Forza Motorsport 6

One of the most corporate games ever, Forza 6 nonetheless brings great advances like Showcases and League racing to its solid formula.

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Forza 6 is getting its own online championship

And an absolutely amazing car for free.

Not to be outdone by the recently unveiled Gran Turismo Sport, Turn 10 has just announced that Forza Motorsport 6 is making its own move for eSports with a new online championship coming to the Xbox One exclusive game.

Face-Off: Forza Motorsport 6 Apex on PC

Digital FoundryFace-Off: Forza Motorsport 6 Apex on PC

A free-to-play DX12 version on PC - but what does it offer over Xbox One?

Developer Turn 10 brings Forza Motorsport 6 to PC with a new subtitle, Apex - a release that adds a twist to last-year's Xbox One release. It's a remixed, free-to-play exclusive on Windows 10 that strips track and car selection down to the raw highlights, but powers its core driving with the same ForzaTech engine. The good news is - for the content that makes the cut - the game scales very well across a range of PC setups tested, while visual boosts over Xbox One are also substantial.

To start with visuals first, perhaps the most impressive aspect of Turn 10's PC port is its graphics menu. A unique dynamic mode is offered here, and much like the dynamic resolution setup seen in console titles like Halo 5 or Doom (where the pixel count is adjusted to hold a firm 60fps), this instead scales the quality of all visual settings in order to stabilise performance. Whether it's shadows, reflections, particle effects or textures, each can be set to adjust on-the-fly while playing to ensure 60fps is maintained - or if you prefer, you can fix each to the quality preset you truly want, on a spectrum from low to ultra.

It's a fantastic idea - long-time overdue for PC gaming - and helps to keep frame-rates smooth in areas where your GPU may be struggling. It also means that the engine hands in the very best visuals possible given your PC's capabilities, at any given point. Incidentally, this dynamic mode is applied to an extent on Xbox One already, allowing the game to shift certain variables. In one case, frame-rates on rear-view mirror reflections shift between 30fps and 60fps, based on the number of cars rendered on-screen.

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It looks like Forza is heading to PC

UPDATE: Confirmed, all future Forza Motorsport titles being developed concurrently for Xbox and PC.

UPDATE: The embargo has lifted on the event and it's been confirmed that Forza is coming to PC. Forza Motorsport 6: Apex will feature 12 themed events and 60 cars, and is not - in the words of Microsoft - a 'microtransaction-driven game'. IGN has more details, and also reports that all future Forza Motorsport games will be developed concurrently for PC and Xbox platforms.

Forza Motorsport 6 review

RecommendedForza Motorsport 6 review

Once more with fuelling.

Forza Motorsport 6 is introduced by a toe-curling live action video which, in its anodyne, expensive pomposity, might as well be a banking advertisement. As you play, new features are explained to you in the soporific tones of a supermarket checkout kiosk. It is saturated with commercial tie-ins: for its cover star, the 2017 Ford GT supercar, which itself is really just a fantastical advertisement for more humble Fords, and for Top Gear (although, amusingly, Jeremy Clarkson's voice is nowhere to be heard). It's one of the most corporate video games ever made.

And yet: Forza Motorsport 6 is also a generous, handsome, impressive and beautifully engineered package. It has hundreds of cars and dozens of tracks, of course, and a commanding feature list accumulated over 10 years and six games which includes the best online service in racing games, and to which it makes meaningful new additions. It's also a game that can serve up 24-car races at a flawless 60 frames per second, online or off, rain or shine, without sacrificing its stirring good looks. And none of this is a contradiction with the above paragraph, because that kind of heft is exactly what corporate wealth and experience - in the case, the corporate wealth and experience belonging to the software giant Microsoft - buys you.

The important thing for followers of the series to note is that Forza 6 is also a big improvement on its misguided predecessor. Developer Turn 10 made three serious errors with Forza 5 (or perhaps one, since they were all likely by-products of the decision to make it an Xbox One launch game). One was to submit to an internal fad at Microsoft for aggressively priced micro-transactions. Another was to settle for a limited content roster - of tracks especially - that felt like a backward step for the series. And the third was to ship with a broken tyre simulation that pushed the series' traditionally tail-happy handling over into outright twitchiness, which made for a frustrating and nervy drive.

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FeatureForza Motorsport 6 takes us back to the series' heyday

Problem is, a lot's happened since then.

Editor's note: This is an early impressions piece based on a weekend playing the single-player mode of Forza Motorsport 6. We'll have a full review once we've been able to spend more time with the campaign and properly assess Forza 6's multiplayer component.

Turn 10 has unveiled the full list of cars that will feature in Forza Motorsport 6 - and it's a mighty impressive, mighty long list of some 460 cars. All of which are listed below, should you fancy a peruse. There's obviously some real gems in there, and it's highly likely you'll find something to your tastes in a roster that now includes a serious number of real-life, thoroughbred racing cars.

Formula E field coming to Forza Motorsport 6

Full car list being drip-fed weekly up to launch.

Turn 10 and Microsoft are slowly revealing the full car list for the forthcoming Forza Motorsport 6, bolstering the 117 announced at E3 with a further 37, a batch headed up by the entire Formula E field that competed in this year's inaugural season of the new one-make championship.

Forza Motorsport 6's weather and night racing aren't dynamic

Turn 10's latest confirmed for September release.

Forza Motorsport 6's new features have been confirmed following last week's leak, with 24 car racing both online and off, 10 new tracks and a car roster in excess of 450 machines - giving it the most comprehensive garage of this generation to date.

Logitech confirms a new wheel for PS4 - and reveals a new Xbox One contender too

Following several leaks, Logitech has confirmed the existence of the G29 steering wheel, the successor to its successful line of peripherals that took in the G25 and G27 - and it's also revealed the G920, the Xbox One equivalent that's launching in October this year.

The G29 is an evolution of the G27, and it'll be compatible with PS4, PS3 and PC. It'll feature dual-motor force feedback with anti-backlash helical gearing (I won't pretend to understand what the latter part means), a leather-wrapped rim complete with gear shift indicator LED lights and a stainless steel three pedal set-up.

The G29 starts shipping in July. Both units will cost £299.99 - a significant price point, but one that puts it in line with Thrustmaster's top-end console wheels. Like them, both the G29 and G920 will have a separate stick shifters should you want to go beyond the paddle shifts on the main unit.

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Porsche making its way to Forza Horizon 2 tomorrow, confirmed for Forza Motorsport 6

Porsche is coming to Forza, with Horizon 2 getting a suite of Stuttgart's finest tomorrow, and with the famous marque also confirmed for Forza Motorsport 6.

EA's famously had a stranglehold on the licence in recent years, though its grip has softened a little. Forza Motorsport 4 received a pack of Porsche cars thanks to an agreement between EA and Microsoft that has been struck up again for the Xbox exclusive series.

For now, players can rejoice in a meaty bundle of cars in Forza Horizon 2 which takes in the 918 Spyder supercar as well as classic fare such as the 959 and 944 Turbo. 10 cars feature in total and will be live tomorrow for a price of $9.99 (about £7.99, though UK price hasn't been confirmed just yet).

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Microsoft announces Forza Motorsport 6 for Xbox One

Microsoft announces Forza Motorsport 6 for Xbox One

The new Ford GT is in-game and on the cover.

Microsoft has announced Forza Motorsport 6, due out exclusively on Xbox One.

The next entry in the racing game series is in development at Turn 10 Studios, which made Xbox One launch title Forza Motorsport 5. UK developer Playground Games was behind last year's effort, the well-received Forza Horizon 2.

There are few details about Forza 6, but we do know that the new Ford GT will be on the cover of the box as well as in-game alongside the Shelby GT350 Mustang and the F-150 Raptor.

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