Forza Horizon 3

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Forza Horizon 3
Forza Horizon 3 cover
Playground Games
Turn 10 Studios
Microsoft Studios
Release dates
Windows September 27, 2016
Metacritic 86
OpenCritic 91
Monetization DLC
Modes Singleplayer, Multiplayer
Pacing Real-time
Perspectives Third-person, First-person
Controls Direct control
Genres Racing
Vehicles Automobile
Art styles Realistic
Themes Contemporary, Oceania
Series Forza
Forza Horizon 3 on IGDB
Forza Horizon 3 on MobyGames
Forza Horizon 3 on Wikipedia
Forza Motorsport 6: Apex 2016
Forza Horizon 3 2016
Forza Motorsport 7 2017
Forza Street 2018
Forza Horizon 4 2018
Forza Horizon 5 2021
Forza Motorsport 2023

Key points

Wheel support.


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Microsoft Store (unavailable)
Microsoft Store
Deluxe Edition, or Ultimate Edition.
Xbox Play Anywhere
All versions require Microsoft Store and Arxan Anti-Tamper DRM.
No longer available since September 28, 2020 due to licenses with vehicle manufacturers expiring.[2]

DLC and expansion packs

Name Notes
Alpinestars Car Pack Included in Car Pass
Blizzard Mountain Introduces a new snow-covered playable area, new cars, and events.
Duracell Car Pack Included in Car Pass
Duracell GTA Spano Free
Car Pass Access to DLC cars when released
Expansion Pass Contains both map expansions, Blizzard Mountain and Hot Wheels
Hot Wheels Introduces a new Hot Wheels-inspired playable area, new cars, and events
Hoonigan Car Pack Free for Forza Motorsport 7 Pre-Order owners. Adds 10 Achievements worth 500 Gamerscore
Horn Unlock Accelerator
Logitech G Car Pack Included in Car Pass
Motorsport All-Stars Pack Contains ten race track cars
Mountain Dew Car Pack
Playseat Car Pack Included in Car Pass
Porsche Car Pack
Rockstar Energy Car Pack Included in Car Pass
The Smoking Tire Car Pack Included in Car Pass
Treasure Map
VIP Five cars, double Horizon Wheelspin rewards, double credits, etc.
Warthog Only available to players who have earned an achievement in Halo: The Master Chief Collection or completed a certain in-game event

Version differences[edit]

Deluxe Edition[edit]

Includes the following DLCs: Motorsport All-Stars Pack, VIP

Ultimate Edition[edit]

Includes all Deluxe Edition content and Car Pass

Platinum Plus Expansions Bundle[edit]

Includes all Ultimate Edition content, Expansion Pass, Horn Unlock Accelerator, Treasure Map, Duracell GTA Spano, Hoonigan Car Pack, Mountain Dew Car Pack and Porsche Car Pack

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows %LOCALAPPDATA%\Packages\Microsoft.OpusPG_8wekyb3d8bbwe\TempState\scratch\User_PCLocalStorageDirectory\ConnectedStorage\ForzaUserConfigSelections\
The file in this folder is called "UserConfigSelections". It is a "file" extension type can be opened with Notepad or any other plain text editor.

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows %LOCALAPPDATA%\Packages\Microsoft.OpusPG_8wekyb3d8bbwe\SystemAppData\wgs\

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
Xbox Cloud


Video settings (Basic).
Video settings (Basic).
Video settings (Advanced).
Video settings (Advanced).

Graphics feature State Notes
Widescreen resolution
If game crashes on start after Turn 10 Studio video, follow the Multi-Monitor troubleshooting steps.
4K Ultra HD
Photomode is locked at 1080p internal resolution.[3]
Field of view (FOV)
Borderless fullscreen windowed
Only Borderless or windowed
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
Anti-aliasing (AA)
MSAA x2, x4, x8 and FXAA. Both can be enabled at the same time
Vertical sync (Vsync)
60 FPS and 120+ FPS
FPS cap can be configured based on refresh rate or Unlocked, but in some cases the framerate is locked to 30 FPS (see Issues Unresolved below)
Framerate has unlocked option if V-Sync is disabled, but in some cases the framerate is locked to 30 FPS (see Issues Unresolved below)
High dynamic range display (HDR)


Controls settings
Controls settings
Advanced controls settings
Advanced controls settings

Extending support for more wheels: Forza Emuwheel


Audio settings
Audio settings

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Master, Radio, SFX, Voice Over, Car and Tires
Surround sound
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost


Language UI Audio Sub Notes
United States, Australia, Canada, United Kingdom, Hong Kong, Ireland, India, New Zealand, Singapore and South Africa.
Simplified Chinese
Traditional Chinese
France, Belgium, Canada and Switzerland.
Brazilian Portuguese
Latin American Spanish
Argentina, Chile, Colombia and México.

Forcing another language[edit]

Windows 10 1809+[4]
  1. Open Settings app (not Control Panel).
  2. Select Time & Language and then on the left click on Region.
  3. Change both Region and Regional format to your desired language.
Windows 10 1607-1803[citation needed]
  1. Press Win+R
  2. Paste the following text control intl.cpl and press enter
  3. Change Format to your desired language.


Multiplayer types

Type Native Notes
Local play
LAN play
Online play
Co-op, Versus
Supports crossplay with Xbox One

Connection types

Type Native Notes
Direct IP

Issues unresolved[edit]

Forza Horizon 3 error 0x80073d0d[edit]

Game will never install affecting version Platinum Plus Expansions Bundle, no solution by Microsoft found since the game is delisted and this version is not in the edition list and multiple troubleshootings never fixed the problem at all.

Forza Horizon 3 is stuck at 30 FPS[edit]

In some multi-monitor setups, Forza Horizon 3 is locked at 30 FPS, whether V-Sync is on or off, and whether the Frame Rate setting is "30 FPS", or "Unlocked (Variable)". If you move your mouse to the bottom of the screen, the Windows task bar will unhide, and the FPS will rise above 30 FPS (e.g. to 60 FPS), but that is not helpful to resolve this issue during gameplay. This seems to happen when you have one monitor hooked up via HDMI and another via DVI.
Reboot your system
Sometimes, rebooting your system can help unlock the frame rate in this case.

Issues fixed[edit]

Impulse Trigger not vibrating[edit]

Select one of the predefined control schemes instead of customizing one.

Infinite Loading Times/Graphical Issues on AMD cards[edit]

Use drivers 17.5.2 or newer[5][6]
This occurs on AMD drivers from 17.3.2 to 17.5.1

Game crashes to desktop on start with Multi-monitor enabled[edit]

If the game crashes to the desktop after displaying the Turn 10 Studio video, use the fix below.
Multi-monitor crashing fix[7]
This fix should work with both AMD Eyefinity and Nvidia Surround.
  1. Disable multi-monitor.
  2. Launch game.
  3. In the game options, set Full-Screen to Off.
  4. Stretch the game window to cover most of each screen.
  5. Re-enable multi-monitor with the game running, confirm that the game window is covering part of each screen.
  6. Quit out of the game.
  7. Restart the game. If the game window does not cover most of each screen, stretch it to do so while it's loading.
  8. Set the game resolution to your multi-monitor resolution.
  9. Set the game's Full Screen option back to On.

Game window closes before the game launches[edit]

If the game's window closes after the FH3 logo, it is possible that your Anti-Virus isn't letting the game run. This issue is especially apparent if you're using Trend Micro.
Add 'WindowsApps' and 'WpSystem' to your Anti-Virus exception list[8]
Note: It is possible that you won't have access to the 'WindowsApps' folder. If this is the case you must take ownership of this folder. If you already have access to this folder, proceed to the second set of steps.
  1. Proceed to the drive in which the game was installed. If you installed in the C Drive, make sure to also go in the 'Programs Files' folder.
  2. On top of the window, click 'View' and click the 'Hidden items' box. You should see the 'WindowsApps' folder.
  3. Right click on the folder and select 'Properties'.
  4. Go to the 'Security' tab and select 'Advanced'.
  5. A window will pop up and near the top there should be a field titled 'Owner', click 'Change' next to it.
  6. A little window should pop up. Select the little text box and type in your Administrator username and select the 'Check Names' button next to it once you're done, it should then complete the name. Click OK.
  7. Now the prior window will appear, this time the 'Owner' field looks different. Below that field is a tickbox titled 'Replace owner on sub containers and objects', tick it! Then click Apply.
  8. Windows will then change the ownership of the 'WindowsApps' folder.
  9. Click OK on all the windows and you're done. You can test to see if it worked by trying to access the 'WindowsApps' folder yourself, if you're able to open it and look at its contents, you have done it correctly!
  1. Open your Anti-Virus
  2. Through your settings, access the Exception List and select 'Add'.
  3. Browse to the drive in which FH3 is installed and select the 'WindowsApps' folder. If you installed to the C Drive, go into the Programs Files folder.
  4. Repeat the same steps for 'WpSystem'
  5. Save your changes and try to launch the game. The game should now be able to pass the FH3 logo and play the intro videos.

Game exits after some time of playing[edit]

Use the script to run the game.
If the game after running the script does not automatically go to full screen as before, press ALT + ENTER within 70 seconds of running the script.
Check for more info about possible fixes on problems with the game and MS Store here

Game freezes during Ford Falcon XB Barn Find[edit]

Go to Task Manager/Details, locate the Forza Horizon 3 program running, right click/set affinity/ limit to CPU 0, then come back to game. The Barn Find will unfreeze. Go back to Task Manager, reenable all CPUs for the Forza Horizon 3 program.

Other information[edit]


Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 12 [1]
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes


Middleware Notes
Cutscenes Bink Video

System requirements[edit]

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 10 (1607)
Processor (CPU) Intel Core i3-4170
System memory (RAM) 8 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 55 GB
Video card (GPU) Nvidia GeForce GT 740
AMD Radeon R7 250X
2 GB of VRAM
DirectX 12 compatible
A 64-bit operating system is required.