Watch Dogs 2 PC Performance Review


Watch Dogs 2 PC Performance Review


Watch Dogs 2 offers some significant improvements over the original in almost every possible aspect, with tighter controls, improved visuals, more hackable objects and respectable PC performance on a wide range of hardware. 

With a wide range of graphical options and settings Watch Dogs 2 has the ability to perform well on most modern systems. This is certainly something that couldn't be said about the original game at launch, requiring several patches and driver updates to work well with a large number of users.

Most players will be able to achieve stable framerates in this game, though for Ultra or higher graphical settings gamers will need some powerful GPU hardware, even when playing at 1080p. 

Thankfully Watch Dogs 2 is a very scalable game, presenting some fairly good graphics at medium and high settings while offering some decent performance numbers on lower end hardware. Those with less than 4GB of VRAM will need to deal with low-resolution textures in places, but overall Watch Dogs 2 still offers a great visual experience on lower-end hardware.

The only major issue with the PC version of Watch Dogs 2 is that GPU performance is fairly disappointing on AMD hardware, with Nvidia's similarly priced GPUs offering significantly more performance than their AMD counterparts. Even so, most gamers with modern hardware will be able to play Watch Dogs 2 with a steady 60FPS framerate with the correct graphical settings, though Nvidia users will have a much easier time playing this game at the highest graphical presets.    

Graphically Watch Dogs 2 is certainly not the most impressive games available, but it certainly is a looker when running at higher quality settings and gameplay wise the game is a huge improvement over the original, so much so that this game should be considered more of a reboot than a traditional sequel. 

Watch Dogs 2 gets the balance right between a visual quality and graphical requirements.  Yes, the game will reduce your framerate to a slideshow if you crank up HBAO+, TXAA and HFTS shadows, but it can easily scale down to play well on even modest gaming systems, making the Watch Dogs 2 easy to run but difficult to "max out". 

In summary Watch Dogs 2 has a lot more to offer gamers than its predecessor, with a much brighter world with more interactivity and a lot more character. Watch Dogs 2 is not a visual masterpiece like GTA, but it certainly looks impressive when played at the high graphical settings and can require some extremely beefy GPU hardware if you are looking to run the game maxed out.  


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Most Recent Comments

02-12-2016, 15:10:58

Question, How did the VRAM usage go to 9.2GB on the 1080 when there's only 8GB of VRAM ?

Wat bee diss voodoo ? Quote

02-12-2016, 16:35:15

Daym son! Just got me a 1070, looks like I'm going to need a Titan X.. jokes 1080p is more than adequate and I'm liking the 1070 results. Top job Mark.

EDIT: P.S the sliders thing is epic!Quote

02-12-2016, 19:55:31

This is why I don't play games in the first year of their release—or in this case the second. I'd rather wait when hardware has caught up. With a Fury at 1440p, I'd be looking at a mixture of medium and high settings. I didn't expect to have to do that quite so soon—and that's still only 60 FPS. I do wish this was better optimised for AMD hardware.

edit: Though, actually, now that I've looked very closely at the 4k screenshots, there really doesn't appear to be that big of a difference between Medium and Ultra. There is definitely a texture sharpness to the Ultra settings that Medium and High do not have, but there isn't a great deal I can see otherwise.Quote

03-12-2016, 03:34:46

Originally Posted by Dicehunter View Post
Question, How did the VRAM usage go to 9.2GB on the 1080 when there's only 8GB of VRAM ?

Wat bee diss voodoo ?
For the final one, I just used the VRAM usage monitor in the settings menu. I checked the VRAM usage in-game and it used the full 8GB on the 1080.

The VRAM usage scale in the settings is very accurate.Quote

03-12-2016, 07:49:04

I'm hoping for some performance improvements in this title in the near future. I'd like to play it at ultra at 1440p w/ a single 1080 and have 60+ FPS. It's disappointing that that's currently not possible 24/7.Quote

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