The Forza Horizon 4 system requirements will be lower on PC than those of its predecessor. Despite coming out more than two years after its predecessor, Forza Horizon 3, the next iteration in the series, which takes place in the United Kingdom, won’t need as much computing power in order to run.
Forza Horizon 3 had a somewhat iffy launch on PC when it came out in 2016, but the developers have learned from that ahead of the next game. Somehow, not only are they confident that they know how to fix those problems, but they seem to have been able to optimise Forza Horizon 4 much more successfully than 3.
According to Kotaku, in a hands-off demo at Gamescom, the game’s creative director, Ralph Fulton, said Forza Horizon 4’s minimum spec would be lower than the baseline offered for Forza Horizon 3. We don’t actually know how much lower that is, as Playground aren’t revealing it just yet, but we can at least take a look at what the last game asked for in order to get some idea of what you’ll need to run the new game.
Those requirements were surprisingly lenient, which bodes well for those racing fans with lower-end rigs. FH3’s minimum specs asked for a (dual core) i3-4170 CPU, and NVIDIA GT 740, and 8GB of Ram. That’s pretty reasonable, if you ask me, and if the specs for FH4 are actually lower, then you won’t need anything too special to be able to run it.
Of course, if you do have a monster rig, you’ll be well catered for. Fulton also revealed a whole bunch of PC-specific features, from ultrawide-support to adjustable FOV. There’ll also be the means to boost the game’s graphics settings “beyond Ultra for the first time.” What that means isn’t really clear, but suffice to say I think it bodes well for those of you with higher-end machines. Forza Horizon 4 is out on October 2.