Gears of War Ultimate Edition PC Errors and Fixes: Performance Issues, Cannot Download Game And More

A few tech tips for Gears of War Ultimate Edition.

Posted By | On 03rd, Mar. 2016 Under Video Game Tips

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Microsoft stealth launched the PC version of Gears of War: Ultimate Edition yesterday. This was great for those of you who like surprises- but it was terrible for a lot of other people, because it seems that a lot of drivers and software necessary to run the game without issues simply were not ready. As a result, there have been a lot of errors reported for the title- far more than are usually expected from a Microsoft PC offering.

If you have run into any of them, we can help you out. This guide will help you deal with most of the common errors and problems that the PC version of Gears of War Ultimate Edition has- and it will help you deal with them by listing out some fixes for them.

First, the requirements:

Recommended System Requirements For 1920×1080

  • OS: 64 bit Windows 10 – version 1511
  • Processor: Intel Core i5 3.5GHz+ or AMD FX 8-core
  • Memory: 16 GB RAM (4 GB VRAM)
  • Graphics: GeForce GTX 970 or Radeon R9 290X
  • Hard Drive: 60 GB available space
  • DirectX 12


  • OS: 64 bit Windows 10 – version 1511
  • Processor: Intel Core i7 @ 4Ghz or AMD FX 8-core
  • Memory: 16 GB RAM (6+ GB VRAM)
  • Graphics: Geforce GTX 980 Ti or Radeon R9 390X
  • Hard Drive: SSD + 60 GB available space
  • DirectX 12


  • OS: 64 bit Windows 10 – version 1511
  • Processor: Intel Core i5 @ 2.7Ghz or AMD FX 6-core
  • Memory: 8 GB RAM (2 GB VRAM)
  • Graphics: Geforce GTX 650 Ti or Radeon R7 260x
  • Hard Drive: 60 GB available space
  • DirectX 12

Please be advised that the following methods are to be used at the sole discretion of the platform owner. GamingBolt or its staff members take no responsibility for problems that may arise or issues that may occur from trying the below. Always remember that official support is always the best support. 

AMD Performance

Unfortunately, AMD card users are at a significant disadvantage if they try to run the game. It’s a nightmare, basically. Microsoft is working on fixing the problems that users with AMD cards are facing- for now, they recommend those on GCN 1.1/1.2 cards to play on 1920×1080 resolutions or lower until the update.

AMD Ambient Occlusion Setting

One of the big problems with AMD cards and Gears is that Ambient Occlusion can cause significant problems. Microsoft is working on a fix for the problem- for now, they recommend that if you are running the game on an AMD card, you switch off Ambient Occlusion.

Windows Store Download Error

Make sure you are updated to the latest version of Windows 10 (64-bit version 1511 or later) to successfully download and install the game. Unless you are updated, you cannot access the Store and download the title.

Integrated Intel GPUs on Laptop Errors

If you are running your game on a laptop with an integrated Intel GPU, you will see this message when you attempt to launch Gears of War:

“Your graphics hardware is not optimized for this game. You may experience degraded visual quality. Please visit for more information”

You need to switch your laptop’s Nvidia card to resolve this issue- unless you have an Nvidia card, you cannot run the game. (Support for AMD cards is coming soon)

  • Close the Game
  • Open the NVIDIA Control Panel
  • Select Manage 3D Settings
  • Select High-Performance NVIDIA processor in the ‘Preferred graphics processor’ menu
  • Select Apply

Restart the game now. You should no longer get the message.


Gears of War does not support G-Sync. It is strongly recommended that you turn off G-Sync before you attempt to play the game. You can do this either by switching it off in the Nvidia control panel, or by switching Lock Framerate settings to Off in the Video settings.

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