Gears of War 4

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Gears of War 4
Gears of War 4 cover
Developers
The Coalition
Splash Damage
Publishers
Microsoft Studios
Engines
Unreal Engine 4[1]
Release dates
Windows October 11, 2016
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Gears Tactics TBA

Key points

Xbox Play Anywhere title.[2]
Xbox Cross Play title - Play multiplayer with Xbox One and PC players. However Core and Competitive playlists are not cross-platform.[3]

General information

Performance Guide

Availability[edit]

Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Amazon.com
Microsoft Store
Windows
Microsoft Store
Microsoft Store
Ultimate Edition, Xbox Play Anywhere, Xbox Game PassStandard Edition
Windows
All versions require Microsoft Store and Arxan Anti-Tamper DRM.

Downloadable content (DLC) and expansions

Name Notes
Season Pass
Windows
“Brothers to the End” Elite Gear Pack
Windows
Vintage Del Pack
Windows

Version differences[edit]

Gears of War 4 Standard Edition[edit]

The base game.

Gears of War 4 Ultimate Edition[edit]

Includes the base game and season pass.

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows %LOCALAPPDATA%\Packages\Microsoft.SpartaUWP_8wekyb3d8bbwe

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
Xbox Cloud

Video settings[edit]

Video settings.
Video settings.
Graphics option Option Notes
Widescreen resolution
Multi-monitor
[4]
Ultra-widescreen
Native support.[1] Cutscenes are at 16:9.
4K Ultra HD
[1]
Field of view (FOV)
Up to 100°.[5] Split-screen players can set FOV separately.[6]
Windowed
Borderless fullscreen windowed
Always borderless in Fullscreen mode.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
Anti-aliasing (AA)
Vertical sync (Vsync)
[1]
60 FPS and 120+ FPS
[1]
High dynamic range display (HDR)
Xbox One version only.[7]
Color blind mode
Screen Space Reflections and Cinematic Depth of Field settings can be set on "Insane". Have in mind that both options in those settings are very taxing even for high-end computers.

Input settings[edit]

Audio settings[edit]

Audio options Native Notes
Separate volume controls
Music, Effects, Character Dialogue.
Surround sound
Subtitles
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost

Localizations

Language UI Audio Sub Notes
English
Traditional Chinese
Simplified Chinese
French
German
Italian
Japanese
Korean
Polish
Brazilian Portuguese
Russian
Spanish
Latin American Spanish
Windows language setting must be set to Spanish from México (Español de México).

Network[edit]

Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
Local play
2 Co-op, Versus
Split-screen (choice of horizontal or vertical).[6]
LAN play
Online play

Issues fixed[edit]

Game exits to desktop after splash screen logo with no error[edit]

This appears to be an issue with user account permissions affecting Windows 'local' user accounts (those not using a Microsoft account tied to their Windows account).

Fix 1: Download any free app from the Microsoft Store. Downloading a new app appears to reset the licences for the currently logged in profile and can fix the problem.

Fix 2: Convert the local account to a Microsoft account in the User Settings area of the control panel. You can covert it back to a local account through a similar process in User Settings.

Game consistently freezes/crashes the computer after 20 to 30 minutes of play[edit]

Async compute is known to cause system crashes, even on new hardware. Disabling async compute in the graphics options should fix the freezing/crashing issues.[8] It is no longer possible to disable async as it has been removed from the "Video - Advanced" options. Those who experience crashes using a Nvidia card should download Display Driver Uninstaller, run in safe mode and update to the 398.36 driver which contains a potential fix. Fix effectiveness has not yet been ascertained.

Other information[edit]

API[edit]

Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 12
64-bit executable

System requirements[edit]

Windows
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 10
Processor (CPU) Intel Core i5 3470
AMD FX-6300
System memory (RAM) 8 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 80 GB
Video card (GPU) Nvidia GeForce 750 Ti
AMD Radeon R7 260
2 GB of VRAM
Other Windows 10 Anniversary Update installed (Windows 10 version 1607)

References