Forza Horizon 3 Demo Out Now on Xbox One With No HDR, Coming to PC Later [UPDATE]

Try out the Australia-set racing game now on Xbox One.

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[UPDATE 2] Forza Horizon 3's demo on Xbox One does not include HDR support for people playing on an Xbox One S. Microsoft's Mike Ybarra confirmed this on Twitter in an exchange with a fan.

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[UPDATE] A Microsoft representative told GameSpot a Forza Horizon 3 demo will be available on PC after launch on September 27, though a specific date was not provided.

"A standalone Forza Horizon 3 PC demo will be released sometime after launch," the spokesperson said. "We invite all players who are eager to play Forza on PC to try Forza Motorsport 6: Apex, available now in the Windows 10 Store for free."

The original story is below.

As suspected, Forza Horizon 3 is getting a demo. Microsoft announced today that the free demo is indeed real and is out now on Xbox One.

The Forza Horizon 3 demo includes a number of cars, including the Lamborghini Centario (which is on the game's cover), as well as multiple dune buggies and a trophy truck. Additionally, the demo includes the BMW M4 Coupe, the Ford Shelby GT350R, and the 2014 HSC Limited Edition GEN-F GTS Maloo.

There are a number of events to complete in the Forza Horizon 3 demo that will take you around Australia's oceanside roads and rainforests. You can also go online and play with friends in a free roam session.

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You can grab the Forza Horizon 3 demo on your Xbox One or queue up your download right here. According to the demo's product page, it will take up 18.34 GB of hard drive space on your console.

We have followed up with Microsoft in an effort to find out if the Forza Horizon 3 demo may also be released on PC sometime down the road.

The existence of a Forza Horizon 3 demo is not a big surprise, as a listing for it was published last week.

Forza Horizon 3 launches on September 27 for Xbox One and PC. You don't have to wait that long to play the full game, however, as $100 Ultimate Edition unlocks on September 23. Additionally, Forza Horizon 3 is an Xbox Play Anywhere title, so you can buy it digitally on Xbox One and get the Windows 10 version free or vice versa.

In other news about Forza Horizon 3, Microsoft recently announced the game's PC requirements and revealed the nearly 150 songs on the game's soundtrack.

For more on Forza Horizon 3, check out GameSpot's recent hands-on preview.

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starjay009

Downloaded and played the demo on my X1 since I don't have Win 10 on my PC. GORGEOUS !! Absolutely stunning, breathtaking. Love Forza ! Pre-ordered the Ultimate Edition on Xbox Store. Well worth the 100$ price tag with all those car packs, and area expansions that are yet to come. Can't wait for Sep 23.

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jagdedge124

If that game is running at 60 frames, the Developer deserves an award. I never seen a 60 frames game look that good on a Console. I guess there's a first for everything.

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Acidic__Thought

@jagdedge124: It's 30. All Horizon games lose the framerate to be able to do the open-world.

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starjay009

@Acidic__Thought: Yup, it's 30fps at native 1080p. Looks beautiful ! Got no issues whatsoever.

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vogtcha

Even without HDR, it looks absolutely gorgeous.

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XenomorphAlien

I still need to play more Forza 6...

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bigdaddy0316

It's a shame all this HDR talk is the big topic now. No one I know right now can afford a 4k tv with HDR....

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cejay0813

Very fun demo but then again, it is Forza Horizon. I've never been disappointed.

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VakarianGirl

HDR has absolutely ZERO implications for my game-buying decision making process. There's little to no reason to own a HDR TV right now - no content that's within the reach of everyday muggles like myself - so, I don't care about it.

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ConsoleHaven

@VakarianGirl: It's a shame there's so much emphasis on the lack of HDR. This is probably one of the most generous demos I've played, and is the most fun I've had with the Horizon's franchise.

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Maybe at launch of the full game he says. Battlefield 1 will have HDR Support on xbox.

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Gamer_4_Fun

No HDR...pre-order cancelled.. oh wait, I don't even have an HDR TV

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Don't worry PC people will comment soon and say they won't be getting the game because they hate MS Store. They still post though not sure why.

PS4 people will post and say driveclub is better don't worry, they need to feel better i guess.

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xXxKTTxXx

@Popa2caps: Microsoft Store IS pretty crappy yes, but after trying Forza 6 Apex I'm willing to deal with it for the time being and will still get Forza Horizon 3 :P

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s2i2p2i2o

@Popa2caps: Well, to be fair, MS Store is really shit in a lot of ways. Still gonna buy the game though :)

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BeantownSean

Downloading now...might as well check it out.

I suspect the Win10 UWP version is still rumbling in the trash compactor.

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ConsoleHaven

@beantownsean: Had a chance to play yet? I tried it this morning, it's epic.

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BeantownSean

@consolehaven:

Not yet, it took the rest of the evening to download.

Me and my little dude will jump on later...after his Birthday Cake :)

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skrilla99

@beantownsean: started my download when it came out at 3, finished at 10:30. Then it had to install bi went to bed and played the next morning for 30 min before work. It times out a lot during the download and the speed fluctuated like crazy.

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TruthSerum808

"with no HDR"

effing clickbait article...

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xXxKTTxXx

@TruthSerum808: #JustEddieThings ;)

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Gruntreaper

@TruthSerum808: Eddie Eddie Eddie

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PhreaSpirit

Really enjoyed the demo. This is good old FH and exactly what I expected! Controls are slighty different and I like it, feels smooth.

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pochodemarco

its there a online coop mode in the demo'?

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madskills6117

@pochodemarco: there's co op free roam. Only been able to join one session so far though.

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Dempzi

MS will get to realize the benefit of bringing Xbox games to windows with this one

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GirlUSoCrazy

I can't believe the demo is almost 20GB!!!

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rasterror

@girlusocrazy: If you play it you will see why no much to do and they open up a huge for you to roam through. Plus the detail is amazing. Might be the best looking racing game ever.

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GirlUSoCrazy

@rasterror: In the demo? That's cool. I'd get it if I had a One or a gaming PC for sure

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Bubba_666

Who gives a rats arse about HDR, I don't think people are really that concerned about 4K on consoles, or HDR. And barely have the money to spend on games, let alone 1000's more on a new fancy TV with all the bells and whistles. If they want that, they are usually playing it on PC. I got burnt out on PC gaming long ago.

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Chyld989

@bubba_666: Plenty of people care about HDR and 4k. If Scorpio weren't coming out next year I'd already have gotten an HDR 4k TV and an Xbox One S, especially since this game will support it. And you don't need to spend thousands, or get a TV with all the bells and whistles. You can get a 4k HDR TV for a decent price now as long as you don't want anything too big, and by next year prices will be even lower.

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Gruntreaper

@bubba_666: It's just Eddie trying to lure the ps4 fanatics in

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rapt0rx

@bubba_666: but even on pc they would need a monitor or tv to support those features

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jerjef

This demo is awesome. Full game is going to be great. I was concerned with them releasing another one so soon, but they did a great job.

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rapt0rx

@jerjef: its been 2 years since horizon

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GirlUSoCrazy

@jerjef: Hopefully no microtransactions in the full game!

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jerjef

@girlusocrazy: I doubt it. They learned their lesson with Forza 5. Just hope they don't have a short memory. lol.

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GirlUSoCrazy

@jerjef: Did they? They released Forza 6 promising no microtransactions but ffwd a couple months and then there's an update with microtransactions in! Short memory indeed! We'll see.

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VooDooPC

@jerjef: Forza 6 has micro transactions. They added them in a patch after the reviews came out so reviewers couldn't knock the game for it.

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ante_karlsson

i have Graphics

AMD Radeon (TM) R9 200 Series

can i still play???=(

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GirlUSoCrazy

@ante_karlsson: Intel HD 4000 over here!

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Ragnarocking

Windows Store?

No thanks.

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@ragnarocking: Forza Apex runs fine, don't see why this won't.

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Ragnarocking

@graffitiheart: The idea of using Windows Store sickens me.

it's gimping games and forcing online account on the entire OS.

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vogtcha

@ragnarocking: No one is forcing you.

You really dont have to play a brilliant, gorgeous game no matter how well it performs, just because your principles tell you otherwise. I am sure we will miss your presence and drivatar online and the game wont be the same without you.

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@ragnarocking: Right but surely if you're downloading a game on a PC by legal means you're going to be making an online account. I don't see why it's an issue, and if Forza Apex is running well I don't see how it's "gimping games".

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Ragnarocking

@graffitiheart: Making your OS account an online account is cancer for privacy, and when buying games from there, you have to set your account to online.

and by gimping i mean that the format of games is different and microsoft have no idea how to manage this format. (you can read about the problems it presents like fps lock, always V sync, no exclusive full screen mode)

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@ragnarocking: Everything is in the cloud these days, I'm really confused as to why it's such a big issue. Apple and Google do exactly the same with their own OS's I'm not sure how Microsoft could sell digital games without this feature - you may not like it but it's an odd thing to complain about when there's not really another option.

I thought they'd upgraded to be able to toggle V sync and had unlocked frame rates, I swear I read that somewhere. Fair enough if you don't want to buy it though, it's a shame though as the demo was really on point.