What you need to know
- Gears 5 is an upcoming third-person shooter from Microsoft's The Coalition.
- The game is expected to launch in September.
- Microsoft just revealed a number of Gears 5-themed console bundles and accessories.
- You can preorder Gears 5 for $50 on Amazon.
Gears 5 is an upcoming third-person shooter from Microsoft's The Coalition team. The studio has worked on Gears of War 4 in the past, and it wants to make the sequel an even bigger adventure. Recently, Ryan Cleven, Gears 5's Multiplayer Design Director, discussed servers and balance tuning. The franchise will feature 60 Hz servers for the first time with this game, and there is one tuning setup across core and competitive multiplayer modes.
A personal journey
Explore the world like never before. Skim across glaciers, sail over deserts, and descend into sunken ruins to discover the largest and most diverse Gears world ever created.
Early access starts on September 6 with Xbox Game Pass Ultimate. Gears 5 is the biggest game launching for Xbox One and PC from Microsoft, and the company wants it to be a grand event. As a result, there will be a number of console bundles and accessories. You can read about and preorder them below.
Gears 5 Limited Edition Xbox One X Bundle
The Gears 5 Limited Edition Xbox One X Bundle costs $500 and is designed by The Coalition and the Xbox Industrial Design Team. It features a dark translucent casing and laser-etched cracks across the top to give the appearance of shattered ice. It even has a golden Locust symbol on the back. You can preorder it today through the Microsoft Store and other retailers.
Covered in ice
The best experience
Featuring the Omen submerged in ice and snow, the Gears 5 Limited Edition Xbox One X Bundle is available for preorder today. This bundle features the limited edition console, the Kait Diaz Limited Edition controller, and past games.
This bundle features the limited edition Xbox One X, the Kait Diaz Limited Edition Xbox Wireless Controller, a download code for Gears 5: Ultimate Edition, a download code for Gears of War: Ultimate Edition, download codes for Gears of War 2, Gears of War 3, and Gears of War 4, and one-month subscriptions to Xbox Game Pass and Xbox Live Gold. There are also in-game Ice Kait and the Ice Jack skins thrown in there for good measure.
Not as bright
The Gears 5 Xbox One X Bundle comes with the standard black console and controller. Luckily, it still contains codes for Gears 5 and the other games in the critically-acclaimed saga.
If for some odd reason you don't like the look of the console, you can always get the standard black one for $500. It still comes with all the games, but you won't get any of the gorgeous designs. If you don't have a 4K display or don't care about playing the game at a higher resolution and frame rate, the Gears 5 Xbox One S is also available for preorder for $300. Keep in mind that all of these consoles are launching in September.
Back to basics
The Gears 5 Xbox One S Bundle comes with the standard white console and controller. Luckily, it still contains codes for Gears 5 and the other games in the popular franchise. This console can't render the game at 4K resolution.
Kait Diaz Limited Edition Xbox Controller
Since Kait Diaz is the protagonist in Gears 5, it's only fitting that she has her own controller. The Kait Diaz Limited Edition Xbox Wireless Controller is part of the Gears 5 Limited Edition Xbox One X Bundle, but can also be purchased separately for $75. The device features a snow-weathered look inspired by Kait's armor. It tries to capture the look of classic Gears of War armor. It also comes with the bonus in-game Ice Kait skin.
Looks like armor
Matches the console
This Xbox Wireless Controller authentically captures the look and feel of classic in-game armor. The device is compatible with the Xbox One family but also features Bluetooth technology for playing on Windows 10.
This controller will be available on August 20 and can be preordered today from the Microsoft Store and other retailers. If you want to put it on display, be sure to check out the Controller Gear stand for $50 that matches the peripheral. The stand should ship on August 27 and can be acquired through GameStop.
Display in style
Matches the stunning controller
The Gears 5 Limited Edition Charging Stand from Controller Gear is manufactured with the same high-quality and color material as your Xbox controller. The base includes a magnetic contact system to ensure a perfect and secure charge every time.
Gears 5 Special Edition Seagate Game Drive
The Gears 5 Special Edition Seagate Game Drive for Xbox One is a unique collector's item for any Gears of War fan. With a 2 TB hard drive and USB 3.0 functionality, it can easily store a lot of games. Just like the Sea of Thieves model, it comes with a Lancer weapon skin, Supply Drops for use in Gears 5, and a one-month Xbox Game Pass Ultimate membership. Luckily, it'll be available on August 20.
Storage in style
Store over fifty games in a 2 TB portable external hard drive for Gears 5. The device features the frozen Crimson Omen emblem, but also includes the ice block Lancer weapon skin and Supply Drops stacked with random goods.
Gears 5 Razer Turret
The Razer Turret is an excellent keyboard and mouse solution for Xbox One because it's wireless. It's already available for the console, but this model is your standard version. Luckily, a Gears 5-themed edition is coming in September for $300. Just like the headset, it also includes a bonus in-game item and Lancer weapon skin. It isn't available for preorder just yet, but those details are expected very soon.
A premium keyboard and mouse
Works on your lap
This is a great keyboard and mouse combo for a living room PC experience, but the weak support from Microsoft and Xbox makes it hardly worth while for a console user.
Gears 5 Razer Thresher
Gears 5 features a diverse selection of sounds, from explosions to gunfire. If you want to immerse yourself in the game, you probably want to pick up a headset for your Xbox One. There's a Gears 5-themed Razer Thresher coming in September that should do the trick. Not only does it feature incredible audio, but it also looks amazing. A bonus in-game item and Lancer weapon skin will also be included within the Gears 5 headset. It's unclear how much it's going to cost, but more details are also expected in September.
The Razer Thresher delivers wireless surround sound for the most immersive audio experience possible on console. The headset is capable of the highest audio bandwidth on console, delivering the highest highs and the lowest lows.
A lot of hardware was announced today, and we're looking forward to getting our hands on the Gears 5 Limited Edition Xbox One Bundle and the Gears 5 Razer Turret the most. What about you? Let us know.
Best of the best
Xbox Game Pass and Xbox Live Gold in one
Xbox Game Pass gives you access to over a hundred games for one monthly fee. Xbox Game Pass Ultimate also adds Xbox Live Gold to the package so you can play online with your friends. Right now, you can purchase a three-month subscription for $45 through Amazon.
Excellent and affordable Xbox accessories
Up your Xbox experience with one (or all) of these budget accessories, all of which are approved by the gamers of Windows Central.
PowerA Play & Charge Kit for Xbox One ($15 at Amazon)
This charging kit keeps your Xbox One wireless controllers juiced up, and it offers batteries for two controllers. At just $15, this is hands-down our favorite budget charging companion.
ElecGear 4 Port USB Xbox One S Hub ($19 at Amazon)
This brilliant little USB splitter hub attaches perfectly to the side of your Xbox One S console. It's ideal for use with chargers, controllers, headsets, and more.
Controller Gear stand ($13 at Amazon)
Proudly display your Xbox gamepads with this stylish and functional stand. The licensed design is minimalist and black, and it has a hidden storage compartment, making the price of $13 a real steal.
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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.