Gears 5 launches on Xbox Game Pass (update)

What you need to know

  • Gears 5 is a third-person shooter from Xbox Game Studios.
  • The game features a lot of new additions to its campaign and multiplayer.
  • Accessibility support is also exemplary.
  • You can purchase Xbox Game Pass through Amazon (opens in new tab).

Updated September 9, 2019: Gears 5: Standard Edition is now available to Xbox Game Pass owners. Only Xbox Game Pass Ultimate owners get access to the Ultimate Edition of the game which comes with a number of bonuses like the Halo: Reach Character Pack and more.

Gears 5 is an upcoming third-person shooter from The Coalition. Not only does the game feature a larger campaign, but it also provided plenty of multiplayer modes. Some of the more underrated features of the game have to be its accessibility support and 60 Hz servers for smooth competitive matches.

Since it's 9 PM EDT, Gears 5: Ultimate Edition is now available to those who preordered it, or everyone who's an Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscriber. Xbox Game Pass Ultimate bundles Xbox Game Pass for Xbox One, Xbox Game Pass for PC, and Xbox Live Gold into one package.

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In Windows Central's review, Jez Corden wrote, "as a benchmark for visual excellence balanced against stellar performance, Gears 5 is technical wizardry. It also bridges platforms and storefronts... complete with... cross-play. The fact that Gears 5 manages to jam a... 12 to 18-hour campaign, several multiplayer modes, a map editor, and the promise of post-launch support represents one of the best deals in gaming right now. It's an even better value when you factor in Xbox Game Pass."

The game is garnering stellar reviews and you should check it out if you can. Gears 5: Standard Edition launches on September 10, and is part of the regular Xbox Game Pass subscription.

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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.