Forza Motorsport 6: Apex

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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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