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In about two weeks, the Gears 5 multiplayer test will begin. Back when Gears 1 was the new hotness, I remember the multiplayer matches being heavily affected by connection to the game’s host. Thankfully, that is a thing of the past. The goal of this test is just like any other beta or tech test. As the Coalition says, “This Technical Test allows us to stress test our servers over two focused Test Periods to ensure the best possible experience when large volumes of players rush in at launch.” Be warned: this tech test is available only to Xbox Game Pass members and Windows Store pre-order customers.

Gears 5 Multiplayer Test

Like the Coalition said, there will be two testing periods. The first will begin on July 19th and run until July 22nd. The second will pick up on July 26th and end on July 29th. Players will be able to download the tech test on July 17th. It will be available for download  during the tests and between test periods. Players who are eligible for testing can play the modes Arcade, Escalation, and King of the Hill on two brand new multiplayer maps. There are two new modes called Bootcamp and Tour of Duty, which are both introductions to multiplayer. Completing all Tour of Duty medals will earn players Tester weapon skins and banners for the full game.

The Coalition also outlined the minimum, recommended, and ideal specs for PC user for this test:


  • OS: Windows 10 May 2019 Update
  • CPU: AMD FX-6000 Series or Intel i3 Skylake
  • GPU: AMD Radeon R9 280 or RX 560, or Nvidia GTX 760 or GTX 1050, 2GB VRAM
  • RAM: 6GB
  • HDD: 15GB


  • OS: Windows 10 May 2019 Update
  • CPU: AMD Ryzen 3 or Intel i5 Skylake
  • GPU: AMD Radeon RX 570 or RX 5700, or Nvidia GTX 970 or GTX 1660 Ti, 4GB VRAM
  • RAM: 8GB
  • HDD: 15GB


  • OS: Windows 10 May 2019 Update
  • CPU: AMD Ryzen 7 or Intel i7 Skylake
  • GPU: AMD Radeon VII or Nvidia GTX 2080, 8GB VRAM
  • RAM: 8GB
  • HDD: 15GB SSD

Gears 5 will be launching in full on September 10th on PC and Xbox One.

Will you be taking part in the multiplayer test? Let us know in the comments below.

Source: The Coalition