Everything You Need To Know About Forza Horizon 5 On Xbox Game Pass
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Forza Horizon 5 is undeniably one of the biggest games to arrive on Xbox this year, with only Halo Infinite rivalling it in terms of anticipation. Releasing with Xbox Game Pass on day one, there's a lot to be excited about.

Eager to get your hands on the game and want to learn more? Here's everything you may want to know about Forza Horizon 5 on Xbox Game Pass.

What Is Forza Horizon 5?

Forza Horizon 5 is the latest instalment in the spin-off series for Forza Motorsport. Unlike the hardcore racing sim experience that the main franchise embodies, Forza Horizon offers a more arcade-style approach.

Players are dropped into an open-world setting, which for Forza Horizon 5 players is Mexico. Various races, stunts and other events are available to dive into across a gorgeous, sprawling map. It offers something more light-hearted than the main franchise and is one of the most beloved series' under the Xbox banner.

Which Xbox Platforms Is Forza Horizon 5 Available On?

Luckily, Forza Horizon 5 is available pretty much anywhere Xbox is available. Not only that, but it also supports Xbox Play Anywhere, so you can jump into your save on a multitude of platforms.

Here are the platforms Forza Horizon 5 is playable on:

  • Xbox One
  • Xbox Series X
  • Xbox Series S
  • PC
  • Xbox Cloud Gaming

What Is Forza Horizon 5's Release Time On Xbox Game Pass?

Forza Horizon 5 is set to release with Xbox Game Pass on November 9th at midnight in every region's most Eastern time zone. This means it will release at 00:00 ET / 00:00 GMT (and 21:00 PT on Nov 8th).

"This is a rolling release. All editions will release at midnight (date depending on the edition you purchased) for your countries most Eastern time zone. i.e. USA Eastern time zone of midnight will be 9pm Pacific time."

How Do I Get Early Access To Forza Horizon 5?

For those with the Premium Edition, early access to Forza Horizon 5 has been available since November 5th. Xbox Game Pass subscribers can purchase a special 'Premium Add-Ons Bundle' at a discount to get all of the Premium Edition benefits (including early access) without having to buy the game itself.

Here's what's included in the bundle:

  • Forza Horizon 5 Early Access from Nov 5th
  • Forza Horizon 5 Expansion One
  • Forza Horizon 5 Expansion Two
  • Forza Horizon 5 Car Pass
  • Forza Horizon 5 VIP Membership
  • Forza Horizon 5 Welcome Pack

The Forza Horizon 5 Premium Add-Ons Bundle allows you to play four days early beginning 5 November 2021. It also includes the Welcome Pack, Car Pass, VIP Membership and two game expansions when they become available. This add-on requires Forza Horizon 5 (game sold separately).

How Is Forza Horizon 5 Optimised For Xbox Series X|S?

Forza Horizon 5 has two performance modes on Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S, with one targeting visual quality at 30 frames per-second, and the other targeting performance at 60 frames per-second.

Here's what the Forza Horizon 5 team has to say about this:

Xbox Series X|S enabled us to provide players the most technologically advanced Forza Horizon experience yet. The power of this Xbox Series consoles has enabled us to deliver incredible realism and immersion with a world rendered in higher detail and with extreme draw distances. Forza Horizon 5 runs at 4K 30 FPS on Xbox Series X, and 1080p 30 FPS on Xbox Series S. For players that prefer to optimize for framerate, we are providing a performance mode option that will run at 60 FPS.

Can I Pre-Install Forza Horizon 5 With Xbox Game Pass?

Yes! Pre-loading for Forza Horizon 5 is available now. While it's good news, be prepared for a hefty file size.

You can download it via the Xbox Game Pass mobile app or on your console itself. Here are the file sizes:

  • Xbox Series X|S: 103 GB
  • Xbox One: 116 GB
  • PC: 103 GB

What Music Is Available In Forza Horizon 5?

One of the best things about the Forza Horizon series is the use of licensed music within its radio stations. Past entries have delivered some exceptional soundtracks and judging by the artists on offer for Forza Horizon 5, this instalment is no different.

Here are all the available radio stations and artists in the game:

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