Forza Motorsport 6: Apex launches PC open beta on May 5

Be sure to check out the system requirements, and have Windows 10 installed.

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Forza 6 has been motoring around for Xbox One since September. Last month, PC players were teased with the reveal that they would get a smaller free-to-play version of the popular franchise. Now we get word that it will happen when the open beta launches on May 5.

Developer Turn 10 Studios offered more details today on Forza Motorsport 6: Apex, saying it will deliver "a focused and curated single-player tour of Forza Motorsport’s best content, including authentic wheel-to-wheel action, unique automotive experiences, and constant rewards, all running on DirectX 12 at resolutions up to 4K. In the game, players will be able to dive into a new career mode anchored by a 12-event “Showcase Tour”, where players will race thrilling cars on circuits from across the globe."

The game will have 63 cars, and 20 tracks in six locations. It will allow players to compete against the "drivetars" of other Forza 6 players, but will have no online multiplayer.

Turn 10 said that the beta will continue through the summer and players will get new updates and improvements when they become available. Some of the things the developer will be adding include support for a driving wheel, an in-app framerate counter and the ability to disable VSync.

Minimum, recommended and ideal system specs all require Windows 10 64-bit version 1511 and DirectX 12, while using an Xbox One controller. The video above is for ideal system specs. Here's the rest of the breakdown:

Minimum

  • Processor: Intel Core i3-4170 @ 3.7 Ghz
  • GPU: NVIDIA GeForce GT 740 or Radeon R7 250X
  • HD Space: 30 GB
  • RAM: 8 GB
  • VRAM: 2 GB

Recommended (1080p at 60 FPS)

  • Processor: Intel Core i7-3820 @ 3.6 Ghz
  • GPU: NVIDIA GeForce 970 or Radeon R9 290X
  • HD Space: 30 GB
  • RAM: 12 GB
  • VRAM: 4 GB

Ideal (4K at 60 FPS)

  • Processor: Intel Core i7-6700k @ 4 Ghz
  • GPU: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980ti or Radeon Fury X
  • HD Space: SSD + 30 GB
  • RAM: 16 GB
  • VRAM: 6+ GB
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    April 28, 2016 9:55 AM

    John Keefer posted a new article, Forza Motorsport 6: Apex launches PC open beta on May 5

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      April 28, 2016 10:04 AM

      Schweet. Nice to see Microsoft finally making PC games.

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        April 28, 2016 12:27 PM

        Totally, it could be epic if they just fix the damn MS Store and how it works with a game, not the purchase and download aspect the actual application wrapper and DRM.

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      April 28, 2016 12:54 PM

      Reminder, zero racing wheel support in this supposed driving game.

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        April 28, 2016 12:57 PM

        No yet. They said that will be added in a *future update*

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        April 28, 2016 1:01 PM

        That's really dumb, but it's stated they plan to add it right in there story. This thing is also free so it's hard to complain much about stuff like that. Yet I know I will still be bitching and moaning when it's out and doesn't support 21:9 I'm sure.

        I'm hoping it works out, because I'd love to see the next Forza Horizon game on PC. There's already sims on PC that do actual racing better, and Forza proper still has the mass car list variety that most PC racers lack, but for open world fun times and cruising around there's not a lot of choice. Burnout Paradise which is many years old now and The Crew? Nothing close at the moment to the Forza driving model and presentation which I enjoy more.

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          April 28, 2016 4:53 PM

          I'd love a new Burnout game. I wonder what the chances of that happening are now that the studio is pumping out Need for Speed games for EA?

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            April 28, 2016 4:55 PM

            I want a new Burnout game with the hybrid open world/restricted tracks from the first Need for Speed Most Wanted.

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            April 28, 2016 7:00 PM

            Criterion is working on the successor to Burnout, unnamed as of now but it has cars, planes, and helicopters. Hopefully it will be good.

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      April 28, 2016 5:41 PM

      It requires an Xbox One controller?

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      April 28, 2016 6:48 PM

      Shit, guess I need to upgrade to Win10. How big of a PITA is it? Anything to watch out for? System runs great, so don't want to fuck it up with a new fangled OS.

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        April 28, 2016 7:49 PM

        Runs great for me. I just did an in-place upgrade last year. No clean install or anything. The install was really easy, and fast with my SSD. The only issue I had was my anti-virus software (Avast) didn’t like it. They patched it a bit later, but I uninstalled Avast and stayed with MSE. Everything has been fine since.

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          April 28, 2016 8:12 PM

          Cool, sounds pretty straight forward.

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        April 28, 2016 8:17 PM

        You can always go back, if it's an upgrade they give you the option to downgrade. May want to create a recovery disk as well.

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      April 29, 2016 1:33 PM

      Oh wow. They're bringing Forza to the PC? ME LIKEY.