‘Gears Of War 5’ Is Beautiful In A Way Nothing Else On Xbox One Or PS4 Can Match

Gears of War 5 may be the best looking game of this entire console generation, across Xbox One X or PS4 Pro.

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Kribwalker10d ago

I’d agree with that statement. All of that at a buttery smooth 60fps is an amazing feat that can’t be denied. If the next gen can lock 60fps with graphics upgrades i’ll be quite happy

lxeasy10d ago (Edited 10d ago )

If Next Gen games look as beautiful as Gears 5 and run as smoothly then we are in for a treat like no other. Although I will say, to say that nothing on PS4 can match those graphics is a bit extreme. There is no denying Gears 5 is one of the most gorgeous games to release this Gen along side Forza Horizon 4. However PS4 has Gorgeous games as well like God of War and Uncharted 4.

AngelicIceDiamond10d ago

Too true Gears is ONE of the top better looking games of the gen but not the absolute best looking. Its sits comfortably along side, GOW, Uncharted, TombRaider, The Witcher 3, HZD, FH4 and RDR2.

Its weird that nobody really mentions The Order but that game looks good as well.

umair_s5110d ago

I think gears 5 looks as good as UC4 and runs twice as fast.

kernel10d ago (Edited 10d ago )

Those games dont stack up to gears 5 on the technical side, they have great art style though. Note that Im comparing the one x to the ps4 pro. 60 fps looks much better in motion, so maybe thats why I find it so much more impressive.

DaDrunkenJester10d ago

The thing with comparing Gears to these other games is that you have to factor in that it is also running at 60fps, unlike GoW and UC4 and the games Angelic listed. It also only sacrifices down to 30fps when it does splitscreen co-op which again is something those other games don't provide.

I'd be willing to bet that Gears 5 could have surpassed these other titles in raw visuals if it didn't have to hit 60fps or have split-screen co-op to accommodate for.

carcarias10d ago

I agree.

Unfortunately, journos feel they have to say ramp up their claims to get those precious clicks, rather than say something similar to your comment; something balanced, fair and more accurate.

He'll probably write a similar article after Last of Us 2 releases ;)

ndonnine9d ago

What? Uncharted and GoW look no where near as good. Even on a 4k HDR qled tv.

Goukira9d ago

true ! I got Gears 5 with Gamepass on PC and I'm running it on 4k 60fps with Ultra Settings. But I must say I was more in awe when I booted up God of War.

sprinterboy9d ago

"If Next Gen games look as beautiful as Gears 5 and run as smoothly then we are in for a treat like no other"

I'm expecting better than gears 5 looking games next gen wether that be ps5 or scarlett.
I'd be well disappointed if nxt gen was just gears level?
Looks and plays great sure but I'm expecting that level and shitbkoads more.
Mind boggles at what Naught dog will do with nxt gen ryzen/navi.

cigi9d ago

The point here is more that it is done in half the time - like 16.6 ms vs That is NOT even close on PS4

Master of Unlocking9d ago

...or The Order 1886. Actually the latter [email protected] all over all the others graphics-wise, including Gears 5.

bluefox7559d ago (Edited 9d ago )

If gears had settled on a lower frame rate, then they'd probably be in the same league as Sony titles, but they didn't, and I appreciate that. I'll take frame rate over graphics any day. Even on PC though, it just isn't on the same level as other games. Definitely better than most from MS though. This has come from Forbes though, so to be expected.

umair_s519d ago (Edited 9d ago )

Looks like the PS4 is an embarrassment "for the players". Gears 5 destroys God of War.

Ceaser98573619d ago


It's funny how Xbox gets an Exclusive after Along time and kids like you comes here to bash PS4 exclusive... Troll elsewhere kid.. Gears 5 is good no doubt but GOW was better... GOTY 2018 says it all...

umair_s519d ago

@ Caesar
Sorry but God of War cannot match Gears 5 in terms of pure visuals. It is not even close. Gears is far better in terms of visuals than anything seen in PS4.

Ceaser98573619d ago (Edited 9d ago )

Nice try.. But like I said Gears 5 is good but Better than PS4 games visual wise?? Lmao!! It will take Years for MS team to get to Order 1886 level. Let alone GOW, Zero Dawn ... LOU 2 and DS will be on a different level. You can bash how much you want.. PS4 is leading for a reason. So keep bluffing yourself to make yourself feel better and enjoy your one exclusive which came after a long time..

Also stop confusing yourself. You first say Gears 5 looks UC4 level and then you say Gears looks better than any PS4 Games.
GOW visual is improved than UC4..

umair_s519d ago

PS4 pro got beaten badly by gears 5. You guys need PS5 to match quality of gears 5. Keep trying but gears has surpassed PS exclusive. Thanks

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gravedigger10d ago (Edited 10d ago )

Funny thing is XboneX version has basically the same graphical fidelity as version on XboneS. Probably, since XboneX is most powerful console around, it wasn't so hard to push it up to 60fps and from 1080p-1800p dynamic res on XboneX.

Game is looks good, though.

lxeasy10d ago

Xbox one X is 4K and 60fps
Xbox one S is 1080p 30 Fps
Not sure what you're talking about @gravedigger.

CBaoth10d ago (Edited 10d ago )


He's talking about the digital foundry piece that shows Gears 5 uses dynamic resolutions in order to maintain 60 FPS. The resolution drops as low as 1584p. This isn't a deal breaker by any means. Moving forward I expect to see every piece of software utilizing dynamic resolutions for backwards compatibility next gen. MS has been doing this since Halo 4. It should in theory make ps4/xbox one games render in 4K on next gen hardware w/o the need of patches (at least I hope) like 360 enhanced titles.

EDIT: at the 3 minute mark

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gravedigger10d ago (Edited 10d ago )

@Ixeasy :

Hey, Xbone fan, do some research!

Game isn't in native 4k on Xbonex nor native 1080p on XboneS. FAR from it. VGTech video :

Xbox One X uses a dynamic resolution with the lowest native resolution found being 1920x1080 and the highest native resolution found being approximately 3200x1800. A form of temporal reconstruction is used that can increase the pixel count to 3840x2160 and pixel counts at 3840x2160 are common due to this temporal reconstruction. The native resolution is higher for the 30fps real time cutscenes on Xbox One X with the lowest and highest native resolutions found during them being approximately 2773x1560 and 3840x2160 respectively.

Xbox One uses a dynamic resolution with the lowest native resolution found being 1280x720 and the highest native resolution found being 1920x1080. A form of temporal reconstruction is used that can increase the pixel count to 1920x1080 when the native resolution is below this figure. Pixel counts at 1920x1080 are common on the Xbox One. The lowest and highest native resolutions on Xbox One during the high quality real time cutscenes are the same as during gameplay, but the native resolution seems to be lower on average.

Btw. John Linneman from Digital Foundry admitted that he was wrong on resolution count on Resetera.

umair_s5110d ago

I don't know what you are talking about. Uncharted 4 only managed 1440p at 30fps. Gears 5 is minimum 1584p at 60 fps.

gravedigger10d ago (Edited 10d ago )



No shit, Gears 5 is minimum 1080p 60 on XboneX.

I gave you video link, now you trying to spin it. Trying so hard.

And like i said, John Linemann, who made the video at Digital Foundry, he admitted he was wrong on ERA.

umair_s5110d ago

@gravedigger It frequently runs at 2160p. Does Uncharted 4, HZD or God of War run at that resolution let alone with 60fps? What am I spinning?

badz1499d ago


LOL you wish Gears 5 is native 4K60fps!

it's dynamic 4K. the X is not strong enough to push native 4K60fps with that visual

gravedigger9d ago (Edited 9d ago )


Frequently runs at 2160p? So, game is constantly in cut-scenes. Lol! What a shitty game then.

If you didn't read what VGTech wrote, game runs max at 1800p native during gameplay, lowest 1080p. Reconstructed 2160p ISN'T NATIVE. Did U4, GOW dropped to lowest 1080p like Gears 5? NEVER

Btw. did you really read what VGTech said? Yes, that's spinning! Constantly at 2160p! What a spin! LOL


VariantAEC9d ago

Looks like gravedigger is right...
Not sure how robust RE verification is but this was posted by Dark1x

Quote: "I'm temporarily breaking my 'no posting on forums' rule to defend against this. I note that their performance results are almost exactly the same as mine in those same scenes (drops to low 50s with torn frames). However, I only tested those certain scenes as I had to manually add in a few torn frames here and there which the tools annoyingly missed - so it took hours to do the FPS tests. It sucks.

Secondly, I specifically did not mention the lowest resolution as I hadn't found one that low. Pay attention to the wording - values such as "XXX" and "YYY". That's not the minimum, those were the averages that I found - as in, numbers that popped up often. Even getting those numbers takes a long time and it's just not possible to produce a video of this scale while getting every single DRS value - honestly, dynamic resolutions stress me out to an unhealthy degree. It is not my specialty finding all possible values - I can only do that given hours of time to work with. That's something I've always struggled with.

I should never have covered this damn game. All it has brought me is misery from angry PlayStation fans. Internet mobs can go to [EXPLETIVE].

Alright, signing off again."

Funny how I feel the need to censor quotes here... Anyway most of that sounds perfectly reasonable and along the lines of something John might actually say.
Later in the thread a user now banned posted a link to an admittedly terrible YT video that looks at most of the claims DF made and remarkably debunks them rather solidly.
If you can get past the long and loud intro, uniformly terrible audio leveling, cursing and racial slurs being thrown around that 22 minute video actually does a good job demonstrating all the problems with the games visual make up. You can find the video here:
Here is the link to the page where dark1x responded to a post on a VGtech video:
And a link to VGtech's own Gears 5 video analysis:

umair_s519d ago (Edited 9d ago )

@ grave digger
He is talking about average resolution. Even then Gears is better. Lol. Hahahha

gravedigger9d ago (Edited 9d ago )


Average or not, minimum IS 1080p and surely is not 2160p FREQUENTLY nor Gears 5 is minimum at 1584p like you tried to spin it.

"Gears 5 is minimum 1584p"
" It frequently runs at 2160p"

It's actually FAR from reaching 2160p. Cheers!

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NarutoFox10d ago (Edited 10d ago )

If you think that's something just wait until you see the next upcoming games. It's funny how Kribwalker always post good Xbox one article's and bad review articles on Sony exclusives 🤔

Chevalier10d ago

Yep just wait till TLOU2 blows away everything and it will be cricket sounds from that crew

Kribwalker10d ago

i posted a good review on GT Sport right there. Using terms like “always” are definitive and just looking to be proven wrong.

NarutoFox10d ago


Okay most of the time. There I fix it for you.

Kribwalker10d ago

it’s not my fault everyone jumps on posting the positive ps4 and negative xbox news immediately and they don’t like to post positive xbox news. Someone’s gotta do it

Tapani9d ago (Edited 9d ago )

Kribwalker, you don't post news, you report them. Just thought you might want to know this as you are a reporter. Oh wait, maybe you are a poster. You should know the distinction, because this is what reporting news means:

"The media shall take care to report news truthfully, accurately and fairly. 1.2. News shall be presented in context and in a balanced manner, without any intentional or negligent departure from the facts whether by distortion, exaggeration or misrepresentation, material omissions, or summarisation."

"a person who publishes something online, typically on a blog or social media website or application."

So either you post your opinions or "something", or you report news. Or you write an opinion piece. But please hold the high standards of gaming journalism and use the right terminology at least!

DarXyde9d ago

If it's on PS5, sure. Not PS4 or Pro.

Why is anyone surprised about Gears 5 looking so great? It's a first party game on more powerful hardware. It bloody well better look better than The Last of Us Part II on Xbox One X, or I'd demand a refund.

RedDevils9d ago

Almost everytime sound better, so the xbox fanboi won't butt hurt.

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Profchaos10d ago

Unless you're on ogX1 like myself you have to play at 30fps

mkis00710d ago

It only is 60fps on the x or pc. So ya for a game made from the ground up for X I would say 60fps with a 4.5tf gap is about right.

SolidGamerX10d ago

"I’d agree with that statement".

I'm shocked, hard to believe the guy who posted the article agrees with it, lol.

kingcorey10d ago

Well. Its a very beautiful game. Better looking then horizon zero dawn? I mean in uncharted walking thrpugh the jungle and the the way the leaves react and all the animations.. I wouldnt say its better visually then a few ps4 pro games buuut the fact its in 4k 60 fps is huge.. I dont own a x im playing it on an s and the hdr and the lighting is incredible. But the most impressive looking game then gen to me is still horizon zero dawn. The fact that a game looks that good in a huge openworld on a standard ps4.. Im very impressed with gears tho. Best xbox game iv played this gen by far

frostypants10d ago (Edited 10d ago )

You want them to lock FPS to 60 and not give devs the option to use that GPU power on other things? Should be up to the developer.

nitus1010d ago

List of all games that run at 60 fps on PS4: https://gamefaqs.gamespot.c...

List of all games that run at 60 fps on XB1: https://www.windowscentral....

Sure a game can look and feel much more playable when running at 60 fps or better but some games are fine when they run at around 30 fps providing the framerate is consistent. Of course, whether a particular game genre is liked by a payer is subjective but consistent framerate followed by resolution (720p {low-end}, 1080p and higher) can improve the playability of the game.

Of course, a very important part of gaming and one that is sometimes overlooked is the display and its screen size relative to where the player is viewing. Sound (background music if any) is also a major factor, too much or too little volume or repetition can ruin the immersion.

Fist4achin10d ago (Edited 10d ago )

I thought the statement was so poetic in this mad world!

SierraGuy10d ago

As pretty as Gears is Control still looks better to me.

I think we can all agree Control at 60fps while trying to maintain the highest resolution would absolutely cripple any current Xbox hardware.

VariantAEC9d ago

Lot of people butthurt by facts going by the disagrees.
I agree with you here. Northlight engine looks pretty great in Control and there's so much more going on in Control than in Gears 5 not to mention Control runs poorly on all consoles as it is including Xbox One X according to the very same team that praised Gears 5!
So yeah looks like the people who disagreed have no idea about any of this or are intentionally dense.

Juvia10d ago (Edited 10d ago )

Aaaaand there it is. 183 faked upvotes.

Why do you guys insist on faking the upvotes? It's not even remotely subtle.

This is why so many people despise Xbox around here. All you guys are doing is adding further hurt to the brand.

Kribwalker9d ago

lol i’ve seen my comments get voted over 100+ the other way before but i don’t think i’ve ever gotten over 100 agrees before lol

gamer78049d ago

just got done playing it, I'd have to agree, it will probably go down as the best looking game for this generation on consoles.. at 4k/60 looks amazing.

ShellB9d ago

"Best I can do is 8k @ 15fps"- the majority of the industry

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Chaosdreams10d ago (Edited 10d ago )

Beautiful game, and a clickbait title.

Tacobell32310d ago

---"named" PS game is the best looking game"---
typical PS fanboi - "dam strait"

---"named Xbox game is the best looking game"---
typical PS fanboi - "why they gotta mention playstation?"
typical PS fanboi - "click bait!"

BLizardXD10d ago (Edited 10d ago )

just a few weeks ago there were comments saying gears was never relevant.
how incorrect that statement was. to THEM it was never relevant. but to everyone else.

Juiceid9d ago

Double standards run throughout the world. Journalism, politics, religion, etc. it’s an unfortunate way of life.

shuvam0910d ago (Edited 10d ago )

It really is a beautiful game....
When I booted it up on my PC, I couldn't even imagine how this was running at 60 on the X...
But then the sacrifices started to become more evident...
The world of Gears 5 is so static...
It barely reacts to your actions...
Just like Far Cry 5, in the quest for fancy effects, physics has been tossed out of the window...
Uncharted 4 has spoiled me this gen with its belongingness...
The world reacts to almost all of my actions...
Infact, this has been a issue with most games this gen...
Sacrificing physics for photorealism, and I ain't a fan of that...
One heck of a game though, Gears 5...
Here is a video comparing Gears 5 to Gears 2...

cigi9d ago

You are an idiot and it is not true. The world reacts in very direct ways - did you see the snow deformation when you walk through it, and it is there if you come back later to it.

BizarroUltraman9d ago

Gotta love Playstation fans with the bullshit they type up all the time. "Heres a video comparing Gears 5 to Gears 2" ...... ok buddy!

IRetrouk9d ago (Edited 9d ago )

how about watching the videos instead of just denying the info in them? atleast provide some sort of proof as to why hes wrong? no? the videos clearly shows a downgrade in world physics, from the older games till now, also rubbishes the dynamic lighting across the board argument too along with plenty of other examples like reflections, bullet holes, vegetation and water being either none reacting or reacting worse than the older games, semi destructible environments are also missing. the game is pretty and runs fantastic, its just not this amazing tech piece that its been made out to be.

SeanScythe9d ago

Wow that really shows what they cut from the game to reach the quality they wanted. You can see the water animations are downgraded, the destruction is downgraded, the character animations are downgraded, the atmosphere is nothing like the originals, the weapons and gore are weak.

This video shows all of it and if you are to fanboi to watch and admit that then you just look foolish. This would be like UC4 removing Nate getting wet when he walks in water or how walls break when you shoot them. It's true the game looks beautiful but that came at a cost.

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Silly gameAr10d ago

Yeah, toss PS4 in there, like it's not click bait, and not a lie. It is a beautiful game compared to anything else on xbox, though.

spicelicka10d ago (Edited 10d ago )

It's kind of clickbaity yea, but why is it a lie? Why do people assume everything on PS4 is untouchable? I have both consoles, and PS4 certainly has the best collection of games graphically overall, and Uncharted 4 was graphically the best game I had ever played (along with God of war) but this beats Uncharted 4. Most comparisons are subjective, but none of the powerhouse PS4 games are 60 fps so why is it so far-fetched to believe?

Also Last of Us 2 could beat it next year. Point is people need to get their fanboy heads out of their asses and look at things objectively.

crazyCoconuts10d ago

I'm playing gears at 4k using ultra settings on a PC and I think the other GOW (God of War) on a PS4 Pro is a prettier game. Gears of War 5 is pretty inconsistent with textures, where you'll see jarringly bad renditions from time to time. God of War seemed more polished overall. Don't get me wrong, it's still a good looking game, just not the best...

BEASELY10d ago

It's pretty disingenuous to compare Pro games to XboneX games, given the disparity in hardware.

Silly gameAr10d ago (Edited 10d ago )

If you played PS4 games and played Gears 5, you can compare, which I assume you have? You assume that I'm just talking from a bias point of view, because I do prefer the playstation over xbox, but there is more to a game than fps and resolution. Attention to detail, fluidity, art style, and things like that matter also. Ask any nintendo fan.

The PS4 doesn't have to be a powerhouse for devs to bring make a game shine.
If the xbox1x was such a powerhouse, then Gears should look head and shoulders above any PS4 game released, and in my opinion, and from my experience, it really doesn't. Not saying it isn't a beautiful game, and doesn't deserve praise, but don't bring the PS4 into this, without expecting disagrees.

Forbes knew what they were doing when they wrote this article.