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And liberty and Red Bull for all.

Fixing Forza 5: How Turn 10 wants to win fans back

“I'm disappointed in myself that I've elicited this reaction in people.”

VideoOutside Xbox takes Forza 5's most expensive car for a spin

Plus 10 Xbox One problems Microsoft could fix overnight.

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And liberty and Red Bull for all.

I think it's fair to say that Bungie has had an interesting time of late. First, there came the controversy over the Taken King Collector's Edition making certain content unavailable to existing players without purchasing the game a second time. Then came a cross-promotion with Red Bull, asking players to purchase special promotional cans of the energy drink to access an extra mission in The Taken King expansion.

Forza Horizon 2 gets September release date

Forza Horizon 2 gets September release date

Plus, Nurburgring comes to Forza 5 at last - today!

At today's E3 Xbox press conference, Playground Games' Ralph Fulton announced that Forza Horizon 2 will be released on 30th September.

That's the Xbox One version for sure - the Xbox 360 version, in development at Sumo Digital, wasn't mentioned, so don't count on it arriving at the same time.

Just before Fulton took the stage, Mr Forza from Turn 10 Studios, Dan Greenawalt, announced that the famous Nordschleife Nurburgring track was being added to Forza Motorsport 5 at last - from today. It's a free download, too, so fill your boots. You can read more about it on Xbox.com - as well as details of the latest car pack you can buy for the game, featuring some classic racing machines.

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Forza 5 update adds Long Beach circuit for free

Forza 5 update adds Long Beach circuit for free

Plus five new vehicles for Car Pass owners, or available to buy.

Xbox One racer Forza Motorsport 5 will tomorrow be updated with a brand new track, California's Long Beach circuit, Microsoft has announced.

The course will be available for free to all users and will be added to all modes: Career, Rivals and multiplayer.

It's been recreated with the use of "laser scanning, thousands of photos, and hours of video", Microsoft wrote in a new blog post so that "each unique palm tree" is faithful to the real-life original.

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Forza 5 update goes live, tweaks economy

Forza 5 update goes live, tweaks economy

Plus two new game modes introduced.

Forza Motorsport 5's latest update, which tweaks the in-game economy as well as introducing Drag and Tag multiplayer modes, has just gone live for Xbox One.

The patch (which was spotted by OXM - thanks!) reduces the cumulative cost of cars within Forza Motorsport 5 by 45 per cent, and raises the rate at which you earn cash by 60 per cent.

It comes off the back of criticism of Forza's economy - which features microtransactions - that Turn 10's creative director Dan Greenawalt addressed last week.

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Fixing Forza 5: How Turn 10 wants to win fans back

“I'm disappointed in myself that I've elicited this reaction in people.”

Turn 10's Forza Motorsport 5 perhaps wasn't the triumphant Xbox One debut many expected it to be. A diminished track list - a result of the challenges in creating content for the next generation of consoles - was one problem, but another that gained more traction was its embracing of mechanics more typically seen in free-to-play games, where XP boosters and microtransactions are commonplace.

Microsoft hikes price of Xbox One exclusives by 5

Microsoft hikes price of Xbox One exclusives by 5

"Ultimately pricing and promotions will vary by region."

Microsoft has hiked the price of its Xbox One exclusive games by 5 on the Xbox Games Store.

When the Xbox One launched on 22nd November the digital versions of Dead Rising 3, Ryse: Son of Rome and Forza Motorsport 5 were available for 44.99. Now, they're 49.99.

Microsoft failed to explain the decision when contacted by Eurogamer, but did point to potential deals and promotions that may be announced in the future.

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Forza 5 offers half off cars this weekend and more

To tide players over while it restructures its economy.

Forza Motorsport 5 developer Turn 10 is debuting a series of temporary offers to satiate players while it tinkers with its much derided micro-transaction-based economy - one that our Martin Robinson noted operates like a free-to-play game that still costs full price.

Xbox One outsells Xbox 360 two-to-one in UK launch

Xbox One outsells Xbox 360 two-to-one in UK launch

UPDATE: Sold around 150,000, report claims.

UPDATE: Xbox One sold around 150,000 in the UK during its launch, according to a report by MCV.

The Xbox 360 sold 70,000 units during its launch eight years ago.

ORIGINAL STORY: The Xbox One outsold the Xbox 360 two-to-one in the UK when you compare both console's launch periods.

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Digital FoundryDigital Foundry vs. Forza Motorsport 5

How Turn 10 tackled the 1080p60 challenge.

On paper, delivering Forza Motorsport 5 to the 1080p60 standard seems like an immediate, crowd-pleasing move; a massive boost in clarity that sounds aloud the series' first crashing footstep on next-gen turf. But even as an Xbox One launch title, this only scratches the surface of what we expect from a series of this pedigree making a technical leap. Indeed, developer Turn 10 has strived to go the extra mile by making each car in its 200-strong roster worthy of close scrutiny in its Autovista mode, with many of its legacy circuits also remixed to a higher level of precision. Improvements over Forza 4 are many - but there are caveats preventing it being the full-on overhaul we had hoped to see.

Forza Motorsport 5 review

Taking something beautiful and retooling it into something beastly is one of the consistent pleasures of the Forza series. When the Ferrari 288 GTO rolled out of the Maranello gates, it was a vision of sculpted perfection: in Forza, there's an illicit kick in lowering the profile of its chassis, stripping out the luxurious leather interior then strapping a supercharger onto that already heavy-hitting twin turbo V8 to create a true monster.

Forza Motorsport 5's certainly got an underlying beauty. While it doesn't do as much as other next-gen launch titles in selling you on the power of the Xbox One, the switch up to 1080p works wonders, and those extra pixels are put to use in some exquisite detail. Surge over the crest of a hill in the new Prague street circuit and the city stretches out ahead of you with intoxicating clarity, the Vltava's many bridges criss-crossing the river all the way into the horizon.

There is detail in other locations - balloons bubble up across the Indianapolis sky, while pools of rubber chunks sit at the track extremities - as well as in the cars themselves. The craft on display - both from the carmakers being celebrated and from developer Turn 10's own artists - is exquisite, the models ripe for close inspection in the Vista mode that now extends to the entire collection of vehicles. It's even better when, after a couple of laps of action, that art is smeared with the grime and detritus of a racetrack; as they sit motionless to a stirring orchestral soundtrack after an event, Forza Motorsport 5's cars are a vision of hard-won heroism.

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All the Xbox One launch games and their install sizes

All the Xbox One launch games and their install sizes

UPDATE: More download prices added, including FIFA, Forza and Dead Rising.

The Xbox One launches with a number of games available to download. Now the embargo on the console itself has lifted, we learn each title's install size and price in pounds.

At the time of publication prices for all but a few games are available.

First, the big list of Xbox One launch games (if the size and/or price isn't listed, it was unavailable for us - this will of course change for you when the console launches on Friday 22nd November).

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Why Forza Motorsport 5 has fewer cars and tracks than Forza 4

Dan Greenawalt on Turn 10's next-gen vision, its new track scans and its DLC plans.

Xbox One launch title Forza Motorsport 5 is set to feature 14 tracks and just over 200 cars - almost halving the 26 circuits and 500 cars offered by its predecessor - as Turn 10 places an emphasis on quality over quantity for its next-gen debut.

Turn 10 outlines Forza 5 DLC plan

UPDATE: Car Pass costs $50, launches with LaFerrari Car Pack.

UPDATE: The Forza Motorsport 5 Car Pass - containing six monthly add-ons featuring 10 cars each - will cost $49.99 (about 31).

Forza 5 to reintroduce Silverstone

New layout, plus added weeds.

Forza Motorsport 5 will reintroduce the Silverstone track that's been a part of the series since its Xbox debut - but for the first time it will feature the new configuration of the circuit that was introduced in 2010.

Inside GAME's tiny Xbox-only shop, with pictures!

UPDATE: 100 new Xbox 360s sold out, but GAME summer sale starting soon.

Update: All of the 100 new-style Xbox 360s have sold out at GAME's new Xbox shop at the Shoreditch Boxpark in London, we've just confirmed. Thank you those of you who tweeted to tell us.

Vorsprung durch Forza

Now featuring IndyCar, can the sheer rationality of Turn 10's latest racer prop up Xbox One?

Dan Greenawalt, the smooth creative director of Microsoft's racing studio Turn 10, arrived outside the entrance of a grand downtown Los Angeles venue in the back seat of a two-seater IndyCar racecar yesterday evening. It had driven, with just two howlingly loud blips of the throttle, all of 50 metres up the street from where it had been parked. Greenawalt got out, grinning, and chatted for a second with the driver, a chiselled, blonde IndyCar pilot called Josef Newgarden. Then he walked through the gates to Forza Motorsport 5's E3 event to scattered applause, arriving at the party he had just left.

Forza 5 confirmed to be 1080p 60fps, new trailer released

Turn 10's Forza 5, one of the Xbox One's glitziest launch games, will be running in native 1080p at 60 frames per second. And that's not even the exciting bit, because it's got a new feature called Drivatar! Okay, the first part was the exciting bit.

Forza 5 took centre stage at Microsoft's conference, as did the McLaren P1 that'll be featuring in the game. Turn 10's Dan Greenawalt also revealed Drivatar, a new feature that takes your driving performance and uploads it to the cloud. It's similar to how Real Racing 3's AI worked - here's hoping the implementation's slightly better this time round.

The trailer, culled from in-game footage, looks mighty handsome, the splash of colour in the city streets reminiscent of Project Gotham Racing. We'll have more on Forza 5 for you in the coming days.

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Xbox One: the story so far

The console, the controversies, and the remaining questions.

It's been three weeks since Microsoft introduced Xbox One, in a presentation that heavily focused on the platform's media capabilities rather than actual games.

Phil Harrison tries (again) to clarify game ownership, second-hand sales and always-online in Xbox One

Phil Harrison tries (again) to clarify game ownership, second-hand sales and always-online in Xbox One

Ownership tied to login, there will be a resale mechanism, does require internet connection but not constantly.

Whether or not you agree with Microsoft's ideas and goals for Xbox One, at least they are generally pretty easy to understand. The one exception today has been how game ownership works and especially the Xbox One's attitude to sharing between friends and reselling games, which has resulted in conflicting and confusing reports.

The confusion is such that as I sat transcribing and making notes four hours after I interviewed Phil Harrison earlier today, a Microsoft PR tapped me on the shoulder and invited me back to the boardroom so that Harrison could take another swing at explaining this surprisingly complex issue.

"So, think about how you use a disc that you own of an Xbox 360 game," he began. "If I buy the disc from a store, I use that disc in my machine, I can give that disc to my son and he can play it on his 360 in his room. We both can't play at the same time, but the disc is the key to playing. I can go round to your house and give you that disc and you can play on that game as well.

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Forza Motorsport 5 announced for Xbox One

Forza Motorsport 5 will be a launch title for Xbox One, Microsoft has announced at the Redmond unveiling of its next console.

The next entry in Turn 10's well-regarded racing series was shown in what appeared to be a pre-rendered trailer showing two McLaren cars - a classic F1 and the brand new P1 - racing each other around the historic city streets of Prague.

Eagle-eared EG reader Kostabi noticed the voice of motorsport commentator John Hindhaugh during the trailer.

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