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Get the best out of Gears of War 4 on Windows 10

 

Overview

Gears of War 4 on Windows 10 lets you play with 4K graphics capabilities. If you have the hardware to support it, you can fine-tune your experience to get the very best out of the game. Here are some tips and tricks you can follow.

Available memory: RAM and VRAM

The memory on your Windows 10 device is shared between all running software and apps. To get the best possible experience, close all other programs before running Gears of War 4 on Windows 10.

Note You can check the memory on your device by opening Task Manager: right-click the Windows icon and select Task Manager, Performance, and then Memory.

If you don’t know your GPU (graphics processor) or VRAM (video memory), here’s how you can check:

  1. Go to Start >Settings > System.
  2. On the Display tab, scroll to the bottom and select Advanced display settings.
  3. Scroll to the bottom and select Display adapter properties. The Adapter Type will display the name of the GPU, and the Dedicated Memory will display the VRAM.

Alternatively, the in-game video options menu will tell you your GPU brand, total VRAM, and native monitor resolution in the bottom-right corner.

See How to find out if a game will work on your Windows 10 device  for more info about how to check your device.

Input lag

Gears of War 4 uses raw mouse input without smoothing or acceleration. If you find the input in the game to be unresponsive, try the following tips to reduce input lag:

  • Select “Game/Gaming” mode if your display supports it.

  • Set your display refresh rate (Hz) as high as possible.

  • Turn off all post-processing options on your display (refer to your display user manual).

  • Make sure you’re using one of the following cables:

    • DisplayPort

    • HDMI 1.4 (or higher)

    • DVI

  • In the game options (Options > Video), set the v-sync option to Off.

  • Lower the in-game default settings (Options > Video).

Display resolutions

To check and change your display resolution on your computer:

  1. Right-click on your desktop and select Display Settings.
  2. Select Advanced Display Settings.
  3. Select the Recommended setting.

To check and change your display resolution in Gears of War 4:

  • From the main menu, go to Options > Video > Scaled Resolution.

  • Reduce the resolution to improve performance at the cost of visual quality.

  • Increase the resolution to improve visual quality at the cost of performance.

To achieve native 4K resolution, you’ll need the following cables:

  • 3840x2160 at 30Hz – Minimum HDMI 1.4 or DisplayPort 1.2a

  • 3840x2160 at 60Hz – DisplayPort 1.2a or HDMI 2.0

For more info on achieving 4K resolution, visit one of the following websites:

Note 4K resolution is highly demanding on the GPU, as it’s 4 times larger than the standard 1080p. We recommend you only select 4K resolution or higher if your GPU supports it.

Audio devices

If you encounter issues with your audio device, try switching to a device that's capable of at least 44.1 kHz sample rate.

For more info on how to improve your computer’s gaming performance, visit Improve your computer's gaming performance.

Performance Benchmark

The Performance Benchmark is designed to showcase heavy combat, which will let you see how the game is performing on your device. Depending on the results, you may want to change your video settings to achieve better performance throughout the game.

You can access the benchmark in-game by going to Benchmark from the main menu.

If you think you're getting lower than expected performance, or if you notice a pattern of faster and slower framerates in the benchmark results, check the Xbox app to confirm that you don’t have Background Recording enabled:

  1. Go to Start and select the Xbox app.

  2. Select Settings.

  3. Select the Game DVR tab.

  4. Set Background Recording to Off.

Pick the right settings

Gears of War 4 for Windows 10 has been built to support up to 4K resolution and beyond on PCs. This means the “Ultra” texture options in the video options menu includes high-resolution textures.

Here are some recommendations for texture settings:

  • If your video card has 6 GB and above of VRAM, we recommend using the Ultra settings.

  • If your video card has 4 GB of VRAM, we recommend using the High settings.

  • If your video card has 2 GB of VRAM, we recommend using the Medium settings.

  • If your video card has 1 GB of VRAM, we recommend using the Low settings.

To check how much VRAM your device has, see the Available memory: RAM and VRAM section above.

To see how much VRAM is being used in the game, go to Options > Video and change the “Show Stats” setting to “All.” In the bottom-right corner, the game will display the used and available VRAM. If the first number (used VRAM) is not close to or larger than the second number (available VRAM), you can safely increase some texture settings. You can mix and match texture settings to get a visual balance you're happy with while maintaining high performance.

The first time you load the game, you'll be configured with the “Recommended” settings. If you want to re-detect the hardware at any time, simply open File Explorer and navigate to the following location:

%localappdata%/Packages/Microsoft.SpartaUWP_8wekyb3d8bbwe/LocalState/GearGame/Saved/Config/UWP

Then, delete the GameUserSettings.ini file.

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