Gears of War: Ultimate Edition Now Available For Windows 10

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With no signs of slowing down and bringing Xbox games to Windows 10 PCs, PC gamers can now experience Gears of War with the Gears of War: Ultimate Edition. Featuring the original campaign in ultra-high definition graphics with support for 4K resolutions, Gears of War: Ultimate Edition includes five campaign chapters not included in the Xbox 360 version, and Windows 10 gamers will also receive the Deluxe Weapon Skin Pack and 11 bonus multiplayer characters.

Cam McRae, Technical Director at The Coalition, stated that one of their goals in porting the game to Windows 10 was not to “touch the art… but beyond that we changed everything.”

McRae said that most every object in the game has been “uprezzed” in poly count by about 10-30 percent, while most character models have straight-up doubled. Same with the textures: They’ve all been uprezzed, and if you’re playing the game on the highest settings, your GPU will be streaming in the neighborhood of 5-10 gigabytes of textures when you play through Gears’Prison level, as an example. DirectX 12, according to McRae, is mainly to thank for all this, due to how it allows developers to more efficiently harness the multiple cores in today’s higher-end processors.

Gamers will be able to experience the same content that made the original Gears of War a favourite, and systems running high-end GPUs will be able to achieve 60 fps at 4K resolution for the single player campaign, as was demonstrated at the Xbox Spring Showcase on machines running GeForce GTX 980 Ti video cards.

Gears of War: Ultimate Edition on Windows 10 will include:

CAMPAIGN FEATURES:

  • Every aspect of the original Gears of War has been beautifully remastered and modernized, including lighting, environments, characters, and cinematic scenes. This is the first at its best!
  • Play in stunning 4K with an unlocked refresh rate.
  • Includes five additional, exhilarating campaign missions that follow Delta Squad as they battle their way to Timgad Station not included in the Xbox 360 original.
  • Go deeper into Gears fiction with five Gears of War comic books, which can be unlocked and read within the game.
  • Remastered for 7.1 Surround Sound.

MULTIPLAYER FEATURES:

  • The most visceral online shooter returns with multiplayer matches running on fast and fair dedicated servers with unlocked refresh rates.
  • Includes all original Xbox 360 DLC multiplayer maps and three multiplayer maps from the original Gears of War PC version for an incredible 19 total multiplayer maps.
  • Newly added multiplayer modes include Team Death Match, King of the Hill, Blitz and a special 2v2 mode designed by the Gears of War community.
  • Returning multiplayer modes include Warzone, Assassination, Execution and Annex.

AND MORE:

  • All new Xbox Live Achievements and 1,250 new Gamerscore.
  • Handpicked gameplay improvements, alternate controls and a new difficulty level for players new to the franchise.
  • Support for keyboard or gamepad controls.
  • The Windows 10 version includes the Deluxe Weapon Skin Pack and 11 bonus multiplayer characters.

The big thing to note is the minimum specifications, for starters a DirectX 12 capable graphics card is required.

RECOMMENDED SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS FOR 1920X1080P

  • OS: 64 bit Windows 10 – version 1511
  • Processor: Intel Core i5 @3.5GHz+ or AMD FX 6-core
  • Memory: 8 GB RAM (4 GB VRAM) · Graphics: GeForce GTX 970 or Radeon R9 290X
  • Hard Drive: 60 GB available space
  • DirectX 12

RECOMMENDED SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS FOR 4K

  • OS: 64 bit Windows 10 – version 1511
  • Processor: Intel Core i7 @ 4Ghz or AMD FX 8-core
  • Memory: 16 GB RAM (6+ GB VRAM)
  • Graphics: Geforce GTX 980 Ti or Radeon R9 390X
  • Hard Drive: SSD + 60 GB available space
  • DirectX 12

MINIMUM SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS

  • OS: 64 bit Windows 10 – version 1511
  • Processor: Intel Core i5 @ 2.7Ghz or AMD FX 6-core
  • Memory: 8 GB RAM (2 GB VRAM)
  • Graphics: Geforce GTX 650 Ti or Radeon R7 260x
  • Hard Drive: 60 GB available space
  • DirectX 12

Gears of War: Ultimate Edition is now available through the Windows Store for $29.99USD/$39.99CAD.

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  Source: Xbox Wire  Purchase from Windows Store
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