Play Gears 5 for Free on Steam for the Next Five Days as Part Xbox Live Promotion

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Numerous publishers have been giving away free games of late. Here is one that is free for the next five days. Microsoft and Steam have made Gears 5 free as part of a promotion for Xbox Live Free Play Days. Xbox Live Free Play Days are Microsoft’s free events. They are normally reserved for Live Gold, or Ultimate members. The promotion also includes various discounts for different editions of the game. The discounts can range with anything from 15% off to 50% off depending on the item, or game edition.

Gears 5 made its way onto an interesting list at the end of 2019. Dark Side Of Gaming posthumously ranked it as number 2 on their “Top 10 Most Optimized PC Games of 2019“. They noted how the game does not need a top tier card and offers a lot of graphical settings for users to adjust. Our own Brent Justice recently featured it in a MSI GeForce GTX 1660 Super Gaming X Review. There we could see low to mid tier cards, from AMD and NVIDIA, trade blows. We saw how the tested cards could hold around 59 fps to just under 80 fps at the “Insane” setting in 1080p. By lowering to “Ultra” all those cards easily hit 60 fps with a XFX RX 5600 XT nearly topping 90 fps.

Other tech insights to Gears 5

Gears 5 uses the Unreal Engine 4. Developed by The Coalition for Xbox Game Studios they primarily focus on the Gears franchise. Overall it has had mixed reviews but mostly positive on Steam with over eight thousand reviews. IGN gave it a very favorable review. As noted by DSOG the game offers an almost unprecedented plethora of graphical settings. Even when they simulated a dual it core managed an average of 66 fps and a minimum of 34 fps. That’s not too shabby in an age where many enthusiasts are upgrading to either six or eight core CPUs.

Peter Brosdahl
As a child of the 70’s I was part of the many who became enthralled by the video arcade invasion of the 1980’s. Saving money from various odd jobs I purchased my first computer from a friend of my dad, a used Atari 400, around 1982. Eventually it would end up being a lifelong passion of upgrading and modifying equipment that, of course, led into a career in IT support.

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