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Forza Motorsport’s free-to-play PC version hits beta next week

by Eric Frederiksen | April 29, 2016April 29, 2016 2:20 pm PST

There are no shortage of options to fulfill your need for speed when it comes to PC gaming. The most complex, technical racers are all PC-native, and there are some truly hardcore sims available. If you find that stuff intimidating, though, and are looking for something that still has that sim flavor without quite so much complexity, Forza Motorsport is here to save you. Forza Motorsport 6: Apex comes to Windows 10 in open beta next week.

Forza Motorsport has always struck a good balance between approachable, controller-friendly racing controls and hardcore simulation options, hitting a sweet spot that I don’t often see on PC.

In addition to bringing that experience to a new platform, Apex continues to be a showpiece for Microsoft, taking of advantage of DirectX 12 and supporting 4K resolution. The beta, says Microsoft, will allow them to “improve the game’s performance across a diverse selection of hardware setups.” That sounds like exactly what a beta should be for, but it’s worth noting that Turn 10 has previously only had to support one platform at a time, so this is a big change for them.

Players should expect to see the game improve notably throughout the beta, with enhancements including “wheel support, the ability to disable VSync, and an in-app framerate counter.”

Apex is very much an experiment for the company. It won’t feature any kind of multiplayer, though the signature Drivatars will be present. This is a free-to-play game, so it makes sense that huge chunks of Forza will be missing, but there’s also room for tons more to be added, and if demand is there we could see the next Forza game get a full PC release once the team has their pipeline figured out.

The open beta for Forza Motorsport 6: Apex begins on May 5.

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Eric Frederiksen has been a gamer since someone made the mistake of letting him play their Nintendo many years ago, pushing him to beg for his own,...