Gears of War 4 Will Really Push the Xbox One Hardware with DX12; All Content Will Be Authored @4K on PC
The Coalition's Technical Director Mike Rayner was interviewed by Epic's official YouTube channel at E3 2016 and he talked about the game's technical details on both Xbox One and Windows 10.
We're always keeping the game running on both platforms at all time. Of course, we have to specialize for each platform to really deliver the best PC gaming experience, targeting the most high end hardware all the way down to min spec hardware. Then, on Xbox One we put a lot of effort in really pushing the hardware to deliver the visual showcase that Gears is known for.
On Xbox One, we've been able to use the DirectX 12 API. It really allows us to push the visuals and get the most optimal performance. Then carrying that over to PC, it lets us drive for higher frame rate and push the game as far as possible.
One thing that we're able to do with Gears of War 4 is to author all the content at 4K resolution. On Windows 10, if you got a system that can support it, you're gonna get high resolution texture packs, a real premium 4K visual experience. On Xbox One, it's optimized for 1080P.
After the technical mess that was Gears of War Ultimate Edition for PC, this sounds like good news. Gears of War 4 will also support cross-play between Xbox One and Windows 10 in co-op modes, via the new Xbox Play Anywhere program.
The multiplayer parts of GoW 4 are being co-developed by Splash Damage, a developer with lots of experience in this field (they recently made Dirty Bomb). On Xbox One, the game will run at 30FPS during the campaign and 60FPS during multiplayer; there will be a dynamic resolution scaling system to allow consistent frame rate during the most intensive scenes. The Coalition's Rod Fergusson hinted that the Xbox One S will have less issues of this kind due to its slightly upgraded CPU and GPU.
On PC, the game will run at an unlocked frame rate even during cross-play. Gears of War 4 takes place 25 years after the destruction of the Locust. Protagonist JD Fenix (the son of Marcus) will have to face a new and unexpected threat alongside his friends Delmont Walker and Kait Diaz.
It will be available for both platforms on October 11.