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 realistic 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?
Xbox One rumours
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 after all.
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.
If Forza Motorsport releases on Xbox One, it will inevitably come with compromises 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.
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.
Details about the game features are still scarce, but Microsoft and Turn 10 Studios describe Forza Motorsport as a “reimagining of the series.” 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. It was still in early development when it was announced in 2020. We should find out more about Forza Motorsport soon, however.
Although E3 2022 is cancelled, the Microsoft & Bethesda Showcase is just around the corner, streaming on 12 June. We suspect Forza Motorsport will be a key title at the event, so we could find out the release date.
We predict Forza Motorsport will release in September 2022 at the earliest or possibly in October. FM6 released in September 2015, while FM7 released in October 2017.