Forza Horizon 5 developers say last-gen console support is not holding the game back

Written by Stuart Thomas on Thu, Jun 17, 2021 12:01 PM
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As the new generation of consoles rolled out last year, many have been excited to see the major steps taken to make a truly next-gen looking game. But with a lot of new titles also supporting last-gen consoles, many have been worried that last-gen hardware is holding them back. But the developers of the highly anticipated and upcoming Forza Horizon 5 believe it is more like catering towards lower spec PCs.

Speaking in an interview recently, Mike Brown, the Principal Game Designer for Forza Horizon 5, talked about launching the game on Xbox Series X/S as well as Xbox One, and compared it to supporting a range a hardware on PC:

Well, since Horizon 3, we have already been on PC, and that means that we're already used to delivering a game on a whole range of system specifications. So having to have the game work on Xbox One, Xbox Series consoles, PC, it isn't that different. I think having to support the Xbox One consoles is exactly the same amount of effort as it is to support a lower spec PC. We're actually feeling pretty great about all versions of the game, to be honest.

Additionally, Brown mentioned why the location of Mexico was chosen for FH5. The series has focused on big and varied environments before, but the new entry seems to take it to a whole other level. As Brown puts it: “there's not any point being bigger if it's more of the same.

It's almost like the whole world in one country, because you have volcanoes, snowy mountains, canyons, jungles, rolling hills, ancient cities, like really modern beachfront hotels, various different flavors of desert. And all that comes together to create an open world that is just so much fun to explore - every area you go into, you're seeing new things, experiencing new things.

Then you add on top of this incredible, diverse open world the fact that Mexico has this culture that's known and loved all over the world: the art, the music, the people. I think we ended up in a place where there just couldn't have been a more exciting option for the Horizon festival.

Forza Horizon 5 is launching on PC, Xbox Series X/S, and Xbox One on November 9th, and whilst we’re still a while away from release we already know the official minimum PC system requirements.

What do you think? Are you excited for Forza Horizon 5? Do you agree with Brown’s statement above? Or do you think last-gen consoles are holding games back from feeling truly next-gen? And what do you think about the Mexico location? Let us know!

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19:23 Jun-17-2021

Well this makes me think that they haven't improved much on the key weaknesses of FH4



  1. Poor tire and grip physics

  2. Dumb as hell AI


And the 3rd one is not based on power, but most of the vanilla FH4 tracks sucked. They were good for either C cars or S2 cars and even then they weren't very good, some were great

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19:24 Jun-17-2021

And my favorite range of car speed is B to S1, but particularly B and especially A.

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14:38 Jun-17-2021

Game looks very similarly in terms of graphical fidelity to forza horizon 4, it has also similar system requirements to fh4... anyone surprised by this?

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14:44 Jun-17-2021

There's way more details, especially vegetation, debris and rocks from what we've seen so far.

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14:58 Jun-17-2021

Way more? Nah. I mean sure there is an improvement but nothing close to a "generational leap" which would lead to believe of higher system requirements and visuals. Also try to keep in mind that those games takes place in completely different continent as well.

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19:39 Jun-17-2021

I disagree, just played again and I got to say it's starting to show it's age. There's definitely way more detail in everything, and overall more props placed around the world.

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20:32 Jun-17-2021

i have watched the demo again and i have to admit that level of detail has increased quite a bit, other than that everything else seems a bit samey in graphical department. Thing is fh4 already ran like a dream even on toasters, so its not surprising that fh5 can push a little bit more without being limited by older generation consoles.

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19:14 Jun-17-2021

You can tell we're PC people here. You say it here and you get upvotes. I said it on IGN and people said I was completely blind

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13:15 Jun-17-2021

Graphics wise it looks good, but more like a cleaned up and polished 2015 game. It just misses the small imperfections to make it look more realistic. The scenes seen look very cool. I never played a Forza game and I'm not sure how the gameplay is, storyline wise, but if it's anything like Test Drive Unlimited (btw, also waiting for Solar Crown), I'd want to play this game (but I think I need a new pc for both games first).

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