What you need to know
- Gears 5 launches in September on Xbox One and PC.
- The game eliminates the season pass and loot crates.
- All Xbox Live Gold members can play the multiplayer test from tomorrow.
- You can preorder the game for $50 on Amazon (opens in new tab).
Today, Gears 5 developer The Coalition announced that the "Gears 5 Versus Tech Test" will open to all Xbox Live Gold members. The Tech Test will run from July 26 at 1 PM EDT to July 29 at 1 PM EDT. You just have to search for "Gears 5 Tech Test" on the Microsoft Store and you can download it to your console.
The franchise will feature 60 Hz servers for the first time with Gears 5 and there is one tuning setup across core and competitive multiplayer modes. Servers that track action at 60 Hz should make shooting feel much more precise. This should give every shot more meaning.
Keep in mind that online multiplayer requires Xbox Live Gold. Despite that, you might encounter some queueing as you start to play as the Tech Test is designed to help test servers. Hopefully, these issues will be ironed out before its September launch. If you play the Tech Test from 8.30 PM to 9:30 EDT on July 26, you can earn the "Wreath Bloodspray."
A personal journey
Explore Sera. Skim across glaciers, sail over deserts, and descend into sunken ruins to discover the largest and most diverse Gears world ever created.
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Asher Madan handles gaming news for Windows Central. Before joining Windows Central in 2017, Asher worked for a number of different gaming outlets. He has a background in medical science and is passionate about all forms of entertainment, cooking, and antiquing.
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