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Aujourd’hui — 23 octobre 2021Windows Central - News, Forums, Reviews, Help for Windows 10 and all things Microsoft.

Here's everything you need to know about Among Us for Xbox

Among Us is finally coming to Xbox! Here's what you need to know.

An influx of people staying home and playing video games, a bigger focus on online multiplayer, and the unintentional power of Twitch streamers to elevate games have caused several smaller games to become wild successes. One of the most prominent examples of this phenomenon is Among Us, an understated game with up to 10 players working together to discover the Impostors amongst them.

Among Us is already available on most other platforms, including mobile, Nintendo Switch, and PC. Later this year, though, Among Us is going to make the jump to Xbox. Here's everything you need to know about Among Us for Xbox, including when it'll release, how you can play it, and everything in between.

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Xbox Game Pass Ultimate

From $1/month at Microsoft $45 at Amazon (3-month subscription) $15 at Amazon (1-month subscription)

All your gaming needs, in one subscription.

Is the Xbox Game Pass Ultimate the best value in all of gaming? It's possible. Ultimate bundles your Xbox Live Gold subscription, an Xbox Game Pass subscription for both Xbox consoles and Windows PCs, and Xbox Cloud Gaming for on-the-go. That means access to hundreds of games, with more added all the time, for a single monthly subscription cost.

When is the release date for Among Us for Xbox?

Among Us, the unique co-op multiplayer game from Innersloth, is already available on Android, iOS, PC through Steam and the Epic Games Store, Xbox Game Pass for PC, and the Nintendo Switch. The next stop? Among Us is coming to Xbox through Xbox Game Pass on Dec. 14, 2021.

It was confirmed in late 2020 by the Xbox and the Innersloth team that Among Us would head to Xbox consoles, including the Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S, later this year in 2021. It'll also be coming to PS5 and PS4 the same day.

What is Among Us for Xbox?

Among Us for Xbox is the console port of Among Us, the innovative online co-op multiplayer game from Innersloth that's taken the world by storm, to Microsoft's Xbox consoles.

Among Us is a game that actually released back in 2018 but never saw a ton of commercial success. It wasn't until the rise of Twitch streams and an increased number of people staying home that it exploded and dominated the internet. Now, Among Us enjoys millions of players and has expanded rapidly.

In Among Us, up to 10 players are tasked with completing objectives on a map as Crewmates. Up to three of those Crewmates are actually Impostors, however, and their mission is to kill all of the Crewmates. The Crewmates either need to survive and finish all their tasks or find and eject all of the Impostors. While the game has a simple premise, there's a fair amount that goes into communication, teamwork, and information-gathering.

Among Us for Xbox will have to figure out how to make everything work with a controller while still keeping it fun, and make sure it's still relatively easy to communicate with your fellow Crewmates during discussions. The team already managed this with the Switch version, so it shouldn't be too much of a stretch to mimic that same feeling on Xbox. One of Among Us' most significant advantages is crossplay, and being able to play with anyone no matter their platform of choice.

Is Xbox Game Pass getting Among Us for Xbox?

Before Xbox and Innersloth announced that Among Us was coming to Xbox, it was first revealed that Among Us was heading to Xbox Game Pass for PC. When Among Us makes the jump to Xbox consoles, it'll be available through Xbox Game Pass and Xbox Game Pass Ultimate.

The exact pricing information for Among Us for Xbox (if that'll be available separately from Xbox Game Pass) isn't known, but it'll probably cost the same $5 it does on PC and Switch. While this is pretty affordable, Among Us is also the perfect game for Xbox Game Pass since it's a casual and fun multiplayer game that some players may not have bought normally. This immediately opens Among Us to millions of additional players on Xbox consoles that are already subscribed to Xbox Game Pass.

It's unclear what'll be included in the Xbox Game Pass version, but we can assume it'll be a copy of the base game without any of the DLC or additional in-game content like cosmetics.

It's not known how long Among Us will be available through Xbox Game Pass, but games typically stick around for quite a while. Indie games like Among Us, especially, often remain available for a long time.

Xbox Game Pass includes hundreds of high-quality games, but Among Us may have a chance of joining our list of best games on Xbox Game Pass.

Are there any new features for Among Us for Xbox?

No matter where you play Among Us, the game is pretty consistent in its experience. However, things may have to change a tad for Xbox out of necessity. Players on Xbox will likely enjoy Among Us on a larger TV screen with a controller in their hand.

Among Us on the Nintendo Switch shows that some controls become easier with analog sticks and triggers, but other mini-games suffer and communication with Crewmates becomes more difficult. Hopefully, Innersloth will be able to improve this experience when they make the jump to Xbox. At the very least, here's hoping Among Us for Xbox uses the excellent built-in on-screen keyboard instead of a proprietary keyboard inside of Among Us.

Xbox Party integration would also be great with Among Us for Xbox. Hopefully, players will be able to invite their friends to rooms instead of figuring out how to share the unique room codes, and Xbox's Party Chat will provide a suitable way for players to discuss over meetings instead of using text messages.

Unfortunately, it's impossible to say for certain how the Among Us for Xbox experience will be at this time. The only thing we can say with a reasonable amount of confidence is that Among Us will likely include Achievements for the first time, which can give even more players reason to jump in and play. Among Us doesn't feature achievements, trophies, or whatever else you want to call them on any other platform, but games are strongly encouraged to include them on Xbox.

However, for this and more, we'll have to wait to hear more from the Among Us team.

Does Among Us for Xbox have a collector's edition?

For a game as simple as Among Us, you wouldn't think there would be a collector's edition up for sale, but earlier this year, Innersloth confirmed there would be multiple special, physical editions of the game available for purchase at retailers like Amazon and GameStop. They'll be released in the U.K. and EU on Dec. 14, in Japan and South Korea on Dec. 16, and in the U.S., Canada, and Latin America on Jan. 11, 2022.

Innersloth teamed up with Maximum Games to create three Among Us Collector's Editions, which are now available for preorder on Amazon. Considering Among Us is already an inexpensive game, these versions cost a lot less than other typical collector's editions.

Crewmate Edition

This is the most affordable of the three, costing $30 no matter your platform of choice. It includes:

  • Physical copy of Among Us in a 3D lenticular case
  • All digital DLC and additional in-game content
  • A folded Skeld map poster
  • An Among Us sticker set
  • One of 12 Mira HQ holographic access cards
  • Six downloadable wallpapers

Among Us Crewmate Edition

$30 at Amazon (Xbox) $30 at Amazon (PS4) $30 at Amazon (PS5) $30 at Amazon (Switch)

Among Us Crewmate Edition is the most affordable of the Collector's Editions, but it still includes a physical copy of the game, all the DLC, and various cute extras.

Imposter Edition

This version is right in the middle and costs $50. It includes everything in the Crewmate Edition, with additional rewards like:

  • Limited Impostor Edition box
  • Among Us enamel pin
  • Purple Crewmate Among Us plush
  • Among Us lanyard

Among Us Impostor Edition

$50 at Amazon (Xbox) $50 at Amazon (PS4) $50 at Amazon (PS5) $50 at Amazon (Switch)

Among Us Impostor Edition feels like a proper Collector's Edition with its beautiful Limited Edition box and adorable Crewmate plush.

Ejected Edition

This is the most expensive version, coming in at $90, but it comes with a lot of merchandise. You get everything in both the Crewmate and Imposter Editions, along with:

  • Physical copy with SteelBook
  • Limited Ejected Edition box
  • Red Among Us beanie
  • Among Us fleece blanket

Among Us Ejected Edition

$90 at Amazon (Xbox) $90 at Amazon (PS4) $90 at Amazon (PS5) $90 at Amazon (Switch)

You get a ton of stuff in the Ejected Edition, but it still costs less than other collector's boxes out there. You get everything included in the previous editions, along with a beanie and blanket!

Among Us will be hitting Xbox Game Pass on Dec. 14, 2021.

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Xbox Game Pass Ultimate

From $1/month at Microsoft $45 at Amazon (3-month subscription) $15 at Amazon (1-month subscription)

All your gaming needs, in one subscription.

Is the Xbox Game Pass Ultimate the best value in all of gaming? It's possible. Ultimate bundles your Xbox Live Gold subscription, an Xbox Game Pass subscription for both Xbox consoles and Windows PCs, and Xbox Cloud Gaming for on-the-go. That means access to hundreds of games, with more added all the time, for a single monthly subscription cost.

Hier — 22 octobre 2021Windows Central - News, Forums, Reviews, Help for Windows 10 and all things Microsoft.

What comes in each Forza Horizon 5 edition and how to preorder

Forza Horizon 5 has multiple ways to play and numerous editions from which to choose.

One of the most anticipated games of 2021 is undoubtedly Forza Horizon 5, the latest open-world racing game from Playground Games that's nearly guaranteed to become one of the best Xbox racing games you can play. Like previous Forza Horizon games, buying and playing Forza Horizon 5 comes with multiple options for players to choose from, with three different editions and various add-ons, so choosing which one to buy could be slightly daunting. In our Forza Horizon 5 buying guide, we'll cover it all.

Here's everything you need to know about preordering or buying Forza Horizon 5.

What is Forza Horizon 5?

Forza Horizon 5 is the latest entry in the long-running Forza Horizon franchise, which are open-world racing games centered around the fabled Horizon Festival. Playground Games, situated comfortably under the Xbox Game Studios banner, is renowned for delivering vast, detailed, and generally excellent semi-simulation arcade racing games, and Forza Horizon 5 looks to improve upon its predecessor in nearly every way.

Playground seems to have incorporated a ton of community feedback, with Forza Horizon 5 including improvements like the Forza Horizon 5 map, set in Mexico, which is significantly larger and more varied. There's also a more involved and deep singleplayer story, superior and more integrated online features, improved customization, and more. The Forza Horizon 5 car list at launch is the biggest of any game in the franchise, so players will have no shortage of impeccably recreated vehicles from which to choose.

We previewed Forza Horizon 5, even going so far as to take a road trip around Mexico, and discovered that Forza Horizon 5 has everything it needs to be not only one of the best racing games you can play, but also one of the best Xbox games in general.

Forza Horizon 5 releases on Nov. 9, 2021, for Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S, Xbox One, PC, and Xbox Cloud Gaming. Forza Horizon 5 is even going to be available through Xbox Game Pass starting on day one.

How can I preorder or buy Forza Horizon 5?

When it comes to buying Forza Horizon 5, players are actually met with a decent amount of choice and questions. Do you desire the convenience of digital or the familiarity of physical? Which edition is best for you, and are there bonuses for preordering or buying certain editions?

There's also plenty of DLC to consider with Forza Horizon 5, which may give you rare or exclusive cars, player houses, help with finding Bonus Boards and Barn Finds, and much more.

One thing to keep in mind: Forza Horizon 5 fully supports Xbox Play Anywhere. If you purchase a digital copy of Forza Horizon 5 (any edition) for Xbox or Windows through the Microsoft Store, you'll immediately own the game on both of those platforms. FH5 also supports cloud saves, so your progress won't be lost even if you play on both platforms.

Forza Horizon 5 preorder bonuses

Preordering video games, or purchasing before release day, is commonplace in the video game industry. Forza Horizon 5 is no exception, and lets players put down their money early.

  • Physical copies get delivered earlier. If you prefer physical media for your games, preordering gives you better chances of actually obtaining Forza Horizon 5 on release day, rather than waiting for delivery a few days afterward. There are no guarantees, but most retailers will prioritize preordered game deliveries.
  • Preinstall or predownload. Preordering Forza Horizon 5 digitally lets you preinstall the game. This means the game will be all ready to go on release date, saving you valuable time. Even players using Xbox Game Pass to play Forza Horizon 5 will be able to preinstall the game.
  • Early access with Premium Edition. If you preorder Forza Horizon 5 Premium Edition you'll be able to play Forza Horizon 5 four days earlier than everyone else. While FH5 releases on Nov. 9, Forza Horizon 5 Premium Edition preorders will unlock on Nov. 5, 2021.
  • No preorder cars. Some past Forza Horizon games granted players exclusive and powerful pre-tuned cars for preordering from specific retailers. While these were great collectibles, it also meant lots of players were left out by their region, time constraints, or an understandable unwillingness to preorder the games multiple times. With Forza Horizon 5, Playground Games is getting rid of preorder cars entirely.
  • No other exclusive preorder DLC. All the DLC included in Forza Horizon 5 editions should be available for purchase separately, either through bundles (like the Premium Add-Ons Bundle) or by themselves.

Forza Horizon 5 Standard Edition

Forza Horizon 5 editions have to start somewhere, which brings us to the Standard Edition. This is the base version of the game, and doesn't include any other DLC content or expansions. Beyond the base game (which is the one included on Xbox Game Pass), you also get:

  • Can be preinstalled. You can preinstall Forza Horizon 5 Standard Edition on Xbox and PC.
  • No additional DLC included. As this is just the base game of Forza Horizon 5, there are no other DLC or expansions included.

Forza Horizon 5 Standard Edition (Preorder)

$60 at Microsoft (Xbox & PC) $60 at Best Buy (Xbox & PC) $60 at Newegg (Xbox & PC) $60 at Steam (PC)

Forza Horizon 5 Standard Edition gives players access to hundreds of cars and a gorgeous rendition of Mexico, but doesn't include extra DLC content or expansions. This is the version that's included in Xbox Game Pass, and is also available physically.

Forza Horizon 5 Deluxe Edition

Forza Horizon 5 Deluxe Edition is the middle child in the FH5 family, and as such includes the base game and exactly one other piece of DLC to justify the added cost. This is the edition for the car collectors.

  • Can be preinstalled. You can preinstall Forza Horizon 5 Deluxe Edition on Xbox and PC.
  • Includes Forza Horizon 5 Car Pass. Forza Horizon 5 Deluxe Edition includes the Forza Horizon 5 Car Pass, a DLC that adds an additional 42 cars to the game.
    • Eight additional cars will be available in Forza Horizon 5 at launch with the Formula Drift Cars Pack
    • One car will be added to Forza Horizon 5 every week, for a total of 34 additional cars
    • The Forza Horizon 5 Car Pass is available through Forza Horizon 5 Deluxe Edition, Premium Edition, and the Premium Edition Add-Ons Bundle

Forza Horizon 5 Deluxe Edition (Preorder)

$80 at Microsoft (Xbox & PC) $80 at Best Buy (Xbox & PC) $80 at Newegg (Xbox & PC) $80 at Steam (PC)

Forza Horizon 5 Deluxe Edition includes the base game and an additional 42 cars with the Forza Horizon 5 Car Pass. Eight Formula Drift Cars will be available at launch, with an additional car added every week afterward for 34 weeks.

Forza Horizon 5 Premium Edition

The quintessential edition for Forza Horizon fans and lovers, Forza Horizon 5 Premium Edition ramps up the cost again but includes a compelling number of DLC additions and perks over previous editions.

  • Can be preinstalled. You can preinstall Forza Horizon 5 Premium Edition on Xbox and PC.
  • Includes early access. Preordering Forza Horizon 5 Premium Edition nets you four days of early access, letting you play Forza Horizon 5 on Nov. 5, 2021, instead of Nov. 9.
    • Early access is also included in the Forza Horizon 5 Premium Add-Ons Bundle
  • Includes Forza Horizon 5 Car Pass. Forza Horizon 5 Premium Edition includes the Forza Horizon 5 Car Pass, a DLC that adds an additional 42 cars to the game.
    • Eight additional cars will be available in Forza Horizon 5 at launch with the Formula Drift Cars Pack
    • One car will be added to Forza Horizon 5 every week, for a total of 34 additional cars
    • The Forza Horizon 5 Car Pass is available through Forza Horizon 5 Deluxe Edition, Premium Edition, and the Premium Add-Ons Bundle
  • Includes Forza Horizon 5 Welcome Pack. Forza Horizon 5 Premium Edition includes the Forza Horizon 5 Welcome Pack, a DLC that adds several in-game perks and bonuses when first playing the game.
    • Five specially pre-tuned cars gifted at launch
    • One Player House gifted at launch
    • An included one-time voucher that lets you purchase any car from the Autoshow
    • Three included one-time vouchers that let you purchase any Common or Rare clothing items
    • The Forza Horizon 5 Welcome Pack is available through Forza Horizon 5 Premium Edition, the Premium Add-Ons Bundle, and as a standalone purchase
  • Includes Forza Horizon 5 VIP Membership. Forza Horizon 5 Premium Edition includes this membership, a DLC that adds several in-game perks and bonuses throughout playing the game.
    • Three exclusive Forza Edition cars gifted at launch
    • One Player House gifted at launch
    • A Crown Flair, Vanity Items, Emote, and Car Horn gifted at launch
    • Races provide double the Credit rewards
    • Players gain extra Super Wheelspins every week
    • Additional bonuses and perks
    • The Forza Horizon 5 VIP Membership is available through Forza Horizon 5 Premium Edition, the Premium Add-Ons Bundle, and as a standalone purchase
  • Includes Forza Horizon 5 Expansion One. Forza Horizon 5 Premium Edition includes Forza Horizon 5 Expansion One, which is one of two unannounced DLC expansions coming to Forza Horizon 5 in the future.
    • Forza Horizon 5 Expansion One has not been revealed yet, but will be included in Forza Horizon 5 Premium Edition when it does eventually launch
    • Forza Horizon 5 Expansion One is available through Forza Horizon 5 Premium Edition, the Premium Add-Ons Bundle, and the Expansions Bundle
  • Includes Forza Horizon 5 Expansion Two. Forza Horizon 5 Premium Edition includes Forza Horizon 5 Expansion Two, which is one of two unannounced DLC expansions coming to Forza Horizon 5 in the future.
    • Forza Horizon 5 Expansion Two has not been revealed yet, but will be included in Forza Horizon 5 Premium Edition when it does eventually launch
    • Forza Horizon 5 Expansion Two is available through Forza Horizon 5 Premium Edition, the Premium Add-Ons Bundle, and the Expansions Bundle

Forza Horizon 5 Premium Edition (Preorder)

$100 at Microsoft (Xbox & PC) $100 at Best Buy (Xbox & PC) $100 at Newegg (Xbox & PC) $100 at Steam (PC)

Forza Horizon 5 Premium Edition includes the base game, the Forza Horizon 5 Car Pass, Welcome Pack, VIP Membership, Expansion One, and Expansion Two DLCs, and four days of early access. The ultimate edition for Forza Horizon fans.

Forza Horizon 5 DLC & add-ons

Forza Horizon 5 features a ton of optional DLC content that players can opt for if they want the full experience. Most of this DLC is included in some form or another with Forza Horizon 5 editions, but a lot of the DLC is also available to purchase separately, for those who wish to personalize their FH5 experience.

Forza Horizon 5 Premium Add-Ons Bundle

The best way to get Forza Horizon 5 and all of its DLC is undoubtedly through Forza Horizon 5 Premium Edition, but players going through Xbox Game Pass, buying a physical copy of FH5, or planning to upgrade after release should consider the Forza Horizon 5 Premium Add-Ons Bundle. You get everything offered in the Premium Edition, minus the base game.

Forza Horizon 5 Premium Add-Ons Bundle (Preorder)

$50 at Microsoft (Xbox & PC)

The Forza Horizon 5 Premium Add-Ons Bundle includes all of the benefits and content included in Forza Horizon 5 Premium Edition, and is perfect for players who bought a physical copy of the game or are playing through Xbox Game Pass.

Forza Horizon 5 Expansions Bundle

The Forza Horizon 5 Expansions Bundle is for those who Forza Horizon 5 and all of its expansions, but have no need for the extra tidbits that come attached to the Premium Edition. This DLC includes two Forza Horizon 5 game expansions, each of which will add tons of new content and cars, when they become available.

Forza Horizon 5 Expansions Bundle (Preorder)

$35 at Microsoft (Xbox & PC)

The Forza Horizon 5 Expansions Bundle is exactly what you'd expect. This DLC package includes two FH5 expansions, which will become available to the player as soon as they launch.

Forza Horizon 5 Treasure Map

The Forza Horizon 5 Treasure Map is one of the more interesting DLC in this list, if only because it's not included in any other bundles or editions. This standalone DLC is very straightforward: Pay a small sum to see the locations of every bonus board and Barn Find on the FH5 map.

Forza Horizon 5 Treasure Map (Preorder)

$3 at Microsoft (Xbox & PC)

The Forza Horizon 5 Treasure Map is the perfect DLC for anyone who's not patient enough to scour the entire map for every bonus board or Barn Find.

Forza Horizon 5 VIP Membership

The Forza Horizon 5 VIP Membership is for those who desire every advantage when playing, as it provides a whole host of exclusive perks and bonuses in FH5, including extra reward credits, Wheelspins, unique cars, cosmetic items, and more.

Forza Horizon 5 VIP Membership (Preorder)

$20 at Microsoft (Xbox & PC)

A bundle of useful and long-lasting perks for any hardcore Forza Horizon 5 fan, including three exclusive Forza Edition cars.

Forza Horizon 5 Welcome Pack

While not as long-lasting as the VIP Membership DLC, the Forza Horizon 5 Welcome Pack is a cost-effective way for new or returning players to get a boost at the beginning of the game. This DLC includes five pre-tuned cars, vouchers for cars and cosmetic items, and more.

Forza Horizon 5 Welcome Pack (Preorder)

$5 at Microsoft (Xbox & PC)

The Forza Horizon 5 Welcome Pack DLC is an affordable way to get a significant boost right off the bat with pre-tuned cars, vouchers, and more.

Forza Horizon 5 physical edition

Digital games have effectively taken over the video game industry, but there remains a large number of players that still prefer physical copies of all their games. Forza Horizon 5 is absolutely available as a physical disc, but players will be more limited in their options.

Here's what you need to know about Forza Horizon 5's physical edition.

  • Forza Horizon 5 Standard Edition only. If you want to buy Forza Horizon 5 as a physical disc, you'll be limited to Forza Horizon 5 Standard Edition, which only offers the base game.
  • Can be preordered. You can preorder Forza Horizon 5's physical edition from multiple retailers, increasing your chances of getting the game delivered on or before launch day.
  • Can be upgraded. If you want the additional DLC and content included in Forza Horizon 5 Premium Edition, you are able to purchase the Forza Horizon 5 Premium Add-Ons Bundle and pair it with your physical copy of Forza Horizon 5.
  • Xbox Series X and Xbox One compatible. Physical editions of Forza Horizon 5 still support Smart Delivery, and are compatible with Xbox Series X and Xbox One consoles. Xbox Series S and Xbox One S All-Digital are not supported since they don't have disc drives.
  • No PC support. At the moment, there is no option to purchase a physical copy of Forza Horizon 5 for PC.

Forza Horizon 5 (Physical preorder)

$60 at Amazon (Xbox) $60 at Best Buy (Xbox) $60 at GameStop (Xbox) $60 at Target (Xbox)

Forza Horizon 5 does have a physical edition, but it's only the Standard Edition of the game. If you want a physical copy of Forza Horizon 5, consider purchasing the Forza Horizon 5 Premium Add-Ons Bundle to go with it.

What are the accessories and hardware for Forza Horizon 5?

It's obvious that Forza Horizon 5 has a mind-boggling amount of DLC and additional content available already, even before launch, but FH5 is also delivering when it comes to hardware and accessories. As Playground Games and Xbox Game Studios announce new partnerships or developments, you'll find them here.

Forza Horizon 5 Limited Edition Xbox Wireless Controller

The Forza Horizon 5 Limited Edition Xbox Wireless Controller may be a mouthful, but it's an incredible-looking piece of hardware that captures the best of both worlds: high-speed action in Forza Horizon 5 and the high-tech comfort of the Xbox Wireless Controller. This is the new design for Xbox Series X|S, including the new Share button. This Limited Edition controller features design elements like a semi-translucent yellow body and custom racing-like grips.

On top of that, this controller actually features exclusive in-game DLC for Forza Horizon 5, including:

  • 1932 Ford De Luxe Five-Window Coupe Forza Edition with custom FH5-themed livery
  • Cosmetic character item
  • Cosmetic character emote

The Forza Horizon 5 Limited Edition Xbox Wireless Controller is now available for preorder, and should arrive just in time to use it to play the game. However, you might want to act fast, as this controller is likely to be in high demand.

Forza Horizon 5 LE Xbox Wireless Controller (Preorder)

$75 at Microsoft $75 at Best Buy $75 at Target

This limited edition controller is totally gorgeous and grants exclusive in-game DLC, making it the perfect purchase for any hardcore Forza Horizon 5 fan.

Is there a demo for Forza Horizon 5?

Previous Forza Horizon games have historically featured a demo that lets players experience a slice of the full game before purchasing, often with in-game rewards for doing so. However, it was confirmed during Forza Horizon 5 Let's Go! Episode 7 that Forza Horizon 5 will not feature a demo before launch.

Playground Games' reasoning is that the constant influx of new information and gameplay for Forza Horizon 5 ahead of launch negates this need, as well as the fact that FH5 will be available through Xbox Game Pass for day one on Xbox, PC, and the cloud. While this will inevitably disappoint players who were looking forward to playing a little bit of Forza Horizon 5 before the full release (or players who were still on the fence about purchasing), it just didn't make sense for Playground to divert resources to building a demo this time around.

The Festival returns

Forza Horizon 5 (Preorder)

$60 at Microsoft (Xbox & PC) $60 at Amazon (Xbox physical) $60 at Steam (PC)

An epic adventure

Forza Horizon 5 is the latest project from Playground Games and continues the epic Forza Horizon adventure with a new roster of amazing cars and a brand-new location to explore: Mexico. Forza Horizon 5 launches on Xbox and PC later this year, and it's already available to preorder.

Vrooms included

Xbox Game Pass Ultimate

From $1/month at Microsoft $45 at Amazon (3-month subscription) $15 at Amazon (1-month subscription)

All your gaming needs, in one subscription

Is the Xbox Game Pass Ultimate the best value in all of gaming? It's possible. Ultimate bundles your Xbox Live Gold subscription, an Xbox Game Pass subscription for both Xbox consoles and Windows PCs, and Xbox Cloud Gaming for on-the-go. Forza Horizon 5 will be available through Xbox Game Pass day one, including on consoles, PC, and the cloud.

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Here are the best Minecraft Black Friday deals right now

Black Friday appears to start earlier every year, so there's never a bad time to start looking for incredible deals and getting ahead on your holiday shopping plans. Minecraft is one of the biggest games in the world, loved by millions all over the world, so it's easy to find something Minecraft-related to appease anyone in your life. The best Minecraft toys and gifts are great, but we're constantly hunting for the most lucrative Minecraft Black Friday deals to save you money around the Holidays.

The perfect start

LEGO Minecraft — The First Adventure (542 pieces)

Staff Pick

Appropriately named, The First Adventure is a perfect beginner's Minecraft LEGO set. This collection features a healthy mix of pieces, LEGO mini-figures, and more to get started with building the ultimate Minecraft creations out of LEGO. There's plenty to be done with this set, and it can be found for a pretty decent price.

$59 at Amazon (16% off) $59 at Best Buy (16% off) $59 at Walmart

Redstone wars

LEGO Minecraft — Redstone Battle (504 pieces)

Minecraft has had great success translating into LEGO, and this set is no exception. Coming from the Minecraft Dungeons side of Minecraft, Redstone Battle gives you very cool figures of a redstone golem and the Redstone Monstrosity, as well as tons of mini-figures to flesh out your collection.

$32 at Amazon (20% off) $32 at Wal-Mart (20% off) $32 at Best Buy (20% off)

The End of LEGO

LEGO Minecraft — End Battle (222 pieces)

Minecraft's LEGO rendition of the final battle between the player and the End Dragon comes to life in this smaller set, which gives you a great End Dragon figure, an enderman, another mini-figure, and even an in-game character skin that you can use in Minecraft: Bedrock Edition.

$16 at Amazon (20% off) $16 at Wal-Mart (20% off)

Burning bridges

LEGO Minecraft — Blaze Bridge (372 pieces)

This LEGO Minecraft set takes things to the Nether, with a new mini-figure wielding full diamond gear, a wither skeleton, a blaze, and a portion of a terrifying Nether Fortress with lava, traps, and moving pieces. This is a fun build, with a good number of pieces for the price.

$24 at Amazon (20% off) $24 at Wal-Mart (20% off)

Villagers and pillagers

LEGO Minecraft — Pillager Outpost (303 pieces)

Another great way to flesh out your mini-figure collection with some fantastic additions, this LEGO Minecraft set features a makeshift pillager outpost with a new mini-figure, two pillagers, a sheep, and an iron golem (who may or may not be caged), as well as a hidden trap.

$24 at Amazon (20% off) $24 at Walmart (20% off)

Minecraft comfort

Minecraft Isometric Bed Set

For the most avid Minecraft fans, consider this customized bed set, either for Full or Twin size beds, decked out in a glorious Minecraft pattern. This bedset includes a comforter, two sheets, and at least one pillowcase, and is sure to make your child happy when it's time for bed.

$55 at Amazon (Full) (39% off) $50 at Amazon (Twin) (38% off) $55 at Wal-Mart (Full)

The best Minecraft discounts

Right now, many of the best Minecraft deals are LEGO, but these sales are likely to evolve and expand as time goes on. That being said, LEGO and Minecraft are a practically perfect pairing, with endless possibilities the bread and butter of both legendary brands. The best Minecraft LEGO set right now is The First Adventure, which caters to beginners with various pieces and a ton of ways to play. However, you can't go wrong with any of the Minecraft LEGO sets currently on sale, especially since LEGO can appeal to people of all ages.

For those looking to shop beyond Minecraft LEGO, the adorable Minecraft bed set is another fantastic choice. This bed set, which comes in Full and Twin sizes, is sure to make any young Minecraft fan ecstatic. There are plenty of other Minecraft toys, figures, books, merch, and accessories out there, with more being made every day, but we're still keeping our eyes peeled for the best Minecraft deals as they come. Check back in regularly for more fantastic sales and discounts on the best Minecraft gifts!

Is the Forza Horizon 5 Expansions Bundle DLC worth it?

Best answer: No, not for most Forza Horizon 5 players. Until FH5's expansions are revealed, there's just no way to tell whether or not the Expansions Bundle is worth it for you. If you're interested in owning everything Forza Horizon 5 has to offer right now, you're better off spending a little bit more to obtain the Premium Add-Ons Bundle DLC, which includes the Expansions Bundle and so much more. Until Playground announces the two expansions included in the Expansions Bundle, though, it's a mystery.

An expensive mystery

It's no secret that Forza Horizon 5 will feature a colossal amount of content when it launches, with a map and world packed to the brim with ways to explore, things to do, and more. However, Playground Games has ambitious plans to expand Forza Horizon 5 after launch with free updates and releases and two full-blown expansions. While players won't get these expansions when preordering Forza Horizon 5, you can still purchase the Expansions Bundle DLC to be first in line when they do release.

However, the Forza Horizon 5 Expansions Bundle DLC is relatively expensive compared to other DLCs — all of which provide immediate benefits at launch — while nothing is known about what's to come in FH5's two expansions, or even when they can be expected. This means the value of the Expansions Bundle is dubious at best. Unless you're certain you'll want the expansions the moment they launch, it might be better to hold off on purchasing this particular DLC.

Additionally, if you are a committed Forza Horizon 5 player and know you want the expansions, you may be more interested in the Forza Horizon 5 Premium Add-Ons Bundle, which includes the Expansions Bundle and a ton of other DLC and additional content for only $15 more. This DLC gives you instant benefits when you first start playing Forza Horizon 5 and beyond, and will net you both expansions the moment they release.

Until Playground announces one or both of the Forza Horizon 5 expansions, many players may want to wait before buying the Forza Horizon 5 Expansions Bundle, or spend a little extra to nab the Premium Add-Ons Bundle for considerably more content. This is especially true since the Expansions Bundle may go on sale at some point, cutting a little off the high price tag.

What's included

Here's everything you need to know about the Forza Horizon 5 Expansions Bundle, and what's included:

  • Forza Horizon 5 Expansion One. Forza Horizon 5 Expansions Bundle includes Forza Horizon 5 Expansion One, which is one of two unannounced DLC expansions coming to Forza Horizon 5 in the future.
    • Forza Horizon 5 Expansion One has not been revealed yet, but will be included in Forza Horizon 5 Expansions Bundle when it does eventually launch
    • Forza Horizon 5 Expansion One is available through Forza Horizon 5 Premium Edition, the Premium Add-Ons Bundle, and the Expansions Bundle, but is not available as a standalone purchase (right now)
  • Forza Horizon 5 Expansion Two. Forza Horizon 5 Expansions Bundle includes Forza Horizon 5 Expansion Two, which is one of two unannounced DLC expansions coming to Forza Horizon 5 in the future.
    • Forza Horizon 5 Expansion Two has not been revealed yet, but will be included in Forza Horizon 5 Expansions Bundle when it does eventually launch
    • Forza Horizon 5 Expansion Two is available through Forza Horizon 5 Premium Edition, the Premium Add-Ons Bundle, and the Expansions Bundle, but is not available as a standalone purchase (right now)
  • Not included: The Forza Horizon 5 Expansions Bundle does not include any other DLCs or add-ons for FH5, like the VIP Membership, Welcome Pack, Car Pass, or Treasure Map. For the most complete collection of add-ons, you'll want the Forza Horizon 5 Premium Add-Ons Bundle.

In our Forza Horizon 5 preview, we saw that FH5 is almost guaranteed to be one of the best Xbox racing games. Forza Horizon 5 officially releases on Nov. 9, 2021 (Nov. 5 with early access), and is now available to preorder.

Our pick

Forza Horizon 5 Expansions Bundle

$35 at Microsoft (Xbox & PC)

Waiting for info

The Forza Horizon 5 Expansions Bundle may eventually be a great way to add raw content to FH5 with new areas, cars, and more, but right now it's a DLC that's full of mystery. FH5 players that want the best of everything are better off with the Premium Edition or Premium Add-Ons Bundle DLC, or simply waiting to see what the two Forza Horizon 5 expansions will be.

Vrooms included

Xbox Game Pass Ultimate

From $1/month at Microsoft $45 at Amazon (3-month subscription) $15 at Amazon (1-month subscription)

All your gaming needs, in one subscription

Is the Xbox Game Pass Ultimate the best value in all of gaming? It's possible. Ultimate bundles your Xbox Live Gold subscription, an Xbox Game Pass subscription for both Xbox consoles and Windows PCs, and Xbox Cloud Gaming for on-the-go. Forza Horizon 5 will be available through Xbox Game Pass day one, including on consoles, PC, and the cloud.

Is the Forza Horizon 5 Treasure Map DLC worth it?

Best answer: No, the Forza Horizon 5 Treasure Map DLC will not be worth it for many players, despite its affordable price tag. While completionists who want to track down every last secret in FH5 can benefit from the Treasure Map, most players will be served well by how the game naturally reveals the Bonus Boards and Barn Finds. For more concrete benefits at a similar price, the FH5 Welcome Pack is a solid DLC for new and returning Forza Horizon players.

Only for some

When Forza Horizon 5 arrives, it will be overflowing with a nearly endless stream of content for players to engage with, and secrets to find. Beyond races and events, online multiplayer, and much more, a large part of FH5 is exploring the Forza Horizon 5 map. Players can track down and smash every single Bonus Board, for example, which are wooden signs that grant XP bonuses and Fast Travel discounts when broken.

Forza Horizon 5's Barn Finds also give players plenty to do when trying to expand their collection of Forza Horizon 5 cars, with hidden barns scattered all over the map (and different ways of unlocking them). Playground Games wants to give players a shortcut to skip some of the grunt work with the Forza Horizon 5 Treasure Map, the most affordable DLC add-on for the upcoming open-world racer. The Treasure Map immediately provides all the locations for every Bonus Board and Barn Find (assuming you've unlocked them) in the game, making it far easier to find them all.

For the vast majority of Forza Horizon 5 players, however, the Treasure Map DLC probably won't be worth it. FH5 does a great job surfacing Bonus Boards as you get near them anyways, and exploring a small section of the map in search of a rare car is part of the charm of a Barn Find. Despite its incredibly low price, the players who will benefit the most from the Treasure Map DLC are completionists who desire to hunt down absolutely every Bonus Board and Barn Find, and want to eliminate as much hassle as possible.

It's also worth mentioning that the Forza Horizon 5 Treasure Map is the only DLC add-on that isn't included in the Forza Horizon 5 Premium Add-Ons Bundle, a comprehensive package that features a huge amount of additional content and bonuses for FH5 players. Also, if you're looking for a similarly affordable DLC that adds to your Forza Horizon 5 experience, consider instead the Welcome Pack, which provides more tangible perks that benefit any player.

What's included

Here's everything you need to know about the Forza Horizon 5 Treasure Map, and what's included:

  • Included: The Forza Horizon 5 Treasure Map reveals all the locations for XP and Fast Travel Bonus Boards in FH5, as well as the precise locations of all Barn Finds (as they're unlocked and discovered).
  • Available: The Forza Horizon 5 Treasure Map is only available as a standalone purchase.
  • Not included: The Forza Horizon 5 Treasure Map does not include any other DLC, like the Car Pass, Expansions Bundle, VIP Membership, or Welcome Pack. For every FH5 DLC except the Treasure Map, you'll want the Forza Horizon 5 Premium Add-Ons Bundle.

In our Forza Horizon 5 preview, we saw that FH5 is almost guaranteed to be one of the best Xbox racing games. Forza Horizon 5 officially releases on Nov. 9, 2021 (Nov. 5 with early access), and is now available to preorder.

Our pick

Forza Horizon 5 Treasure Map

$3 at Microsoft (Xbox & PC)

Small benefits

The Forza Horizon 5 Treasure Map is straightforward: Pay a small fee and reveal the locations of Bonus Boards and Barn Finds on the map. This DLC is only worth it for the hardcore completionists or those who don't wish to track down everything on their own, and most players probably don't need to bother.

Vrooms included

Xbox Game Pass Ultimate

From $1/month at Microsoft $45 at Amazon (3-month subscription) $15 at Amazon (1-month subscription)

All your gaming needs, in one subscription

Is the Xbox Game Pass Ultimate the best value in all of gaming? It's possible. Ultimate bundles your Xbox Live Gold subscription, an Xbox Game Pass subscription for both Xbox consoles and Windows PCs, and Xbox Cloud Gaming for on-the-go. Forza Horizon 5 will be available through Xbox Game Pass day one, including on consoles, PC, and the cloud.

Is the Forza Horizon 5 Welcome Pack DLC worth it?

Best answer: Yes, the Forza Horizon 5 Welcome Pack DLC is worth it as an affordable boost to your game start. This simple DLC provides a number of clear benefits to help you get started at an attractive price, by giving you some additional cars and other goodies. The Welcome Pack is also included in the Forza Horizon 5 Premium Add-Ons Bundle, though, so keep that in mind if you're looking at other FH5 DLCs.

An affordable entry

There's certainly no shortage of content in Forza Horizon 5, and Playground Games does make it easy for players of all skill levels to progress through its upcoming open-world racer. However, those who want a little bit of a leg-up in FH5, or simply want to grow their car collection with as many rare vehicles as possible, can consider the Forza Horizon 5 Welcome Pack DLC. This optional add-on is surprisingly affordable, coming in at just $5, and provides several decent perks that will benefit players immediately at launch.

Featuring five powerful pre-tuned cars pulled straight out of the Forza Horizon 5 car list and a voucher to buy any car you want from the FH5 Autoshow for free, the Welcome Pack makes it easy to get your garage set up with a variety of vehicles to tackle any situation. Those aren't all the benefits, either, making the Welcome Pack a great starting point for a lot of Forza Horizon 5 players.

It's worth mentioning, though, that the Welcome Pack does share some similarities with the more expensive VIP Membership. While none of the DLC's benefits directly overlap, and the VIP Membership has some longer-lasting perks, both the Welcome Pack and the VIP Membership aim to improve your FH5 experience without explicitly adding all-new content. Additionally, both of the aforementioned DLCs (along with several others), are included in the Forza Horizon 5 Premium Add-Ons Bundle, which is a one-stop-shop for all your FH5 DLC needs.

What's included

Here's everything you need to know about the Forza Horizon 5 Welcome Pack, and what's included:

  • Included: The Forza Horizon 5 Welcome Pack DLC provides the following perks:
    • Five specially pre-tuned cars gifted at launch
    • We're keeping track of all the DLC cars in Forza Horizon 5
    • One player house gifted at launch
    • Included one-time voucher that lets you purchase any car from the Autoshow
    • Three included one-time vouchers that let you purchase any Common or Rare clothing items
  • Available: The Forza Horizon 5 Welcome Pack is available through Forza Horizon 5 Premium Edition, the Premium Add-Ons Bundle, and as a standalone purchase.
  • Not included: The Forza Horizon 5 Welcome Pack does not include any other FH5 DLCs, like the VIP Membership, Treasure Map, Car Pass, or Expansions Bundle. For the most complete collection of add-ons, you'll want the Forza Horizon 5 Premium Add-Ons Bundle.

In our Forza Horizon 5 preview, we saw that FH5 is almost guaranteed to be one of the best Xbox racing games. Forza Horizon 5 officially releases on Nov. 9, 2021 (Nov. 5 with early access), and is now available to preorder.

Our pick

Forza Horizon 5 Welcome Pack

$5 at Microsoft (Xbox & PC)

Starting out small

The Forza Horizon 5 Welcome Pack provides a solid batch of benefits to players without breaking the bank, and is a great first DLC if you're just starting. While the VIP Membership does provide longer-lasting benefits, both DLCs are included in the Premium Add-Ons Bundle if players are interested.

Vrooms included

Xbox Game Pass Ultimate

From $1/month at Microsoft $45 at Amazon (3-month subscription) $15 at Amazon (1-month subscription)

All your gaming needs, in one subscription

Is the Xbox Game Pass Ultimate the best value in all of gaming? It's possible. Ultimate bundles your Xbox Live Gold subscription, an Xbox Game Pass subscription for both Xbox consoles and Windows PCs, and Xbox Cloud Gaming for on-the-go. Forza Horizon 5 will be available through Xbox Game Pass day one, including on consoles, PC, and the cloud.

Is the Forza Horizon 5 VIP Membership DLC worth it?

Best answer: Yes, the Forza Horizon 5 VIP Membership DLC is a fantastic way to augment your FH5 experience at launch and beyond, with plenty of perks to gain an edge. If you're planning to sink lots of hours into Forza Horizon 5, the VIP Membership is worth considering. The only thing that should make you hesitate is the existence of the Premium Add-Ons Bundle, which includes the VIP Membership and much more.

Bonuses now and later

When Forza Horizon 5 arrives, it will include a ton of optional DLC that players can purchase to enhance their experience or add additional content. One such DLC returns from previous games, with the Forza Horizon 5 VIP Membership, available when preordering Forza Horizon 5, featuring a wide number of benefits to players both when first starting out and when continuing to play. The VIP Membership is well worth it for players planning to invest lots of time into FH5, but it's also included in the Premium Add-Ons Bundle alongside plenty of other DLCs.

With the Forza Horizon 5 VIP Membership, instant bonuses include exclusive Forza Edition cars, a Player House, and cosmetic goodies. However, the VIP Membership actually shows its value in long-term play, with increased rewards from races and events, and extra Wheelspins to earn even more over time. This makes the VIP Membership significantly more valuable for players that fully intend to sink dozens of hours into Playground's open-world racer.

If anything should make you hesitate before purchasing the VIP Membership DLC, it's the existence of the Forza Horizon 5 Premium Add-Ons Bundle, which includes all the DLC and add-ons featured in Forza Horizon 5 Premium Edition (yes, that means the VIP Membership is here as well). The Premium Add-Ons Bundle is far more expensive than the VIP Membership by itself, but includes a ton of additional perks and content on top of it. If you're planning to play Forza Horizon 5 enough to make the VIP Membership a no-brainer, the Premium Add-Ons Bundle will give you additional cars, in-game content, and eventual expansions.

What's included

Here's everything you need to know about the Forza Horizon 5 VIP Membership, and what's included:

  • Included: The Forza Horizon 5 VIP Membership DLC provides the following perks:
    • Three exclusive Forza Edition cars gifted at launch
    • One Player House gifted at launch
    • A Crown Flair, Vanity Items, Emote, and Car Horn gifted at launch
    • Races provide double the Credit rewards
    • Players gain extra Super Wheelspins every week
    • Additional bonuses and perks
  • Available: The Forza Horizon 5 VIP Membership is available through Forza Horizon 5 Premium Edition, the Premium Add-Ons Bundle, and as a standalone purchase.
  • Not included: The Forza Horizon 5 VIP Membership does not include any other FH5 DLCs, like the Expansions Bundle, Welcome Pack, Car Pass, and Treasure Map. For the most complete collection of add-ons, you'll want the Forza Horizon 5 Premium Add-Ons Bundle.

In our Forza Horizon 5 preview, we saw that FH5 is almost guaranteed to be one of the best Xbox racing games. Forza Horizon 5 officially releases on Nov. 9, 2021 (Nov. 5 with early access), and is now available to preorder.

Our pick

Forza Horizon 5 VIP Membership

$20 at Microsoft (Xbox & PC)

Lasting effects

The Forza Horizon 5 VIP Membership DLC provides plenty of immediate and lasting bonuses to players to make it worth the asking price, and only increases in value the more you play FH5. However, its inclusion in the Premium Add-Ons Bundle means the most committed Forza Horizon 5 players may be better off getting the larger package.

Vrooms included

Xbox Game Pass Ultimate

From $1/month at Microsoft $45 at Amazon (3-month subscription) $15 at Amazon (1-month subscription)

All your gaming needs, in one subscription

Is the Xbox Game Pass Ultimate the best value in all of gaming? It's possible. Ultimate bundles your Xbox Live Gold subscription, an Xbox Game Pass subscription for both Xbox consoles and Windows PCs, and Xbox Cloud Gaming for on-the-go. Forza Horizon 5 will be available through Xbox Game Pass day one, including on consoles, PC, and the cloud.

Is the Forza Horizon 5 Premium Add-Ons Bundle DLC worth it?

Best answer: Yes, the Forza Horizon 5 Premium Add-Ons Bundle DLC is worth it for those who want the best experience in FH5, especially if you intend to play through Xbox Game Pass or a physical disc. The Premium Add-Ons Bundle includes almost every optional DLC for Forza Horizon 5 for significantly less than it would to purchase individually, making it a good value for the interested.

Value in context

Forza Horizon 5 will include mountains of content by itself, but Playground Games is letting players expand their experience even further with a series of optional DLC add-ons and expansions. Depending on the edition of Forza Horizon 5 you preorder, you may get one or more of these DLCs included in your purchase. For those who want to enhance their FH5 experience without shelling out for a more expensive edition, or are playing through a different method, there are plenty of ways to get more out of Forza Horizon 5.

The Forza Horizon 5 Premium Add-Ons Bundle includes practically every optional DLC add-on at launch for considerably less than it'd cost to purchase those DLCs individually. Effectively, this amounts to buying Forza Horizon 5 Premium Edition (the most expensive FH5 tier) without the base game included. The value of the Premium Add-Ons Bundle changes depending on how you plan to play or buy Forza Horizon 5.

If you're purchasing the Standard or Deluxe Editions of FH5 digitally through the Microsoft Store or Steam, and you're considering the Premium Add-Ons Bundle, you're much better off simply buying the Premium Edition. This saves you money (about $10) and gives you everything in one simple package.

On the other hand, those who are playing Forza Horizon 5 through Xbox Game Pass, or buying a physical copy of the game (which only comes in the Standard Edition), could gain a lot from the Premium Add-Ons Bundle. This is a great way to augment your physical disc or Xbox Game Pass subscription with all the optional DLC. Even better, Xbox Game Pass subscribers get an automatic 10% discount on the Premium Add-Ons Bundle, saving you an extra $5. Ultimately, this is the main reason the Premium Add-Ons Bundle DLC exists.

If you pick up the Standard Edition of Forza Horizon 5 for launch and are on the fence about purchasing additional DLC, there's a chance the Premium Add-Ons Bundle will eventually go on sale, making it an easier pill to swallow. Of course, you can always pick up the individual DLCs you're interested in and purchase them separately (just keep in mind this will end up costing much more if you buy them all).

What's included

Here's everything you need to know about the Forza Horizon 5 Premium Add-Ons Bundle, and what's included:

  • Early access. Preordering the Forza Horizon 5 Premium Add-Ons Bundle nets you four days of early access, letting you play Forza Horizon 5 on Nov. 5, 2021, instead of Nov. 9.
    • Early access is also granted to Xbox Game Pass subscribers through the Premium Add-Ons Bundle
  • Forza Horizon 5 Car Pass. The Forza Horizon 5 Premium Add-Ons Bundle includes the Forza Horizon 5 Car Pass, a DLC that adds an additional 42 cars to the game.
    • Eight additional cars will be available in Forza Horizon 5 at launch with the Formula Drift Cars Pack
    • One car will be added to Forza Horizon 5 every week, for a total of 34 additional cars
    • We're keeping track of all the DLC cars in Forza Horizon 5
    • The Forza Horizon 5 Car Pass is available through Forza Horizon 5 Deluxe Edition, Premium Edition, and the Premium Add-Ons Bundle, and is not available as a standalone purchase (right now)
  • Forza Horizon 5 Welcome Pack. The Forza Horizon 5 Premium Add-Ons Bundle includes the Forza Horizon 5 Welcome Pack, a DLC that adds several in-game perks and bonuses when first playing the game, including:
    • Five specially pre-tuned cars gifted at launch
    • One Player House gifted at launch
    • Included one-time voucher that lets you purchase any car from the Autoshow
    • Three included one-time vouchers that let you purchase any Common or Rare clothing items
    • The Forza Horizon 5 Welcome Pack is available through Forza Horizon 5 Premium Edition, the Premium Add-Ons Bundle, and as a standalone purchase
  • Forza Horizon 5 VIP Membership. The Forza Horizon 5 Premium Add-Ons Bundle includes the VIP Membership, a DLC that adds several in-game perks and bonuses throughout playing the game, including:
    • Three exclusive Forza Edition cars gifted at launch
    • One Player House gifted at launch
    • A Crown Flair, Vanity Items, Emote, and Car Horn gifted at launch
    • Races provide double the Credit rewards
    • Players gain extra Super Wheelspins every week
    • Additional bonuses and perks
    • The Forza Horizon 5 VIP Membership is available through Forza Horizon 5 Premium Edition, the Premium Add-Ons Bundle, and as a standalone purchase
  • Forza Horizon 5 Expansion One. Forza Horizon 5 Premium Add-Ons Bundle includes Forza Horizon 5 Expansion One, which is one of two unannounced DLC expansions coming to Forza Horizon 5 in the future.
    • Forza Horizon 5 Expansion One has not been revealed yet, but will be included in Forza Horizon 5 Premium Add-Ons Bundle when it does eventually launch
    • Forza Horizon 5 Expansion One is available through Forza Horizon 5 Premium Edition, the Premium Add-Ons Bundle, and the Expansions Bundle, but is not available as a standalone purchase (right now)
  • Forza Horizon 5 Expansion Two. Forza Horizon 5 Premium Add-Ons Bundle includes Forza Horizon 5 Expansion Two, which is one of two unannounced DLC expansions coming to Forza Horizon 5 in the future.
    • Forza Horizon 5 Expansion Two has not been revealed yet, but will be included in Forza Horizon 5 Premium Add-Ons Bundle when it does eventually launch
    • Forza Horizon 5 Expansion Two is available through Forza Horizon 5 Premium Edition, the Premium Add-Ons Bundle, and the Expansions Bundle, but is not available as a standalone purchase (right now)
  • Not included: The Forza Horizon 5 Premium Add-Ons Bundle includes almost all optional DLCs for FH5, but does not include the Forza Horizon 5 Treasure Map. The Treasure Map DLC is only available as a standalone purchase.

In our Forza Horizon 5 preview, we saw that FH5 is almost guaranteed to be one of the best Xbox racing games. Forza Horizon 5 officially releases on Nov. 9, 2021 (Nov. 5 with early access), and is now available to preorder.

Our pick

Forza Horizon 5 Premium Add-Ons Bundle

$50 at Microsoft (Xbox & PC)

Value for most

The Forza Horizon 5 Premium Add-Ons Bundle is an excellent way to get almost every optional DLC for FH5, but only if purchasing the full-blown Premium Edition isn't the best route for you. Those playing through Xbox Game Pass or a physical disc should look no further than the Premium Add-Ons Bundle.

Vrooms included

Xbox Game Pass Ultimate

From $1/month at Microsoft $45 at Amazon (3-month subscription) $15 at Amazon (1-month subscription)

All your gaming needs, in one subscription

Is the Xbox Game Pass Ultimate the best value in all of gaming? It's possible. Ultimate bundles your Xbox Live Gold subscription, an Xbox Game Pass subscription for both Xbox consoles and Windows PCs, and Xbox Cloud Gaming for on-the-go. Forza Horizon 5 will be available through Xbox Game Pass day one, including on consoles, PC, and the cloud. You even get a discount on the Premium Add-Ons Bundle.

All the Xbox Game Pass games coming and leaving soon

Discover every new game coming to Xbox Game Pass right here.

Xbox Game Pass is the ever-expanding Netflix-like gaming subscription from Microsoft, the makers of Xbox. For a monthly subscription, Xbox Game Pass partakers gain access to a constantly rotating catalog of hundreds of high-quality Xbox games. The best Xbox Game Pass games include third-party multiplayer games, older AAA titles, indie projects, all first-party Microsoft games, and pretty much everything in between.

Xbox Game Pass is also included in Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, an all-in-one subscription that gives players full access to Xbox Game Pass on Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S, and Xbox One consoles, Xbox Game Pass on PC, Xbox Live Gold, Xbox Cloud Gaming (Project xCloud), and even EA Play. Xbox Game Pass Ultimate represents one of the best values in gaming, and that value only increases from month to month.

That's because Xbox Game Pass is always adding new games, with announcements once or twice a month. While games occasionally leave the service, the number of games available through Xbox Game Pass has been steadily growing since its launch. In this Xbox Game Pass guide, we'll go over all the new games coming to the service, the games about to leave, and the top games you should be keeping an eye on.

If you want the complete list, be sure to bookmark our ultimate guide to every game on Xbox Game Pass.

Note: Bold text indicates the game in question is coming to that platform, but is already available on other platforms through Xbox Game Pass.

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Xbox Game Pass Ultimate

From $1/month at Microsoft $40 at Amazon (3-month subscription) $15 at Amazon (1-month subscription)

Xbox Game Pass Ultimate includes everything you could possibly need for gaming, including Xbox Game Pass for consoles and PCs, EA Play, Xbox Cloud Gaming, and Xbox Live Gold. Xbox Game Pass gains new games all the time, and Xbox Game Pass Ultimate keeps getting better.

Best new Xbox Game Pass games: October 2021

You'll rarely go wrong with the diverse selection of games on Xbox Game Pass, but there are always a handful of titles that stand above the rest — including but not limited to exceptional indie games, addictive multiplayer games, expansive AAA games, and Microsoft's first-party games. These are the best new games that have recently arrived on Xbox Game Pass.

Back 4 Blood

  • Available: Oct. 12 (Xbox Series X|S Optimized, Xbox One, PC, & Xbox Cloud Gaming)

Good zombie killer games are beloved by gamers, but are often hard to come by. Left 4 Dead is a cult classic that is still fondly remembered, and Back 4 Blood aims to be the dormant series' spiritual successor. Built by the same team as Left 4 Dead, Back 4 Blood is a modernized, hectic co-op zombie shooter that delivers on its promises in spades, as long as you're willing to play with other people.

Destiny 2: Beyond Light

  • Available: Oct. 12 (Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, & PC)

Destiny 2: Beyond Light is the title's most recent expansion, and is one of its best yet. With plenty of fresh content for players to explore, Beyond Light is a great starting point for newcomers to try Destiny 2. After a little bit of waiting, Destiny 2: Beyond Light is finally available on Xbox Game Pass for PC alongside console, where it has been available for ages now.

Marvel's Avengers

  • Available: Sept. 30 (Xbox Series X|S Optimized, Xbox One, PC, & Xbox Cloud Gaming)

Marvel's Avengers was an inconsistent adventure when it first released, but a still-excellent singleplayer campaign and a variety of updates to its multiplayer experience makes it worthwile to play through Xbox Game Pass. If you're a fan of superheroes or the Marvel universe, it's hard not to be tempted by everything Marvel's Avengers offers on pretty much every Xbox Game Pass platform.

Xbox Game Pass new games: Full list and schedule

It can be easy to lose track of all the new games coming to Xbox Game Pass, so we've compiled the full list for your convenience. In this section of our Xbox Game Pass guide, learn what games have been released on Xbox Game Pass recently, when they became available, and what platforms on which they're available.

Oct. 19

  • Into the Pit (Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, & PC)
  • Outriders (Xbox Series X|S Optimized, Xbox One, Xbox Cloud Gaming, & PC)

Oct. 15

  • The Good Life (Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, PC, & Xbox Cloud Gaming)

Oct. 14

  • Ring of Pain (Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, PC, & Xbox Cloud Gaming)
  • The Riftbreaker (Xbox Series X|S Optimized, PC, & Xbox Cloud Gaming)

Oct. 12

  • Back 4 Blood (Xbox Series X|S Optimized, Xbox One, PC, & Xbox Cloud Gaming)
  • Destiny 2: Beyond Light (Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, & PC)

Oct. 7

  • The Procession to Calvary (Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, PC, & Xbox Cloud Gaming)
  • Visage (Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, PC, & Xbox Cloud Gaming)

What's coming to Xbox Game Pass soon

Microsoft loves to give Xbox Game Pass subscribers plenty of time to prepare for upcoming additions by announcing them early. This section of our Xbox Game Pass will help you keep track of all the games coming to Xbox Game Pass shortly, so you can decide what you want to play and whether you need to free up some space.

Oct. 21

  • Dragon Ball FighterZ (Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, & Xbox Cloud Gaming)
  • Echo Generation (Xbox Series X|S Optimized, Xbox One, Xbox Cloud Gaming, & PC)
  • Everspace 2 (PC)

Oct. 26

  • Moonglow Bay (Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, Xbox Cloud Gaming, & PC)

Oct. 28

  • Age of Empires IV (PC)
  • Alan Wake's American Nightmare (Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, & PC)
  • Backbone (Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, & PC)
  • Bassmaster Fishing 2022 (Xbox Series X|S Optimized, Xbox One, Xbox Cloud Gaming, & PC)
  • Nongunz: Doppelganger Edition (Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, Xbox Cloud Gaming, & PC)
  • The Forgotten City (Xbox Series X|S Optimized, Xbox One, Xbox Cloud Gaming, & PC)

Nov. 2

  • Minecraft: Bedrock Edition (Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, & PC)
  • Minecraft: Java Edition (PC)

Nov. 9

  • Football Manager 2022 (Xbox Series X|S Optimized, Xbox One, PC, & Xbox Cloud Gaming)

What's leaving Xbox Game Pass soon

For the most part, more games join Xbox Game Pass than leave. However, most games do leave the service eventually, so Microsoft likes to give players a heads up if they hadn't gotten around to playing that game yet. Keep an eye on this section of our Xbox Game Pass guide for games you still want to play. If you see a game you've played and loved, be sure to purchase it with your Xbox Game Pass discount so you can keep it forever.

Oct. 31

  • Carto (Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, Xbox Cloud Gaming, & PC)
  • Celeste (Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, Xbox Cloud Gaming, & PC)
  • Comanche (PC)
  • Eastshade (Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, Xbox Cloud Gaming, & PC)
  • Five Nights at Freddy's (Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, Xbox Cloud Gaming, & PC)
  • Knights & Bikes (Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, & PC)
  • Unruly Heroes (Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, Xbox Cloud Gaming, & PC)

Upcoming games launching on Xbox Game Pass

Microsoft gives us updates on games heading to Xbox Game Pass a few weeks before those games become available, usually twice a month. However, Xbox and [email protected] events toss aside this expectation to announce a flurry of games that are hitting Xbox Game Pass day and date, meaning they're launching into the service when they land on Xbox platforms. That means day one access to all of these games for Xbox Game Pass subscribers, including some of the best upcoming Xbox games.

Many of these games are far enough out that they don't even have a release date, and we're not certain exactly which platforms they'll come to through Xbox Game Pass. Still, this list in our Xbox Game Pass guide will give you an idea of what to look out for in the future of Xbox Game Pass. We'll constantly update this list as we get new information about release dates, when games become available, and what platforms are getting them.

The following events have been added to this section:

[email protected] Games Showcase — March 26, 2021

  • Among Us (Xbox Series X|S Optimized, Xbox One, & PC) — 2021
  • Backbone (Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, & Xbox Cloud Gaming) — Unknown release date
  • Dead Static Drive (Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, & PC) — Unknown release date
  • Edge of Eternity (Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, & Xbox Cloud Gaming) — 2021
  • Hello Neighbor 2 (Xbox Series X|S Optimized, Xbox One, PC, & Xbox Cloud Gaming) — 2021
  • Little Witch in the Woods (Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, & Xbox Cloud Gaming) — Unknown release date
  • Moonglow Bay (Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, Xbox Cloud Gaming, & PC) — Oct. 26, 2021
  • Nobody Saves the World (Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, & Xbox Cloud Gaming) — 2021
  • She Dreams Elsewhere (Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, & PC) — Unknown release date
  • S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2: Heart of Chernobyl (Xbox Series X|S Optimized & PC) — April 28, 2022
  • Undungeon (Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, Xbox Cloud Gaming, & PC) — Unknown release date
  • Way to the Woods (Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, & Xbox Cloud Gaming) — Unknown release date

Xbox and Bethesda Games Showcase at E3 2021 — June 13, 2021

  • Age of Empires IV (PC) — Oct. 28, 2021
  • Among Us (Xbox Series X|S Optimized, Xbox One, & PC) — 2021
  • A Plague Tale: Requiem (Xbox Series X|S Optimized & PC) — 2022
  • Atomic Heart (Xbox Series X|S Optimized, Xbox One, PC, & Xbox Cloud Gaming) — No release date
  • Contraband (Xbox Series X|S Optimized & PC) — No release date
  • Eiyuden Chronicle: Hundred Heroes (Xbox Series X|S Optimized, Xbox One, PC, & Xbox Cloud Gaming) — 2023
  • Eiyuden Chronicle: Rising (Xbox Series X|S Optimized, Xbox One, PC, & Xbox Cloud Gaming) — 2022
  • Forza Horizon 5 (Xbox Series X|S Optimized, Xbox One, PC, & Xbox Cloud Gaming) — Nov. 9, 2021
  • Halo Infinite (Xbox Series X|S Optimized, Xbox One, PC, & Xbox Cloud Gaming) — Dec. 8, 2021
  • Hello Neighbor 2 (Xbox Series X|S Optimized, Xbox One, PC, & Xbox Cloud Gaming) — 2021
  • Party Animals (Xbox Series X|S Optimized, Xbox One, & Xbox Cloud Gaming) — 2022
  • Redfall (Xbox Series X|S Optimized & PC) — Summer 2022
  • Replaced (Xbox Series X|S Optimized, Xbox One, & PC) — 2022
  • Scorn (Xbox Series X|S Optimized, PC, & Xbox Cloud Gaming) — Fall 2021
  • Shredders (Xbox Series X|S Optimized, Xbox One, PC, & Xbox Cloud Gaming) — Dec. 2021
  • Slime Rancher 2 (Xbox Series X|S Optimized, Xbox One, PC, & Xbox Cloud Gaming) — 2022
  • Somerville (Xbox Series X|S Optimized, Xbox One, PC, & Xbox Cloud Gaming) — 2022
  • S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2: Heart of Chernobyl (Xbox Series X|S Optimized & PC) — April 28, 2022
  • Starfield (Xbox Series X|S Optimized & PC) — Nov. 11, 2022
  • The Anacrusis (Xbox Series X|S Optimized, Xbox One, PC, & Xbox Cloud Gaming) — Fall 2021
  • The Gunk (Xbox Series X|S Optimized, Xbox One, PC, & Xbox Cloud Gaming) — Dec. 2021
  • The Outer Worlds 2 (Xbox Series X|S Optimized & PC) — No release date

[email protected] Games Showcase — Aug. 10, 2021

  • Evil Genius 2: World Domination (Xbox Series X|S & Xbox One) — Winter 2021
  • Pupparazzi (Xbox Series X|S & Xbox One) — No release date
  • Stardew Valley (Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, & PC) — Fall 2021

Xbox Gamescom 2021 event — Aug. 28, 2021

  • Age of Empires IV (PC) — Oct. 28, 2021
  • Archvale (Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, PC, & Xbox Cloud Gaming) — No release date
  • Bushiden (Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, PC, & Xbox Cloud Gaming) — No release date
  • Chinatown Detective Agency (Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, PC, & Xbox Cloud Gaming) — No release date
  • Crusader Kings 3 (Xbox Series X|S & PC) — No release date
  • Forza Horizon 5 (Xbox Series X|S Optimized, Xbox One, PC, & Xbox Cloud Gaming) — Nov. 9, 2021
  • Into the Pit (Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, & PC) — Oct. 19, 2021
  • Midnight Fight Express (Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, PC, & Xbox Cloud Gaming) — No release date
  • Next Space Rebels (Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, PC, & Xbox Cloud Gaming) — No release date
  • Signalis (Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, PC, & Xbox Cloud Gaming) — No release date
  • The Gunk (Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, & PC) — Dec. 2021
  • Unpacking (Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, PC, & Xbox Cloud Gaming) — No release date

Xbox Game Studios and Bethesda Softworks upcoming games

  • Age of Empires IV (PC) — Oct. 28, 2021
  • Avowed (Xbox Series X|S Optimized & PC) — Unknown release date
  • Contraband (Xbox Series X|S Optimized & PC) — No release date
  • Everwild (Xbox Series X|S Optimized & PC) — Unknown release date
  • Fable (Xbox Series X|S Optimized & PC) — Unknown release date
  • Forza Horizon 5 (Xbox Series X|S Optimized, Xbox One, PC, & Xbox Cloud Gaming) — Nov. 9, 2021
  • Forza Motorsport (Xbox Series X|S Optimized & PC) — Unknown release date
  • Halo Infinite (Xbox Series X|S Optimized, Xbox One, PC, & Xbox Cloud Gaming) — Dec. 8, 2021
  • Redfall (Xbox Series X|S Optimized & PC) — Summer 2022
  • Perfect Dark (Xbox Series X|S Optimized & PC) — Unknown release date
  • Senua's Saga: Hellblade II (Xbox Series X|S Optimized & PC) — Unknown release date
  • Starfield (Xbox Series X|S Optimized & PC) — Nov. 11, 2022
  • State of Decay 3 (Xbox Series X|S Optimized & PC) — Unknown release date
  • The Outer Worlds 2 (Xbox Series X|S Optimized & PC) — No release date

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Grounded's 'Hot and Hazy Update' is now available to all players

Grounded's most significant update yet is now available to download and play.

What you need to know

  • Grounded is an innovative survival game from Obsidian Entertainment and Xbox Game Studios, currently in early access.
  • The team has been working on the largest update yet for Grounded, dubbed the 'Hot and Hazy Update.'
  • Today, the 'Hot and Hazy Update' is officially releasing for all Grounded players across Xbox, PC, and Xbox Game Pass.
  • The update adds a ton of new content, including biomes, insects, gear and items, upgrades, story content, and much more.

As promised by its initial announcement, the Hot and Hazy Update for Grounded is officially releasing to all players with a wealth of brand-new features and content. Being the biggest update ever during Grounded's early access, there's a huge amount to explore and discover in the Hot and Hazy Update for Grounded. There's also a new release trailer, which gives you a peek at some of the features you can expect.

Even in early access, Grounded is already one of the best Xbox games, and Obsidian's commitment to improving it over time with a steady supply of updates only solidifies this fact. The team at Obsidian is still very small, but has expanded over time to meet the ambitious goals of Grounded, which is reflected in the Hot and Hazy Update.

Some of the highlights of the Hot and Hazy Update for Grounded include:

  • Two all-new biomes and a full revamp of an existing biome
  • Tons of new insects, and crafting recipes related to those insects
  • Ways to upgrade player and party stats, as well as upgrade individual weapons and gear
  • Improvements to the "new player" experience with additional tutorials
  • Additional story content to discover and play through
  • Much, much more

The Grounded Hot and Hazy Update, which comes in at version 0.11, is now available for all players to install across Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S, Xbox One, PC, and Xbox Game Pass.

Microscopic survival

Grounded

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It's a big(ger) world out there.

Obsidian Entertainment makes its exclusive debut on Xbox One and PC with Grounded, a unique survival experience that literally makes all of your problems much, much bigger. Join your friends as you're shrunk down to the size of an ant and are forced to survive in a dangerous backyard.

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Is the Xbox Game Pass Ultimate the best value in all of gaming? It's possible. Ultimate bundles your Xbox Live Gold subscription, an Xbox Game Pass subscription for both Xbox consoles and Windows PCs, and Xbox Cloud Gaming for on-the-go. Grounded is already featured, including the upcoming 'Hot and Hazy Update.'

The latest Minecraft: Java Edition snapshot features brand-new music

The final steps to bring everything together.

What you need to know

  • Mojang Studios is in the final stages of finishing 1.18 'Caves and Cliffs Update' Part Two for Minecraft.
  • The latest Minecraft: Java Edition snapshot is now available, and includes a handful of bug fixes and improvements.
  • The biggest addition here is the arrival of brand-new music for the 'Caves and Cliffs Update' in the Overworld and the main menu.
  • Lena Raine is returning again with new original compositions, and a secret music disc called "Otherside" for players to find.

As we learned during the busy Minecraft Live 2021 event, 1.18 Caves and Cliffs Update Part Two is still slated for release in 2021. Mojang Studios is hard at work polishing the upcoming release to ensure it's ready for the wider Minecraft community with continued betas and snapshots released almost weekly.

Today, Mojang is dropping Minecraft: Java Edition Snapshot 21w42a, which builds on the Caves and Cliffs Update and its predecessor with a fresh batch of fixes and tweaks. However, what makes this snapshot interesting is the arrival of new original music to the Minecraft soundtrack, courtesy of Lena Raine (who returns once again) and Kumi Tanioka.

Not only are there brand-new additions to the soundtrack for the Overworld and the main menu, but a new music disc is being added to the game, called "Otherside." With the last snapshot adding a new background image, and this snapshot introducing new music, it's clear that we're getting close to a public release of 1.18 Caves and Cliffs Update Part Two.

Minecraft: Java Edition has already proven itself as one of the best PC games, but the arrival of this massive release will further cement it at the top. In case you missed it, Mojang has also announced the next major update for Minecraft with The Wild Update. The Wild Update will arrive in 2022 with new biomes, mobs, and more, and will likely influence new Minecraft toys and gifts.

The full changelog for Minecraft: Java Edition Snapshot 21w42a includes:

New features

  • New music has been added to the game
  • Added world autosave indicator for single-player worlds

Music

  • Added new music by Lena Raine and Kumi Tanioka to the Overworld (when playing in survival mode) and to the main menu
  • Added a new music disc from Lena Raine titled 'Otherside'. This can be found on rare occasions in Stronghold corridor chests or much more rarely in Dungeon chests

Changes

  • World spawn selection algorithm has been reworked, now spawns player according to climate parameters
  • World generation tweaks

World generation

  • Lava springs can generate in mountains and snowy terrain
  • Water springs don't generate higher than y 192, and are slightly less common
  • Badlands gold generates higher up

Technical changes

  • Replaced light and barrier particles with block_marker

Particles

  • block_marker
    • Renders with texture declared in particle slot for model assigned to configured block state
    • Summoned with same syntax as block particle (i.e. block_marker wheat[age=2])

Fixed bugs

  • Player no longer spawned at highest level at world spawn
  • Spawning inside icebergs
  • Player does not spawn on the surface of the world when min_y is greater than 0
  • Parity issue: Light blocks do not display their light level when shown via a held light block item
  • The player can occasionally spawn underground when loading into a new world
  • Beaches generate between desert and ocean
  • Values of 'Infinity' in noise settings in default worldgen

Here's everything we know about Forza Horizon 5 on Xbox and PC

Forza Horizon 5 is already making its case as game of the year.

Forza Horizon is the open-world counterpart to the legendary Xbox Forza racing franchise. Forza Horizon 5 follows the hugely successful and brilliant Forza Horizon 4, and will almost certainly set the bar for the best Xbox racing games and best PC racing games for years to come. Playground Games and Xbox Game Studios know how to deliver a premium open-world racing experience, and Forza Horizon 5 is sure not to disappoint. Of course, Forza Horizon 5 is also positively massive in scope, meaning there's a lot to cover.

Here's everything you need to know about Forza Horizon 5 for Xbox and PC.

The Festival returns

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An epic adventure

Forza Horizon 5 is the latest project from Playground Games and continues the epic Forza Horizon adventure with a new roster of amazing cars and a brand-new location to explore: Mexico. Forza Horizon 5 launches on Xbox and PC later this year, and it's already available to preorder.

What is Forza Horizon 5?

Forza Horizon 5 is the follow-up game to Playground Games' Forza Horizon 4 from 2018. Like other Forza Horizon games, Forza Horizon 5 is an open-world racing game with gorgeous visuals, accessible driving mechanics, and a massive roster of high-quality, licensed vehicles from dozens of manufacturers, all centered around the fabled Forza Horizon festival. And, also like previous Forza Horizon games, FH5 is exclusive to Xbox and PC platforms.

Forza Horizon 5 is the more arcade-like open-world counterpart to the highly anticipated eighth Forza Motorsport. While Forza Horizon 5 is coming later this year, not a ton is known about the mysterious Forza Motorsport reboot. Playground Games and Turn10 share a ton of technology and resources between them, as well, which means FH5 may give us a peek at the quality that can be expected from Forza Motorsport.

Forza Horizon 5 is akin to a "car-lovers sandbox," and mostly lets you play however you want. While there is a story and full-blown campaign with the Horizon Adventure, Expeditions, and smaller Horizon Stories, it's still up to players how they progress and what path they take. All in all, the focus of Forza Horizon 5 is the vast arsenal of cars, the wide variety of races and events, the sheer level of creative freedom available, and the deeply integrated online multiplayer gameplay.

If Forza Horizon 4 gives us a peek at what we can expect from Forza Horizon 5 throughout the next several years, we can expect a ton of post-launch support and updates to introduce new cars, events, challenges, and even premium DLC expansions.

You can check out more images of Forza Horizon 5 below, including some incredible wallpapers featuring mural art that will actually appear in-game.

Windows Central previews Forza Horizon 5

Windows Central was offered the opportunity to preview Forza Horizon 5, and we immediately accepted. While we had access to only a small part of FH5's singleplayer content (and none of the online portions), we had free reign to explore the impossibly beautiful open world in all its glory, and play around with a variety of cars.

Our preview showed that Forza Horizon 5 is truly deserving of its hype, and may very well deliver on all of its highly ambitious promises. We'll have to wait to see whether the complete package can match the quality on offer in our early look, but we're more excited than ever for what FH5 has to offer.

We also went on a Forza Horizon 5 road trip, which let us see a lot more of Playground's meticulously crafted version of Mexico. The experience even further cemented our belief that Forza Horizon 5 is the game to look out for in 2021, with a diverse world filled with scenic sites and fun moments.

When is the release date for Forza Horizon 5?

Forza Horizon 5 releases on Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S, Xbox One, PC, Xbox Game Pass, and Xbox Cloud Gaming on Nov. 9, 2021. If you preorder Forza Horizon 5 Premium Edition or the Premium Add-Ons Bundle, you can play the game early on Nov. 5.

On Oct. 18, 2021, Playground Games confirmed that Forza Horizon 5 has officially "gone gold." Effectively, this means the game is feature complete with a "version 1.0" that can be loaded onto discs and prepared for release. This is a huge step in development, and a good sign that FH5 is arriving right on time.

Forza Horizon 5 is the latest Xbox Game Studios title to launch simultaneously on Xbox, PC, and Xbox Game Pass. Xbox Cloud Gaming players on mobile devices will also be able to hop behind the wheel on day one. Forza Horizon 5 looks to be a technical and visual showcase on every one of those platforms, with all the stunning graphics and effects expected from a Forza game.

Versions & pricing

Ever since Forza Horizon 5 first became available to preorder, we've been keeping careful track of every edition, DLC, and option you need to be aware of. Our ultimate guide to buying or preordering Forza Horizon 5 covers absolutely everything, including all you need to know about why there isn't a Forza Horizon 5 demo, what editions are available, where you can purchase FH5, and what kind of preorder bonuses or perks FH5 might be offering. There's also an exclusive limited-edition FH5 Xbox Controller, which even includes in-game perks, available for preorder.

How can I watch the trailers for Forza Horizon 5?

Official announcement

Gameplay overview

Let's Go! Episode One

Let's Go! Episode Two

Let's Go! Episode Three

Audible upgrades preview

Car recording behind-the-scenes

Car audio gameplay trailer

Let's Go! Episode Four

Let's Go! Episode Five

Let's Go! Episode Six

Initial drive gameplay

Official cover cars trailer

Ford Bronco Badlands trailer

Farid Rueda artist spotlight

Star27 artist spotlight

Cix artist spotlight

Raul Urias artist spotlight

Senkoe artist spotlight

Spaik artist spotlight

Let's Go! Episode Seven

Ambient nature sounds

Let's Go! Episode Eight

Let's Go! Episode Nine

Let's Go! Episode Ten

When was the reveal and announcement for Forza Horizon 5?

We knew Forza Horizon 5 was coming long before it was announced, and even had a hefty pile of leaks and rumors fueling speculation. Of course, the game had to be confirmed eventually. Forza Horizon 5 was officially revealed by Xbox and Playground Games at E3 2021 during the Xbox and Bethesda Games Showcase at E3 2021.

Forza Horizon 5 was right near the end of the show and deservedly garnered a huge amount of hype and excitement for its release. It arrived alongside heavy hitters like Halo Infinite and Starfield. There was no way Microsoft could've made the announcement of Forza Horizon 5 a bigger deal.

From now on, expect more news and information to trickle out as we head towards the official release of Forza Horizon 5 on Xbox and PC. Playground plans to host periodic streams (under the "Let's Go!" moniker) to cover different aspects of Forza Horizon 5. The first stream was a general introduction to the world of FH5, while the second covered the impressive technology powering FH5's sky. You can watch all those streams and more in the "Trailers" section above.

FH5 also made a huge appearance at the Xbox Gamescom 2021 event, where a ton was shown off like the initial drive in Forza Horizon 5, the official FH5 cover cars and art, and more.

Where is the location for Forza Horizon 5?

Forza Horizon 5 aims to be the largest and most diverse Forza Horizon game ever, and that means it needs to be set in a location that can accommodate its lofty ambitions. Fortunately, Playground Games found the perfect setting, as Forza Horizon 5 takes the series back to the North American continent with Mexico. FH5 will feature a huge variety of different environments and locales, with dynamic weather, the return of seasons, and so much more.

Our ultimate guide to Forza Horizon 5's map includes everything you need to know about FH5 and its rendition of Mexico, including just how big the map is in comparison to previous Forza Horizon games, an overview of different locations you'll be able to explore, and more.

Interestingly, Playground has revealed that Forza Horizon 5 is the first time where the map is exactly what was originally planned — no map content had to be cut throughout development. Even more impressive, FH5's map will continue to evolve over time, with Festival Playlist and Series updates able to alter the world with new decorations, races and events, and more.

What are all the cars and vehicles in Forza Horizon 5?

While Forza Horizon 5's location is undoubtedly a massive part of the game, it's absolutely the cars that make or break most racing games. This is an area where Forza games rarely struggle, and FH5 intends to up the ante by offering the largest launch list of cars in a Forza Horizon game yet.

It can be tough to keep track of every car in a Forza Horizon game, especially when you're looking for something specific, but our Forza Horizon 5 full car list is constantly updated with every car we know of, including gifts, DLC additions, special cars, and much more.

We already know of over 500 cars that are going to appear in Forza Horizon 5 at launch, and Playground Games continually confirms new vehicles as we inch closer to release day, like the return of the legendary DMC DeLorean.

What is the story and campaign in Forza Horizon 5?

While the story or plot in a racing game may not be the most crucial element for some players, it does still add to the atmosphere and, dare I say, immersion of the experience. Forza Horizon 4 was gently criticized by the community for its lackluster story and general lack of direction for players, so Playground Games went back to the drawing board for Forza Horizon 5. FH5 will take players on a journey through the Horizon Festival to have their name added to the Hall of Fame, and the drive there should be pretty wild.

Playground obviously doesn't want to spoil too much about Forza Horizon 5's story, but they still shared a ton of new gameplay and story details in one of their FH5 streams, which highlights the player-first direction they've taken. We've also learned more about Horizon Stories and the Festival Playlist.

Here's everything we know about the story and campaign in Forza Horizon 5:

  • The story of Horizon Mexico. Forza Horizon 5 is canonically set directly after the events of Forza Horizon 4. Players are still basking in the glory of emerging as the championing during the FH4 Festival, and have been sent to Mexico to aid in setting up Horizon Mexico, the next major Horizon Festival.
    • Haley is your number one when it comes to the know-how of Horizon Mexico and making things happen. She's a good friend of Keira, who filled a similar role in Forza Horizon 4 (and is apparently still there looking after Horizon Britain)
    • You are the boss of Horizon Mexico, and that means it's up to you to decide what direction the Festival goes in. It's also important to note that you are the champion of Horizon Britain, so your name is known far and wide in Mexico
    • For the first time ever, your character has voiced lines and interacts with other characters throughout the story, which is a big shift for how Forza Horizon titles handle story content
  • Hall of Fame. The eventual goal of Horizon Mexico and Forza Horizon 5's story is to be accepted into the Hall of Fame, which is reserved for only the greatest and most skilled racers around. There are hundreds of paths players can take to reach the Hall of Fame, meaning the story in FH5 is ultimately still yours to direct.
  • Horizon Adventure. The guiding, overarching entity in Forza Horizon 5's story is the Horizon Adventure, which gives players a broad outline of what they're able to do and how they're able to progress to the Hall of Fame. This means that, unlike FH4, you'll always have guidance on where you can go next. The Horizon Adventure splits FH5's massive map into several categories, with each category featuring chapters that players can unlock and play through at their discretion. In order to progress through Horizon Adventure and eventually reach the Hall of Fame, players will need to earn Accolades.
    • Horizon Adventure has its own charming screen in FH5 that clearly outlines the areas and chapters, and will be the hub from which players will choose their path. The Horizon Adventure screen is visually distinct with amazing-looking stylized graphics
    • The Horizon Adventure is how you unlock Expeditions (covered below), new Festival sites, Showdowns, and much more
    • Individual areas in the Horizon Adventure feature unique themes, Festival sites, Horizon Stories, and much more
    • It'll take approximately 10 to 20 hours for most players to finish the Horizon Adventure and reach the Hall of Fame
  • Accolades. Forza Horizon 5 will feature literally thousands of "Accolades," which are mini objectives that players can complete that cover practically every aspect of the game. Absolutely everything in FH5, including playing online, painting cars, growing your car collection, winning races, exploring the map, and more can earn you Accolades, which in turn reward Accolade Points. It's these points that are used to unlock new chapters and areas of the Horizon Adventure and progress the campaign.
    • There are thousands of Accolades, but players will not need to 100% them to finish the FH5 story. After completing the campaign, there will still be plenty of reasons to play and new Accolades to complete
    • Accolade progression continues no matter how you play FH5, be it with solo play, online, in co-op, or anywhere else
  • Expeditions. There are six Horizon Festival sites in Forza Horizon 5, and each one of them will require progressing through the Horizon Adventure and completing an Expedition. These Expeditions are full-scale road trips across various parts of Mexico, with cinematic cutscenes, story-driven narrative brought to you by Ramiro (Rami, for short), FH5's enthusiastic tour guide, and huge set pieces that showcase the graphical and technical prowess of Forza Horizon 5.
    • Expeditions will go all over Mexico, including over an active volcano, through a storm-torn jungle, and more. Expeditions will also put players behind the wheel of a variety of vehicles
    • Expeditions will also feature optional Accolades to complete while on your journey, like finding specific locations, taking pictures, choosing spots for gear and sites, and more
    • You can play Expeditions by yourself, or in co-op with friends, and all progress is retained no matter what
  • Horizon Stories. Forza Horizon 4 introduced a new way to experience a single-player campaign with Horizon Stories. With Forza Horizon 5, they're bigger than ever. Forza Horizon 5's Stories are part of a deeper and more rewarding campaign, and provide multiple avenues to explore the world. Players can meet dozens of new characters and decide the outcome of their individual stories, and some Barn Finds are even unlocked through Horizon Stories.
    • Horizon Stories feature multiple chapters that can be played through, which can carry individual stories all over the world
    • Horizon Stories can also feature branching paths and player choices, which can be replayed at any time
  • Horizon Showcases. Forza Horizon's massive Showcase events have always been a way to show off how far the game can go, and give players an opportunity to display their skills and feel like a true racing master. In Forza Horizon 5, players will be able to participate in four Horizon Showcases, which promise to be bigger and grander than ever before. The first Showcase pits players against a cargo plane, and another Showcase will have players race a train once again.

What are the features and gameplay in Forza Horizon 5?

A new Forza Horizon game always comes with at least a handful of new features and improvements over its predecessor, but Forza Horizon 5 seems set on delivering even greater amounts of content to players. The extra year of development Forza Horizon 5 got over previous entries in the series clearly helped things along because there is a lot about which to talk.

Not only has Playground Games baked in significantly more content into Forza Horizon 5's base game, but it's also given the community a way to add essentially infinite new events and races to Forza Horizon 5 over time. FH5's online features have also seen significant improvements to more completely connect players all around the world. We'll constantly add to this section as we learn more about all the additions in Forza Horizon 5, so be sure to check in regularly.

From the addition of convertibles to major updates for creators, Forza Horizon 5 is a big upgrade for Forza. Playground also knows how to work up hype for a game, as they continue to show off new Forza Horizon 5 gameplay and details through periodic streams.

Here's everything we know about the features and gameplay in Forza Horizon 5:

Game features and visuals

Playground Games wants this to be the biggest Forza Horizon in more ways than one, which means players have more ways to play and more reasons to keep returning. This is also by far one of the most gorgeous games we've ever seen, and Playground Games has achieved this feat with several methods.

Here are some of the best features about Forza Horizon 5 and its visuals:

  • Horizon Festival. Forza Horizon has always revolved around the "Horizon Festival," a fictional event that belongs in every car lover's dreams. Pro racers from all over the world converge in one location, for exactly one purpose: to race. The Horizon Festival returns in Forza Horizon 5, and players are once again put in charge. Like Forza Horizon 4, multiple Festival sites can be opened, which unlocks new races and event types. Playground Games has also confirmed a new Horizon Festival logo for FH5. Six Horizon Festivals in total will be available in Forza Horizon 5.
    • Horizon Mexico is the main Horizon Festival site in Forza Horizon 5, where players will begin their journey. This site is situated on an abandoned airstrip (right for drag races) and right next to a fantastic racing circuit
    • Horizon Apex is one of the new Horizon Festivals that has been confirmed, and will feature a number of asphalt road races, and focuses on high-performance vehicles
    • Horizon Wilds is another Horizon Festival, and is practically the opposite of Apex, as it revolves around dirt roads and offroad racing
    • Horizon Rush is the next Horizon Festival, a location set back in the wild canyons of Mexico that revolves around dangerous and ridiculous PR stunts like jumps, speed traps, and more
    • For the very first time, Forza Horizon's semi-legal Street Scene racing series is getting its own tournament, with the aptly named Horizon Street Scene Festival, which will revolve around chaotic nighttime races in collaboration with local street racers
    • Finally, Horizon Baja is all about cross-country racing through a variety of environments, and can be found in FH5's Living Desert biome
  • Barn Finds. Barn Finds have been a mainstay feature in the Forza Horizon franchise, where players can look for long-lost cars buried throughout the world. Barn Finds are returning in Forza Horizon 5, and Playground has said that FH5's Barn Finds are the most detailed and location-specific Barn Finds ever. Barn Finds are also discovered in different ways, such as through Horizon Stories, during Expeditions, and more.
    • There are at least 10 Barn Finds in FH5
    • Our Forza Horizon 5 Barn Finds list keeps track of every Barn Find we've found in FH5, including how to unlock it yourself
  • Visuals and graphics. One of the most impressive parts about Forza Horizon 5 has indubitably been its eye-catching and mind-boggling visuals, which rank among some of the most impressive graphics we've ever seen in a video game. Several things factor into this achievement, including:
    • The use of photogrammetry, which has Playground Games send dedicated teams of photographers all over Mexico to take thousands of pictures of locations and objects, to accurately capture everything from the individual needles on a cactus to the unique texture of volcanic boulders. Almost everything in Forza Horizon 5 is based on photogrammetry
    • A 12K resolution recording of the real Mexican sky, meaning the sky you see in Forza Horizon 5 literally couldn't look more authentic if it tried. This also makes the sky feel more dynamic as time passes and the weather changes
    • The addition of more 3D effects, like in new dynamic weather events, which evolve from pure textures to actual 3D occurrences that can affect the world and player perspective
    • The addition of ray tracing when in Forzavista, showcasing Forza Horizon 5's cars in the most realistic light possible
    • The highest amount of detail on roads for a Forza Horizon game, including location-specific textures (like deteriorating quality as players approach the volcano)
    • Hundreds of cinematics and cutscenes, which tie in with FH5's newly revitalized story and campaign elements
  • Photo and Drone Modes. Forza Horizon games have always been visual showcases, and it stands to reason that players would want to show off their custom cars when playing. Photo Mode is absolutely returning in Forza Horizon 5, and will take advantage of FH5's numerous visual and graphical upgrades. On top of this, Drone Mode is seemingly making a return in FH5, letting players fly around Mexico by leaving their cars behind.
  • Updated user interface (UI). The UI in Forza Horizon 5 is finally getting a long-overdue redesign, which aims to make activities like car customization and more in Forza Horizon 5 more accessible and efficient. Menus are simplified and are easier to scan, while various menus are completely redesigned, such as car upgrades and customization.
    • It hasn't been entirely confirmed yet, but it looks like Forza Horizon 5 may do away with the much-criticized "white room" victory screen in Forza Horizon 4, and returns to a more dynamic and visually appealing location-based cinematic
  • Improved accessibility. Accessibility in games is extremely important, and Playground Games seems to recognize this. While details haven't been shared yet, Playground Games promises Forza Horizon 5 is by far and away the most accessible Forza Horizon game so far, with new accessibility settings and options.
    • Forza Horizon 5 wants to be the most inclusive and easy-to-access Forza Horizon game yet, and part of this means providing more information to players about the optimal car and track combinations for races. Players will still have the freedom to drive any car they want anywhere they want, but the game will be better at helping players that want that help to pick the right car for the situation
    • A new "Tourist" difficulty will offer new assists and settings for newcomers to racing games and Forza Horizon, so that anyone can play at a pace they're comfortable with
  • Drivatars and traffic. Drivatars are returning in Forza Horizon 5, as expected, giving players realistic and challenging opponents to go up against when not racing online. Something that hasn't been seen but is now confirmed is that civilian traffic is also returning in FH5, so be prepared to race around these minor inconveniences when jumping into the game.
    • AI Drivatars have apparently been overhauled in Forza Horizon 5 to be more receptive to the abilities of individual players, and are able to offer a more realistic and dynamic experience. If this is the case, it'll be interesting to see how these new AI opponents fare in races
  • Improvements to the wheel experience. Many racing game fans love to play with a dedicated driving wheel or even more elaborate setups for a more immersive feel. Forza Horizon has never been considered to be one of the best games for lovers of wheels over controllers or mouse and keyboard, but Playground Games apparently vastly improved the wheel experience in Forza Horizon 5.
    • Force feedback has been greatly improved, partially thanks to improved physics systems like suspensions and braking
    • Far more settings and options for players who use a wheel, which are also contextual
  • Achievements support. Forza Horizon 5 will of course feature Achievements for players to unlock and complete, and the full Forza Horizon 5 Achievements list has already been revealed.

Open world, biomes, and seasons

We already know Forza Horizon 5 is set in Mexico, but it turns out there's a lot more going on behind the scenes. Forza Horizon 5, of course, has a broad open world to explore, and marks the return of seasons that were introduced in Forza Horizon 4. However, Forza Horizon 5's map is the largest and most diverse world we've ever seen in a Forza Horizon game, with major changes even for existing features like seasons and weather.

Forza Horizon 5's Let's Go! Episode 4 stream was all about biomes and gave us a ton of information about different parts of the FH5 world. Every info drop we've gotten indicates the world in FH5 will be bigger and more diverse than ever, and it's very exciting.

Here are some of the best features about Forza Horizon 5's world:

  • 1.5 times larger than Forza Horizon 4. True to their word, Playground Games has made Forza Horizon 5 the biggest Forza Horizon game yet, with a map approximately 1.5 times the size of Forza Horizon 4's Britain. That's a lot of ground to cover, and it features a huge variety of different locations, including:
    • The largest highway in a Forza Horizon game yet, which stretches nearly corner to corner in Forza Horizon 5
    • Several towns and cities, all of which capture Mexican culture in beautiful and colorful ways
    • The return of multiple Horizon Festival sites, with the first Festival site being located on top of an old racetrack and airstrip (that's right, drag racing!)

Hold on tight! #FH5 pic.twitter.com/3DScmH9XIx

— Forza Horizon (@ForzaHorizon) July 30, 2021
  • Eleven different biomes. To diversify the largest map in a Forza Horizon game to date, Playground has included 11 different biomes for players to explore. Every biome will have unique attributes, and interact with weather and seasons in different ways. Biomes will also blend together seamlessly, instead of abruptly cutting off at points. The 11 confirmed biomes include:
    • Arid hills — An excellent choice for offroading fans, the Arid Hills biome features dry and grassy plains and hills, and even features a lake that dries up in the winter and opens up new secrets and routes.
    • Canyon — One of the more striking FH5 areas, the Canyon biome is filled with unique rock formations and striations, including the existence of hoodoos (rock pillars and columns) and tons of reverb and echoes for audio.
    • Farmland — Farmlands in FH5 aren't like the farms in previous games, and actually feature lots of hilly and varied terrain filled with diverse foliage and vegetation, fruit-bearing trees, and much more for players to explore.
    • Jungle — As in the real world, the Jungle biome in FH5 is the most foliage dense and claustrophobic of all the biomes, with a ton of trees and other vegetation, heavy fog from heat and humidity, and a ton of secrets for players to discover
    • Living Desert — Not every desert is dry and full of nothing but sand, as is proven by the Living Desert biome in FH5, which features a ton of vegetation like cactuses and flowers, and even boasts of unique rock formations.
    • Urban City — Headlined by Guanajuato, the Urban City biome is exactly as the name implies: an urban area densely packed with beautiful buildings showcasing Mexican architecture and culture, and lots of tight roads to drive down
    • Sand Desert — The Sand Desert biome is closer to your typical desert, and is perfect for speed demons and offroading fanatics, as it features tons of towering sand dunes and long, straight roads.
    • Swamp — One of the most interesting biomes in FH5 is the Swamp, an absolutely gorgeous area that connects jungles to oceans and is filled with beautiful blue-green shallow water, rooted mangrove trees that can be crashed through, and more.
    • Tropical Coast — Most of the time, the Tropical Coast biome in FH5 is the definition of a picturesque Mexican vacation, with resorts, long white-sanded beaches, palm trees, and more, but that all changes with tropical storms in the wet season.
    • Rocky Coast — While it's still bordering the ocean, the Rocky Coast biome is the polar opposite of the Tropical Coast (and actually appears on opposite ends: tropical in the East and rocky in the West), and is characterized by unique rock formations, long uninterrupted beaches, and a golf course.
    • Volcano — Another of the most anticipated FH5 biomes, the Volcano is not only the largest geographical location ever in a Forza Horizon game, but it's also the highest and features blistering blizzards, long winding roads, and even a volcanic research center and satellite dish.
  • The return of seasons. Forza Horizon 4's innovative seasons system is returning, but things are a little different this time around. While seasons in Britain have very clear dividers between them, making for immediately obvious differences, Mexico's wide variety of ecosystems and environments means all four seasons affect all 11 biomes in different ways. This means:
    • Every season will behave and look different depending on where you are on the map
    • You can be in a blizzard on the mountain top and then drive down to the sweltering coast
    • Biomes will completely change for different seasons, including some areas only being accessible during a specific season
    • Seasons affect gameplay in new and exciting ways, and is even more deeply integrated into the world. There are new events, challenges, and rewards for every season
    • The season will still change once every week
    • Seasons are also localized for how they appear in Mexico, meaning Spring is actually the Hot Season, Summer is the Wet Season, Autumn is the Storm Season, and Winter is the Dry Season
  • Dynamic and localized weather. One of the most exciting additions to Forza Horizon 5 is dynamic and localized weather. Yes, the weather in Forza Horizon 4 looked amazing, but when it was raining in one area, it was raining everywhere. In Forza Horizon 5, weather exists in specific areas, can be seen in the distance, and can be tracked down by players. Forza Horizon 5's weather system includes:
    • Storm chasing, which means players can keep an eye out for major storms and literally track them across Forza Horizon 5's world. While it hasn't been confirmed yet, this could make for an excellent Horizon Story in the game.
    • Tropical and dust storms, which have huge and dramatic effects on the world. Dust storms are 3D, encapsulating everything and obstructing your view. Tropical storms shred trees and everything else in the area with high levels of wind, causing a buildup of debris.
    • These storms can grow and swell as they occur, but tend to stick in the location they started in. Storms can appear in multiple locations around the map.
  • The best Forza Horizon sky yet. Related to the new seasons and dynamic weather effects, Playground has also put in the effort to ensure the sky in Forza Horizon 5 is the most impressive ever put in a game.
    • Playground Games used an updated version of their sky capture rig, which uses three 8K cameras to stitch together a 12K picture of the sky.
    • Over 400 hours and 75TB of the Mexican sky was recorded, with the best parts picked out to be used in FH5.
    • Forza Horizon 5 uses advanced interpolation and algorithms to seamlessly stitch these recordings together, creating a nonstop and authentic Mexican sky.
    • All this work means there are significantly more weather presets for races and events, up to 2,000 (versus just over 300 in Forza Horizon 4).
  • Authentic Mexican representation. Playground Games is obviously proud of the world it built for Forza Horizon 5, and its developers have mentioned that Mexico features a wonderful and deep culture in its people, locations, and cars. Playground has always strived to represent the cultures in the locations of its games accurately, and FH5, like in many other ways, aims to turn this up to 11.
    • Original compositions from Mexican musicians for FH5's soundtrack
    • Original artwork and murals from seven Mexican artists, including the one in the FH5 debut gameplay trailer by Farid Rueda
    • Mexican writers and voice actors, which portray many of the characters in FH5
  • New and updated world features. There's obviously more to Forza Horizon 5's improvements on top of these major changes as well, including (but not limited to):
    • A ton of foliage, including cactus, is smashable in Forza Horizon 5, so you don't have to worry about them getting in your way
    • Animals are making a return, including flamingos, wild dogs, donkeys, goats, horned sheep, parrots and other birds, and more. Animals are more intelligent than in Forza Horizon 4, and can even have unique behaviors
    • A ridiculous attention to detail, including how flocks of monarch butterflies can appear in certain locations and certain times of the year, coinciding with the annual monarch butterfly migration that moves through Mexico
  • Plenty of pop culture references and easter eggs. Forza Horizon 5 features a ton of references to popular forms of media and secret easter eggs, both in its Achievements list and its world. If you pay close attention, who knows how many you'll be able to discover.

You can see more screenshots of Forza Horizon 5's gorgeous world below.

Cars, character, and event customization

If there's one thing that brings Forza Horizon players together like nothing else, it's the sheer level of creative freedom afforded by the games. Forza Horizon 5 wants to be the most customizable and inclusive Forza Horizon yet, and it also gears for infinite replayability with new player tools and features. Players have control over their cars, in-game characters, races, and even full-blown unique events you can't find anywhere else.

Here are the best features about Forza Horizon 5's car, character, and event customization:

  • New car customizations. Cars are in everything you do in Forza Horizon 5, so it makes sense that you'd have a lot of control over your vehicles. Forza Horizon has always given players a lot of freedom to make their cars look and drive the way they want, but new additions have been lacking lately. Forza Horizon 5 finally adds a ton of new options, including:
    • Major improvements to the interface for designing and painting cars, to make it closer to modern image editing software
    • You can port liveries and car designs from Forza Horizon 4
    • Hundreds of new visual upgrade parts for cars
    • Over 100 new rim options
    • Thousands of new performance upgrades for cars, including over 500 new engine swaps
    • The ability to paint brake calipers, which has been a requested feature for years now
    • Full body kits and new aero options, which significantly alter the look of supported cars
  • Improved car physics. One of the smaller, but still welcomed, improvements in Forza Horizon 5 is the return of "drivetrain flex," which essentially refers to how cars wobble when revving their engines or accelerating. This ties into massively improved (and rebuilt) suspension and braking systems, which contribute to more realistic offroading in FH5 (and a brand-new "Offroad" performance stat for all cars). Finally, tire physics has also been massively improved, with all-new tire compounds available to upgrade your cars. Apparently, these updates actually make driving easier in FH5, since cars behave closer to how you'd expect, and can be upgraded in more nuanced ways.
  • Improved car engine sounds. One of the biggest community complaints about Forza Horizon 4 was its lackluster car engine sounds, which often didn't accurately reflect the cars, and even repeated engine noises across cars. Playground has assuaged concerns from players and stated that their audio team has devoted a ton of time to improving engine noises in Forza Horizon 5.
    • If you want to know more about how the audio has improved in Forza Horizon 5, be sure to check out the "Audio" section below!
  • Improved tire smoke and effects. The Forza Horizon community has also critiqued the tire smoke in Forza Horizon games in the past, and even here Playground is listening. Tire smoke in Forza Horizon 5 is getting a big upgrade to have more volume and presence in the world, and these upgrades also apply to other effects like kicking up sand or dirt. Tire smoke even changes depending on how hot your tires are and how hot the current season is.
  • Return of perks. Every car you drive in Forza Horizon 5 will still have a collection of perks you can spend skill points to unlock, which will grant unique bonuses and perks to your car (such as increased XP or credits, or even new cars).
  • Car Collection screen. Forza Horizon 5 features a Car Collection screen, which is almost a "sticker book" of every available car in the game. Players can come here to view their car collection and see what vehicles they're missing, purchase missing cars in the collection directly from this screen, and even redeem rewards for reaching milestones and completing manufacturer collections. Rewards include XP, credits, and even exclusive Forza Edition cars.
  • New character customizations. In-game characters have taken the spotlight more in recent Forza Horizon games, giving players another way to express themselves and personalize their game experience. Forza Horizon 5 characters are getting a similar treatment to cars, with all-new ways to customize them, including:
    • Major improvements to inclusivity, including options for pronouns, a more diverse selection of base characters, and prosthetic limbs
    • Hundreds of new clothing options
    • New choices for voices and hairstyles
    • While rarer clothing items are still obtained through Horizon Wheelspins, most of FH5's clothing and character customization items can be obtained through a new dedicated clothing shop
  • Multiple player houses. It has been confirmed that Forza Horizon 5 player houses are returning, with at least seven for players to acquire and use.
  • EventLab. Likely one of the most exciting additions to Forza Horizon 5 for many players, EventLab is a full-blown level editor. This isn't like the race editor feature from Forza Horizon 4, which lets you design custom tours and events from preexisting tracks. EventLab adds near-infinite possibilities to Forza Horizon 5, and includes a ton of features like:
    • Tools and options similar to the ones used by Forza Horizon developers
    • The ability to individually place objects, tracks, items, and more, to custom design your track or world
    • The ability to choose game objectives and rules, to create something truly unique
    • Super7 has now been incorporated into EventLab, with many of those features being brought over and upgraded
    • EventLab will improve overtime as the community provides feedback
    • Races made in EventLab can even appear on the FH5 map for players
    • Playground will pick the best and coolest modes and events from EventLab to showcase in Festival Playlists and Horizon Arcade
    • Possibilities are endless enough that Playground genuinely has no idea what the community will be able to accomplish with EventLab
    • The Route Creator has been augmented with features from FH4's Super7, and is now a part of the EventLab umbrella

Click the left thumbstick. #FH5 pic.twitter.com/E1MvPlNvbw

— Forza Horizon (@ForzaHorizon) July 19, 2021
  • Convertible cars. Convertible cars have existed in Forza Horizon games before, but with FH5 you'll be able to put the top off or take it down with the click of a single button, even when you're out in the wide FH5 world! This is an awesome addition, and the above clip shows the attention to detail players can expect when they get into a convertible.
  • Driving modes. Related to how some cars will have convertible tops that can be toggled on the go, different cars in Forza Horizon 5 may also feature different driving modes that players can toggle between. The only car we know of that supports this at the moment is the titular Mercedes-AMG ONE, which can toggle between street and track modes, but other cars may also feature this ability.

Online play and social features

Online and social features have long been a huge part of Forza Horizon, connecting players across the open world and making it easier to play together. Forza Horizon 5 is making big changes to make online play more accessible and seamless than ever before, with a host of new features to incentivize players to participate in online events and play. This means new tools, events, and more in Forza Horizon 5.

Forza Horizon 5 Let's Go! Episode 8 covered many of FH5's online features, and showcased plenty of multiplayer gameplay. It looks like FH5 has made meaningful improvements to multiplayer to make it even easier for players to join games together, and to incentivize players to jump online.

Here are some of the best features about Forza Horizon 5's online play:

  • Horizon Open. Forza Horizon 5 is condensing its classic Forza Horizon PvP modes under one barrier, with players able to seamlessly leap into races, challenges, and events while driving around in the massive open world. With this change, Forza Horizon 5 is more "MMO-like," with all players connected simultaneously. This is also contextual, so players are more likely to run into other players in different locations, like cities. Finally, Horizon Open's races and events have been designed to be more accessible and inviting, so that players aren't needlessly penalized and dragged down (skill-based matchmaking is also going away). Horizon Open is divided into four categories, including:
    • Open Racing, which includes a wide variety of classic race events
    • Open Drifting, which lets players test out their drifting skills on a variety of surfaces
    • Playground Games, a cleverly named series that combines a ton of game modes like Flag Rush, King, and more
    • The Eliminator, a Battle Royale mode that debuted late in FH4's career and is returning in Forza Horizon 5
  • Horizon Tour. Related to Horizon Open, Tour lets you meet up to five other players and travel to various race locations to battle it out against AI Drivatars. Horizon Tours periodically change their location and themes (types of vehicles and customization allowed, etcetera), meaning there's plenty of variety. Using Forza LINK (more below), you can seamlessly join convoys and Horizon Tours at any point.
  • Horizon Arcade. Forza Horizon 5 is packed with over 130 new mini-games, spread across 12 different game modes, all of which fit under the Horizon Arcade banner. These aren't game modes you need to search for. Instead, they happen dynamically all over the Forza Horizon 5 map as public events while you're driving around with other players. Participate in these spontaneous events to earn new rewards and more, and be automatically linked to the next event if you want to keep playing.
  • Forza LINK. Forza Horizon's ANNA AI isn't going anywhere, but the antiquated "Chat" option is being replaced with another AI: LINK. LINK intelligently keeps track of what players enjoy playing, how they've progressed, and what they're currently up to when playing online, and helps you connect with other people with seamless and easy recommendations.
  • Kudos. A new social currency in Forza Horizon 5, Kudos can be gifted to players (or received) at any point. This is to encourage players to practice fair and generous gameplay, as Kudos can be gifted for helping players out, being a good sport, giving Gift Drops, and more. Collecting Kudos can help you unlock new flairs, which can be attached to your player label.
  • Gift Drops. Gift Drops are similar to Barn Finds, except players can tune and design their own cars, and then hide them in the world for a specific group of Forza Horizon players. Anyone in Forza Horizon 5 under that group has a chance to find the Gift Drop, and then they get to keep the car. This is a great way of encouraging charitable play in Forza Horizon 5.
    • Gift Drops can be customized with a selection of friendly messages, and can be optionally signed by the player sending them
    • Gift Drops do permanently remove the selected vehicle from your garage, but someone else will get to keep that car forever
    • Whenever you find a Gift Drop, you're able to give the gifting player a Kudos
  • Festival Playlist. Returning from Forza Horizon 4, the Festival Playlist is new and improved in FH5. Weekly and monthly updates are still planned for Forza Horizon 5, with the Festival Playlist offering several hours of additional gameplay every week and exclusive rewards. Playground is apparently taking everything they've learned from FH4 and applying it to FH5. Here's what you need to know:
    • The Festival Playlist is beginning with the "Welcome Week" on Nov. 5 to Nov. 10, and will feature a small amount of content during Spring
    • Series 1 of the Festival Playlist, "Welcome to Horizon Mexico," will begin on Nov. 11 in the Summer season, and will feature a ton of rewards and content, including the DeLorean
    • Series 2 will come a month after, and will be Holidays-themed
    • Series updates and the Festival Playlist can actually update and evolve the FH5 world over time
    • Players can complete challenges and objectives to earn Forzathon points, which can be spent on exclusive rewards, and earn milestone rewards
  • Co-op support. Everything in Forza Horizon 5 can be played in co-op, including the campaign chapters and Expeditions. Progress is maintained no matter how you play, so there's no barrier to playing in co-op.
    • You can start playing online or with co-op immediately after the opening drive and first Horizon Story in FH5
  • Better accessibility and inclusion. Playground Games wanted to make Forza Horizon 5 more accessible, especially as players become more likely to return after months-long absences or play older games for the first time through Xbox Game Pass. Some of these improvements include:
    • A more seamless and natural transition from single-player campaign play to the live service Festival Playlist
    • Less focus on purely winning and more of a focus on having fun and winning if you can

Audio and car sounds

Forza Horizon 4 is a fantastic game in practically every way, but there is one thing that it consistently lacks in according to the Forza community: car sounds. Forza Horizon 4 uses the same car sounds repeatedly for multiple vehicles, features low-quality recordings, and has a tendency to make every car sound practically the same. One of the biggest question marks surrounding Forza Horizon 5 has been whether or not audio will be noticeably improved. Now, we finally have some answers.

Playground Games recently held a stream detailing Forza Horizon 5 audio improvements, and there's hardly anything to be upset about. It seems Playground has invested substantial time into improving not just engine noises in FH5, but all audio in general. You can even watch a Forza Horizon 5 gameplay trailer just showing off improved car audio, which is awesome for fans. Finally, there's this interview with Jalopnik that offers another look into the "how" of audio in FH5.

There's enough here for audio and car sounds to earn its own section in our ultimate Forza Horizon 5 guide, so let's get started. Here's what you need to know about audio in Forza Horizon 5:

  • No more "dyno" recording method. Many other racing games use the "dyno" method to record their car audio, which effectively straps a car in and records it revving up to max. This method is officially retired in FH5, as it's inherently limiting and doesn't accurately capture a car's complex sounds.
  • Live recording on a track or airstrip. Instead, Forza Horizon 5 leans fully into Playground Games' favorite method of recording: strapping a bunch of microphones to a car and driving it around. This leads to more authentic and varied engine sounds per car.
  • Over 320 new car recordings. During the development of FH5, Playground has recorded over 320 new car recordings on top of the existing library in Forza Horizon 4, a huge surplus that should lead to more varied sounds.
    • Playground also went the extra mile by ensuring they recorded a ton of different individual upgrade parts and levels, so that engine sounds can accurately shift with the addition of new and improved upgraded parts
  • Major improvements to car audio. With over 320 new live car recordings, Playground is already set up for massively improved audio in Forza Horizon 5. However, car engine noises are getting several other major enhancements in FH5, including:
    • 100% use of the granular synthesis technique, versus only 10-15% in Forza Horizon 4. Granular synthesis lets Playground chop up audio files into many segments and stitches them together seamlessly as needed. This means no matter how you're driving, your cars will always sound dynamic and natural
    • Car audio is always 90 FPS, versus the 60 FPS the game plays at normally. Combined with granular synthesis, this means car sounds in Forza Horizon 5 are incredibly reactive, with no gaps between action and sound
    • Forza Horizon 5 also uses a brand-new modular audio system, which can intelligently recognize your car, its engine type, and its various engine upgrades, and pull from the existing library of sounds to create a unique and natural sound, including for engine upgrades like turbochargers, superchargers, exhausts, and much more, and distinct sounds like transmission whines and the characteristic sound of an electric or hybrid car
    • Improvements to tire sounds are also included, with FH5 able to use all of its upgrades (including the new modular system) to adapt tire sounds to the car and tire type being used
  • Engine upgrades can be heard in real-time. If you're excited to try out the upgraded audio in Forza Horizon 5 by upgrading your car with various new performance parts, you're in luck. FH5 will let you hear engine upgrades in real-time while customizing your car with a new "Rev engine" button. This will let you hear the difference between different engine upgrades like intakes, camshafts, and more, and even between entire engine swaps.
  • Improvements to first-person audio. If you prefer to drive your car in first person, you're in luck! Audio is also getting major improvements in this department to elevate the cockpit feel to a new level. Some of the improvements include:
    • Audio can be muffled accurately when inside a closed car
    • New FH5 audio systems can track how sound travels around the inside of a car, including reverb
    • Convertibles will have different first-person soundscapes depending on whether or not the top is up or down
  • Audio ray tracing. While visual ray tracing is limited to Forzavista (which includes the menu for upgrading your car!), audio ray tracing is being applied to the entire game. This means Forza Horizon 5 can trace audio as it bounces off the environment like walls, ceilings, buildings, and more. Reverb and echoes will be realistic and accurate, especially in environments like tunnels.
    • Ray tracing occlusion also means players will be able to pinpoint the locations of nearby cars (even around buildings and other obstacles) by the noises of their engines
  • Forza Horizon 5 sounds better on Xbox Series X|S. Microsoft's current-gen gaming consoles have unlocked a new compression format for audio. This means FH5 will have higher fidelity audio on Xbox Series X|S, which applies to all audio, including music, environmental noises, and car sounds.
  • All cars benefit. Finally, it should be noted that all cars in FH5 will benefit from these audio improvements. This means whether you're exploring the world by yourself, playing online with others, or racing through Mexico, all the cars around you will reflect all of these audio improvements.
  • An all-new soundtrack. During Let's Go! Episode 10, Playground focused on detailing the Forza Horizon 5 soundtrack. The team seems confident that this is Forza Horizon's best soundtrack yet, and features a healthy mix of big artists, indie musicians, and original compositions just for FH5.
    • Bass Arena, helmed by Scott Tyler, is returning in Forza Horizon 5 with a new lineup of tracks
    • We're also seeing the next evolution of Hospital Records, Pulse, Block Party, Eterna (which is replacing Timeless FM and will feature plenty of classical music), and XS
    • There's also a new and improved streamer mode, which should protect creators making content out of Forza Horizon 5, with a healthy mix of original compositions and specially licensed music

What platforms will get Forza Horizon 5?

Forza Horizon 5 is heading to Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, PC, and Xbox Cloud Gaming. It'll be available on day one on Xbox Game Pass. Forza Horizon 5 is not coming to other platforms like PS5, PS4, Nintendo Switch, Google Stadia, or Amazon Luna.

Here's everything you need to know about every platform Forza Horizon 5 is launching on.

Xbox Series X|S

Forza Horizon 5 has been designed from the ground up to show off what the Xbox Series X|S current-gen consoles are capable of, and it delivers. Playground Games has already revealed the Forza Horizon 5 performance targets for Xbox Series X|S, and we like what we see. It's been made clear from the very beginning that Forza Horizon 5 is going to look fantastic on Xbox Series X|S, with a wide range of supported features.

Here's everything you need to know about Forza Horizon 5 on Xbox Series X|S

  • Performance targets. To get the most technical (and arguably least important) information out of the way first, here's how Forza Horizon 5 runs on Xbox Series X|S:
    • 4K resolution and 30 FPS on Xbox Series X in Quality Mode
    • 1080p resolution and 30 FPS on Xbox Series S in Quality Mode
    • 4K resolution and 60 FPS on Xbox Series X in Performance Mode
    • 1080p resolution and 60 FPS on Xbox Series S in Performance Mode
  • Parity between consoles. Aside from resolution, the experience between Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S should be almost identical, with both consoles managing to push similar graphical and visual settings.
  • Ray tracing. Forza Horizon 5 is the first Forza Horizon game to embrace ray tracing, which enables accurate and true-to-life tracking for lights, shadows, reflections, and much more. Forza Horizon 5 will support ray tracing on Xbox Series X|S at launch, although it's limited to the Forzavista mode, where players can admire their cars in their full ray-traced glory.
  • Smart Delivery. Like many other Xbox games that span generations, Forza Horizon 5 supports Xbox Smart Delivery. This means you have to buy Forza Horizon 5 only once for Xbox consoles, and Xbox will automatically download the best possible version of the game for the console you're playing on, at no additional cost. This also includes Xbox cloud saves, meaning there's full cross-progression between generations.
  • Cross-platform play. Forza Horizon 5 embraces every platform it's available on, which means it supports cross-play between Forza Horizon 5 on Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, PC, and Xbox Cloud Gaming. Cross-save is also supported across all of these platforms, with the exception of Forza Horizon 5 on Steam.
  • Improved world and visuals. The power of Xbox Series X|S allows for improvements across the board for both gameplay and visuals. This includes features like:
    • Full HDR10 support for improved contrast and colors
    • Improved draw distances, so players can see farther and with more detail
    • Improved load speeds, so players can start racing faster
    • Improved details and textures for both cars and the world
    • Improved audio fidelity
    • Massively increased resolution for car paints and decals
  • Xbox Series X faith. It's clear that Playground Games has a lot of faith in how Forza Horizon 5 looks and runs on Xbox Series X, as it was confirmed that, as of the Let's Go! Episode Five stream, practically everything that had been shown off of Forza Horizon 5 so far was running on Xbox Series X.

Xbox One

Xbox One consoles may be "last-gen," but they still have a lot of life left in them. Forza Horizon 5 is heading to Xbox One, Xbox One S, and Xbox One X when it launches on Nov. 9, and it should offer a fantastic experience when it does. We don't know how well Forza Horizon 5 will run or look on Xbox One consoles when it launches, but we're expecting it to be similar to how previous Forza Horizon games did.

Here's everything you need to know about Forza Horizon 5 on Xbox One:

  • Performance targets. There are still millions of players using an Xbox One console, so it's important to know how FH5 will performance on those older machines. Here are the performance targets for the Xbox One family:
    • 4K resolution at 30 FPS, with reduced visual fidelity, on Xbox One X
    • 1080p resolution at 30 FPS, with reduced visual fidelity, on Xbox One and Xbox One S (the regular One does not support HDR)
  • Smart Delivery. If you buy Forza Horizon 5 while on Xbox One, know that you'll always have the best experience possible wherever you play. Forza Horizon 5 will scale across all Xbox consoles using Smart Delivery, meaning you can buy and fall in love with the game while on Xbox One, and then immediately experience an upgraded version of Forza Horizon 5 when you move to an Xbox Series X or S.
  • Cross-platform play. Forza Horizon 5 embraces every platform it's available on, which means it supports crossplay between Forza Horizon 5 on Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, PC, and Xbox Cloud Gaming. Cross-save is also supported across all of these platforms, with the exception of Forza Horizon 5 on Steam.
  • Improvements over Forza Horizon 4. Forza Horizon 4 already pushed the Xbox One generation of consoles to its limits when it came to graphics, so don't expect Forza Horizon 5 to be a big visual jump when playing on Xbox One. That doesn't mean there isn't a ton to look forward to, including:
    • A bigger and more diverse world than ever before
    • Brand-new ways to play with new races, events, challenges, and more
    • Improved online multiplayer with in-world public events, more ways to find new friends and more
    • EventLab event editor, which allows full creative freedom to build new events, maps, and more
    • Tons of other improvements to customization, accessibility, cars, the world, and more

PC

Microsoft's newfound and growing support of PC gaming means Forza Horizon 5 (and practically every other Xbox Game Studios title) launches on PC at the same time as Xbox platforms. Playground Games has already divulged all the details, and we've broken down everything you need to know about Forza Horizon 5 on PC, including whether or not your PC can run it.

The best gaming desktops and best gaming laptops will play Forza Horizon 5 with unparalleled levels of quality and detail. FH5 features a ton of PC-specific features and options for players to take advantage of, and supports Xbox Play Anywhere for anyone looking to play FH5 on both Xbox and PC.

Xbox Cloud Gaming (xCloud)

Forza Horizon 5 has been confirmed to be heading to Xbox Cloud Gaming, previously known as Project xCloud, on day one. If you're not familiar with Xbox Cloud Gaming, it's included in Xbox Game Pass Ultimate (which also includes Xbox Game Pass for consoles and PC), and lets you play a wide variety of full-blown Xbox games on your phone, tablet, or laptop. This means you'll not only be able to tear through the Mexican deserts on your Xbox console or PC while at home, but also while you're on the go.

Here's everything you need to know about Forza Horizon 5 on Xbox Cloud Gaming:

  • Powered by Xbox Series X. Xbox Cloud Gaming has long been powered by server blades based on the aging Xbox One S console. Now, Xbox Cloud Gaming is officially built on top of custom Xbox Series X server blades, delivering superior load speeds, latency, performance, and visuals. Xbox Series X|S Optimized games get the greatest benefits, which will include Forza Horizon 5 when it launches.
    • Xbox Cloud Gaming streams games at up to 1080p and 60 FPS
  • Cross-platform play. Playing Forza Horizon 5 on Xbox Cloud Gaming doesn't mean giving up on online multiplayer with your friends or managing a separate save. Forza Horizon 5 still supports full cross-play and cross-save on Xbox Cloud Gaming, just like it does on Xbox consoles. Play on PC or Xbox, then take your phone on the go and never lose a moment.
  • Xbox One upgrade. This hasn't been implemented yet, but Xbox Cloud Gaming will one day be used to bring current-gen-only games like Microsoft Flight Simulator or the upgraded version of Forza Horizon 5 to older Xbox One consoles. Using the power of the cloud, you'll someday be able to play games far beyond the capabilities of the aging Xbox One consoles, breathing new life into the console platform. Xbox Cloud Gaming for Xbox One should arrive sometime in 2021, meaning it may be here in time for Forza Horizon 5.
  • Mobile gaming. It should go without saying, but Forza Horizon 5 and Xbox Cloud Gaming means you can play one of the best racing games ever literally anywhere you have an internet connection. Be it your phone, a tablet, or even a non-gaming computer, Xbox Cloud Gaming aims to "just work."

Forza Horizon 4 isn't just one of the best Xbox racing games, it's also one of the best Xbox games in general. There's every reason to believe that Forza Horizon 5 will continue the trend and deliver an excellent racing experience to Xbox and PC.

The Festival returns

Forza Horizon 5 (Preorder)

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An epic adventure

Forza Horizon 5 is the latest project from Playground Games and continues the epic Forza Horizon adventure with a new roster of amazing cars and a brand-new location to explore: Mexico. Forza Horizon 5 launches on Xbox and PC later this year, and it's already available to preorder.

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Xbox Game Pass Ultimate

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All your gaming needs, in one subscription

Is the Xbox Game Pass Ultimate the best value in all of gaming? It's possible. Ultimate bundles your Xbox Live Gold subscription, an Xbox Game Pass subscription for both Xbox consoles and Windows PCs, and Xbox Cloud Gaming for on-the-go. Forza Horizon 5 will be available through Xbox Game Pass day one, including on consoles, PC, and the cloud.

A new update is releasing to Minecraft: Bedrock Edition players everywhere

A new patch to prepare Minecraft for the upcoming 'Caves and Cliffs Update.'

What you need to know

  • Mojang Studios is preparing to release 1.18 'Caves and Cliffs Update' Part Two before the end of the year.
  • Laying the groundwork for the upcoming content update is Minecraft: Bedrock Edition patch update 1.17.40.
  • The update is rolling out to all players everywhere with a wealth of bug fixes, improvements, and optimizations.

As the Minecraft community recovers from all the news and announcements during Minecraft Live 2021, Mojang Studios is releasing Minecraft: Bedrock Edition 1.17.40, a patch update that includes a ton of bug fixes and general changes across every platform Minecraft is available. The update is now rolling out to everyone, and continues to polish and stabilize Minecraft ahead of a new content update arriving later this year.

1.18 Caves and Cliffs Update Part Two is slated to release before the end of the year, and will bring massive alterations to world generation and plenty of brand-new features to Minecraft when it does. The 1.17.40 is building the foundation upon which the 1.18 content update will release on, and as such focuses primarily on bug fixes and polish for one of the best Xbox games around.

Even before we have the second half of the Caves and Cliffs Update in our hands, Mojang has already announced what's coming next. The Wild Update is arriving at some point in 2022 with its own batch of features, but we'll have to wait a while yet before we see any sign of that release, and the new Minecraft toys and gifts that will inevitably arrive with it.

In the meantime, Minecraft: Bedrock Edition patch update 1.17.40 is now available, so be sure to download and install it as soon as possible for the best Minecraft experience. In case you missed it, Minecraft is also heading to Xbox Game Pass for PC as part of a new bundle, making it even easier to play the game wherever you want.

The full changelog for Minecraft: Bedrock Edition patch update 1.17.40 includes:

Experimental features

  • Added new world / cave generation when upgrading saved chunks below "Y=0" using the Caves & Cliffs experimental toggle
    • Chunks previously upgraded with Bedrock underneath will not see this change
  • Added a new mountain biome: Stony Peaks!
    • This is a variant of lofty / snow-capped peaks that uses stone and gravel instead of snow and ice, and is used to avoid temperature clashes such as a snow-capped peak sticking up from a jungle
  • Corrected vegetation in Mountain Meadows
  • Dripstone Clusters can now only be found in the Dripstone biome
  • Dripstone features now only generate in Dripstone biome
  • Mountain biomes now have correct feature places to match the Java Edition side-snapshot
  • Infested Stone can be found under new mountains
  • Tweaked ore distribution to match the Java Edition side-snapshot
  • Clouds are now at Y level 192
  • Tweaked biome placement, river size, and terrain shapes for a better overworld experience
  • Tweaked mob spawning in mountain and cave biomes to match the Java Edition side-snapshot
  • Trees in swamps can now generate slightly deeper when in water
  • Deepslate now generates at lower depths
  • Dripstone features now generate at Deepslate depths
  • The placement logic of Small Dripstone feature has been refactored so frequency is similar but exact positions will differ
  • Copper Ore now generates up to y=96 instead of y=64
  • Flat worlds with the Caves & Cliffs experimental toggle enabled will properly upgrade to use the new dimension heights
  • Upgrades older flat worlds to the new extended heights available with the Caves & Cliffs experimental toggle
  • New flat worlds using the Caves & Cliffs experimental toggle will generate starting at "y=-64"
  • Maps now correctly show the colors of blocks below a Y level of zero
  • Vines now generate in Lush Caves instead of generating above the surface
  • Vines can now grow down below zero height
  • Villages now generate in the style of the biome they are located in

Changes

  • New achievements screens are now available on Windows 10 ARM-based PCs

Fixes

Performance & stability

  • Fixed a crash that could occur when using Character Creator
  • Fixed a softlock that could occur when on the Realms world slots screen and the internet connection was lost

General

  • Fixed an issue causing Marketplace downloads on Nintendo Switch to fail after entering and leaving a world
  • World settings are now carried over on to Realms when replacing worlds

Gameplay

  • Fixed a most unfortunate issue that caused players to be set on fire upon changing dimensions if there was Lava underneath the Nether Portal
  • Improved world visibility culling for underground situations to eliminate seeing sky at the end of tunnels / stairs
  • Players can no longer eat food at full hunger in Survival mode
  • Amethyst geodes are now much less likely to generate in Strongholds, and if they do they will not destroy End Portals
  • Dungeons are no longer misplaced or missing outside of the Caves & Cliffs experimental toggle
  • Vanilla Parity: Players are now able to activate Elytra gliding while moving upward

Mobs

  • Tropical Fish no longer lose their colors upon grabbing them with a Water Bucket and then releasing them
  • Bees now spawn properly in the world
  • Mobs no longer casually stroll into open flames
  • Villagers can no longer spam doors open and closed
  • Cartographers now more consistently give new maps on all platforms
  • Improved mob pathing around partial blocks
  • Armor no longer renders on Pillagers and Vindicators, but the mobs are still granted armor effects
  • Fixed an issue with mob rendering that caused Vindicator Axes to be visible even when they're not attacking on older Resource Packs
  • More mobs will now spawn underground in the Overworld
  • Fixed failure to render Leads when attached to mobs out of view
  • Iron Golems now spawn only on solid blocks

Blocks

  • Falling Stalactites are now offset properly to avoid interacting with entities outside their intended hitbox
  • Beehives now generate in the world facing South
  • Trapdoors now rotate correctly when loaded from a Structure Block
  • Powder Snow no longer disappears when looking at it from a distance
  • Sea Grass no longer spawns under Lily Pads during world generation to avoid breaking them
  • Holding Top Snow in hand while hovering over Grass Blocks no longer causes incorrect behavior

User interface

  • Riding an animal now displays the correct button prompt when playing with non-touch controls
  • Using Dye on Signs that contain formatted color text will now overwrite the formatted color text
  • Fixed text on Signs losing their formatting when new lines or word-wrapping are encountered. Formatting will now persist until the reset code or an overriding code is found. This is not retroactive and previously created Signs will not be changed
  • Altered the message that is displayed when players change skins in-game
  • Fixed an issue where the D-pad and directional keys could not be used to navigate in certain parts of the user interface
  • Fixed an issue where an error message could be shown after suspending the game on the Achievements screens with Screen Animations disabled
  • Fixed an issue where an obscure game rule was added to Settings
  • The sign-in text on the main menu no longer overlaps the Marketplace button
  • Added space between tab title and the word 'Tab' for text-to-speech on Settings screen
  • Added a "More Info" button to the sign-in error screen

Realms

  • All changes to settings made on new worlds before creation are now transferred to the world after creation

Character creator

  • In Character Creator, tweaked color tint for the default Steve skin to match default Steve
  • Back appearance pieces will no longer cover the left and right arrows in the profile screen
  • Sidebar no longer opens upon expanding any of the classic skin packs in the Dressing Room
  • Improved the navigation flow for Character Creator so that it always switches to the selected Character Creator profile
  • Skins that are equipped from Marketplace while in-game now apply to the player's character

Commands

  • Education Edition items are no longer shown as an option when using @e[type=]
  • Command Blocks with Needs Redstone and a non-zero Delay in Ticks will now execute only if they remain powered for the delay duration
  • Fixed alignment of the sidebar display from the /scoreboard command when text length changes
  • Fixed the ability to summon experience orbs via the /summon command

Technical updates

Updated add-on template packs

  • Updated Add-On templates for 1.17.40 are available for download with new resources, behaviors, and documentation

Fixes

  • Fixed display only entity destruction in chunk discard scenarios
  • Fixed a bug that caused animations to be restarted when changing render controllers

Data-driven blocks

  • Updated documentation for the Block Rotation component
  • Updated documentation for BlockExplosionResistance
  • Added required toggles to documentation and to content error for block components

Graphical

  • Added a content error for using a material but not providing the required number of textures to the render controller

Molang

  • Fixed item_remaining_use_duration having improperly scaled or inverted results (This fix is a Versioned Change as of engine version 1.17.30)
  • Add new compile errors for expressions like  text + 3, which were previously ignored (This is a Versioned Change as of engine version 1.17.40)
  • Molang expressions that contain capital letters are properly evaluated now
  • query.get_equipped_item_name will now recognize Sea Lanterns
  • Added new compile errors for expressions like 1 + (9 10), which were previously ignored (This is a Versioned Change as of engine version 1.17.40)

GameTest Framework (Experimental)

  • Renamed method succeedWhenBlockTypePresent to succeedWhenBlockPresent
  • Fixed a bug where property id would return "Unknown" for custom entities
  • Identifier strings returned from property id now include the item's namespace
  • Updated the GameTest Framework interface and added a new SimulatedPlayer capability:
  • Added 'SimulatedPlayer'class to GameTest. This class enables GameTest to simulate a variety of player behaviors such as movement, using items, and interacting with blocks and entities
    • Added function spawnSimulatedPlayer(blockLocation: BlockLocation, name: string): SimulatedPlayer
    • Added function removeSimulatedPlayer(simulatedPlayer: SimulatedPlayer): void
    • mojang-gametest.Test type
    • Changed signature of function assertEntityInstancePresent(entity: Entity, blockLocation: BlockLocation, isPresent: boolean = true)
    • mojang-minecraft components
    • Component inventory now works with Player inventories

GameTestSequence

  • Removed method thenWaitWithDelay
  • Added method thenWaitAfter(delayTicks: number, callback: () => undefined) — After a delay, executes the given callback every tick until it succeeds. Exceptions thrown within the callback will end sequence execution

Player

  • Fixed a bug where the location property would return an incorrect height for players
  • Added property id

Block

  • Replaced method getLocation with property location
  • Replaced method getPermutation with property permutation
  • Replaced method getType with property type
  • Replaced methods isWaterlogged and setWaterlogged with property isWaterlogged
  • Replaced method getBlockData with property permutation
  • Replaced method isEmpty with property isEmpty
  • Removed property canBeWaterlogged

BlockType

  • Replaced method getName with property id
  • Replaced method canBeWaterlogged with property canBeWaterlogged

BlockPermutation

  • Replaced method getType with property type

A gaming masterpiece

Minecraft

$30 at Microsoft (Xbox Starter Collection) $30 at Microsoft (Windows Starter Collection) $30 at Amazon (PlayStation Starter Collection) $30 at Amazon (Switch)

Available everywhere you play.

Minecraft is an inarguable and complete success. It has sold copies in the hundreds of millions, has a huge following of dedicated players, and lets you unlock your every creative desire. It's also available on every platform imaginable, including Xbox, Windows 10, PlayStation, Nintendo Switch, Android, and iOS. Play with anyone and play anywhere.

A catalog of games

Xbox Game Pass Ultimate

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All your gaming needs, in one subscription.

Is the Xbox Game Pass Ultimate the best value in all of gaming? It's possible. Ultimate bundles your Xbox Live Gold subscription, an Xbox Game Pass subscription for both Xbox consoles and Windows PCs, and Xbox Cloud Gaming for on-the-go. That means access to hundreds of games, with more added all the time, for a single monthly subscription cost.

Microsoft Flight Simulator is getting a major update with tons of features

Microsoft Flight Simulator is about to get a whole lot better for free.

What you need to know

  • Microsoft Flight Simulator has seen update after update with world improvements, new tutorials and Discovery Flights, and much more.
  • Asobo Studio and Xbox Game Studios have announced what's next for Microsoft Flight Simulator, and it's another massive free update.
  • Microsoft Flight Simulator Game of the Year Edition will add new airplanes, airports, city improvements, tutorials, and more.
  • The update will be completely free on Xbox Series X|S and PC, and will replace the standard version on Nov. 18, 2021.

Microsoft Flight Simulator is an inarguable success, with Asobo Studio and Xbox Game Studios delivering one of the best flight sim experiences around. The game has also received plenty of free post-launch support and updates, most recently culminating with a major update that coincided with the Microsoft Flight Simulator Xbox release. Today, the next massive release for Microsoft Flight Simulator was revealed, which will bring a fresh batch of new content and free additions to this epic flight sim next month.

Microsoft Flight Simulator Game of the Year Edition is arriving as a completely free update for the title on Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S, PC, and Xbox Game Pass, and will replace the Standard Edition in stores for brand-new players. The free update includes a frankly ridiculous amount of content, with new airplanes, airports, city improvements, tutorials, Discovery Flights, technical updates, and more. There's a lot to look forward to with the Game of the Year Edition, which officially releases on Nov. 18, 2021.

Alongside the best Microsoft Flight Simulator add-ons and mods, there will be no shortage of content for players to explore with Microsoft Flight Simulator Game of the Year Edition. MFS is certainly holding on to its place as one of the best PC games and best Xbox games, even for those who normally don't seek out in-depth flight simulators.

Some of the highlights of Microsoft Flight Simulator Game of the Year Edition include:

  • New features:
    • DirectX 12 early access support
    • Updated weather system
    • Developer mode replay system
  • Five new aircraft:
    • Boeing F/A-18 Super Hornet
    • VoloCity
    • Pilatus PC-6 Porter
    • CubCrafters NX Cub
    • Aviat Pitts Special S1S
  • Eight new airports:
    • Leipzig/Halle Airport (EDDP)
    • Allgäu Airport Memmingen (EDJA)
    • Kassel Airport (EDVK)
    • Lugano Airport (LSZA)
    • Zurich Airport (LSZH)
    • Luzern-Beromunster Airport (LSZO)
    • Patrick Space Force Base (KCOF)
    • Marine Corps Air Station Miramar (KNKX)
  • New photogrammetry cities:
    • Helsinki (Finland)
    • Freiburg im Breisgau (Germany)
    • Brighton (UK)
    • Derby (UK)
    • Eastbourne (UK)
    • Newcastle (UK)
    • Nottingham (UK)
    • Utrecht (Netherlands)
  • Six new Discovery Flight missions:
    • Helsinki
    • Freiburg im Breisgau
    • Mecca
    • Monument Valley
    • Singapore
    • Mount Cook
  • 14 new tutorials

Xbox and PC

Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020

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The ultimate flying experience

Microsoft Flight Simulator is the premier flight simulator experience, featuring a 1:1 rendition of the globe rendered with beautiful detail. While Microsoft Flight Simulator launched exclusively on powerful gaming PCs, the best flight sim around is now available on Xbox Series X|S, PC, and Xbox Game Pass.

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Xbox Game Pass Ultimate

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All your gaming needs, in one subscription.

Is the Xbox Game Pass Ultimate the best value in all of gaming? It's possible. Ultimate bundles your Xbox Live Gold subscription, an Xbox Game Pass subscription for both Xbox consoles and Windows PCs, and Xbox Cloud Gaming for on-the-go. That means access to hundreds of games, with more added all the time, for a single monthly subscription cost.

Xbox Cloud Gaming now features over 100 touch-enabled games

Touch controls make it even easier to play Xbox games while on the go.

What you need to know

  • Xbox Cloud Gaming, a part of Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, features a way to add touch controls to supported games.
  • Microsoft has been steadily adding support for touch controls to more and more games, and has just hit a new milestone.
  • There are now well over touch-enabled 100 games available through Xbox Cloud Gaming, letting you leave the controller behind.

Microsoft just revealed the games heading to Xbox Game Pass in the second half of Oct. 2021, which also includes a fresh batch of titles that are receiving touch control support through Xbox Cloud Gaming. With the addition of 13 new touch-enabled titles, Xbox Cloud Gaming has smashed through a pretty sizeable milestone, which aims to make it even easier to play the best Xbox Game Pass games when you're on the go.

There are now over 100 touch-enabled games available through Xbox Cloud Gaming, spread across a diverse range of genres and categories. There's something for everyone here, with favorites like Minecraft Dungeons and Hades being joined by hits like Gears Tactics, The Ascent, Yakuza games, Boyfriend Dungeon, and much more.

It's always great to see more games add touch controls in Xbox Cloud Gaming, since it lets you leave the Xbox Cloud Gaming controllers behind and play with just your phone or tablet. Xbox has been adding touch controls to additional games at a pretty steady rate, so it's likely we'll see even more titles get the optimizations over the coming months. In the meantime, players now have over 100 touch-enabled games they can play right now through Xbox Cloud Gaming. If you want the full list, we keep track of all Xbox Cloud Gaming titles, including those enhanced with touch controls.

A catalog of games

Xbox Game Pass Ultimate

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All your gaming needs, in one subscription.

Is the Xbox Game Pass Ultimate the best value in all of gaming? It's possible. Ultimate bundles your Xbox Live Gold subscription, an Xbox Game Pass subscription for both Xbox consoles and Windows PCs, and Xbox Cloud Gaming for on-the-go. That means access to hundreds of games, with more added all the time, for a single monthly subscription cost.

The games coming to Xbox Game Pass in the next few weeks are here

Xbox Game Pass is expanding with new games and more touch controls.

What you need to know

  • Xbox Game Pass is a gaming subscription service that gives players access to hundreds of Xbox and PC games.
  • Usually twice a month, Microsoft announces the next batch of games heading to the service over the next few weeks.
  • Microsoft just revealed the titles heading to Xbox Game Pass in the second half of Oct. 2021, and it includes games like Age of Empires IV.
  • Players will also be able to hop into The Forgotten City, Outriders on PC, Dragon Ball FighterZ, and much more.

It seems that Xbox Game Pass isn't allowed to slow down for even a moment, as Xbox has unveiled the games heading to Xbox Game Pass in the second half of Oct. 2021. There are a lot of fantastic games this time around, giving players plenty to look forward to as we enter the Holidays. Not only that, Xbox is enabling touch controls on over a dozen new games through Xbox Cloud Gaming, bringing the total to over 100 touch-enabled games on the service.

The highlight of this round of games is absolutely Age of Empires IV, but we also have the arrival of Outriders on Xbox Game Pass for PC, The Forgotten City, and many more. This looks to be a pretty busy month for Xbox Game Pass, regardless of where you play.

The games listed here can head anywhere Xbox Game Pass is available, including Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S, Xbox One, PC, and Xbox Cloud Gaming. Because of the sheer volume of titles, it can be hard to keep track of all the games coming to and leaving from Xbox Game Pass.

The best Xbox Game Pass games continue to get more competition in the form of new Xbox Game Pass arrivals. Here's everything coming to Xbox Game Pass in the next few weeks.

Coming soon

You can check out all the titles coming soon to Xbox Game Pass and Xbox Cloud gaming below:

Into the Pit (Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, Xbox Cloud Gaming, & PC) — Oct. 19

A fast-paced retro-FPS roguelite! As a member of a family of lore-hunting mystics, you are summoned to a cursed village, drawn by rumors of a demonic portal. Dark magics have overwhelmed the village, and it's up to you to rescue the survivors, grow your powers, and journey forth into the pit.

Outriders (Xbox Series X|S Optimized, Xbox One, Xbox Cloud Gaming, & PC) — Oct. 19

Outriders is available today with Xbox Game Pass for PC! Developed by People Can Fly, veterans of the shooter genre, Outriders presents a journey of survival across a savage planet, which can be tackled in both single-player and 1-3 player co-op.

Dragon Ball FighterZ (Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, & Xbox Cloud Gaming) — Oct. 21

Unleash the ultimate power from within in Dragon Ball FighterZ! Experience epic fights, destructible stages, and famous events ripped from the Dragon Ball anime. Create your team from a huge cast of your favorite characters and battle it out in epic 3v3 fights! This is the fighting extravaganza born from what makes the series so loved and famous.

Echo Generation (Xbox Series X|S Optimized, Xbox One, Xbox Cloud Gaming, & PC) — Oct. 21

Spooky mysteries abound as you lead your ragtag gang to take on monsters and mechs to save your hometown. Unlock unique skills for your party through comic books and prepare for active turn-based battles and boss fights that will keep you on your toes! By the developers of Riverbond, dive into another stunning voxel adventure and face off with the extraterrestrials to find the true meaning of home in Echo Generation.

Everspace 2 (PC) — Oct. 21

Everspace 2 is a fast-paced, single-player spaceship shooter featuring meaningful exploration in space and on planets, tons of loot, RPG elements, mining, and crafting. Follow its predecessor's events and experience the continuation of a thoughtful sci-fi story set in a vivid, handcrafted open world full of secrets, puzzles, and perils!

Age of Empires IV (PC) — Oct. 28

One of the most beloved real-time strategy games returns to glory with Age of Empires IV, putting you at the center of epic historical battles that shaped the world. Featuring both familiar and innovative new ways to expand your empire in vast landscapes with stunning 4K visual fidelity, Age of Empires IV brings an evolved real-time strategy game to a new generation.

Alan Wake's American Nightmare (Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, & PC) — Oct. 28

In this standalone experience, Alan Wake fights the herald of darkness, the evil Mr. Scratch! A thrilling storyline, hordes of creepy enemies, serious firepower, and beautiful Arizona locations, combined with a fun and challenging new game mode make this a must for Alan Wake veterans, and the perfect jumping off point for new players!

Backbone (Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, & PC) — Oct. 28

Raccoon detective Howard Lotor is not a hero. He can barely make rent. And yet he has stumbled across something so massive that it will shake the very fabric of society. Stunning visuals, an evocative soundtrack, and a daring narrative bring a dystopian Vancouver, BC inhabited by animals to life in this highly anticipated, post-noir adventure. Get to it, detective.

Bassmaster Fishing 2022 (Xbox Series X|S Optimized, Xbox One, Xbox Cloud Gaming, & PC) — Oct. 28

Experience the thrill of competitive bass fishing in Bassmaster Fishing 2022! Compete as 10 Elite Series anglers, such as cover star Scott Martin, back-to-back Bassmaster Classic Champion Hank Cherry, or create your own angler to achieve angling immortality by winning the coveted Bassmaster Classic.

Nongunz: Doppelganger Edition (Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, Xbox Cloud Gaming, & PC) — Oct. 28

A nihilistic action platformer roguelike. Obscure in both gameplay and theme, Nongunz is a riddle that demands sacrifice. Each run sees you parting from a black and white graveyard into an ever-changing gothic dungeon full of nightmares fleshed out of human viscera. Surviving not only requires skill but style.

The Forgotten City (Xbox Series X|S Optimized, Xbox One, Xbox Cloud Gaming, & PC) — Oct. 28

Travel 2,000 years into the past and relive the final days of a cursed Roman city, where if one person sins, everyone dies. Only by questioning an intertwined community of colorful characters, cleverly exploiting the time loop, and making difficult moral choices can you hope to solve this epic mystery.

Leaving soon

You can check out all the titles leaving soon from Xbox Game Pass and Xbox Cloud Gaming below:

Oct. 31

  • Carto (Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, Xbox Cloud Gaming, & PC)
  • Celeste (Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, Xbox Cloud Gaming, & PC)
  • Comanche (PC)
  • Eastshade (Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, Xbox Cloud Gaming, & PC)
  • Five Nights at Freddy's (Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, Xbox Cloud Gaming, & PC)
  • Knights & Bikes (Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, & PC)
  • Unruly Heroes (Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, Xbox Cloud Gaming, & PC)

Xbox Cloud Gaming touch controls

You can check out all the titles gaining touch controls on Xbox Cloud Gaming below:

  • Art of Rally
  • Boyfriend Dungeon
  • Crown Trick
  • Curse of the Dead Gods
  • Gears Tactics
  • Lethal League Blaze
  • Signs of the Sojourner
  • The Ascent
  • Train Sim World 2
  • Yakuza 0
  • Yakuza 6: The Song of Life
  • Yakuza Kiwami
  • Yakuza Kiwami 2

A catalog of games

Xbox Game Pass Ultimate

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All your gaming needs, in one subscription.

Is the Xbox Game Pass Ultimate the best value in all of gaming? It's possible. Ultimate bundles your Xbox Live Gold subscription, an Xbox Game Pass subscription for both Xbox consoles and Windows PCs, and Xbox Cloud Gaming for on-the-go. That means access to hundreds of games, with more added all the time, for a single monthly subscription cost.

Valve details how games can be verified to work great on Steam Deck

Games on Steam Deck can range from fully verified to flat out unplayable, with information at a glance.

What you need to know

  • The Steam Deck is a handheld gaming PC that aims to play the majority of modern PC titles.
  • Ahead of its launch, Valve has detailed how games can be verified for the Steam Deck, and how players can quickly check different games.
  • Valve's compatibility program will review games against various metrics to gauge how well the game is suited for play on Steam Deck.
  • Players will be able to quickly check how supported a game is on Steam Deck, and learn the reasons behind its score.

The Steam Deck is a fascinating handheld gaming device that promises to let players take their Steam library (full of PC games) on the go. Not every game will run seamlessly on Valve's ambitious handheld, however, so the company is taking measures to ensure players can quickly see what games they can play on Steam Deck. Today, Valve has detailed how games can become verified for Steam Deck.

The program is pretty straightforward. Valve will test games to ensure they support the Steam Deck's input, provide seamless gameplay, support the Steam Deck's display and resolution, and support the Steam Deck's software and Proton. Afterward, games will have one of four tags that will be prominently displayed in the Steam Deck's software, including the Store and player libraries: verified (fully supported), playable (works with caveats), unsupported (will not work), and unknown (has not been tested yet).

Valve wants to ensure that players know exactly what will work on their Steam Deck, and why a game does or does not work as expected (for example, VR-only games will be unsupported) with a helpful details screen. Valve has already begun testing games, and will continue to test more and more titles even after launch. The company is also working on a way to let players see how much of their library is verified for Steam Deck before purchasing.

The Steam Deck is intriguing, but many players were concerned how fully-fledged PC games would translate to the handheld screen and unique control scheme. With this new program, Valve will (hopefully) be able to alleviate some of those concerns. The Steam Deck begins shipping in Dec. 2021, and is now available to preorder. If you're preparing for your very own Steam Deck, personalize your experience with some of the best Steam Deck accessories.

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The final Forza Horizon 5 Let's Go! stream was all about the soundtrack

Forza Horizon 5 wants to feature the best soundtrack ever, with an improved streamer mode to match.

What you need to know

  • Forza Horizon 5 is only a few weeks away from an official release, which means Playground Games are winding down pre-launch coverage.
  • The final Let's Go! FH5 stream just concluded, with a focus on the Forza Horizon 5 original soundtrack and radio stations.
  • Playground also went over the new and improved streamer mode, which features a curated selection of original songs and more.
  • Finally, we got a look at six custom Xbox Series S consoles Playground made to gift to the six mural artists that helped work on Forza Horizon 5.

Forza Horizon 5 is now practically around the corner, with a release date only a few weeks away. As we near the eventful launch, Playground Games aired the final Let's Go! stream to share more FH5 details with fans. Let's Go! Episode 10 was all about the soundtrack in radio stations in Forza Horizon 5, but there was also some additional information and tidbits to tantalize players eagerly waiting to play the game. Playground also discussed the improved streamer mode, which aims to give streamers and creators ways to play Forza Horizon 5 without giving up the incredible music.

Everyone's favorite Forza Horizon radio stations are returning, including Pulse, Bass Arena, Eterna (previously Timeless FX), Hospital Records, Block Party, and XS. Each station features a mixture of major names (including artists like Dua Lipa, Lil Nas X, Bring Me the Horizon, Foo Fighters, and more), authentic Mexican artists and musicians, original compositions, and so much more. Playground seems confident they've put together the best soundtrack in a Forza Horizon game yet, and it did sound pretty great in our Forza Horizon 5 preview.

Playground also updated the streamer mode for Forza Horizon 5, which now includes a healthy mix of original sounds and licensed tracks that are entirely safe for creators to stream or include in videos, and can be toggled at any point. Hospital Records is also returning and further deepening its relationship with Forza Horizon and Playground Games, with an all-new collection of tracks. Apparently, fans will also be able to purchase a vinyl record featuring the complete Hospital Records FH5 soundtrack.

Elsewhere in the stream, we got to see more of the Forza Horizon 5 map and some of the brand-new vehicles being featured on the Forza Horizon 5 car list. We also got a look at the revamped Route Creator, which gives players in-depth options to customize existing races and tracks with tons of options and settings.

Playground also showed off six gorgeous custom Xbox Series S consoles, each adorned with one of the murals that are featured in FH5. None of these consoles will be available to purchase, and instead are intended to be gifted to the Mexican artists that provided original art pieces for Forza Horizon 5.

One surprise that Playground Games revealed at the end of the stream is that Forza Horizon 5 has gone gold, which means the game is feature complete and ready for release. Of course, the team will still be hard at work during the next few weeks, but Forza Horizon 5 is more or less finished. While it's unfortunate that this is our final Let's Go! stream, Forza Horizon 5 is truly about to launch for everyone.

Forza Horizon 5 officially releases on Nov. 9, 2021, (Nov. 5 for some players), and is now available to preorder. When it releases, FH5 will almost certainly become one of the best Xbox racing games around, especially if it gives us more of what we experienced during our Forza Horizon 5 road trip.

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Forza Horizon 5 is the latest project from Playground Games and continues the epic Forza Horizon adventure with a new roster of amazing cars and a brand-new location to explore: Mexico. Forza Horizon 5 launches on Xbox and PC later this year, and it's already available to preorder.

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Is the Xbox Game Pass Ultimate the best value in all of gaming? It's possible. Ultimate bundles your Xbox Live Gold subscription, an Xbox Game Pass subscription for both Xbox consoles and Windows PCs, and Xbox Cloud Gaming for on-the-go. Forza Horizon 5 will be available through Xbox Game Pass day one, including on consoles, PC, and the cloud.

All the Xbox Game Pass games coming and leaving soon

Discover every new game coming to Xbox Game Pass right here.

Xbox Game Pass is the ever-expanding Netflix-like gaming subscription from Microsoft, the makers of Xbox. For a monthly subscription, Xbox Game Pass partakers gain access to a constantly rotating catalog of hundreds of high-quality Xbox games. The best Xbox Game Pass games include third-party multiplayer games, older AAA titles, indie projects, all first-party Microsoft games, and pretty much everything in between.

Xbox Game Pass is also included in Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, an all-in-one subscription that gives players full access to Xbox Game Pass on Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S, and Xbox One consoles, Xbox Game Pass on PC, Xbox Live Gold, Xbox Cloud Gaming (Project xCloud), and even EA Play. Xbox Game Pass Ultimate represents one of the best values in gaming, and that value only increases from month to month.

That's because Xbox Game Pass is always adding new games, with announcements once or twice a month. While games occasionally leave the service, the number of games available through Xbox Game Pass has been steadily growing since its launch. In this Xbox Game Pass guide, we'll go over all the new games coming to the service, the games about to leave, and the top games you should be keeping an eye on.

If you want the complete list, be sure to bookmark our ultimate guide to every game on Xbox Game Pass.

Note: Bold text indicates the game in question is coming to that platform, but is already available on other platforms through Xbox Game Pass.

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Best new Xbox Game Pass games: October 2021

You'll rarely go wrong with the diverse selection of games on Xbox Game Pass, but there are always a handful of titles that stand above the rest — including but not limited to exceptional indie games, addictive multiplayer games, expansive AAA games, and Microsoft's first-party games. These are the best new games that have recently arrived on Xbox Game Pass.

Back 4 Blood

  • Available: Oct. 12 (Xbox Series X|S Optimized, Xbox One, PC, & Xbox Cloud Gaming)

Good zombie killer games are beloved by gamers, but are often hard to come by. Left 4 Dead is a cult classic that is still fondly remembered, and Back 4 Blood aims to be the dormant series' spiritual successor. Built by the same team as Left 4 Dead, Back 4 Blood is a modernized, hectic co-op zombie shooter that delivers on its promises in spades, as long as you're willing to play with other people.

Destiny 2: Beyond Light

  • Available: Oct. 12 (Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, & PC)

Destiny 2: Beyond Light is the title's most recent expansion, and is one of its best yet. With plenty of fresh content for players to explore, Beyond Light is a great starting point for newcomers to try Destiny 2. After a little bit of waiting, Destiny 2: Beyond Light is finally available on Xbox Game Pass for PC alongside console, where it has been available for ages now.

Marvel's Avengers

  • Available: Sept. 30 (Xbox Series X|S Optimized, Xbox One, PC, & Xbox Cloud Gaming)

Marvel's Avengers was an inconsistent adventure when it first released, but a still-excellent singleplayer campaign and a variety of updates to its multiplayer experience makes it worthwile to play through Xbox Game Pass. If you're a fan of superheroes or the Marvel universe, it's hard not to be tempted by everything Marvel's Avengers offers on pretty much every Xbox Game Pass platform.

Xbox Game Pass new games: Full list and schedule

It can be easy to lose track of all the new games coming to Xbox Game Pass, so we've compiled the full list for your convenience. In this section of our Xbox Game Pass guide, learn what games have been released on Xbox Game Pass recently, when they became available, and what platforms on which they're available.

Oct. 15

  • The Good Life (Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, PC, & Xbox Cloud Gaming)

Oct. 14

  • Ring of Pain (Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, PC, & Xbox Cloud Gaming)
  • The Riftbreaker (Xbox Series X|S Optimized, PC, & Xbox Cloud Gaming)

Oct. 12

  • Back 4 Blood (Xbox Series X|S Optimized, Xbox One, PC, & Xbox Cloud Gaming)
  • Destiny 2: Beyond Light (Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, & PC)

Oct. 7

  • The Procession to Calvary (Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, PC, & Xbox Cloud Gaming)
  • Visage (Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, PC, & Xbox Cloud Gaming)

Oct. 5

  • Totally Accurate Battle Simulator (TABS) (Xbox Series X|S Optimized, Xbox One, PC, & Xbox Cloud Gaming)

What's coming to Xbox Game Pass soon

Microsoft loves to give Xbox Game Pass subscribers plenty of time to prepare for upcoming additions by announcing them early. This section of our Xbox Game Pass will help you keep track of all the games coming to Xbox Game Pass shortly, so you can decide what you want to play and whether you need to free up some space.

Oct. 19

  • Into the Pit (Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, & PC)

Oct. 26

  • Moonglow Bay (Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, Xbox Cloud Gaming, & PC)

Oct. 28

  • Age of Empires IV (PC)

Nov. 2

  • Minecraft: Bedrock Edition (Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, & PC)
  • Minecraft: Java Edition (PC)

Nov. 9

  • Football Manager 2022 (Xbox Series X|S Optimized, Xbox One, PC, & Xbox Cloud Gaming)

What's leaving Xbox Game Pass soon

For the most part, more games join Xbox Game Pass than leave. However, most games do leave the service eventually, so Microsoft likes to give players a heads up if they hadn't gotten around to playing that game yet. Keep an eye on this section of our Xbox Game Pass guide for games you still want to play. If you see a game you've played and loved, be sure to purchase it with your Xbox Game Pass discount so you can keep it forever.

There are currently no games that have been announced as leaving Xbox Game Pass in the near future. Check back in regularly for more updates!

Upcoming games launching on Xbox Game Pass

Microsoft gives us updates on games heading to Xbox Game Pass a few weeks before those games become available, usually twice a month. However, Xbox and [email protected] events toss aside this expectation to announce a flurry of games that are hitting Xbox Game Pass day and date, meaning they're launching into the service when they land on Xbox platforms. That means day one access to all of these games for Xbox Game Pass subscribers, including some of the best upcoming Xbox games.

Many of these games are far enough out that they don't even have a release date, and we're not certain exactly which platforms they'll come to through Xbox Game Pass. Still, this list in our Xbox Game Pass guide will give you an idea of what to look out for in the future of Xbox Game Pass. We'll constantly update this list as we get new information about release dates, when games become available, and what platforms are getting them.

The following events have been added to this section:

[email protected] Games Showcase — March 26, 2021

  • Among Us (Xbox Series X|S Optimized, Xbox One, & PC) — 2021
  • Backbone (Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, & Xbox Cloud Gaming) — Unknown release date
  • Dead Static Drive (Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, & PC) — Unknown release date
  • Edge of Eternity (Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, & Xbox Cloud Gaming) — 2021
  • Hello Neighbor 2 (Xbox Series X|S Optimized, Xbox One, PC, & Xbox Cloud Gaming) — 2021
  • Little Witch in the Woods (Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, & Xbox Cloud Gaming) — Unknown release date
  • Moonglow Bay (Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, Xbox Cloud Gaming, & PC) — Oct. 26, 2021
  • Nobody Saves the World (Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, & Xbox Cloud Gaming) — 2021
  • She Dreams Elsewhere (Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, & PC) — Unknown release date
  • S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2: Heart of Chernobyl (Xbox Series X|S Optimized & PC) — April 28, 2022
  • Undungeon (Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, Xbox Cloud Gaming, & PC) — Unknown release date
  • Way to the Woods (Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, & Xbox Cloud Gaming) — Unknown release date

Xbox and Bethesda Games Showcase at E3 2021 — June 13, 2021

  • Age of Empires IV (PC) — Oct. 28, 2021
  • Among Us (Xbox Series X|S Optimized, Xbox One, & PC) — 2021
  • A Plague Tale: Requiem (Xbox Series X|S Optimized & PC) — 2022
  • Atomic Heart (Xbox Series X|S Optimized, Xbox One, PC, & Xbox Cloud Gaming) — No release date
  • Contraband (Xbox Series X|S Optimized & PC) — No release date
  • Eiyuden Chronicle: Hundred Heroes (Xbox Series X|S Optimized, Xbox One, PC, & Xbox Cloud Gaming) — 2023
  • Eiyuden Chronicle: Rising (Xbox Series X|S Optimized, Xbox One, PC, & Xbox Cloud Gaming) — 2022
  • Forza Horizon 5 (Xbox Series X|S Optimized, Xbox One, PC, & Xbox Cloud Gaming) — Nov. 9, 2021
  • Halo Infinite (Xbox Series X|S Optimized, Xbox One, PC, & Xbox Cloud Gaming) — Dec. 8, 2021
  • Hello Neighbor 2 (Xbox Series X|S Optimized, Xbox One, PC, & Xbox Cloud Gaming) — 2021
  • Party Animals (Xbox Series X|S Optimized, Xbox One, & Xbox Cloud Gaming) — 2022
  • Redfall (Xbox Series X|S Optimized & PC) — Summer 2022
  • Replaced (Xbox Series X|S Optimized, Xbox One, & PC) — 2022
  • Scorn (Xbox Series X|S Optimized, PC, & Xbox Cloud Gaming) — Fall 2021
  • Shredders (Xbox Series X|S Optimized, Xbox One, PC, & Xbox Cloud Gaming) — Dec. 2021
  • Slime Rancher 2 (Xbox Series X|S Optimized, Xbox One, PC, & Xbox Cloud Gaming) — 2022
  • Somerville (Xbox Series X|S Optimized, Xbox One, PC, & Xbox Cloud Gaming) — 2022
  • S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2: Heart of Chernobyl (Xbox Series X|S Optimized & PC) — April 28, 2022
  • Starfield (Xbox Series X|S Optimized & PC) — Nov. 11, 2022
  • The Anacrusis (Xbox Series X|S Optimized, Xbox One, PC, & Xbox Cloud Gaming) — Fall 2021
  • The Gunk (Xbox Series X|S Optimized, Xbox One, PC, & Xbox Cloud Gaming) — Dec. 2021
  • The Outer Worlds 2 (Xbox Series X|S Optimized & PC) — No release date

[email protected] Games Showcase — Aug. 10, 2021

  • Evil Genius 2: World Domination (Xbox Series X|S & Xbox One) — Winter 2021
  • Pupparazzi (Xbox Series X|S & Xbox One) — No release date
  • Stardew Valley (Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, & PC) — Fall 2021

Xbox Gamescom 2021 event — Aug. 28, 2021

  • Age of Empires IV (PC) — Oct. 28, 2021
  • Archvale (Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, PC, & Xbox Cloud Gaming) — No release date
  • Bushiden (Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, PC, & Xbox Cloud Gaming) — No release date
  • Chinatown Detective Agency (Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, PC, & Xbox Cloud Gaming) — No release date
  • Crusader Kings 3 (Xbox Series X|S & PC) — No release date
  • Forza Horizon 5 (Xbox Series X|S Optimized, Xbox One, PC, & Xbox Cloud Gaming) — Nov. 9, 2021
  • Into the Pit (Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, & PC) — Oct. 19, 2021
  • Midnight Fight Express (Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, PC, & Xbox Cloud Gaming) — No release date
  • Next Space Rebels (Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, PC, & Xbox Cloud Gaming) — No release date
  • Signalis (Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, PC, & Xbox Cloud Gaming) — No release date
  • The Gunk (Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, & PC) — Dec. 2021
  • Unpacking (Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, PC, & Xbox Cloud Gaming) — No release date

Xbox Game Studios and Bethesda Softworks upcoming games

  • Age of Empires IV (PC) — Oct. 28, 2021
  • Avowed (Xbox Series X|S Optimized & PC) — Unknown release date
  • Contraband (Xbox Series X|S Optimized & PC) — No release date
  • Everwild (Xbox Series X|S Optimized & PC) — Unknown release date
  • Fable (Xbox Series X|S Optimized & PC) — Unknown release date
  • Forza Horizon 5 (Xbox Series X|S Optimized, Xbox One, PC, & Xbox Cloud Gaming) — Nov. 9, 2021
  • Forza Motorsport (Xbox Series X|S Optimized & PC) — Unknown release date
  • Halo Infinite (Xbox Series X|S Optimized, Xbox One, PC, & Xbox Cloud Gaming) — Dec. 8, 2021
  • Redfall (Xbox Series X|S Optimized & PC) — Summer 2022
  • Perfect Dark (Xbox Series X|S Optimized & PC) — Unknown release date
  • Senua's Saga: Hellblade II (Xbox Series X|S Optimized & PC) — Unknown release date
  • Starfield (Xbox Series X|S Optimized & PC) — Nov. 11, 2022
  • State of Decay 3 (Xbox Series X|S Optimized & PC) — Unknown release date
  • The Outer Worlds 2 (Xbox Series X|S Optimized & PC) — No release date

Xbox Game Pass adds new games all the time, but there's already a vast selection of high-quality titles available for gamers to play. Check out our list of best games on Xbox Game Pass for some fantastic ideas on what you should play next. You can also pick up one of the best external SSDs for Xbox Series X|S to ensure you always have enough storage for all these games.

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