It's no secret to those who have been following Watch Dogs for PC that it's a modern day Crysis as far as hardware requirements are concerned. With a required 6GB RAM and no support for 32-bit operating systems, some people will have to invest in new hardware to be able to connect to Chicago. Those who want to run Watch Dogs on ultra settings will need a fully tricked out system with an Intel i7 4770 and GTX 780.
Don't despair yet, however. Developer Jonathan Morin has confirmed that there won't be a hard locking mechanism preventing anyone from playing with less than the minimum amount of RAM.
6GB of RAM is a hefty requirement for a PC game, even when a good number of PC gamers have no problem meeting it. Not having a hard lock helps open Watch Dogs up to people who may want to play on a laptop or a lower end desktop. There will be some lag involved when running with less than 6GB according to Morin, but as long as nothing else is open you should be able to make do with 4GB.
Chicago will look gorgeous on the PC with HBAO+ and NVIDIA is offering a Watch Dogs bundle with select GeForce cards while supplies last, making this a good time to upgrade. Watch Dogs will release worldwide for PC, PS4, PS3, Xbox One, and Xbox 360 next week on the 27th. The Wii U release is still in limbo.