Recently at an Xbox One X event, I got to spend a few hours with Forza Motorsport 7 on the Xbox One X. It was clear to me that these two products were destined to launch together as they perfectly compliment each other.
Forza Motorsport runs in native 4K with HDR enabled at 60FPS. Whilst these numbers might not mean a whole lot, the game looks absolutely fantastic to put it simply. Straight off the bat, the improved visuals can be noticed by observing your driver (who can now be seen outside if the car). There’s just as much detail (if not more) than the actual cars themselves. There’s a bunch of customisability for your driver too. Everything from gender, to their helmet to the clothes they’re wearing. Forza Motorsport 7 really allows you to become the driver. There’s a sense of getting attached to your driver through the extended customisability and this is important as you feel like you can take full ownership of this character.
Forza has always looked great but the Xbox One X takes it to a whole new level. Whilst the HDR makes the colour and lighting in the game absolutely pop, there’s a lot of little design techniques that make the game look much more realistic and feel more immersive. For instance, cars and their individual parts (windscreen wipers, mirrors etc) will completely shake in the wind as you fly arounds courses. Speaking of weather, Sky tech has been taken a step further in Forza Motorsport 7 to dynamically light both the courses and your cars. The dynamic weather in the game ensures that no two races will ever be the same visually. I definitely noticed this in the few hours of play time that I had with game. One second the track would be sunny before it would start to cloud over and begin raining. Puddles would them form on the track making it much more slippery.