'Gears of War 4' Windows 10 Version Will Have Unlocked Frame Rate, Even in Cross-Play

Joseph Bradford

At E3 2016, Microsoft announced that the much-anticipated Gears of War 4 game coming to Xbox One would also be hitting Windows 10 PCs in October. Additionally, with their newly announced Xbox Play Anywhere initiative, Gears of War 4 users will be able to get the game on one platform and have it on both. Cross-play is also enabled, meaning that any player on Windows 10 or Xbox One could play the game together.

This brings up an interesting dilemma since the campaign of Xbox One's Gears of War 4 will run at a capped 30-frames-per-second in the campaign mode. However, with the ability to play the game with Windows 10 users, the question became whether or not the PC version would be capped to keep in rhythm with the Xbox One.

"[O]n the Xbox we're running at 30hz, 1080p for the campaign, 60hz, 1080p for multiplayer. On Windows 10, PC gamers will run as fast as your hardware will support. So you can lock it to your Vsync or your monitor refresh rate, or you can run it fully unlocked, you know, 120 frames or whatever your system can support."
"Because of the way the engine works, at the core it supports a variable time stamp. The way that the network updates happen between co-op [or] two players, we can have the PC game running at the higher frame rate against the Xbox One at a fixed frame rate. And everything works."
"Say you're running at the lowest resolution to get the highest frame rate, or you've just got a really powerful system against someone who is running on a recommended or minimum spec PC that's running at a lower frame rate, it'll all network correctly and you'll get to play co-op."

Gears of War 4 is the latest major franchise to be confirmed for Windows 10 PCs, while the Windows 10 store has been off to a real shaky spot since its inception, with multiple titles being released with issues. Gears of War Ultimate Edition is still giving some PC players issues, so many PC players are naturally concerned with the quality of the port. It's obviously to-be-determined, though if Forza Motorsport 6: Apex and Killer Instinct on Windows 10 are any indication, things might be looking up for Windows gamers.

[Image via The Coalition/ Microsoft]