Microsoft's on/off approach with PC gaming is very much 'On' these days. Since E3 we found out that every first-party game is also coming to PC, with Gears of War 4 being the undoubted headliner of 2016. JD Fenix and co are about to embark in all-out war for the safety of their homeland against the Locust invasion. Never mind JD Fenix though, what's your PC going to make of these extremely demanding official system requirements for Gears of War 4. Read on to find out...

Gears of War 4 Minimum System Requirements

  • OS: Windows 10 64-bit (with Anniversary Update)
  • CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2 GHz or AMD FX-6300 3.5 GHz
  • RAM: 8 GB System Memory
  • VRAM: 2 GB Video Memory
  • GPU: GeForce GTX 750 Ti or AMD Radeon R7 260X
  • DX: DirectX 12
  • HDD: 80GB available storage space.

Gears of War 4 Recommended System Requirements

  • OS: Windows 10 64-bit
  • CPU: Intel Core i5-4690 3.5 GHz or AMD FX-8350 4.0 GHz
  • RAM: 16 GB System Memory
  • VRAM: 4 GB Video Memory
  • GPU: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 or AMD Radeon RX 480
  • DX: DirectX 12

Gears of War 4 Ultra System Requirements

  • OS: Windows 10 64-bit
  • CPU: Intel Core i7-4790 4.0 GHz or AMD FX-9590 4.7 GHz
  • RAM: 16 GB System Memory
  • VRAM: 4GB HBM or 6GB GDDR5
  • GPU: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 or AMD Radeon R9 Fury X
  • DX: DirectX 12
  • HDD: 80GB available storage space + SSD

Now that, ladies and gents, is the sight of some blisteringly demanding system requirements. The highest we have seen, in fact, making Gears of War 4 the most demanding PC game in existence.

Fortunately, this isn't the case across the board. Gears of War 4 has a much more reasonable set of minimum system requirements, albeit still comparatively high against the competition. It's nice to see the GeForce GTX 750 Ti squeeze in. I know plenty of you have Nvidia's tiny powerhouse and it should be capable of playing Gears of War 4 at Low settings, along with AMD's equivalent, the Radeon R7 260X. 

Aside from this the CPU requirements are par for the course, as is the 8GB RAM requirement. As with any Microsoft first-party game we're looking at Windows 10 being a necessity, along with DirectX 12 support. What is surprising is the 80GB installation size. That's absolutely mammoth, indicating The Coalition are squeezing in plenty of nice high resolution textures.

The jump up to recommended is a sizeable one. Both AMD and Nvidia's latest mid-range graphics cards make an appearance. Not many people likely have these yet, but the R9 390 and GTX 970 are equivalents which will provide similar performance in GoW 4.

Ultra requirements for Gears of War 4 are of course where things get extreme. Microsoft hasn't specified, but I'd imagine these specs are good for 4K. Across CPU and GPU they're the most powerful available aside from more specialist choices like the Radeon Pro Duo or Titan X Pascal. Aside from this it's rare to see an SSD recommended, but this likely helps with streaming in high resolution assets nice and quickly, improving loading times between areas.

Remember, you can always check out how well your PC can run the Gears of War 4 System Requirements here, where you can check benchmarking and performance from other users. Compare your graphics card to the Gears of War 4 benchmark chart.