+, TXAA, and much more
By: Derek Strickland | Gaming News | Posted: Nov 23, 2016 9:10 pm

Watch Dogs 2 is now available on PC, and Ubisoft has teamed up with NVIDIA to show off the ultimate port of the game with high-end NVIDIA Game Works features.



Watch Dogs 2 is already an amazing-looking game on consoles, breaking a new barrier when it comes to open world gaming and next-gen interactions. With NVIDIA Game Works, however, Watch Dogs 2 takes on a new dimension of depth and immersion, rocking extra PC-specific features like high-definition shadows, 4K textures, TXAA and HBAO+, and much more.


"HBAO+ ambient occlusion shading and rendering techniques add depth to a scene. Immersive lighting and details and shadows add realism to the Bay Area. With the implementation of TXAA aliasing is diminished and edges sharpened," Ubisoft's Dominic Guay affirms in the intro vid.


Watch Dogs 2 NVIDIA Game Works features include:


  • HBAO+ convincing and detailed shadows

  • HFTS Realistic shot and hard shadows

  • TXAA Clearer and cleaner edges

  • ANSEL Game capture tool




Watch Dogs 2 is out now on PC, and comes free with NVIDIA GeForce GTX 10-series GPUs


Be sure to check below for the complete list of Watch Dogs 2's exclusive PC features as well as specifications:


With that in mind, we wanted to share with you a bit of what we're working on and the improvements made:




  • 4K support
  • Stuttering/lag framerate optimization - We made all controls much more responsive and less framerate-related. We've optimized resource creation, GPU VRAM upload and required VRAM for the game.
  • No FPS cap
  • Full SLI/CrossFire support at launch
  • Multiple save files support - This feature allows players to have up to three auto save slots, for three separate playthroughs
  • Multi-monitor support with borderless mode and advanced settings that allow for customized placement of menu and HUD
  • Multiple windowed mode options - windowed mode with flexible/resizable windows, multi-monitor borderless


Improved Graphic Features


  • Screen Space Reflections
  • Headlight Shadows - support for additional shadows from car headlights
  • Extra Details Options - increases the level of detail for all objects in the game, and adds more details to objects in the distance.


Improved Graphics Options

  • FOV sliders
  • Pixel Density sliders
  • Sharpness sliders
  • Ultra Textures pack available at launch
  • Anti-aliasing options:
  • TXAA
  • MSAA
  • Post Processing Anti-Aliasing options SMAA and FXAA
  • Improved Keyboard/Mouse controls


Full controls and UI adaptation for mouse and keyboard


  • We're using raw mouse input to reduce latency and use the Windows hardware cursor throughout the game without any additional signal filtering to smooth or accelerate mouse movement by default

  • Advanced keyboard support - Keyboard hotkeys for every menu and app for faster access. Additionally, all hotkeys can be remapped.

  • Mouse-centric UI - any UI screen, menus or smartphone app supports full mouse interaction, so the player can finish any UI task with the mouse only. Everything is clickable and has appropriate button states.

  • Toggle/Hold modes for different controls (Aim, Sprint, Walk, Inventory, etc.)




  • Driving has been adapted to suit the keyboard controls, with adjustable steering sensitivity. Same goes for driving camera sensitivity and auto-centering camera behavior.


Gamepad support


  • On-the-fly switching between mouse and keyboard to gamepad, without any additional options, UI will just switch to gamepad mode

  • Supported gamepads: Microsoft Xbox One Controller and DualShock 4 Controller Xbox. We do not officially support Direct Input gamepads, Steam controllers or game wheels.


We thank Watch_Dogs players everywhere for your patience and we're excited to bring you the PC version of Watch_Dogs 2 on November 29th. The minimum and recommended specs for the PC version of Watch_Dogs 2 are:


Minimum Specs


Supported OS - (64-bit versions only): Windows 7 SP1, Windows 8.1, Windows 10


Processor: Intel Core i5-2400S @ 2.5GHz / AMD FX 6120 @ 3.5GHz




Video Card: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660 (2GB) / AMD Radeon HD 7870 (2GB) or better


Hard Disk Space: 50 GB


Peripherals: Windows-compatible keyboard and mouse, Microsoft Xbox One Controller, DualShock 4 Controller


Multiplayer: 256 Kbps or faster broadband connection



Recommended Specs


Supported OS - (64-bit versions only): Windows 7 SP1, Windows 8.1, Windows 10


Processor: Intel Core i5-3470 @ 3.2GHz / AMD FX 8120 @ 3.9GHz




Video Card: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780 (3GB) | NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970 (4GB) | NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (3GB) or better | AMD Radeon R9 290 (4GB) or better


Hard Disk Space: 50 GB


Peripherals: Windows-compatible keyboard and mouse, Microsoft Xbox One Controller, DualShock 4 Controller


For more information, please refer to our PC Q&A.


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