Gears of War 4 runs at 30FPS in the campaign, 60FPS for multiplayer

30FPS for the campaign, 60FPS for multiplayer on the Xbox One for Gears of War 4.

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Surprise surprise: Gears of War 4 will be running at 30FPS during the single-player campaign, and at 60FPS during the multiplayer battles. Both will be running at 1080p, but I'm sure it's going to be a dynamic resolution, scaling up to 1080p when it can.

The reason? The Coalition, the developer behind the Xbox One exclusive, wanted Gears of War 4 to be a "graphical showcase" on the Xbox One, just like the original Gears of War was for the Xbox 360. The single-player campaign is thus locked at 30FPS, while the multiplayer side of the game will be a much smoother 60FPS experience.

During the recent IGN Podcast, The Coalition boss Rod Fergusson explained: "It's a notion of wanting to make, to push, the visuals as hard as possible in the campaign, and there are also other aspects. When you look at your framerate, there are of the number of elements that go into it, part of it is rendered".

Gears of War 4 runs at 30FPS in the campaign, 60FPS for multiplayer |

There are GPU bottlenecks, but the CPU on the Xbox One is something to considered, too. Fergusson continued: "There is a GPU-side, but there is also a CPU side and the number of monsters you want on screen, the number of AI that is running is going to eat up your CPU, and is going to slow you down".

But don't worry, The Coalition promises that Gears of War 4 will "blow people's minds visually". The 60FPS multiplayer gameplay responsiveness "is the most important" part for The Coalition.


Anthony joined the TweakTown team in 2010 and has since reviewed 100s of graphics cards. Anthony is a long time PC enthusiast with a passion of hate for games built around consoles. FPS gaming since the pre-Quake days, where you were insulted if you used a mouse to aim, he has been addicted to gaming and hardware ever since. Working in IT retail for 10 years gave him great experience with custom-built PCs. His addiction to GPU tech is unwavering and has recently taken a keen interest in artificial intelligence (AI) hardware.

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