Forza Horizon 5: Video shows recommended PC settings that match the gorgeous 4K graphics of Xbox Series X
With the release of Forza Horizon 5 (from US$59 on Amazon) on Tuesday, Microsoft's next-gen consoles Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S finally received an exciting and console-exclusive showcase title which illustrates the graphical capabilities of the new machines. While a previous video already showed that Forza Horizon 5's beautiful graphics compare well to real pictures taken in Mexico, another video now explores which PC settings in Forza Horizon 5 result in a similarly impressive image quality as seen on Xbox Series X.
In one of several extensive videos featuring Forza Horizon 5, Digital Foundry concluded that the quality mode on Xbox Series X mostly matches the maxed out settings on PC. But at a native 4k resolution, the Xbox Series X only manages to output 30 fps with these settings. Therefore it looks like the PC settings in Forza Horizon 5 do not provide a lot of headroom when it comes to visual quality, also because raytracing is only active in photo mode and can't be activated for regular gameplay.
In order to replicate the Xbox Series X quality graphics mode on PC, gamers should at least have an Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060 Super. But in order to enjoy the PC's biggest advantage, higher frame rates, a more powerful gaming PC is required. With reduced settings equivalent to the Xbox Series X performance mode, an Nvidia GeForce RTX 2070 Super was not entirely able to hold a steady 60 fps at 4k resolution. PC gamers who would like to play Forza Horizon 5 on these settings should have at least an RTX 2080. Additional technical details, including further explanations of the hardware requirements and recommended settings of Forza Horizon 5 on PC are included in the video embedded below.
Digital Foundry, Image: Microsoft