Watch Dogs is an open world 3rd person action hacking game where you can explore a living city full of technology and crime. Roam the streets of Chicago as Alden Pearce while hacking phones, city devices, ATMs and Vehicles to stop crime. Stealth is your closest friend
Follow my step-by-step guide on installing, configuring and optimizing Watch Dogs in Linux with PlayOnLinux.
Note: This guide applies to the Legacy Uplay version of Watch Dogs. Other versions may require additional steps.
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Mint 18.3 64-bit
Wine: 3.14 Staging 64-bit
Select "Manage Wine Versions"
Look for the Wine Version: 3.13
Click the arrow pointing to the right
Also click the "Wine versions (amd64) Tab" and download 3.13 as well
Wine 3.13 & 3.13 64-bit is installed and you can close this window
Download the Legacy Uplay
Go to: ubi.li/78pn4
Save UplayInstaller.exe to your Desktop
Note: This is the unsupported version that still works with Windows XP
Click "Install a non-listed program"
Select "Install a program in a new virtual drive"
Name the virtual drive: watchdogs
Check all three options:
- Use another version of Wine
- Configure Wine
- Install some libraries
Select Wine 3.13
Select "64 bits windows installation"
Windows version: Windows XP
Add the following overrides:
Click Edit on each override and select "(Native) Windows"
Note: Manually typing in each override is quicker than finding them on the dropdown menu
Check "automatically capture the mouse in full-screen windows"
PlayOnLinux Packages (DLLs, Components, Libraries)
Check the following:
Note: All packages should automatically download and install
Select "UplayInstaller.exe" from your Desktop
Click "I Accept"
Click Finish to run Uplay
Login to Uplay
Important: Check "Remember me"
Click Watch Dogs
Uncheck "Create start menu shortcut"
Uncheck "Create desktop shortcut"
Note: PlayOnLinux will create the shortcuts in a later step
Click "Accept and continue"
Wait for Watch Dogs to download
Important: Do not run Watch Dogs!
When its finished downloading, Close Uplay
Name the shortcut: Watch Dogs
Select "I don't want to make another shortcut"
Download Lutris Staging Wine
PlayOnLinux no longer provides "staging" versions of Wine
We'll grab one from Lutris Runners
Go to: https://lutris.net/files/runners/
Save it to your Desktop
Extract "wine-staging-3.14-x86_64.tar.gz" to the PlayOnLinux Wine/linux-amd64 directory
Back to PlayOnLinux
Select "Watch Dogs"
Click the Wine down-arrow
Video memory size: enter the amount of memory your video card/chip uses
Go to: https://github.com/doitsujin/dxvk/releases
Download Version 0.70
Extract it to your Desktop
Open x64 directory
Copy all dlls
Paste in the Uplay/games/Watch_Dogs/bin directory
Full path:Code:/home/username/.PlayOnLinux/wineprefix/watchdogs/drive_c/Program Files (x86)/Ubisoft/games/Watch_Dogs/bin
DXVK Full Guide
Follow this guide for all the detailed steps to run DXVK in PlayOnLinux
Run Watch Dogs
Select Watch Dogs
Note: Click Debug to see bugs and errors
Uplay should automatically login and run
Click Watch Dogs
The first launch will try to install dependencies like Direct X, Visual C & DOT Net Framework 3.5
Since we previously installed all of them but Dot Net it will hang on Dot Net
DOT Net Framework 3.5 doesn't even install in a 64-bit prefix
Go to your System Monitor
The game launch should continue
If not, end close it and run it again.
Eventually the Dot Net installation will skip and run the game
- Refresh Rate
- Aspect Ratio
- Window Mode
- GPU Max Buffered Frames
- Widescreen Letterbox
Note: The first time Watch Dogs launched the resolution was 800x600 and I could change it in-game, but you need to move the mouse to the right-edge of the screen to see the "Apply" button
Click Graphics Quality
- Overall Quality
- Level of Detail
- Ambient Occlusion
- Motion Blur
- Depth of Field
You can manually adjust the game settings in the GamerProfile.xml
- Go to Documents
- My Games
- Watch Dogs
- hexadecimal directory
- Open GamerProfile.xml
Manually adjust game resolution and other settings here
Watch Dogs needs a lot of workarounds and extra hacks not provided by PlayOnLinux, but it runs GREAT!
The main issues I had was trying to make the first launch skip the Dot Net installation. I don't even know why it requires Dot Net??? The other problem was at first launch the resolution was 800x600 and I was trying to adjust it in-game, but the apply button was not in the screen. Then it would eventually crash and I had to kill it from TTY shell. But later I found that all I have to do is slide the mouse to the right side of the screen and there is the "Apply" button.
DXVK has made all the difference in playing these Direct X 10/11 games in Wine.