Series X gameplay: Gears 5 astonishes on next-gen Xbox
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Series X gameplay: Gears 5 astonishes on next-gen Xbox

Alex Kane
4 November 2020

Fresh footage shows what the new Xbox can do.

Gears 5, one of the best, most underrated titles of the Xbox One era, has been newly optimized for the next-gen Series X console.

Gears 5 Xbox Series X gameplay

In a new video analysis from Eurogamer’s Digital Foundry, players can get a look at real-time footage of the new and improved Gears 5 running on a Series X.

Even at a glance, it’s pretty stunning to behold — the game was already one of the finest-looking titles in the Xbox One catalog. But side-by-side comparisons offer a more complete glimpse into what next gen really has to offer.

Once-lengthy load times have been reduced to under 10 seconds, lighting and shadow are more realistic across the board, and cutscenes now boast finer detail and realism courtesy of the game’s PC version.

Once-lengthy load times have been reduced to under 10 seconds, lighting and shadow are more realistic across the board, and cutscenes now boast finer detail and realism courtesy of the game’s PC version.

“The visual improvements are excellent. The new lighting features, improved shadows, increased detail and smoother overall frame rate are all welcome changes,” Eurogamer writes.

“Gears 5 still features one of the best HDR implementations out there. The only thing that remains to be seen is how it stacks up on Xbox Series S, and how that stacks up to the full-fat Series X experience.”

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