Microsoft has announced Forza Motorsport 6: Apex is coming to PC in beta form next, racing into view on May 5th. The free-to-play racer is the first ever time a Forza game has made it to PC, and comes packing a full single-player career mode, DirectX 12 support, and resolutions of up to 4K. If the Xbox One Forza games were anything to go by then Forza Motorsport 6: Apex will look eye-melting good on PC. Slick visuals come at a cost though, and Forza 6 requires the V8 of gaming PCs to max out.

Forza Motorsport 6: Apex Minimum System Requirements

  • OS: Windows 10 64-bit
  • CPU: Intel Core i3-4170 3.70 GHz or AMD FX-6300 3.90 GHz
  • RAM: 8 GB System Memory
  • GPU RAM: 2 GB Video Memory
  • GPU: GeForce GT 740 or Radeon R7 250X
  • HDD: 30 GB Available Space
  • DX: DirectX 12

Forza Motorsport 6: Apex Recommended System Requirements (1080p @60 FPS)

  • OS: Windows 10 64-bit
  • CPU: Intel Core i7-3820 3.60 GHz or AMD FX-9590 4.10 GHz
  • RAM: 12 GB System Memory
  • GPU RAM: 4 GB Video Memory
  • GPU: GeForce GTX 970 or Radeon R9 290X
  • HDD: 30 GB Available Space
  • DX: DirectX 12

Forza Motorsport 6: Apex Ultra System Requirements (4K @ 60 FPS)

  • OS: Windows 10 64-bit
  • CPU: Intel Core i7-6700K 4.00 GHz
  • RAM: 16 GB System Memory
  • GPU RAM: 6 GB Video Memory
  • GPU: GeForce GTX 980 Ti or Radeon R9 Fury X
  • HDD: SSD 30GB Available Space
  • DX: DirectX 12

There's a bit of a trend of massively high system requirements output when it comes to Microsoft's first-party output on PC, and Forza Motorsport 6: Apex is no different. Fortunately that doesn't apply across the board, and you can see Apex's minimum graphics card demands are very reasonable indeed. Both the GT 740 and R7 250X are down at the bottom tier of their respective families. That means there's a wide spread of compatible graphics cards, so at the very least most should have what it takes to get Forza Motorsport 6: Apex up and running at Low settings. 

That is about it for favourable requirements though. CPU demands are almost unreasonably high, with AMD not even having the hardware required to hit the Ultra specs. We're seeing games take greater advantage of multithreading these days and it's meant the i7 line-up really coming into its own. 

We rarely see 12GB RAM as a recommended so it's unusual to see that crop up, but if it's anything like previous UWP games you'd better believe that's what you'll need. 

Elsewhere we have the rarity of Turn 10 Studios suggesting an SSD is necessary for Ultra, although this is only really going to affect those gunning for 4K at 60 frames per second. On the subject of 4K, if the GTX 980 Ti and the Fury X can indeed both hit 60 FPS in Forza Motorsport 6 at 3840 x 2160 then that isn't bad going at all. 

Remember, you can always check out how well your PC can run the Forza Motorsport 6: Apex System Requirements here, where you can check benchmarking and performance from other users. Compare your graphics card to the Forza Motorsport 6: Apex benchmark chart.