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E3 2017: Forza Motorsport 7 Was Built From the Ground Up For PC

Building the game that way made it easier to develop for Xbox One X, Forza Creative Director Dan Greenawalt said.

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Forza Motorsport 7 has been the premier game to show off just how great a game can be on Xbox One X. It was the first title shown for the new console at the Microsoft press conference. But it appears that the console was not the first priority when developer Turn 10 started creating the game.

"The Forza tech engine, for the first time, was developed from the ground up for PC," Creative Director Dan Greenwalt told Shacknews during a video interview. "We lowered the min spec, and what that did was bring Scorpio - Xbox One X - to life."

He said that a member of the Turn 10 team was also on the committee designing Xbox One X very early in its development cycle, allowing them to get the engine working well not only with DirectX 12, but with DirectX 12X for the console. He said that essentially they created the engine and game for a high-end PC in the living room that runs at native 4K, 60 FPS, that also includes high rez textures. 

But they still had room to do more. "We still had 30% more head room in the power," Greenawalt said. "So we were doing things with anti-aliasing and shadow resolution and level of detail in cars ... you name it, we were just able to crank everything up."

The good news for PC users is that the game is so well optimized for Xbox One X, that it made the load for PC lighter. "By doing that work for the Xbox One X, it actually brought our min spec on the PC down," he said. "By optimizing at the high end, you get benefits at the low end as well, including Xbox One and Xbox One S. The game looks better on all devices and it runs more smoothly."

Forza Motorsport 7 will release on Windows 10 and Xbox One on October 3, and will be ready for Xbox One X when it launches on November 7. Check out more from Dan Greenawalt in the full interview below.

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    June 14, 2017 7:20 PM

    John Keefer posted a new article, E3 2017: Forza Motorsport 7 Was Built From the Ground Up For PC

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      June 14, 2017 7:25 PM

      Horizon 3 was a technical disappointment on PC, so hoping this will be better

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        June 14, 2017 7:29 PM

        Really, why?

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          June 14, 2017 7:33 PM

          Inconsistent framerates and cranking/turning down detail helped only marginally with fps. So 1080p with no AA ran 40-80fps, as did the same setting with 8x AA. Generalizing a bit but that's the gist of it.

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            June 14, 2017 8:03 PM

            It's been patched a few times and runs a bit better now.

            Forza proper is a lot less demanding without the open world and dynamic lighting though. You might get nearly double the fps you do in Horizon at similar settings, or around there. It's sort of analogous to the Xbox versions running at 60fps vs Horizon's 30fps.

            I just hope it doesn't have the stuttering and hitches that Forza Apex did. Framerate was fine, you could get 90-120+fps easy, but the frame pacing was off and it wasn't smooth all the time.

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      June 14, 2017 8:30 PM

      Fuck, it's coming out for PC? Awesome.