It's time to start downloading Gears of War 4 on PC - all 80 GB worth.
Microsoft has announced that you can now begin pre-loading the PC version of Gears of War 4. The announcement came in a forum post on the game's official site.
The post also advises that you update your Windows 10 install to the newest version using the September 29, 2016 (KB3194496) update. This will update Windows 10 to Version 1607, OS Build 14393.222, and is required to play Gears 4.
Pre-loading on PC is available through the Windows Store to anyone who pre-ordered Gears of War 4 on PC or Xbox One. As was announced at E3, Gears 4 is a Xbox Play Anywhere title, which means that if you buy it on either PC or Xbox One, you'll get access to a digital copy on the other platform. Apparently, the game will automatically download in the background if you pre-ordered, but it will do so very slowly unless you initiate the download yourself.
Of course, you can't download unless you have the room to store it, and Gears of War 4 will need 80 GB of hard drive space. That's a pretty substantial chunk, coming in at roughly twice the size of The Witcher 3.
Gears of War 4launches on October 11, but if you bought the $100 Ultimate Edition, you can start playing four days early, on October 7.