Forza Horizon 3

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Forza Horizon 3
Forza Horizon 3 cover
Developers
Playground Games
Turn 10 Studios
Publishers
Microsoft Studios
Engines
ForzaTech[1]
Release dates
Windows September 27, 2016
Forza Horizon 3 on Wikipedia
Forza
Forza Motorsport 6: Apex 2016
Forza Horizon 3 2016
Forza Motorsport 7 2017
Forza Street 2018
Forza Horizon 4 2018

Key points

Wheel support.

Availability[edit]

All versions require Microsoft Store and Arxan Anti-Tamper DRM.
A demo is available.

Downloadable content (DLC) and expansions

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

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 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[edit]

Video settings (Basic).
Video settings (Basic).
Video settings (Advanced).
Video settings (Advanced).
Graphics feature State Notes
Widescreen resolution
Multi-monitor
If game crashes on start after Turn 10 Studio video, follow the Multi-Monitor troubleshoooting steps.
Ultra-widescreen
4K Ultra HD
Photomode is locked at 1080p internal resolution.[2]
Field of view (FOV)
Windowed
Borderless fullscreen windowed
fullscreen is already borderless
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.
framerate is unlocked
High dynamic range display (HDR)
HDR must be turned on for windows desktop, then the game will automatically run in HDR. No option exists in the video settings menu to enable/disable or configure HDR. If running in 4K, see Running HDR in 4K (3840x2160) Resolution

Input settings[edit]

Controls settings
Controls settings
Advanced controls settings
Advanced controls settings
Extending support for more wheels: Forza Emuwheel

Audio settings[edit]

Audio settings
Audio settings
Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Also it has different presets
Surround sound
5.1
Subtitles
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost

Localizations

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

Forcing another language[edit]

Windows 10 1809+[3]
  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.

Network[edit]

Multiplayer types

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

Connection types

Type Native Notes
Matchmaking
Self-hosting
Direct IP

Issues fixed[edit]

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

Use drivers 17.5.2 or newer[4][5]
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[6]
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[7]
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]

Create .bat file in notepad

@echo off TIMEOUT /T 70 /NOBREAK taskkill /f /im explorer.exe

Launch it after turning on the game. After exit press CTRL+ALT+DEL>Log off>Log in.
Check for more info about possible fixes on problems with the game and MS Store here

Running HDR in 4K (3840x2160) Resolution[edit]

If your desktop and in-game resolution is 3840x2160 then HDR will be disabled even if HDR is enabled in the windows desktop. To workaround this issue create a custom resolution of 3840x2158. Select this new resolution from the game menu and HDR will work again.

Other information[edit]

API[edit]

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

Middleware[edit]

Middleware Notes
Cutscenes Bink Video

System requirements[edit]

Windows
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.

References