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Forza Horizon 3 picks major critical update on Windows 10 PC

Forza Horizon 3

The award winning Forza Horizon 3 game has received a major critical update with numerous improvements for Windows 10 PC version of the game. Alongside the release of exclusive Hot Wheels expansion for Xbox One (and Windows 10), the new automatic update for Forza Horizon 3 is now available for download to take best advantage of new features.

With Windows 10 Creators Update, the team has expanded the list of officially supported steering wheels for PC.

Here is the full list of newly supported wheels:

  • Logitech Driving Force GT
  • Logitech MOMO Force Feedback Racing Wheel
  • Logitech G920
  • Logitech G29
  • Logitech G25
  • Logitech G27
  • Fanatec ClubSport Wheel Base V1
  • Fanatec CSV2
  • Fanatec CSR
  • Thrustmaster TS-PC
  • Thrustmaster T150
  • Thrustmaster T500 RS
  • Thrustmaster TMX V1
  • Thrustmaster TMX V2
  • Thrustmaster T300RS
  • Thrustmaster TX 458 Edition
  • Thrustmaster TX 599 Edition
  • Thrustmaster TX Leather Edition
  • Thrustmaster TX F1 Edition
  • Thrustmaster TX GTE Edition
  • Thrustmaster RGT

Improved CPU Performance

We have observed that a large portion of players are CPU limited when trying to run Forza Horizon 3 at high frame rates, including locked 60 FPS and unlocked. By analyzing telemetry, we have developed targeted optimizations for this group of affected players by increasing the number of concurrent threads used by the render architecture. We have taken further advantage of DX12 capabilities to allow the visuals to be processed out of order during the frame, in order to reduce synchronization stalls and decrease CPU execution duration. These changes result in a significant CPU performance gain on High or Ultra settings when running on PCs of Recommended spec or better.

Updated Thread Model

We have updated our threading affinity model to make better use of all available cores. Along with this change, we have added a new graphics option to disable the new model, should you prefer. This option can be found in the Video Settings menu under “Threaded Optimization”.

More Graphical Options

We have also added some additional graphical options to improve framerate for those playing on lower specification PCs. These include:

  • Dynamic Geometry Quality now has a Very Low option
  • World Car Level of Detail now has a Very Low option

These are combined with some existing options to create a new “Very Low” preset that can be used with dynamic optimization.

Additionally, all options have had their descriptions updated to include information on how each setting affects the CPU performance, GPU performance, and available VRAM, so that players can better understand the performance impact that tweaking each setting will have.

Updated Minimum Specification

Along with the performance improvements coming with this release, we are lowering the minimum specification to reduce the CPU requirement and the NVIDIA GPU requirement.

  • CPU: i3-4170 @ 3.7Ghz
  • GPU: NVIDIA GT 740 | AMD R7 250x
  • RAM: 8GB
  • Hard Drive Type: HDD
  • Resolution: 1280 x 720

Buy Forza Horizon 3 game here and Hot Wheels Expansion pack here


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