Microsoft and The Coalition finally revealed the official start date for the closed beta of Gears of War 4. Gamers who have already purchased the Gears of War Ultimate Edition will be keyed into the beta if they've played the game by April 11. The beta starts on April 18.

Game Informer did an overview of the process for getting into the beta and the different ways on how you can get early access to the Gears of War 4 beta. Basically, if you play Gears of War Ultimate Edition while logged into your Xbox Live account before April 11th, you'll be able to gain early access to the upcoming Gears of War 4 beta, which will begin on April 18th.

The real highlight to this news is that you don't even have to have the Xbox One version of Gears of War Ultimate Edition. You can get keyed into the beta using the PC version of the game as well. The exact same rules apply: boot up the game and log into your account and you're keyed in.

You have to access the game on either platform before 11PM PDT on April 11th. After that your window of opportunity to participate in the beta for one of the most highly anticipated games of 2016 will have closed.

Now, if you don't access Gears of War Ultimate Edition or you don't have the game, there's still a possibility that you can get into the beta if you're signed up with Xbox Live Gold. Eligible subscribers to Microsoft's premium will be selected to join in on the beta following the early access phase starting on April 24th. At this point, the beta will open up slightly more (but it will still be a closed beta) inviting in all “qualifying” Xbox Live Gold subscribers to participate in the beta between April 24th and May 1st.

So those are the two options for gaining access to the beta. You can purchase Gears of War Ultimate Edition and log into the game and play the game to gain access for the April 18th closed beta session – so long as you log in and play before April 11th – or you can just wait until April 24th and ensure that you have an active Xbox Live Gold subscription.

This is probably huge news for a lot of fans of the third-person shooter because they've been dying to find out more about the game, but instead of just releasing new screenshots or a promotional trailer, Microsoft went and did and the next best thing by actually allowing die-hard fans to play the game firsthand with the multiplayer beta.

According to TechnoBuffalo the multiplayer portion of Gears of War 4 will run at 1080p and 60 frames per second... or at least that's what The Coalition are targeting. The single-player portion of the game will run at 1080p and 30 frames per second. Obviously they want a smooth-as-butter multiplayer experience to avoid as many hiccups as possible.

You can learn more about the beta for Gears of War 4 and the sign-up process by visiting the official Gears of War 4 beta news website.

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