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Watch Dogs 4k (OGSSAA)+4x SGSSAA+Sweetfx=the game FINALLY looks good. (Guide included for Nvidia Windows 8.1 users)

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I was pretty let down by Watch Dog's graphics to be honest, they were very, very lackluster even on ultra @ 4k.

So I went on a adventure to find out just what it would take to make Watch Dogs look good.






That's what I ended up with, massive increase in texture quality without losing crispness as well as improved colors (or colors at all, holy de-saturated game Batman). The only issue is to end up like that it took a Titan Black OC'd to 1300 mhz and then it only gives 20 fps.

Anyhow enjoy! I'll post more screens as I find stuff worth screen shotting.

P.S. if you follow the instructions below you will need this version of sweetfx to work with Windows 8.1 and you'll need to enable it via Radeon Pro, it cannot be enabled any other way.
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Edited by DIYDeath - 5/30/14 at 3:20pm

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Very nice, please share your secret!

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No problem!

1st I did driver-level OGSSAA, otherwise known as "downsampling" or "supersampling".

I only know how to do this on a Nvidia card, AMD guys can do it too but I do not know how, you will need to use google.

For Nvidia, I feel others have explained it better than I ever could so I'll simply quote and cite my resources (as I don't know the policy to linking to other forums).

"What you need

An Nvidia GPU ( use this for downsampling on AMD cards ), Windows 7 ( SOME people have issues with this method on Windows 8 ) and 10 minutes worth of patience.

How

1) Right click your desktop and start "Nvidia Control Panel" -> go to "Adjust desktop size and position" under "Display".

Use these settings ; Scaling mode : Aspect ratio, Perform Scaling on : GPU, Check "Override the scaling mode set by games and programs"

2) Go to "Change resolution" under "Display", Press "Customize", tick the box "Enable Resolutions not exposed by the display" -> Press "Create custom resolution"

3) At this point, for the "lower" resolutions, people might not even need to do further tweaking than to simply write their desired resolution in the following window. Simply replace the "1920" with "2560" and "1080" with "1440" for a desired resolution of 2560x1440. Leave timings to automatic

Press test and one of the following will happen :

- You get an image, everything works, press save and you got yourself your first downsampling resolution! Just go in-game and change your resolution settings accordingly and you're done! Got to step 4.

- You get a black ( sometimes flashing red ) screen OR your monitor will tell you the current resolution is not supported : press ESC once or twice and wait for the screen to revert back to normal. If even 2560x1440 didn't work for you then your setup might now jive well with downsampling. Still go to Step 5 and give that a try.

- You get a black screen, monitor goes into power save mode : your **** crashed you gotta manually reboot your pc and the settings will revert back to normal once you're in windows again. If even 2560x1440 didn't work for you then your setup might now jive well with downsampling. Still go to Step 5 and give that a try.



4) If everything worked, you can go higher and try the following two resolutions that are relatively common and tend to work for people who downsample, again without having to resort to manual timings. [All of the mentioned resolutions between
2560x1440 and 3840x2160 are all abitrary 16:9 resolutions but try to use the ones I've tried and know work for myself and a handful of others on GAF.]

2880 x 1620
3200 x 1800

If the above two resolutions won't work at 60 Hz try 59 Hz.

OK. Following the different guides that exist out there, my own max resolution was 3200x1800 for a long stretch of time. That was until I started copying other people's settings which showed me how arbitrary the results could be. Using person A's settings didn't work but somehow using person B's which used an even higher resolution did without changing anything other than the resolution. But you want an even higher resolution so let's see what we can reach!


5) 3600 x 2025@60 Hz" (I, DIYDeath, personally do not suggest this step unless you know how to hack your monitor (EDID file) and add it directly to the resolutions and NEVER EVER use it other than in games with GPU scaling enabled).

Cited Resources:
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One you've done that we go onto SGSSAA!
Edited by DIYDeath - 5/29/14 at 3:28am
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SGSSAA is pretty easy to enable.

1) Start the game up, go into display, select MSAA (select the x you want, x8 will be very hard on your computer but you will see no aliasing. I suggest it for people with a better rig than me (SLI Titan Blacks, etc). Save the settings and quit.

2) Download Nvidia Inspector, run the program, select the wrench icon half way down the program to the right. Select Watch Dogs from the drop down menu (you can type once you've clicked on the drop down to speed this up).

3) Set your Antialiasing -Transparency Supersampling to AA_MODE_REPLAY_SGSSAA_(whatever you set your in-game MSAA x level to)x. Don't bother with the others in here, half dont work or have no effect.

4) IF you feel adventurous you can set your AA in the Nvidia Control Panel to Enhance the Application Setting and select 32x CSAA which will stack with any other type of AA, has the performance hit of around 4x MSAA @ 1080p (no downsampling).

Next, the final step.

Sweetfx.

Another user here says it better than anyone else: Follow his instructions to the letter.

http://www.overclock.net/t/1485750/how-to-use-sweetfx-in-windows-8-1

Not sure if you're not running Windows 8.1, should be straight forward though, use google.

And that+Ultra settings (except for MSAA x4) is how I got those screen shots! (plus a neogaf sweetfx preset).
post #5 of 24
Ill give this a go later on.

do you know how well the HW deals with this, particularly for this for watchdogs in particular did you take a hit from downsampling over the standard aa?
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Ill give this a go later on.

do you know how well the HW deals with this, particularly for this for watchdogs in particular did you take a hit from downsampling over the standard aa?

Sweet baby Jesus did I ever. I went from 60 fps @ ultra to 20 fps using this method. You could try MSAA x2 in game and SGSSAA x2 or lighten up on the OGSSAA rendering resolution (1440p to 1080p is still pretty good).
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Sweet baby Jesus did I ever. I went from 60 fps @ ultra to 20 fps using this method. You could try MSAA x2 in game and SGSSAA x2 or lighten up on the OGSSAA rendering resolution (1440p to 1080p is still pretty good).

Aha, cheers, well im going to give it a crack, at 1440p first see where i get and then try to get it as high as possble to make the case to myself that I need to buy a new card :L
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Aha, cheers, well im going to give it a crack, at 1440p first see where i get and then try to get it as high as possble to make the case to myself that I need to buy a new card :L

I ran into a problem of the GPU not accepting resolutions past 4k so unless you have a custom driver up your sleeve you might have a hard time getting past 4k and might be stuck waiting like the rest of us for GeDoSaTo to work with everything (Downsampling applied via post-processing to my understanding).

Heck, to get mine to 4k, which my monitor wouldn't take I had to edit the EDID file and manually add it in, I touched the resolution once and had to start Windows in low res mode to fix the issue, so don't use that resolution. Instead make sure GPU scaling is enabled and choose that resolution in-game. Though it's just safer to stick with 3200x1800 which tends to work on most non-4k monitors.

I did that with Skyrim, modded it until I needed a better card to run it better. Sometimes its worth it to say "screw it, my fun money for the next 2 months is gone, best gaming card on the market time!".
Edited by DIYDeath - 5/29/14 at 3:30am
post #9 of 24
i tried radeon pro
after applying the preset nothing happens
I dont c any changes in the game
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i tried radeon pro
after applying the preset nothing happens
I dont c any changes in the game

You have to disable OSD in ubisoft and you have to disable it in afterburner if you use it and do this:

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