Announced by Microsoft on March 16, Gears 5 on Xbox Series X will make use of the Smart Delivery system, meaning players who already own the Xbox One version will get it on the new console for free. The Xbox Series X will automatically know to download the improved version, while any Xbox One consoles will still download the old one.
Improvements on Xbox Series X include better textures and volumetric fog, higher particle count, and 60 frames per second during cutscenes for a smoother transition to gameplay. Shadows and lighting have also been improved, and the game is currently running at 100 frames per second with potential to hit 120 frames per second in multiplayer.
Microsoft and developer The Coalition compared the Xbox Series X version’s performance to a PC running on full ultra-level settings, but even a system that powerful couldn’t match some of the features enabled on Xbox Series X, such as a 50 percent higher particle count.
Gears 5 will be available for Xbox Series X when the console launches later this year. It will be joined by Microsoft’s other major shooter, Halo Infinite, which will also be releasing across Xbox One, Xbox Series X, and PC.
For more on the Xbox Series X’s technical features, check out GameSpot’s full specifications list.
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