Watch this Dog run

Subject: General Tech | May 28, 2014 - 12:44 PM |
Tagged: watch_dogs, ubisoft, gaming

Watch_Dogs introduces us to a new game engine called Disrupt and uses NVIDIA's new GameWorks development platform to include HBAO+ as well as TXAA 2X and TXAA 4X.  That is not to say that AMD cards cannot run the game but you will need to be running  the 14.6 Beta driver the game prefers; Win 8.1 no longer required with the released vesrion.  AMD does benefit from its tendency to sport more VRAM as [H]ard|OCP saw some texture loading issues with the GTX 780 Ti and overall preferred the performance of the 290X.  Other sites have found rather different results, it is worth keeping an eye out for further investigations on what is happening.  You can also feast your eyes on [H]'s gallery of screenshots showing the differences in texture settings.

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"We have previewed the performance experienced in Watch Dogs, now it is time to preview image quality and look at some specific image quality differences. We will look at texture quality and the great differences between modes, anti-aliasing, and Horizon-Based Ambient Occlusion effects, AKA HBAO."

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Source: [H]ard|OCP
May 28, 2014 | 01:27 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

You DONT need Windows 8.1 to run the 14.6 beta 1.

Might want to correct that.

WINDOWS 7 (x86/x64) and UP.

May 28, 2014 | 04:05 PM - Posted by Jeremy Hellstrom

ah, so they fixed that!  the test one Ryan received didn't like win7

May 28, 2014 | 04:51 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Game looks like shit for using that much RAM. Honestly, it's kind of embarrassing and not really making Nvidia look much better given 95% of their cards sold are 2GB or less.

May 29, 2014 | 05:59 AM - Posted by Robogeoff (not verified)

I wonder how much of this has to do with Ubisoft's regular-scheduled neglect for PC optimization. The consoles may give them more room to breathe with 8GB of unified RAM.

3+GB Nvidia cards seem to be doing ok with Watch_Dogs. Good thing I bought a pair of 3GB GTX580s 4 years ago.

May 29, 2014 | 01:31 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Slides from Siggraph Presentation in 2008. and link to webpage.

http://www.nvidia.com/object/siggraph-2008-HBAO.html

http://developer.download.nvidia.com/presentations/2008/SIGGRAPH/HBAO_SI...

HBAO+ may be different, but based on this research.

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