Forza Horizon 4’s Minimum Specs Are Lower Than Forza Horizon 3

Forza Horizon 4’s Minimum Specs Are Lower Than Forza Horizon 3

It’s not that long ago when Forza Horizon 3 helped exemplify the problems with Microsoft’s strategy for PC games. The open-world arcade racer had a torrid launch, with performance issues, broken cross-play and stuttering.

The developers kept toiling away, however, and the knowledge and experience of FH3 has been fed back into the upcoming release of Forza Horizon 4. And one of the surprise benefits of all that hard work is some staggeringly good optimisation.

Sequels typically improve upon their predecessors in all sorts of way: content, gameplay, better online infrastructure, and so on. But that usually comes at a cost – especially since visuals are one of the areas that gets tuned the most from game to game.

But in a closed door hands-off demo at Gamescom this year, creative direction Ralph Fulton said that the game’s minimum spec would be lower than Forza Horizon 3‘s minimum spec. It wasn’t specified precisely how much lower – those details are to come soon, we understand.

FH3, mind you, didn’t require a whole lot. Here’s the game’s min spec, as listed on the Microsoft Store:

• CPU: i3-4170 @ 3.7Ghz
• GPU: AMD R7 250x or NVIDIA GT 740
• RAM: 8GB

The i3-4170 was a dual-core CPU; the latest generation of the i3 CPUs will have at least 4 cores, while running at the same clock speed. Having lower requirements should be no problems for AMD CPUs as well. The Vega 11 integrated graphics, which comes with the Ryzen 5 2400G APU that launched last year, is a fraction better than the R7 250x.

As an added bonus, Fulton outlined a range of other PC-specific features for FH4‘s launch. Along with 21:9 ultrawide support, the game would also ship with an automated benchmark, adjustable FOV, and a way to push graphical settings “beyond Ultra for the first time”, although there was no detail on specifically what was meant by the latter.

Forza Horizon 4 launches on PC and Xbox One October 2.

The author travelled to Gamescom as a guest of Nvidia.


  • Horizon 3 had a lot of work done over it’s lifetime, the spec’s were never changed from release however the performance went up significantly. Presumably the work is carrying over.

  • I’m still pissed at forza horizon 3, I waited like a year to buy it because it seemed to have a lot of updates/improvements, so I hoped it would be fine.
    I got past the intro race once and just a bit more through and it crashed (losing all progress). Now I can’t even finish the intro race without a crash and I have tried literally every fix posted on the internet, including full clean reinstall of the game. I see they are still occasionally releasing updates so I’m hoping one day I’ll go back and it’ll work normal.
    Worst part is its one the very few games I have purchased on PC (others being things that are only online) as I pirate a lot, kinda sucks my general choice to just wait and pirate was reinforced further. Haven’t tried pirated version of horizon 3 as people commented saying it has the same problems, maybe I should try it though and find out if pirating truly is the way of the future

    • Similar story to you, I waited until it was on sale for PC. Works great and love the game… But It simply fails to load whatsoever if I haven’t played in a few days. Tried everything on every forum (nothing worked) and I think I’ve narrowed it to an issue between the Windows Store and the Hot Wheels DLC. By now I’ve probably reinstalled the whole game 10 times and I just don’t bother opening it anymore.

      I’ve honestly not had this level of issues with a PC game since the early 2000s with dodgy cracks on pirated games. It’s literally a posterchild for ‘PCs are too hard, Consoles just work’.

      It’s especially embarrassing/pathetic since it’s my only experience with the W10 store/apps and it’s been the most problems I’ve had since the early Win XP and dialup days.

  • Same, only thing I have purchased from the windows store and it isn’t inspiring confidence.
    One thing I will say is if you have an Xbox I’m 99% certain that you can now play it on there without having to buy it again. I figure if in the next couple months it still doesn’t work on PC I’ll just give in and play it on there

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