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Gears 5

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Gears 5
Gears 5 cover
The Coalition
Xbox Game Studios
Unreal Engine 4
Release dates
Windows September 10, 2019
Metacritic 82
OpenCritic 85
Monetization One-time game purchase, DLC, Expansion pack
Microtransactions Loot box
Modes Singleplayer, Multiplayer
Pacing Real-time
Perspectives Third-person
Controls Direct control
Genres Shooter
Art styles Realistic
Themes Post-apocalyptic, Sci-fi
Series Gears of War
Gears 5 on HowLongToBeat
Gears 5 on IGDB
Gears 5 on MobyGames
Gears 5 on Wikipedia
Gears of War
Gears of War 2007
Gears of War: Ultimate Edition 2016
Gears of War 4 2016
Gears POP! 2019
Gears 5 2019
Gears Tactics 2020

Key points

Includes in-game benchmark with detailed summary. Video settings are explained along with visual previews and expected performance impact.

General information

Official forum
Official support page
Steam Community Discussions


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Microsoft Store
Game of the Year Edition
Microsoft Store
Microsoft Store
Xbox Game Pass for PC, Xbox Play Anywhere Game of the Year Edition
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Game of the Year Edition also available.
All versions require an Xbox Live account and Arxan Anti-Tamper DRM. Microsoft Store version is not available in China.

DLC and expansion packs

Name Notes
Ultimate Edition Includes Halo: Reach Character Pack and Boost: 30 Day Bonus Included with the Game of the Year Edition.
Ultra-HD Texture Pack Free
Hivebusters expansion Included with the Game of the Year Edition.

Version differences

Gears 5 Standard Edition includes the base game.
Gears 5 Game of the Year Edition includes Ultimate Edition pack and Hivebusters expansion as well.

Essential Improvements

Skip intro videos

  1. Go to <path-to-game>\Gears5\GearGame\Content\B2
  2. Make a backup of GearGame.b2index before proceeding.
  3. Open GearGame.b2index in a hex editor, such as HxD.
  4. Search for Coalition_MSStudios.bk2 and replace any letter inside it. For example: Cdalition_MSStudios.bk2
    • Do not remove or add any letter as that will corrupt the file and break the installation — only replace existing letters.
  5. Search for TheCoalitionLogo.bk2 and do the same with it.
  6. Launch the game to confirm it starts properly. If it does, remove the backup that was created in step 2.


This has to be reapplied after every title update.
This may only work on the Steam version due to the Microsoft Store's version of the game having anti-tamper files.

Game data

Configuration file(s) location

System Location
Steam %LOCALAPPDATA%\Gears5\Saved\Config\PC\
Microsoft Store %LOCALAPPDATA%\Gears5\Saved\Config\PC\
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/1097840/pfx/[Note 1]

Save game data location

System Location
Steam <Steam-folder>\userdata\<user-id>\1097840\remote\
Microsoft Store %LOCALAPPDATA%\Packages\Microsoft.HalifaxBaseGame_8wekyb3d8bbwe\SystemAppData\
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/1097840/pfx/[Note 1]

Save game cloud syncing

System Native Notes
Steam Cloud
Xbox Cloud


In-game Video settings.
In-game Video settings.

Graphics feature State Notes
Widescreen resolution
Game assumes you're on an 21:9 ultrawide ratio for menus and cutscenes, meaning that menus get cut off by bezels and cutscenes and some animations are Vert-. HUD can be moved towards the center, but not enough, and the closest option leaves the edges at about half way on the side monitors.
Cutscenes are Vert- when using the "fill" option.
4K Ultra HD
Ultra texture pack is an optional download from inside the game on Windows Store or DLC on Steam.
Field of view (FOV)
60-100°, default 80°.
Borderless fullscreen windowed
Exclusive fullscreen not available.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
2x, 4x, 8x, 16x.
Anti-aliasing (AA)
TAA. SSAA available via resolution scaling. Increasing the "Sharpening" setting can reduce some of the blur.
Vertical sync (Vsync)
60 FPS and 120+ FPS
Framerate can be unlimited or limited between 30-144.
High dynamic range display (HDR)
Uses OS setting for HDR.
Ray tracing (RT)
On Xbox Series X and PC uses GPU software ray tracing for shadow and screen space global illumination, not hardware ray tracing[2].
Color blind mode
Settings for protanopia, deuteranopia and tritanopia.
The game engine may allow for manual configuration of the game via its variables. See the Unreal Engine 4 page for more details.
The included dynamic resolution allows users to select a minimum frame rate of 30 FPS, 60 FPS, or 90 FPS, and effectively scales visual fidelity to match the selected level of performance.


In-game Controller General Configuration.
In-game Controller General Configuration.
In-game Controller Remapping.
In-game Controller Remapping.
In-game Keyboard Configuration.
In-game Keyboard Configuration.
In-game Mouse Configuration.
In-game Mouse Configuration.

Keyboard and mouse State Notes
Mouse acceleration
Negative mouse acceleration from mouse smoothing which doesn't properly disable even if turned off in settings.[citation needed]
Mouse sensitivity
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Controller support
Full controller support
Controller remapping
In accessibility options.
Controller sensitivity
Controller Y-axis inversion
Controller types
XInput-compatible controllers
Xbox Adaptive Controller is supported.
Xbox button prompts
Impulse Trigger vibration
DualShock 4 controllers
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Generic/other controllers
Additional information
Controller hotplugging
Haptic feedback
Simultaneous controller+KB/M


In-game Audio Settings.
In-game Audio Settings.

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Music, effects, character dialogue, cinematics and environmental volume.
Surround sound
Also supports Dolby Atmos.
Speaker names displayed, size adjustable.
Closed captions
Enabled with subtitles. Available for dialogue and some environmental effects.
Mute on focus lost


Language UI Audio Sub Notes
Simplified Chinese
Traditional Chinese
Brazilian Portuguese
Latin American Spanish

Change language

The game lacks an option in-game to change language.
Change language of the game
  1. Go to the configuration file(s) location and open GameUserSettings.ini.
  2. In the section GearGameUserSettings change PreferredLanguageCode=EN to PreferredLanguageCode=DE for German voice-overs for example.


In-game Matchmaking Servers Window.
In-game Matchmaking Servers Window.

Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
Local play
3 Co-op
Split Screen Co-op
LAN play
10 Co-op, Versus
Co-op modes require online connection.
Online play
10 Co-op, Versus
Supports crossplay with Xbox One, and Series X/S.

Connection types

Type Native Notes
Used for campaign co-op.
Used for multiplayer.
Direct IP

Issues unresolved

Low resolution textures

On some configurations, the game may suddenly only show low resolution textures, no matter the actual texture fidelity settings. Only a restart of the game fixes this.[3]
This is mostly a campaign issue and happens when the VRAM is close to being fully used (enable "Show Stats" in video settings) and a level transition, checkpoint reload or cut-scene takes place, causing the VRAM to go over its budget. Lowering the various VRAM related settings can help to somewhat prolong the issue.[4]
Despite the drop in texture resolution, the VRAM usage does not decrease, instead the performance will also become worse.

Hivebusters resets upgrades and checkpoints

Continuing the Hivebusters dlc after quitting in the middle of a chapter resets both the chapter progress as well as the player upgrades.[5]

Issues fixed

Voices are muffled

While using a Logitech Headset on PC, voices are muffled.[6]
  1. Close the game
  2. Go to the configuration file(s) location and open GameUserSettings.ini.
  3. Find the line with sg.AudioQuality=3 in the section ScalabilityGroups.
  4. Change the 3 to 0.

Stuck while loading the main menu

If you're still connected to your modem but don't have internet or the game is having server issues; the game WILL NOT identify the lack of internet; it will simply keep retrying to communicate with the servers; causing an infinte loading screen. This is why you have to either phisically remove the ethernet cable, or disable your wi-fi or ethernet through adapter settings in windows.[7]
  1. Open Network and Sharing center in windows.
  2. Click on Change Adapter settings.
  3. Right click and disable your currently used adapter for connecting to the internet, either Ethernet or WI-FI.
  4. Restart the game.
Starting the game in offline mode will delete your checkpoint progress and start you at the beginning of the chapter you were playing.
After 24hrs offline you will be required to connect to your xbox live acount; failing to do so will not allow you to play the game nor access the main menu with error "Unable to connect to xbox live acount, please connect online in order to continue".

HDR not working

HDR not able to be toggled in settings[8]
  1. Unplug non-HDR displays.
  2. Launch game again.

Can't connect with message: you are not connected to the gears of war services

Delete Generic Credentials
  1. Search for “Credential Manager” in your Windows search bar
  2. Once open, navigate to “Windows Credentials”.
  3. In the "Generic Credentials" section, delete all credentials starting with Xbl*.
After this fix you will be required to access your xbox live acount when launching the game again.

Other information

In-game General Settings.
In-game General Settings.
In-game Accessibility Settings.
In-game Accessibility Settings.
In-game Mature Settings.
In-game Mature Settings.


Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 12 Uses D3D11On12 mapping layer for Windows 7.
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes


Middleware Notes
Physics Havok
Audio Dolby Atmos, Ogg Vorbis, Wwise
Cutscenes Bink Video
Anti-cheat Easy Anti-Cheat [9]

System requirements

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 7 SP1
Processor (CPU) Intel Core i3
AMD FX-6000 series
System memory (RAM) 8 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 80 GB
Video card (GPU) Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050
Nvidia GeForce GTX 760
AMD Radeon R9 280
2 GB of VRAM
DirectX 12 compatible
A 64-bit operating system is required.


  1. 1.0 1.1 File/folder structure within this directory reflects the path(s) listed for Windows and/or Steam game data (use Wine regedit to access Windows registry paths). Games with Steam Cloud support may store data in ~/.steam/steam/userdata/<user-id>/1097840/ in addition to or instead of this directory. The app ID (1097840) may differ in some cases. Treat backslashes as forward slashes. See the glossary page for details.


  1. Skip Logo :: Gears 5 General Discussions - last accessed on 2020-12-15
  2. It took two weeks to get Gears 5 to RTX 2080 standard on Xbox Series X - last accessed on 2022-10-03
    "We have some compute-based ray tracing in Gears 5, we have ray traced shadows and the [new] screen-space global illumination is a form of ray traced screen-based global illumination and so, we’re interested in how the ray tracing hardware can be used to take techniques like this and then move them out to utilising the DXR cores."
  3. Blurry textures - Gears 5 - Gears Forums - last accessed on 2020-04-12
  4. Verified by User:Waschbär on 2020-04-12
    Observed on a Radeon RX 580 with 8 GB, 5.6 GB being available to the game.
  5. Anyone else experiencing bugs with new hivebusters dlc? [missing title] - last accessed on 2021-01-16
  6. Reddit thread 'How to fix Gears 5 Dialogue Issues' by Fordc11
  7. Can't start campaign in gears 5
  8. Reddit thread 'Gears 5 PC HDR issue (won't turn on)' by Javiercico
  9. Easy Anti-Cheat