Murmurs of games coming to Windows 10 have been rampant the last few weeks, and one of the early ones confirmed to be making the trek from Xbox to Windows is finally here, the Gears of War: Ultimate Edition.
It’s been a long time coming, originally announced last year at E3 2015, but I at least thought that Microsoft would give us a heads up of a few weeks. Nope. That thing is out now, exclusively available on the Windows 10 store, and one of the few games out now that requires DirectX 12. But get used to it, basically all the games that are coming from Xbox One to Windows 10 will likely require both DirectX 12 and be available only through the Windows 10 store. If Steam is the only DRM for you, then it would appear that you are sadly out of luck.
At only $30, the Gears of War: Ultimate Edition is a tempting instabuy, especially considering how lauded the game is, but if you take a gander at the game’ store page, you’ll see that the user reviews are anything but stellar. There are a lot of users claiming poor performance, especially with AMD video cards. So if you’re dying to play (or replay) the game that started the 3rd person shooter craze, might be best to wait and see how the dust settles, and maybe grab it during a sale. Maybe that’ll give them time to iron out some of the kinks, with both the game and the store. Anything bought through it functions more like a Windows 10 App than a Windows 10 program.
Still, between Gears of War: Ultimate Edition, Killer Instinct, Quantum Break, and Forza Motorsport 6: Apex all coming within the next couple months, exciting times are afoot.