Forza Horizon 5 developer Playground Games revealed this week that its upcoming open-world racing game will target 4K at 30 FPS on the Xbox Series X, similar to what Asobo Studios announced for the Xbox version of Microsoft Flight Simulator. However, unlike Flight Simulator, Forza Horizon 5 will offer an optional 60 FPS Performance mode on both the Series X and the Series S, which is essential for fast-paced racing games.
There was some confusion about the official Forza Horizon 5 post on the official Forza Motorsport website, which indicated that the game would be "available in 4K 30 FPS on the Xbox Series X (1080p 30 FPS on Xbox Series S) with an optional 60 FPS performance mode. Mike Brown, Creative Director of Forza Horizon 5 at Playground Games has since confirmed on Twitter that "Performance mode gets you 4k60 on Series X and 1080p60 on Series S."
Performance mode gets you 4k60 on Series X and 1080p60 on Series S
— Mike Brown (@FlawlessC0wboy) June 15, 2021
If Playground Games deserves credit for releasing a next-gen upgrade for Forza Horizon 4 ahead of the release of Microsoft's Xbox Series X and Series S consoles back in November, Forza Horizon 5 should offer a whole new level of photorealism on Series X|S consoles. "Our Mexican HDR sky captures illuminate the world to the point that you will feel as if you are right there. And thanks to Xbox Series X|S, ray tracing is utilized in Forzavista to make the cars look even more true to real life,” Mike Brown wrote on Xbox Wire.
Forza Horizon 5 was one of the main highlights of Microsoft's Xbox and Bethesda Games showcase, and the game will be released on November 9 on Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, and Windows. We don't have details yet about the performance on Xbox One consoles, but it will be interesting if the Xbox One X will also offer a 60 FPS Performance mode as this was the case with Forza Horizon 4.