Forza Motorsport 6: Apex Beta Now Available for Windows 10

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The 2017 Ford SVT Raptor hits the wet tarmac of Sebring.

Forza Motorsport 6: Apex, the cut-down, “curated” version of the expansive Xbox One title launched last year, is finally here in the form of an Open Beta and exclusive to the Windows 10 platform. The title, first announced more than two months ago, is free-to-play and offers an experience that is “designed for players who are new to the Forza franchise.”

Described as a “focused experience,” Apex is the first step in the Forza Motorsport franchise moving to Windows 10, and will bring with it everything the franchise is known for while taking full advantage of DirectX 12 and the Universal Windows Platform. Also detailed in the behind the scenes video last month, Turn 10 have confirmed that every game in the franchise will be available on both the Xbox One and Windows 10 platform moving forward.

While many of the 500+ cars available in the console version won’t be available, Apex launches with 63 fully-detailed models with the same diversity of eras and disciplines. Six track locations, with over 20 variations, are also part of the package. As previously reported, the game launches without wheel support (although Dan Greenawalt has committed to including support for the peripherals at a later date), no online multiplayer outside of leaderboards, nor will it include the franchise’s renowned livery editor.

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In addition to future peripheral support, Turn 10 already has a list of features synonymous with the PC platform that will be delivered over the course of this summer, such as the ability to disable V-sync and an in-game frame rate counter.

A recap of the system requirements, requiring a powerhouse to run at 4K and 60fps, are as follows:

  • Minimum System Requirements:
    Processor: Intel Core i3-4170 @ 3.7 Ghz
    GPU: NVIDIA GeForce GT 740 Radeon R7 250X
    RAM: 8GB
    VRAM: 2GB
  • Recommended (1080p at 60fps):
    Processor: Intel Core i7-3820 @ 3.6 Ghz
    GPU: NVIDIA GeForce 970 Radeon R9 290X
    RAM: 12GB
    VRAM: 4GB
  • Ideal (4K @ 60fps):
    Processor: Intel Core i7-6700K @ 4.0 Ghz
    GPU: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980Ti Radeon Fury X
    RAM: 16GB
    VRAM: 6GB

Weighing in at an approximate 18.76GB, Apex can be downloaded by following the store page link here. This has been a long time in the making and marks the first of the “heavy hitters” to make the transition onto PC. If you’re anxious to discuss the game, you’ll definitely want to stop by the Forza Motorsport 6: Apex thread in our Forza 6 forum!

Comments (17)

  1. Rage9one

    I’m pretty happy with my win8.1, I’m not getting 10 just for this game, there are plenty of other amazing racing games out there.

  2. johnnyman123

    Sadly my PC is unable to come anywhere close to the minimum requirements. Anyone care to give a brief review of the physics and overall game?

  3. submaniac93

    i7-4790K , Strix GTX960 4gb, 24gb DDR3-2133 ram and I can play the game ~60 fps in high, and I have a little bit of lag in Ultra at night.

    Just to say that even though a 970 is recommended, as long as you have 4gb of Vram and a lot of Ram you should be fine.

  4. DORIFTO KOZO

    my setup: 4670k, GTX 780ti, 8gb DDR3 RAM

    result: using medium setup, which is very good looking already, very smooth gameplay

  5. Conza

    Anyone else getting “To use this, you need to upgrade Windows. Go to aka.ms/winup”? I’m running Windows 10 and I just ran auto-upgrade

  6. brownninja97

    i thought i could but i cant, i cant drive with a controller anymore at all. ill try it when wheel support is added.

  7. letdown427

    I can feel myself being sucked back in to PC gaming… Which is exactly what they want… I’m such a pawn…!

    Looking forward to wheel support, I may try it with a controller anyway, no harm as it’s free…

  8. Foxiol

    The game run pretty damn smooth at constant 60FPS with an AMD FX8350 @4.0Ghz, 16GB RAM (RAM usage at 54% so you better have more than 8GB), Asus Strix GTX970 4GB OC and installed in an AMD R7 240GB SSD.

    The game does look pretty good even compared with pCARS, the car modelling is above and also the materials (textures) are more convincing and look more realistic than in pCARS. The textures in pCARS are higher resolution (tarmac for example) and look way better.
    As for the colour palette, the grass is not of my liking and some more stuff but overall the presentation is sublime and the game does look amazing. In the rain it looks almost real.

    Sad to not have wheel support yet, playing with an XBox 360 controller and the physics seems to be really good.

    Let’s see what they do, first time playing a Forza game here…finally on PC!

    1. theradicalness

      i7 4510U
      8Gb Ram
      Nvidia Geforce 840m (2Gb)

      My computer is capable of running forza in low settings. After several races it stutters terribly, but that is a problem acknowledged by turn ten and it is due to a lack of ram. But, for the first 5 or so races that you play it works well. Although it stutters during night racing. Daytime works perfectly fine.

    2. Nato_777

      They definitely need to optimize their code or something. 8GB RAM + 2GB GTX960 = Medium settings and stuttering. I can run Assetto Corsa and pCARS full ultra settings no stuttering and great FPS. I was planning to throw another 8GB RAM at my PC anyway so we’ll see if that helps any.

    1. cfc

      Wakas – it will pull with ez,i tried on 3 PC’s (perks of being IT engineer) and even old 660 does 1080p (just not on 60fps) and with much less shiny things.
      Graphics are phenomenal on 4K tho,cant wait for F:Horizon3 and FM7 on PC.
      Just make sure you put Dynamic Optimisation on custom,then you can change video settings.

    2. wakas

      ^Awesome. I’ll give it a go at 4k on a friends machine, I sense some big expenses coming up in my future. I’ll wait for the high end nVidia pascal chip though.

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