Watch Dogs Legion Preview Couldn’t Maintain 1080p@60 FPS with Ray Tracing Enabled and an RTX 2080Ti

Jul 13
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It had been a while since we last saw Watch Dogs Legion, the third installment in Ubisoft's open world 'hacking' game. The Ubisoft Forward event announced the release date (October 29th, sooner than expected) and showcased plenty of new gameplay for this title.

However, the most interesting tidbit - at least from a technical standpoint - came from a Digital Foundry video preview. They were able to check out a preview build of Watch Dogs Legion, running on a PC powered by the RTX 2080Ti top-of-the-line graphics card, and yet the game couldn't maintain a steady 60 frames per second at 1080p resolution with ray tracing enabled.

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We've seen that already with Cyberpunk 2077, but it's arguably more perplexing here since Watch Dogs Legion only seems to support ray traced reflections (as previously announced) whereas Cyberpunk 2077 also includes ray traced ambient occlusion, diffuse illumination and shadows.

However, Cyberpunk 2077's preview build had DLSS 2.0 enabled, whereas Watch Dogs Legion's had it turned off. DLSS 2.0 has proved to be invaluable in getting significant boosts in several games so far, which makes us hopeful that the final, optimized version of Watch Dogs Legion may be able to reach 4K resolution (upscaled from 1080p through Deep Learning Super Sampling) at a steady 60 frames per second while keeping ray traced reflections active.

We'll see if Ubisoft and NVIDIA can make that happen. Interestingly, we also just learned that Watch Dogs Legion will support ray tracing on next-gen consoles as well, and it'll be intriguing to see what kind of compromises will have to be made on PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X to support this taxing feature.

Meanwhile, check out the Watch Dogs Legion Digital Foundry video below.

  • Build a resistance from virtually anyone you see as you hack, infiltrate, and fight to take back a near-future London that is facing its downfall. Welcome to the Resistance.
  • Recruit and play as anyone in the city. Everyone you see has a unique backstory, personality, and skill set.
  • Hack armed drones, deploy spider-bots, and take down enemies using an Augmented Reality Cloak.
  • Explore a massive urban open world featuring London’s many iconic landmarks and fun side activities.
  • Take your recruits online and team up with your friends as you complete missions and challenging endgame content.

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