For a second there I thought Microsoft had forgotten all about us. Originally announced for PC and Xbox One way back at E3 last year, the Xbox One version of Gears of War: Ultimate Edition came any went last August and there hasn't been a sniff of the PC port. Well it looks as if it's coming soon, because the system requirements for Gears of War: Ultimate Edition briefly went up on the Windows Store before being snatched down. 

We've got them listed below and they might not make for pleasant reading for some of you. It seems to be a feature of DirectX 12-compatible games that they have mammoth system requirements, which wasn't exactly how we were sold the new graphics API. That extra hardware does net you the best version of Epic's third-person shooter yet though. Gears of War: Ultimate Edition comes with remastered 4K visuals and an uncapped frame rate, should your gaming PC be up to the task.

Gears of War: Ultimate Edition Minimum System Requirements

  • OS: Windows 10 64-bit
  • CPU: Intel Core i5-2400S 2.5 GHz or AMD FX-6300 Six-Core 3.5 GHz
  • RAM: 8 GB System Memory
  • GPU: GeForce GT 650 Ti or Radeon R7 260X
  • HDD: 60 GB Available Space
  • DX: DirectX 12

Gears of War: Ultimate Edition Recommended System Requirements

  • OS: Windows 10 64-bit
  • CPU: Intel Core i5-4690K 3.5 GHz or AMD FX-8350 4.0 GHz
  • RAM: 16 GB System Memory
  • GPU RAM: 4 GB Video Memory
  • GPU: GeForce GTX 970 or Radeon R9 290X
  • HDD: 60 GB Available Space
  • DX: DirectX 12

Gears of War: Ultimate Edition Ultra 4K System Requirements

  • OS: Windows 10 64-bit
  • CPU: Intel Core i7-4790T 2.7 GHz or AMD FX-8350 4.0 GHz
  • RAM: 16 GB System Memory
  • GPU RAM: 6 GB Video Memory
  • GPU: GeForce GTX 980 Ti or Radeon R9 390X
  • HDD: 60 GB Available Space & installed on SSD
  • DX: DirectX 12

Okay, so Quantum Break was one thing; I mean, it's a port of a brand new Xbox One game, but this is something else entirely. Gears of War: Ultimate Edition is a remaster of a decade-old game, so we were a little bit surprised to see such sky-high recommended system requirements. While both the GTX 970 and R9 290 are popular graphics cards, they're both certainly towards the higher end of the scale. For 1080p gaming in a Gears of War remaster we'd have expected them to be massively surplus to requirements. Likewise with the 16GB RAM. We haven't seen many games push at 8GB rig just yet, and we'd be surprised if Gears of War: Ultimate Edition does, in truth.

Once again we also see Windows 10 64-bit as the minimum operating system, and we expect this to be the standard for first-party Microsoft titles going forward. It means we can advantage of all those juicy DirectX 12 features, but it does also mean forcing us to used the dreaded Windows Store. Don't expect to see Gears of War: Ultimate Edition on Steam any time soon. 

Down at the minimum and things are a little bit more reasonable. While Microsoft hasn't specified, expect these to be good for minimum settings at 1080p, or higher settings at 720p. 

Obviously gaming at 4K is a different matter, and you're going to need a truly monstrous rig to crank Gears of War: Ultimate Edition up to that ultra-sharp resolution. No complains there; a premium experience demands a premium rig. For those of us with a GTX 980 Ti or equivalent, at least we can come back and enjoy Gears of War at 4K at a later date. One thing to highlight is Microsoft recommending an SSD. This should cut back on load times significantly, particularly when making use of 4K textures, and like in Batman: Arkham Knight could reduce instances of stuttering. 

Remember, you can always check out how well your PC can run the Gears of War: Ultimate Edition System Requirements here, where you can check benchmarking and performance from other users. Compare your graphics card to the Gears of War: Ultimate Edition benchmark chart.