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Watch Dogs Legion requires an RTX 3080 for ray tracing at 4K Ultra but just a GTX 1650 or R9 290X for 1080p gaming

An RTX 3080 is needed to play Watch Dogs Legion at 4K Ultra with ray tracing enabled. (Image source: Ubisoft)
An RTX 3080 is needed to play Watch Dogs Legion at 4K Ultra with ray tracing enabled. (Image source: Ubisoft)
The launch of Watch Dogs Legion is almost here, so Ubisoft has released the system requirements for run its upcoming triple-A title. The game is lean when it comes to 1080p even at high settings, but it becomes a touch power-hungry at 1440p and beyond, especially with ray tracing enabled.

Ubisoft has revealed the PC hardware needed to play Watch Dogs Legion, its October 29-bound triple-A title. Surprisingly, the game runs on relatively old hardware even at 1080p, but its requirements skyrocket at resolutions beyond that level - and even more so when ray tracing is enabled. 

If you want to experience the game in the highest possible quality, that is 4K Ultra with ray tracing on, then you will need at least an NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080, along with a Core i9-9900K or a Ryzen 7 3700X and 16 GB of dual-channel RAM. It is worth pointing out that the RTX 3080, and by extension the RTX 3090, will probably remain elusive when October 29 rolls around, so these graphics settings will beyond what most gamers can experience Watch Dogs Legion; at least for the time being.  

The game also requires 45 GB of storage space, but it will run on a Core i5-4460 or a Ryzen 5 1400 at 1080p Low when paired with an older GPU like the GTX 970. These processors can play the game with a GTX 1650 and 8 GB of RAM too. Stepping up to 1080p High requires the GTX 1060, GTX 1650 Super or the Radeon RX 480, while you will need a Radeon RX 5700 or an RTX 2060 SUPER to game at 1440p High.

Unsurprisingly, ray tracing requires at least an RTX 2060, which is enough to play the game at 1080p High will DLSS Quality and Ray Tracing Medium enabled. Finally, Ubisoft recommends a combination of the RTX 3070 with either the Core i7-9700 or a Ryzen 5 3600 to play Watch Dogs Legion at 1440p Very High with DLSS Quality and Ray Tracing High enabled.

If you do not own a gaming PC, then Ubisoft is also releasing Watch Dogs Legion on Google Stadia, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. Additionally, the game will eventually be available on the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X.

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(Image source: Ubisoft)

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Alex Alderson, 2020-10-15 (Update: 2020-10-17)
Alex Alderson
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Prior to writing and translating for Notebookcheck, I worked for various companies including Apple and Neowin. I have a BA in International History and Politics from the University of Leeds, which I have since converted to a Law Degree. Happy to chat on Twitter or Notebookchat.