Forza Motorsport will be released on October 10, and reviews of the game will be published on October 4. Digital Foundry journalists, as well as representatives from several other publications, have had the opportunity to test the content-restricted preview version of Forza Motorsport over the past few weeks. Today they released an analysis of the technical state of the game, which they were impressed with in the version for Xbox Series X, but with the game on Series S everything is not so clear.
Brief conclusions from their analysis:
The game has made a significant step forward in comparison with Forza Motorsport 7. This applies to almost all aspects: detail of foliage, crowds, tracks, and so on. There are noticeably more objects on the highways.
The preview version had some bugs with the crowd display, and Digital Foundry wasn’t particularly happy with the way the visual effects worked – sometimes creating a blurry effect in some weather and time of day conditions. Journalists praised the noticeably improved blur quality, which “gives an additional sense of speed and improves visuals “In their video, the authors say that the car models were less detailed than they expected, but they liked the paint simulation. Digital Foundry is impressed that the Xbox Series X has added two features in ray tracing mode: ray-traced reflections (on mirror surfaces) and ambient occlusion with ray tracing. This is something you rarely see on consoles, even at 60 FPS. In this mode, the resolution is kept at 1440p with scaling up to 4K. Let us remind you that in addition to this mode, there will be 2 more on the Xbox Series X, which we talked about here.
On Xbox Series S, neither of the 2 available modes has extensive ray tracing in the race, it is present in the garage “and in some other situations.” In addition, on the lower-end console, experts note that the game looks blurry. At first glance, Digital Foundry doesn’t have the best impression of the Xbox Series S version, but they plan to discuss it in more detail in a review of the release version of the game.
Below you can see Digital Foundry’s analysis of the preliminary version of Forza Motorsport.