Watch_Dogs Patched to Optimize Performance and Fix Bugs

Subject: General Tech | July 29, 2014 - 03:55 PM |
Tagged: ubisoft, watch_dogs, watch dogs, pc gaming

Today, Ubisoft has issued a patch for Watch_Dog that fixes bugs and performance issues. Mainly, it is designed to reduce stuttering with higher levels of texture quality, especially "High Textures". "Ultra Textures" could still have problems for "some players", but Ubisoft suggests that future updates to reduce stutter are in progress.

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Without knowing much about the internal workings of the patch, I expect that it addresses hiccups when swapping textures. Loading textures into memory can take a significant amount of time, and overhead, but it is necessary if the one you need is not in there. As the size of each individual texture increases, fewer can be stored in the same memory space, leading to more swapping required (especially when it is difficult to tell what a user can see at any given point in time). Ubisoft might have found a more efficient organization (for lack of a better word that I can think of) for textures that allow "High Textures" to stay below their target memory footprint, but not "Ultra Textures", at least not frequently enough to call it fixed.

Of course, I could be entirely wrong.

This patch also addresses bugs with multiple network adapters, crashes, and error messages. According to Ubisoft forums, it is available now. It is not yet on their news blog, though.

Source: Ubisoft
July 30, 2014 | 01:55 AM - Posted by Nemex

This patch doesn't work at all for me. Like any official patch before. Performance is worse than stock with many 2-3sec freezes! I'm running the game with TheWorse Mod 1.0 and nearly NO stutter at all... FAIL Ubisoft, shame on you!

July 30, 2014 | 07:27 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Gee, I dunno, maybe the patch is designed to work with the STOCK, unmodified game?

July 31, 2014 | 12:29 AM - Posted by Scott Michaud

I think he said that, with a stock, unmodified game it stutters with the patch, but, with the mod, it doesn't.

July 30, 2014 | 05:20 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

patch didn't to shit forget this game so glad i didnt buy it.

July 31, 2014 | 08:03 AM - Posted by godrilla (not verified)

I can't believe I pre-ordered this crap $47 off Newegg, played it for 30 minutes uninstalled it asap maybe revisit it when I trade in my oc gtx 690 for upcoming gtx 880.

July 31, 2014 | 04:43 PM - Posted by ROdNEY

Yes, if app is not optimized well enough, better HW always fix it! Great idea^^

July 31, 2014 | 11:04 PM - Posted by Jesso2k (not verified)

Patch finally fixed the stuttering for my 780 ti's. Too bad I forced myself to finish it last week.

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