Time to ready your chainsaws, folks, because Gears 5 is finally out on PC. As you may remember from my Gears 5 Tech Test performance piece a couple of months ago, developers The Coalition seem to have done an excellent job keeping their latest cover shooter all slick and spangly this time round, as even ageing graphics cards such as Nvidia’s GTX 970 and AMD’s R9 290 are more than capable of running the game at 60fps on High at 1080p. But what if your graphics card is so old it doesn’t even meet the game’s minimum PC requirements? What then? Is there any hope for getting smooth, waist-high shooty fun times, or should you just throw your GPU in the bin and resign yourself to that long-awaited upgrade?
Well, I thought I’d put my five-year-old 2GB AMD Radeon R9 270 graphics card to the test to find out. It might not be able to run Control and Metro Exodus on Low at 1920×1080, but with a bit of tinkering in Gears 5’s excellent graphics options menu, it’s surprising what you can achieve – so much so that I was even able to keep things like character and world texture details on High and still a playable frame rate. Here’s how: