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Since its arrival last year, Gears of War 4 has hardly been a great advertisement for the Windows 10 Store and UWP (Universal Windows Platform) apps. Not only was it a frankly ridiculous 120GB install, but earlier this year Microsoft pushed out a staggering 245.5 GB patch. Now, some eight months after its launch, developer The Coalition has sought to make amends with a further 29GB patch. Its purpose? Using advanced compression techniques to shrink Gears of War 4’s installation size down to ‘just’ 93GB.
Finally, it’s time to settle the score once and for all. After months of dilly dallying and testing, PC players will soon be able to take on Xbox One players in ranked Gears of War 4 matches. The might of the mouse and keyboard against the… comfiness of the gamepad, it’s a showdown for the ages.
Microsoft’s screw-ups with the Windows 10 Store are well documented, yet few have made me chuckle quite as much as Microsoft pushing an absolutely ginormous 250GB update for Gears of War 4.
The time has come. The gloves are off. The Coalition is hosting a special test weekend of cross-platform multiplayer in Gears of War 4, pitting PC players against their console brethren in what promises to be a horrendously one-sided fight to the death.
You honestly can’t make this stuff up. So Randy Pitchford, CEO of Gearbox (the guys behind Duke Nukem Forever and Borderlands to name two) responded to a tweet yesterday by Alex Everatt who mentioned how badass a Gears Of War 4 / Duke Nukem crossover would be. The interesting thing was, he responded with a tweet that said they were announcing something on December 1st that Alex might really enjoy. A statement that you can’t really avoid the implication in. Is this crossover actually coming to us in the near future?
Gears of War 4 is out now for those who want to splash the obscene amount of $100 on the Ultimate Edition, or alternatively you could just wait four days and grab it for $60. In the meantime we've got our mitts on some extensive Gears of War 4 performance benchmarks, providing a breakdown of the sort of performance you can expect from pretty much all gaming graphics cards from the last four or so years.
I never thought I’d live to see the day that AMD got out a day one game ready driver before Nvidia, but here we are. After AMD droppped its own Radeon drivers a day or so ago, Nvidia has hit back with its latest GeForce 373.06 WHQL Game Ready drivers for Gears of War 4, Mafia III and Shadow Warrior 2.
It’s been whisper quiet on the Mafia 3 front these last few days. You wouldn’t know it was out in 14 hours. Word on the street is that review copies aren’t going out until launch day so bear that in mind if you’re tempted by a pre-order. We’ll have a review up for you as soon as possible hopefully. In the meantime AMD has been preparing for the arrival of Mafia III with the arrival of Radeon 16.10.1 Crimson driver, bringing all sorts of performance optimisations and tweaks for the open-world 60’s gangland caper.
If you haven't spotted the Gears of War 4 system requirements yet, then let it be said that it promises to be a very demanding beast. Luckily it looks as if The Coalition has absolutely heaps for PC players to tinker with in order to achieve their desire performance, comprising more than 30 individual advanced graphics options. Here we've got a run through of precisely how demanding each of the most important graphics option is in Gears of War 4 so you know what to tweak first in order to bump up your frame rate.
If you’ve spotted any usually cheap CD keys for Gears of War 4 doing the rounds it might be best to give them a wide berth. A huge batch of keys from Nvidia’s Gears of War 4 promotion have been revoked, so if you’ve got one it’s now worth nothing.
We’re just two weeks away from one of the biggest game launches of the year. Gears of War 4 is out on October 11th worldwide for both Xbox One and PC, and it’s already available to pre-load.

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