As if there were any doubt, Playground Games studio art director, Benjamin Penrose, has confirmed the upcoming Forza Horizon 4 will be an absolute pixel-pushing powerhouse.
The open-world racer is already looking fantastic from the gameplay footage shown so far, but Penrose has said those with powerful enough gaming PCs can push the visuals above and beyond the game’s Ultra graphics settings.
“We've got a whole bunch of new options you can push your PC to the extreme beyond Ultra, if you've got a very powerful PC,” said Penrose to PC Gamer. “And of course we've got a load of other options in there, so you can build a view for your cameras, you also have access to the HDR option - the first time on PC for Forza".
Good stuff for those with powerhouse PCs capable of taking advantage of it. We can already picture the ‘Super Duper Ultra’ setting in our mind’s eye. Quite what you’ll need to achieve this is anybody’s guess, although we’d imagine a Radeon Vega or GeForce GTX 1080 and upwards should at least be capable of giving it a shot.
For those not at the tip-top end of the PC gaming hardware spectrum, the system requirements for Forza Horizon 4 are going to rise significantly. That’s not because Forza Horizon 4 is necessarily hugely more demanding, but because the recommended specs for Forza Horizon 4 will now target 60 frames per second, rather than the 30fps target in Forza Horizon 3.
"We're now basing our recommended spec on 60 frames per second and not 30, which is a change from Forza Horizon 3,” Penrose continued. “We're really happy with the stability and performance from launch this time round.”
Forza Horizon 3 recommended a GeForce GTX 1060 or an AMD Radeon RX 480 paired with 12GB RAM and an Intel Core i7-3820 CPU. For the frame rate to be doubled the load will primarily end up on the GPU, which would suggest a GeForce GTX 1080 or a Radeon RX Vega 64. Naturally, this is all dependant on the screen resolution, and a weaker graphics card would no doubt be able to handle 60fps at a lower resolution.
Forza Horizon 4 is coming to PC and Xbox One on October 2nd.