Watch Dogs Legion is one of the first Ubisoft games that will support real-time ray tracing effects. Ubisoft held a preview event in which various media had the opportunity to test the PC version with its RTX reflections enabled. However, it appears that NVIDIA’s most powerful GPU, the RTX2080Ti, is unable to run the game at 60fps.
As DigitalFoundry noted, Ubisoft had set the preview build at 1920x1080 with Ultra settings and Ray Tracing Reflections enabled. However, the framerate was locked at 30fps. DigitalFoundry was unable to get a smooth gaming experience when it set the framerate at 60fps.
Do note that Watch Dogs Legion will support NVIDIA’s DLSS tech. And while DigitalFoundry did not test DLSS, we can assume that the game will run with 60fps at 1080p/Ultra settings when this upscaling technique is used.
Still, it’s pretty shocking witnessing a current-gen open-world game like Watch Dogs Legion stressing out the NVIDIA RTX2080Ti. Now imagine what you’ll need to run this in 4K/Ultra with its Ray Tracing Reflections. Ouch.
On the other hand, we shouldn’t be really surprised by those performance figures. After all, Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Wildlands and Assassin’s Creed Odyssey can only run with 60fps at 1440p/Ultra on the RTX2080Ti.
Watch Dogs Legion releases on October 29th. And, to be honest, I don’t expect to see a significant performance boost in its final build. Still, we’ll hold judgement until we get our hands on it!