Free Forza Horizon 3 demo now available for Windows 10

Laurent Giret

Just a few weeks after its simultaneous release on Xbox One and Windows 10 in late September, Forza Horizon 3 has already become this year’s best selling and highest rated racing game. As one of the first Xbox Play Anywhere titles to be released by Microsoft Studios this year, the latest opus from developers Turn 10 Studios and Playground Games is definitely one of the best games to play on either the Xbox One or a Windows 10 PC during the fall season.

While a free demo of the game has been released on the Xbox One two weeks before the game’s worldwide release on September 27, PC gamers didn’t get the chance to try the game until now. That’s now a thing of the past a demo of the game has just landed on the Windows 10 Store today.

On the blog post announcing the news on Xbox Wire, Turn 10 Studios Community manager Brian Ekberg explained that the demo features both solo and multiplayer gameplay in a portion of Forza Horizon 3’s map set in beautiful Australia:

In Forza Horizon 3, you’re the boss of the Horizon Festival – the biggest and best cars and music festival in the world. Your goal is to expand the festival to new locations throughout Australia and you’ll get your first taste of what that experience is like in the demo. Along the way, you’ll be able to explore a portion of Forza Horizon 3’s map, while taking a guided tour through some of the best features that the game has to offer. (…) Once you’ve finished all the events in the demo, you’ll be able to hop online and join your fellow Forza friends in an online free-roam session to explore the demo’s map together.

To enjoy the free demo on your Windows 10 PC, you’ll need to be running the Windows 10 Anniversary Update plus meet these minimum hardware specs:

  • CPU: i5 3570 @ 3.4GHz
  • GPU: NVIDIA GT 750Ti or AMD R7 250X
  • VRAM: 2 GB
  • RAM: 8 GB
  • Storage: 21 GB available space
  • Expected Performance: 720p/30fps

In addition to this new Forza Horizon 3 demo on Windows 10, Ekberg also announced that the Xbox One demo has also been updated to support High Dynamic Range on the brand new Xbox One S. You can get both demos from the download links below while the full game will cost you $59.99 on the Windows Store. As an Xbox Play Anywhere title though, you can buy it once and play on both platforms for free with shared progress and achievements.

Download the Forza Horizon 3 demo on Windows 10

Download the Forza Horizon 3 demo on the Xbox One