Gears of War 4

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Gears of War 4
Gears of War 4 cover
The Coalition
Splash Damage
Microsoft Studios
Unreal Engine 4[1]
Release dates
Windows October 11, 2016
Metacritic 86
OpenCritic 84
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
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Key points

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

General information

Official Gears of War series site


All versions require Microsoft Store and Arxan Anti-Tamper DRM.

DLC and expansion packs

Name Notes
Season Pass Includes 19 Gears Packs, Horde Expert Gears Pack, Access to Developer Playlists and ownership of 24 post launch multiplayer maps.
“Brothers to the End” Elite Gear Pack
Vintage Del Pack

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.

Free trial[edit]

A free trial is available (10 hours of gameplay).
Full access to multiplayer Versus, Escape and Horde. Access to first chapter of Campaign.
All progress carriers over upon full game purchase.

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows %LOCALAPPDATA%\Packages\Microsoft.SpartaUWP_8wekyb3d8bbwe\LocalState\GearGame\Saved\Config\UWP\
GameUserSettings.ini contains video settings.

Save game data location[edit]

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

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
Xbox Cloud
Synced with Xbox One


Video settings.
Video settings.

Graphics feature State Notes
Widescreen resolution
Native support.[1] Cutscenes are at 16:9.
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
Up to 100°.[4] Split-screen players can set FOV separately.[5]
Borderless fullscreen windowed
Always borderless in Fullscreen mode.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
Anti-aliasing (AA)
Forces TAA. See Anti-aliasing (AA) for a workaround. SSAA available via resolution scaling.
Vertical sync (Vsync)
60 FPS and 120+ FPS
Framerate can be unlimited or limited between 30-144.
High dynamic range display (HDR)
Supports HDR using the Windows 11 Auto HDR feature.
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.
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.

Anti-Aliasing (AA)[edit]

Disable TAA
  1. Go to the configuration file(s) location.
  2. Open Engine.ini with a notepad.
  3. Add [SystemSettings] and r.PostProcessAAQuality=0 to the bottom of the file.
  4. Save the changes.


Mouse smoothing[edit]

Disable mouse smoothing
  1. Navigate to the configuration file(s) location.
  2. Open Input.ini with a text editor:
  3. Add the following lines:


Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Music, Effects, Character Dialogue.
Surround sound
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost


Language UI Audio Sub Notes
Traditional Chinese
Simplified Chinese
Brazilian Portuguese
Latin American Spanish
Windows language setting must be set to Spanish from México (Español de México).


Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
Local play
2 Co-op, Versus
Split-screen (choice of horizontal or vertical).[5]
Supports crossplay with Xbox One
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.[6] 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]


Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 12
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes

System requirements[edit]

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 GTX 750 Ti
AMD Radeon R7 260X
2 GB of VRAM
Other Windows 10 Anniversary Update installed (Windows 10 version 1607)
A 64-bit operating system is required.