Forza Horizon 3 Recommended Requirements Line Up On The Starting Grid

Written by Jon Sutton on Tue, Aug 30, 2016 5:26 PM
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For 11 long years Microsoft's seminal Forza racing series has avoided PC. We had the F2P Apex spin-off earlier this year, but now we get the real deal with Playground Games Forza Horizon 3. Set in a huge, open-world Australia, Forza Horizon 3 features a massive co-op campaign, off-road racing and more than 350 cars to tear around it in. The only hurdle now is buying a game from the dread Windows Store. Oh, and making sure you can hit Forza Horizon 3's recommend PC requirements.

Forza Horizon 3 Recommended System Requirements

  • OS: Windows 10 64-bit Anniversary Update
  • CPU: Intel Core i7-3820 3.6 GHz or AMD FX-9590 4.7 GHz
  • RAM: 12 GB System Memory
  • GPU RAM: 4 GB Video Memory
  • GPU: GeForce GTX 1060 or Radeon RX 480 4GB
  • HDD: 40 GB Available Space
  • DX: DirectX 12

Never before have I seen a developer publish recommended system requirements only. Fingers crossed that changes between now and its launch next month, as otherwise we're relying on guesswork. A safe bet for now though is to to compare them to the Forza Motorsport 6: Apex system requirements. That only launched a few months ago and runs on the same engine. As an additional thing, the Windows Store doesn't have any refunds as far as I'm aware, so if you're unsure about performance then download the free-to-play Forza Apex first before you lump down cash on Forza Horizon 3.

As for Forza Horizon 3's recommended specs, they're every bit as demanding as you'd expect from a game this gorgeous. In terms of where these specs aim for, you're good to go at Ultra / 1080p. Both the GeForce GTX 1060 and Radeon RX 480 are Nvidia and AMD's respective newest mid-tier graphics cards. This is pegged as the ideal spec for PC gamers, with additional hardware only being needed if you want to hit 1440p or 4K resolutions.

It's a first-party Microsoft game so DirectX 12 support and Windows 10 is a must, along with the anniversary update. 12GB RAM is quite hefty as well, and considering not many people run with this, you're looking at 16GB being needed for most people upgrading from 8GB.

Remember, you can always check out how well your PC can run the Forza Horizon 3 System Requirements here, where you can check benchmarking and performance from other users. Compare your graphics card to the Forza Horizon 3 benchmark chart.

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21:46 Sep-06-2016

gtx 970 will be good tho right

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10:56 Sep-01-2016

Weird to see a Forza coming to PC :P can't wait for Forza 7.

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19:18 Aug-31-2016

Sure, the game will play on crapbox but at low fps and low quality graphics, not the FULL expierience....
They are just showing us this to get people prepared to play the game the way it should be...
Forza is a sick game that will finally shine on PC...
compare forza 6 on xbox to forza 6 apex on pc.... Like seperate worlds...
You should never compare a console to pc.... Pointless
Most of you will be able to run this game no problems...

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13:24 Aug-31-2016

What's up with the os requirment ??

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16:47 Aug-31-2016

DX12 only, so Windows 10 (latest update) is needed.

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11:00 Aug-31-2016

What are the minimum requirements and how does that xbox one runs this game if it's gpu is almost similar to gtx 750ti

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16:16 Aug-31-2016

The reason is that they are ****ing knobheads.

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06:30 Aug-31-2016

i really beleive that the true recomend requir will be an i5 3570 , a 380x-390 and 8 gig ram ...this is hilarious to recammend a 1 month gpu with 350 euro and an i7....its like saying, go buy a console....tragik....We saw others too recomend their franchise...

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06:18 Aug-31-2016

GTX 1060 3G should do the trick?

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23:43 Aug-31-2016

1060 3g and 1060 6g arent the same powerwise.

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05:54 Aug-31-2016

Lulz imagine that schock when i did think that its minimum :D

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08:40 Aug-31-2016

Same here mate :D

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03:35 Aug-31-2016

shouldn't be an issue
cant wait !

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03:10 Aug-31-2016

I think the high ram requirement is because of it being on Windows Store, I noticed most games ask more than it should mainly because of the borderless mode. Correct me if I am wrong here

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01:04 Aug-31-2016

This recommended requirements seems somewhat accurate, but that 12 gb of ram is just too much, maybe 8 gb shoukd be ok at ultra 1080p.

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20:59 Aug-30-2016

WTF what happened to RAM req this days? 8GB is useless now , so you need an i7 and a GTX 980 performance to play games , xbox isn't powerful like that at all!.

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21:21 Aug-30-2016

Because the PC version is optimized for PC. Also when I saw the gameplay footage during E3 I expected the system requirements to be demanding.


MS is determined to not even let their own console hold back the development of their games and it really shows.

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22:42 Aug-30-2016

8GB is very low in my personal opinion. It just about scrapes at the bottom end for a gaming PC these days.

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04:05 Aug-31-2016

True this. Even Deus Ex MD uses up to 10ish GB of RAM.

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19:17 Aug-30-2016

EXCUSE ME THIS WILL PLAY ON THE ****ING XBOX?!

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20:16 Aug-30-2016

LOL

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02:27 Aug-31-2016

But not looking like this. Also those are the recommended, not the minimum.

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16:19 Aug-31-2016

I can guarantee you it will not play on an equivalent rig to the xbox. They've gone too far this time, this is ridiculous.

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19:00 Aug-30-2016

what are those? 4k VR specs? this i absurd. only the top 10% of gamers will be able to run this!

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19:20 Aug-30-2016

Those are recommended specs not minimum

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20:17 Aug-30-2016

RECOMENDED IS AS HIGH AS 4K ULTRA SPECS

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18:52 Aug-30-2016

Minimum? Where's minimum :O :C


Edit I suppose I can always compare it to Forza Motorsport 6: Apex minimum requirements...

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17:58 Aug-30-2016

AMD has advantage when game is using dx12.

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22:41 Aug-30-2016

Either that or they just took two mid-range GPUs which happen to be a 1060 and a 480.

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22:23 Aug-30-2016

Pip also didnt correctly rank the GPUs so they might be slightly incorect

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i see, i was not aware of that

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| 30FPS, Low, 720p
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| 60FPS, Ultra, 1080p
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Core i7-3770 4-Core 3.4GHz GeForce GTX 1650 MSI Ventus XS OC 4GB 16GB
100% Yes [1 votes]
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Core i5-7300HQ 4-Core 2.5GHz GeForce GTX 1050M Ti 4GB 12GB
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