By the time the Xbox Series X arrives, Gears 5 will have been out for well over a year. Despite this fact, Microsoft is hoping fans of the game — as well as those who haven’t played it yet — will check out the version that’s been optimized for the next generation. That’s right: There is an Xbox Series X upgrade for Gears 5 on the way.
Gears 5 will come to Xbox Series X at no additional cost to those who own the original. On top of that, you’ll find the upgraded version of Gears 5 in Xbox Game Pass. What kind of improvements can you expect, though? What is the team at The Coalition adding to the fifth mainline entry in the Gears of War franchise?
According to Microsoft, Gears 5’s improvements will include “higher resolution textures and higher resolution volumetric fog, as well as a 50% higher particle count than the PC Ultra Specs allowed.” But that’s not all. The Coalition has also made changes to in-game cinematics , enabling them to run at 60 frames-per-second (they previously displayed at 30 FPS).
The Xbox One X — which will soon be a last-gen machine — ran Gears 5 at 4K and 60 frames-per-second. That’s a trick that won’t impress anyone on the Xbox Series X. What’s Microsoft’s plan to still bring a major improvement to the title? Multiplayer in Gears 5 will hit a ridiculous 120 frames-per-second on Microsoft’s next-gen machine.
For anyone making the jump from a a plain Jane Xbox One or Xbox One S, these frame rates are going to be absolutely mind blowing. That old 30 frames-per-second console standard really can’t die quickly enough.
We are definitely looking forward to the Xbox Series X upgrade for Gears 5. Be on the lookout for a review of how the game looks, feels, and plays once the Xbox Series X and the Xbox Series S launch on Nov. 10, 2020.