Forza Horizon 3 Demo Is Finally Available for Windows 10
Article by George Norman
On 04 Nov 2016
Weeks ahead of the official Forza Horizon 3 launch, Microsoft rolled out a Demo version of the game, giving racing fans and potential customers the chance to try it for free, without having to spend any of their hard earned money.

Great news for Xbox One players, bad news for PC players. Even though Forza Horizon 3 is an Xbox Play Anywhere game, meaning you can play it on your Xbox One console and your Windows 10 PC, the Forza Horizon 3 Demo was released for Xbox only.


Brian Ekberg, Community Manager at Turn 10 Studios (the developer that assisted Playground Games with the Forza Horizon 3 development), explained at the time that the PC demo would be released "after the game’s launch."

It’s been close to a month and a half since Forza Horizon 3 was released to the public. After all this time, the demo version for PC has finally been rolled out.

"Windows 10 players can now get a taste of the epic automotive adventure that is Forza Horizon 3 with the launch of the Windows 10 demo of Forza Horizon 3," announced Brian Ekberg on Thursday. "Starting today, the Forza Horizon 3 Windows 10 PC demo is available in the Windows Store for no additional charge.”

Before you go get the Forza Horizon 3 Demo for Windows 10, make sure your PC can handle the game. The demo’s requirements are the same as the full version of the game. Which are…

Forza Horizon 3 – Minimum system requirements
  • OS – 64-bit version of Windows 10.
  • CPU – i5 3570 (3.4GHz).
  • GPU – NVIDIA GTX 750 Ti or AMD R7 250X.
  • RAM – 8GB RAM, 2GB VRAM.
  • HDD – 21GB free space.
Forza Horizon 3 – Recommended system requirements
  • OS – 64-bit version of Windows 10.
  • CPU – i7 3820 (3.6GHz).
  • GPU –NVIDIA GTX 970 or GTX 1060; AMD R9 290X or AMD RX 480.
  • RAM – 12GB RAM, 4GB VRAM.
  • HDD – 21GB free space.
Forza Horizon 3 – Ideal system requirements
  • OS – 64-bit version of Windows 10.
  • CPU – i7 6700 (4.0GHz).
  • GPU – NVIDIA GTX 980Ti or GTX 1080; AMD Fury X.
  • RAM – 16GB Ram, 6GB VRAM.
  • Storage – 21GB free space.

There’s good news for Xbox players too

The Forza Horizon 3 Demo for Xbox has been updated. The update brings with it HDR support, meaning that if you have an Xbox One S console and an HDR display, you can "experience the fun and beauty of the Forza Horizon 3 demo in all its HDR glory."

Get the Forza Horizon 3 Demo for free from the Microsoft Store.

Do you know about the Forza Racing Championship Season 2?

The Forza Racing Championship is back for a second season. Here are the main facts you need to know about:
  • The championship Offers $150,000 in Cash and Prizes.
  • Registration is open on the ESL website.
  • The championship starts Monday, November 7.
  • For the first time, the championship events will take place across two Forza games: Forza Horizon 3 for the Recreation Series and Forza Motorsport 6 for the Elite Series.

Alpinestars Car Pack: 7 new cars for 7 bucks

Earlier this week, Microsoft and Turn 10 Studios announced that "Forza Horizon 3 is this year’s best-selling, highest rated racing game which further strengthens Forza as the most successful racing franchise on any platform this generation. Thanks to the biggest Forza launch to date, more than five million fans played Forza games in September on Xbox One and Windows 10 PCs.

Bragging aside, the announcement’s true purpose was to unveil the Alpinestars Car Pack, which brings 7 new cars to the game:
  • 1967 Ford Falcon XR GT
  • 1979 Talbot Lotus Sunbeam
  • 1990 Mazda Savanna RX-7
  • 1998 Nissan Silvia K’s
  • 2016 Dodge Viper ACR
  • 2016 BMW M4 GTS
  • 2017 Acura NSX
The Alpinestars Car Pack is available as a standalone purchase of $6.99 and it’s included as part of the Forza Horizon 3 Car Pass, which is available for purchase from the Microsoft Store for $29.99.

And since we’re talking money, the Forza Horizon 3 Expansion Pass is available one the Microsoft Store for $34.99. Buy it and you’ll get two Forza Horizon 3 Expansions at a discounted price. If you already have Forza Horizon 3 Ultimate Edition, you’ll get a $10 discount on the Expansion Pass, but only if you buy it before the end of 2016.

Tags: Microsoft, video game, Forza Horizon 3, Xbox One, demo, Windows 10, racing
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