Watch Dogs might be out of your reach, but Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag will run just fine on your creaky old 32-bit operating system.
Do you find the minimum system requirements for the PC release of Watch Dogs a little intimidating? They're pretty steep; the sun is most definitely setting on the 32-bit empire, to be fair, but it's nonetheless always jarring the first time you're told that you're too old for the kiddie rides.
But fear not, for I come with good news: If you're determined to spend money on a new Ubisoft game rather than a sorely-needed upgrade to your rig, Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag might be just the thing. Check it!
- Supported OS: Windows Vista (SP2) / Windows 7 (SP1) / Windows 8
- Processor: 2.66 GHz Intel Core2 Quad Q8400 or 2.60 GHz AMD Athlon II X4 620 (2.50 GHz Intel Core i5-2400S or 3.00 GHz AMD Phenom II X4 940 or better recommended)
- RAM: 2 GB (4 GB or greater recommended)
- Video Card: 512 MB DirectX 11-compliant with Shader Model 4.0 or higher (see supported list)*
- Sound Card: DirectX-compatible (5.1 surround sound recommended)
- Hard Drive Space: 30 GB
- Peripherals Supported: Windows-compatible keyboard, mouse, optional controller (Xbox 360 Controller for Windows recommended)
- Multiplayer: 256 kbps or faster broadband connection
- *Supported Video Cards at Time of Release:
AMD Radeon HD 4870 / 5000 / 6000 / 7000 series
NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 260 / 400 / 500 / 600 / 700 series
Broadly speaking, the recommended specs for Assassin's Creed IV are the minimum requirements for Watch Dogs, with the big exception that a 64-bit OS isn't required. You'd probably be well advised to get one anyway - this 64-bit thing isn't going away, you know - but for now, at least, you haven't been left completely out in the cold.
Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag comes out for the PC on November 19.