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Gears 5 has been available for the past three days for those of you with Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, or those who bought the $100 Ultimate Edition. Today is Gears 5’s official launch day though (it’s available on Steam and everything) and that means one thing - new driver time for Nvidia.
It's time to locust-hunting, chums. Gears 5 is now out on PC, available through both the Windows Store and, amazingly, Steam! The PC version of Gears 5 is the place to be if you want the best performance around, paired with proper keyboard and mouse support.
Like the grizzled marines which adorn its cover, Gears of War has become a veteran of the gaming scene. Busting onto the scene with the Xbox 360, when the notion of a cover shooter was fresh, we're not onto our fifth mainline Gears title. Gears 5 doesn't stray too far from what its fans love, but it does expand its horizons somewhat with open-plan levels and some of the most gorgeous vistas we've ever laid eyes on. It's the sort of shooter rollercoaster which is built to please the eyes as much as itch your trigger finger, and can look fantastic with the right PC hardware behind it.
UPDATE: Gears 5 has taken centre stage at Gamescom 2019 for Microsoft. It's their tent-pole release this autumn and it's also kick-starting another big change for PC gamers - Gears 5 is launching on Steam day and date with the Windows Store version. In amongst all the new trailers and whatnot though, Gears 5 developer The Coalition also provided the finalised PC system specs for Gears of War 5, as well as news ofsome juicy PC-exclusive features.
If you’re anything like me, you came away from Gears 5’s segment at Microsoft’s E3 2019 showcase a whole lot more confused than when you went in. Microsoft spent 10 minutes talking about a new mode while showing us nothing but arty-farty cut-scenes. An odd choice when the game was only three months out from launch.
If you've snagged an Xbox Game Pass subscription then the Gears 5 tech test has been playable over the whole weekend. It's been our first chance to go hands-on with Gears 5 ahead of its September 10th launch.
The Gears 5 technical test is live this weekend, give Xbox Game Pass subscribers and those who pre-order Gears of War 5 the chance for an early hands-on. The Gears 5 tech test is limited to competitive multiplayer and runs through until 6pm BST tomorrow so there’s still time to give it a shot.
Gears 5’s ‘Tech Test’ kicks off today on both PC and Xbox One, allowing Xbox Game Pass members of all shapes and sizes to head in early and give Gears 5 a shot before its September launch. If you’re rocking an AMD graphics card then it comes highly recommended you install the latest  Radeon Software Adrenalin 2019 Edition 19.7.2 GPU driver. This includes official support for the Gears of War 5, ensuring optimum performance on AMD Radeon graphics cards.
The good news just keeps on rolling for Gears fans on PC. Not only is Gears 5 coming to Steam, and not only will there be no uber-expensive season pass or map packs, but we’re also being treated to 60Hz multiplayer servers. That’s really not bad for a game of this ilk and bodes well for Gears 5’s multiplayer prospects.
Gears fans, you’re in luck. The team at The Coalition have confirmed there’ll be no Season Pass or Gear Packs for Gears of War 5.
Microsoft has made some interesting plays in the PC gaming space, announcing the official Xbox Game Pass for PC, more first-party games coming to Steam, and support for Win32 games on the Windows 10 Store.

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