Marking a return to the series’ sim racing roots, Forza Motorsport is one of our most anticipated new racing games. Unfortunately, Microsoft has remained silent about the series reboot since it was announced in 2020.
With a 4K resolution, 60fps, and real-time ray-tracing lighting effects, Forza Motorsport will be a technical showcase of the Xbox Series X. But will Forza Motorsport also release on the older Xbox One and how will it be compromised?
Will Forza Motorsport be on Xbox One?
Forza Motorsport was announced in July 2020 at E3 for Xbox Series X|S and PC. Microsoft and Turn 10 Studios did not confirm plans for an Xbox One version. But owners of the last-gen Xbox One may not miss out.
Leaked screenshots reportedly from an early alpha build show Forza Motorsport running on Xbox One. While this is not confirmed, the leak suggests Forza Motorsport will be a cross-gen release, launching on Xbox One as well as Xbox Series X.
An Xbox One release makes sense to maximise sales - particularly as the ongoing chip shortage is still affecting Xbox Series X console stock.
However, Forza Motorsport's game listing on the official Xbox website only lists Xbox Series X|S and PC as available platforms, with no mention of Xbox One. Regarding an Xbox One release, Turn 10 and Microsoft will "share more details on platform availability at a later date" according to an official FAQ.
If Forza Motorsport does come to Xbox One, it will inevitably be compromised to make it run on the less powerful hardware. We expect the Xbox One version to be capped at a 1080p resolution and 30fps.
The Xbox One X version, on the other hand, could target a 4K resolution at 30fps or offer a performance mode at 60fps and 1080p.
For now, though, an Xbox One version of Forza Motorsport doesn't appear to be part of Turn 10 and Microsoft's plans. After all, by the time Forza Motorsport pulls up in Spring 2023, the Xbox Series X|S will have been out for nearly three years. Hopefully, it will be more widely available by then.
4K and 60fps on Xbox Series X
Offering the best experience, Forza Motorsport will run at 4K and 60fps on Microsoft’s flagship Xbox Series X console. It will also support ray-tracing, bringing realistic reflections and lighting effects to all races. Every track also has dynamic time of day and weather.
The Xbox Series S version will run at 1080p/60fps.
Microsoft and Turn 10 Studios describe Forza Motorsport as a “reimagining of the series” and the "most technically advanced racing game ever made."
Thanks to a new tyre model, the car handling will be more authentic than past Motorsport games, creating a more realistic driving experience than the arcade-style FH5.
If you’re an Xbox Game Pass subscriber, we have some good news. When it was announced, Microsoft and Turn 10 Studios confirmed Forza Motorsport will be available on Game Pass.
Forza Motorsport’s release date is unknown.
However, it was confirmed at the Xbox & Bethesda Games Showcase that Forza Motorsport will be released in Spring 2023, so we at least now have a release window. This means it will come out between late March and early June 2023.