Modder uses Cheat engine to enable ray tracing in Forza Horizon 5's gameplay sections, with glorious results
Modder Digital Dreams recently shared a YouTube video that shows off Forza Horizon 5 running with ray-tracing enabled in the open world, thanks to a simple Cheat Engine tweak. While Digital Dreams did not specify their system's hardware spec, they appear to be running the game at a fairly locked 4K/60 FPS update. What's remarkable is that this seems to be possible without NVIDIA's DLSS upscaling technology enabled.
Forza Horizon 5 on Xbox Series X/S features ray-tracing. However, it's limited to the Forza Vista vehicle viewing mode, presumably because of steep performance implications in more demanding segments of the game. On PC however, cards like the GeForce RTX 3080 and GeForce RTX 3090 deliver significantly greater raster power as well as enhanced RT cores. Inexplicably, Playground games carried the Forza Vista ray-tracing limitation over to the PC version of the game.
The cheat engine tweak, however, allows users to get ray-tracing in actual gameplay sections. The RT effects are remarkable, but are limited to just the vehicles themselves, and not the environment. Regardless, Digital Dream's RT-on video looks remarkable, with visuals that are a step up from the regular top-end PC experience in FH5.