Gears 5 Multiplayer Tech Test Now Live But Having Server Issues; How To Get In

A multiplayer technical test for the Xbox One and PC shooter has begun; here's what you need to know.

Please use a html5 video capable browser to watch videos.
This video has an invalid file format.
Sorry, but you can't access this content!
Please enter your date of birth to view this video

By clicking 'enter', you agree to GameSpot's
Terms of Use and Privacy Policy

Now Playing: Gears 5 - Intro Story Full Tutorial Gameplay (Tech Test)

GameSpot may get a commission from retail offers.

Gears 5 doesn't release until September, but Microsoft is inviting players in for a sneak peek during this weekend's technical test for the multiplayer mode. The client is already available to download for Xbox One and PC, and now the studio has confirmed exactly when the servers go live.

[Update] Developer The Coalition has noted on Twitter that the tech test is currently experiencing some issues, which could impact the performance for a period "While we resolve some of the issues as soon as possible, you may see an increase to estimated wait time to get in," it explained. "The actual wait time will decrease dramatically as we stabilize the services and let in more players. Thanks for your patience."

When Do Servers Go Live

The tech test begins July 19 at 10 AM PT / 1 PM ET, and it runs through the same time on July 22. A second tech test runs the following weekend, from July 26 at 10 AM PT / 1 PM ET through July 29 at the same time.

What's In It

The Gears 5 Tech Test includes three modes (Arcade, Escalation, and King of the Hill), along with two multiplayer maps--District and Training Grounds. The test also includes the new Bootcamp mode, which is a tutorial mode of sorts that teaches players the basics.

Also included in the tech test is "Tour of Duty," which is a progression system that rewards players with the "Tester Weapon Skin" by completing certain challenges; the skin will be available in Gears 5 when it releases.

How To Get In

Access to the Gears 5 tech test is locked behind a paywall. You must either pre-order the game or subscribe to Xbox Game Pass (standard or Ultimate) to try out the game.

For lots more on the granular details on the Gears 5 tech test, read this FAQ. You can also see the minimum and recommend PC specs here.

Got a news tip or want to contact us directly? Email

Join the conversation
There are 4 comments about this story
4 Comments  RefreshSorted By 
GameSpot has a zero tolerance policy when it comes to toxic conduct in comments. Any abusive, racist, sexist, threatening, bullying, vulgar, and otherwise objectionable behavior will result in moderation and/or account termination. Please keep your discussion civil.

Avatar image for walbo

4hr 40 min wait time lol.

Avatar image for migi1688

Servers full, 3hr wait times to get into a match fun

Avatar image for lorddaggeroff

File size please FILE SIZE PLEASE,

Plus this game will suck faaaa??? If you don't have a Xbox one X, ahhhh 25fps 900p Vs 1080p 60fps, plus hope you dawgs don't have the elite controller or I'll throw my mouse at you, not that I use it much.

Oh it's 12.5gig, not sure if that's with 4k visuals, thought it be 50gig few ?

Avatar image for lorddaggeroff

File size please FILE SIZE PLEASE