The first Gears of War 5 tech test is coming on July 19th, and we’ve got all the details of what’s going on and how you can get up close and personal with Gears 5!

Firstly, you should make sure that you’re eligible to join. The tech test will be available to both Xbox One and Windows 10 PC players.

The first tech test will run from July 19th at 10AM PDT until July 22nd at 10AM PDT.

The second will run from July 26th at 10AM PDT until July 29th at 10AM PDT.

The goal of the Gears 5 tech tests is to see how well the game servers can handle an influx of players ahead of launch day. There’s an access queue system in place to help protect server stability, so just be aware that you may wind up in a queue before you play.

As for the tech test itself, there’ll be three distinct modes across two brand new multiplayer maps:

  • Arcade: A new approachable, frenetic Versus experience
  • Escalation: The pinnacle objective mode of Gears is back and better than ever
  • King of the Hill: Capture the hill, enjoy the carnage

Those who participate in the tech test will also get to try out two new game features:

  • Bootcamp: Practice your skills and learn new mechanics in the new training mode
  • Tour Of Duty: Experience a mini Tour of Duty, where you’ll complete Medals to unlock exclusive Tester Weapon Skins to take into Gears 5. Complete all 3 Medals to unlock the exclusive Tester Banner to showcase in Gears 5.

Xbox One players who have Xbox Game Pass or Game Pass Ultimate get automatic access to the tech test. You can pre-download the tech test from the Game Pass Library on the 17th of July at 10am PDT.

If you’re not a Game Pass subscriber, you can also access the test by pre-ordering digitally via the Xbox Store, or by redeeming a code provided when pre-ordering a physical copy at participating retailers. You can find a list of participating retailers here.

Regardless of how you’ve pre-ordered Gears, you’ll need either Xbox Live Gold or Xbox Game Pass Ultimate to play, as the tech test is online multiplayer.

It’s pretty much the same for Windows 10 PC users. If you have Game Pass/Ultimate, you’ll get automatic access. Otherwise, you can pre-order the game digitally via the Windows Store.

Once again, at 10am PDT on July 17th, you can search for ‘Gears 5’ in the Windows Store and pre-download the tech test for yourself.

Below is a chart of both minimum and recommended Gears 5 tech test specs, provided by the Gears 5 team themselves:

Credit: Gears 5.

If you can’t read the text, you can find the specs in plain text below.

Minimum Spec (AMD)

  • Min OS: Windows 10 May 2019 Update
  • CPU: AMD FX-6000 Series
  • GPU: AMD Radeon R9 280 or RX 560
  • VRAM: 2GB
  • RAM: 6GB
  • HDD: 15GB

Minimum Spec (Nvidia)

  • Min OS: Windows 10 May 2019 Update
  • CPU: Intel i3 Skylake
  • GPU: Nvidia GTX 760 or GTX 1050
  • VRAM: 2GB
  • RAM: 6GB
  • HDD: 15GB

Recommended Spec (AMD)

  • Min OS: Windows 10 May 2019 Update
  • CPU: AMD Ryzen 3
  • GPU: AMD Radeon RX 570 or RX 5700
  • VRAM: 4GB
  • RAM: 8GB
  • HDD: 15GB

Recommended Spec (Nvidia)

  • Windows 10 May 2019 Update
  • Intel i5 Skylake
  • Nvidia GTX 970 or GTX 1660 Ti
  • VRAM: 4GB
  • RAM: 8GB
  • HDD: 15GB

Ideal Spec (AMD)

  • Windows 10 May 2019 Update
  • AMD Ryzen 7
  • AMD Radeon VII
  • VRAM: 8GB
  • RAM: 16GB
  • HDD: 15GB + SSD

Ideal Spec (Nvidia)

  • Windows 10 May 2019 Update
  • Intel i7 Skylake
  • Nvidia GTX 2080
  • VRAM: 8GB
  • RAM: 16GB
  • HDD: 15GB + SSD

For more information on the tech test, including a list of participating retailers who’ll supply codes for the test, you can check out the official page here. Happy testing!

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