Some People Can’t Play Watch Dogs On PC Right Now

Some People Can’t Play Watch Dogs On PC Right Now

Watch Dogs’ launch on PC has proven to be a little rocky, with reports around the web noting problems with uPlay, Ubisoft’s distribution service. Without uPlay, players can’t play Watch Dogs on PC. However, uPlay is acting rather funky for people right now.

Some players report an “unrecoverable error” which causes the game to crash and shut down. Some people can’t log in, or they can’t download the game. Personally, I can’t even make a uPlay account right now, much less launch Watch Dogs. We don’t necessarily have a good sense of how widespread this problem is, and not everyone on PC is experiencing it either. Mike can log into the game and play just fine, for example.

Issues like this — online connectivity initially getting in the way of people actually playing the game — are becoming increasingly common: GTA Online launched with a number of problems, as did Diablo III and SimCity.

Thankfully, Ubisoft is aware of the problem with Watch Dogs:

We contacted Ubisoft to ask about any incoming fixes, and will update this post if we hear back.

Are you experiencing any problems on the PC version of Watch Dogs? Or is it smooth sailing for you? Let us know in the comments.


  • Mine runs flawlessly on my rig. However, if I try to hack a street sign/message sign, I get the error that the game has ‘stopped working’. It completely crashes the game.

  • I’ve had one freeze while loading an online game. Other than that, it’s been fine.

  • Can’t play here, very disappointing. Have not had any good experience with Uplay, first with Farcry 3, now with Watchdogs

    • Same as me..first with farcry3 but i fixed it some how..and now with Watch Dogs..
      i buy it..i install it..i want to play it..and on the first freezes the pc..

      • I was playing the game but know every time I lanch the game it freezes and that’s it cant play

  • I had one crash last night, while watching the intro movie, but after that is was fine. Other than the stuttering, hiccuping and farting that it does. running on low at 1920 (have the requirements to meet recommended). however someone on teh steam forums found there is a setting in the config file that is set to ‘console’ by default and apparently changing that to ‘pc’ makes a big difference. Will try that tonight.

    • What CPU and GPU do you have? Changing from console to PC will make it perform worst as it allows for more tweak while changing PC to console will improve performance as it reduces a few graphical options

  • Iv noticed lots of people having their keys already being activated so they are unable to activate the game.
    I cant pick mine up until Thursday, but i have good feelings about a smooth start

  • Was all flawless for me. And my rig is not that high if the minimum requirements.

  • well 🙂 I for one am glad i got the Xbox One version now 🙂 only one not to have been plagued with problems.

  • sigh… I wish all these other services would just give up and use Steam already

  • Had to wait a while to get my key from GMG then my download speeds were below 100Kbs…guess I won’t be playing to the weekend.

  • Are you experiencing any problems on the PC version of Watch Dogs? Or is it smooth sailing for you?Igeddit.

  • Seems like Ubisoft’s stance on DRM and listening to PC players feedback is in full swing again. Who needs always-online DRM if you integrate all your products with online ‘open-worlds’.

  • Dual GTX680 OC editions and having serious stuttering issues, smooth 60 fps on ultra then it will drop to 2 – 3 fps for about 3 seconds then back to normal.. Drivers were updated last night FUUUUUUUU!

    • Did you try disabling SLI? I played with everything on ultra on my single GTX 680 and had not one frame drop.

  • Got my key from GMG yesterday as I was heading home from work. Punched it in as soon as I got home, two hours later the download finished and I was playing. Played another hour this morning. No problems encountered thus far.

  • Mine is running perfectly fine. Haven’t had time to put more than 20 min into it yet but I’m loving what I’ve see no far.
    All the haters are really putting me down. I haven’t seen anything yet that should warrant such responses.

    • Play for more than 20 minutes. Every Assassin’s Creed is great for an hour as well.

      • Didn’t Black Flag get rave reviews? I haven’t played AC since the first one, which I’ll admit got boring quickly,
        They way I see it – AC you can stalk, hide, kill and climb.
        It seems like watchdogs has a lot more to do then that. In any case, I’m sure i’ll get more than $50 worth of entertainment out of it, even if I just explore the city

        • Its not a bad game, the basic gameplay in Watch Dogs is more satisfying than AC so the fact that its really repetitive doesn’t grate as much.

          I still hate how in every Ubi game they have that rubbish climb a tower to unlock the area system.

          • I heard that but I think from a hacking perspective it actually makes sense.
            I haven’t seen how it’s implemented yet though.

            I read an article recently how the devs of watch dogs gave the script of the game to Kaspersky Labs so they could make sure all the hacking stuff looked authentic.
            Everyone admitted that the process is significantly sped up so that it works as a video game but apparently a lot of the coding, wireless access and methods of intrusion are very realistic/possible.

            Was actually a very interesting read and I’ll definitely be paying attention to those little details when I play it some more

    • You haven’t seen any bug, it doesn’t mean that no one has !

      Mine crashes while loading after clicking on New Game. Disabling crossfire or lowering the game options doesn’t change anything… Oh yes, it does change something : with lowest graphic options it crashes at 80% instead of 50 ! LOL

  • The Seven Seas Double Deluxe Edition runs fine (shame the game itself is mediocre at best).


  • After getting Rayman Legends on Steam and it not being playable due to uplay I vowed never to purchase a ubisoft game on PC again.

  • My current problem is that the game is 100% downloaded, but it’s decided to KEEP downloading. I’m currently at 14300 MB of the 14240 MB required to download the whole game. It should be done in about 42 000 hours, so that’s great. Maybe then I can play!

  • It shows up in Account Information but not in Activated Games or on the front screen of Uplay and makes no attempt to download. My Uplay support email has been unanswered for 1 day so far.

  • shittiest launch ever, still encountering errors and have gotten 0% support / feedback from vendors.
    this is what happens when they focus so much on one point, such as security and it causes ripple impacts

  • Whenever I click “new game” watchdogs freezes on or right before it is done loading.

  • running watch dogs through steam and this message instantly comes up ‘failed to start game’ (unknown error)

  • I have tried to make a Uplay account, but it says another account has my email, so im guessing it already made an account for me, so i launch watch dogs and it says Uplay is not installed, which it is. I wonder if anyone else has this problem.

  • I bought the game from steam and now when i press ” Play Watch Dogs ” It sends me to Uplay launcher and asks me about this CD Or Activation Code? I got no Activation Code with Steam Purhacse. Can anyone help me?

  • Watch dogs game freezes on my pc . Some time i can play for 3 hours and sometimes only for 3 mins. But the eventually freezes . I can hear the game sounds but the game just hangs and forcing for a manual pc restart. It happens everytime i launch watch dogs and i tried every possible solutions out there in the internet it just wont work

  • game plays fine for about 5 mins then crashes, sometimes its a little longer, sometimes it just freezes. nothing seems to be constant, different problems each time. also had pc turn off after the game crashed, its seriously doing my head in!!! all the money spent on the game and they cant even get it right

  • Mine did play the first time i launched it, however despite changing the graphics settings from the highest to the lowest it ran very poorly. Now it crashes on the loading screen right after the Ubisoft logo and won’t play. I’ve re-installed it and still the same error occurs. Not sure if its a currpted savefile even tho it sync across onto another PC i have successfully installed and played on…Any ideas???

  • I can play the game maybe for a min before i get a blackscreen, or it just freezes or it starts stuttering

    Ive tried turning off u-play, severed the internet-connection,
    tried to use the lowest settings i could, even tho i can run it on high
    tried borderless windowed, fullscreen, diffrent resolutions.

    nothing works just keeps crashing.

  • Whenever something updates on my game, it freezes and I can’t do anything. I have tryed loading an auto-save but it just freezes the game and forces me to shut it down. UBISOFT Fix it D: It was a waste of my 60$ if I can’t play it.

  • “We’re unable to create your account right now as a Ubisoft server is unavailable.”

    —–> went to uplay website and manually created an account that way.

  • Every time i start the game, click on new game, it loads and Crashes to Blue screen of death, or if im lucky, only the game crashes….wtf

  • Game freezes for 5 seconds at a time randomly. I have also tried a downloaded version from a torrent site and it works seemlessly on the same computer but with no online connectivity obviously. This problem obviously has to do with Uplay and online connectivity. Tried changing graphics setting through nvidia control panel and in game with no successful results.

  • when i try to open the game it says it has not been inn innstalled correctly. anny inputs?

  • i7-3820 @ 3,60ghz 3.80/ windows 8.1 / 8gb ram / Gagabyte X79 – UD3 / EVGA GeForce GTX 660 3GB GDDR5 FTW Signature 2

    Game not working .. stop at loading in the middle (not 90%)

  • I first had trouble with getting stuck on the loading screen, until i updated my video card drivers and the game ran good for a while, but started freezing every now and then for a few seconds,
    it was still playable only a minor annoyance at that stage, over the next couple of days it got so bad the game was locking up for 3 seconds every 5 seconds, by this time it was a major annoyance.
    Anyway i downloaded and reinstalled Directx 11 from a different source, and so far it has been a pleasure to play, it hasn’t missed a beat yet. Hopefully this is a fix for someone else as well.

  • So any time i start watch dogs if i move to much it crashes, such as when i talk on phones and i move i crash this game uses up 99% of my gpu and if i make wrong moves too fast it crashes. NOTE: It also crashes alot when i am loading in the game so please help fast!

  • I just bought a ORIGINAL CD for my PC. Happy when I got home and once I put the CD in. I cannot even open/my PC WONT OPEN WatchDogs for installation. Please help. (cuz I saved up a lot of lunch money to buy this supposedly kickass game) T_T

  • always keep crashing on windows 8.1, my PC is i7 4770 3.4g and 16 G Ram and 4g navadi geforce , its so much powerfull , but the game always keep crashing after playing 10 min !!

  • i can log into my account on uplay and laungh watch dogs but when i press play its take like 3 sec and it stopping loading and crashes

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