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How to fix Gears 5 GW502 Error on PC (Steam or Windows Store)

Gears 5 GW502
Gears 5

Gears 5 is a third-person shooter video game developed by The Coalition and published by Xbox Game Studios for Microsoft Windows and Xbox One. The game is finally available on PC and has released on Steam as well. If you’re running into the Gears 5 GW502 Error, here are some of the fixes you can try.

For the most part, Gears 5 is one of the best PC ports ever, and The Coalition has done a fantastic job with the game.

How to fix Gears 5 GW502 Error

The GW502 error has been popping up for a lot of users, but mostly for the ones that were playing the game before the official 10th September release date. We’ll be listing multiple ways to fix the error, and you can try each to see which works for you.

Gears 5 GW502
Gears 5 Error

Update your drivers

While NVIDIA hasn’t released the game-ready drivers for Gears 5 yet, those are expected to come out today. However, you should still update your drivers to the latest ones from the links below.

Revert Back to NVIDIA Drivers version 431.60

If the issue still persists on NVIDIA, try rolling back to the NVIDIA drivers version 431.60.

Turn Off Overlays

This seems to fix the issue for a lot of people, and particularly MSI Afterburner has been known to cause the error if it’s running in the background. Try turning off the multiple overlays you have enabled for your game, like Game Bar, Discord, MSI Afterburner, FRAPS or more.

Cap your framerate to 60 FPS

Somehow, this has actually worked for a lot of users as well. While this isn’t the most ideal solution, especially for users with high-frequency monitors, if the previous two solutions didn’t work out for you, maybe give this a go.

This is mostly an NVIDIA related issue, and we’re hoping for game-ready drivers to be released so that players can play the game without any issue, but for the time being, these fixes will help you out.

If you’re running into any stuttering issues with the game, make sure you read our guide to fix it as well.

Did any of these methods work for you? Let us know in the comments below and share your thoughts.

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