Hot Wheels DLC Speeds onto Forza 5

So the final piece of monthly DLC for Forza Motorsport 5 hit the XBL Store this week and it comes with a $9.99 price tag. The Hot Wheels pack comes with a gorgeous set of cars that many of us would do anything to own in real life. The DLC pack features 10 customizable vehicles, seven of which have never been seen in a Forza game before

The cars in the  Hot Wheels DLC pack are:

2013 Lamborghini Veneno
1974 Toyota Celica GT
1939 Audi Auto Union Type D
1967 Lotus Type 49
2013 Mazda #7 Andretti Autosport USF2000
1952 Ferrari 375
2015 Audi S3 Sedan
1956 Ford F-100
1973 Ford XB Falcon GT
1983 GMC Vandura G-1500

Now just looking at that Lamborghini Veneno makes me want to buy this DLC, unfortunately for me I don’t have an Xbox One but people who do can expect this and added customization features, such as the ability the deck out the GMC Vandura G-1500 with a rooftop wing, a front spoiler, and more. The Hot Wheels Car Pack is the last monthly DLC pack that will be made available for Forza 5, but more individual DLC cars will be announced soon.

Thanks to Gameinformer for supplying us with this information.

Images courtesy of Gameinformer.

New Forza 5 Showroom And Top Gear Track Images Released

Forza 5 and of course the console needed to play it, the Xbox One, are just weeks away and what better way to build up some hype than a new batch of screenshots. Turn 10 have already stunned racing fans with their Forza series and now the next-gen Forza 5 is about to go head to head with the current gen Gran Turismo 6 on PlayStation 3.

Here we have some great screenshots that show off some of the new car models, as well as flexing the muscle of the games new engine and lighting effects that do look absolutely fantastic.

Then further down we have some screens of the Top Gear track, and while this isn’t a new feature for Forza, it has been given an new lease of life with a higher fidelity replication of the infamous track. Now we can enjoy blasting around the Hammer Head in a selection of awesome supercars, because lets face it, there are few of us out there that will ever get such a chance in real life.

Thank you Forza for providing us with this information.

Image courtesy of Forza.

Microsoft Announces Xbox One Worldwide Promotional Tour

Microsoft has announced plans for a worldwide Xbox One promotional tour. Beginning on October 1 and running until the end of the year, the tour will take in 75 cities with the initial phase covering Europe, the US and Canada.

The tour will give consumers the chance to go hands-on with games including Forza 5, Ryse, Killer Instinct, Dead Rising 3, Kinect Sports Rivals, Crimson Dragon, Max: Curse of the Brotherhood, Zoo Tycoon and Minecraft. While attendance is free of charge, it’s limited to those over 18 years of age and space will be limited.

Xbox One will also be playable at Milan Games Week during the October 25th – October 27th, Paris Games Week during October 30th – November 3rd, and Madrid Games Week November 7th – November 10th.

Additionally, custom Xbox One ‘Test Drive’ vehicles will offer hands-on time at festivals, university campuses, retail centres and other locations across the UK, Germany, France, US and Canada in the coming months.

Below are the current tour dates:

  • Philadelphia: October 3rd – October 6th
  • Paris: October 10th – October 13th
  • Toronto: October 10th – October 13th
  • Chicago: October 17th – October 20th
  • Vienna: October 17th – October 20th
  • Atlanta: October 24th – October 27th
  • Dallas: October 31st – November 3rd
  • Berlin: October 31st – November 3rd
  • Phoenix: November 7th – November 10th
  • San Francisco: November 14th – November 17th
  • Dublin: November 14th – November 17th
  • Los Angeles: November 21st
  • London: November 21st – November 24th

Thank you CVG for providing us with this information.

Xbox One Will Get A Day One Update, 15-20 Min Download Expected

Microsoft confirmed that the Xbox One will be getting a day one update. Actually the news comes as little surprise since Microsoft has admitted that they continue to tweak the software and optimize the system.

The update is said to not only optimize the system to get the most performance out of the system, as executive told IGN: “We are optimising Xbox One so that the day one update is as fast as possible. While we’re still finalizing the details, we expect that the download will take between 15 and 20 minutes for most users.”,but it also apparently will contain new firmware that is necessary to reverse Microsoft’s original decision to place restrictions that required online validation to enable the use of pre-owned software. This firmware apparently removes all of these restrictions.

On Monday, Microsoft announced plans for a worldwide Xbox One promotional tour. Beginning on October 1 and running until the end of the year, the tour will take in 75 cities with the initial phase covering Europe, the US and Canada.

The tour will give consumers the chance to go hands-on with games including Forza 5, Ryse, Killer Instinct, Dead Rising 3, Kinect Sports Rivals, Crimson Dragon, Max: Curse of the Brotherhood and Zoo Tycoon. While attendance is free of charge, it’s limited to those over 18 years of age and space will be limited.

Microsoft has confirmed a Xbox One release date of November 22, 2013 in 13 markets. The Xbox One price has been set at £430 / €500 / $500.

Thank you CVG and Fudzilla for providing us with this information.

Top Gear & Forza 5 Join Forces To Create A Real Life Flick Book

Forza 5 will be hitting the Xbox One upon launch in just a few more weeks, so what better way to build up hype than to take their real world driving counterparts out to the track to create something unique and wonderful. Tanner Foust from Top Gear USA took to the wheel of a modified McLaren MP4-12C with a camera mounted on it, to race around a track that had 680 images laid around it.

The car is already incredibly expensive, but Top Gear and Forza 5 added an also incredibly expensive £93,330 camera on the back of it that was capable of filming their ambitious project. They chose the car due to its stability and break neck speeds, but it also helps that it’s one of the poster cars for Forza 5.

“If we’d used a Porsche, the visibility would have been too bad for me to see what was going on with the boards, if we’d used a Lambo the brutal shifting would have snapped the camera off. This is a scientific car, and I needed to apply a lot of difficult science to make the film, so it was perfect.” Said Tanner when speaking on topgear.com

680 aluminium boards were printed with gorgeous images taken from real Forza 5 gameplay, spaced six inches apart around the edge of Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham, Alabama, then Tanner was told to drive past them as precise speeds (and high speeds) to allow the camera to capture the picture boards in the style of a flicker book, to then play them back as video. Sound confusing? Just watch the video and you’ll see what we mean.

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“All the science behind it was very exact. Exact frame rate, measuring the exact distance between the boards, and hitting exact speeds. The McLaren was ideal. It’s classy in the way it makes ridiculous speed, and the suspension’s really smooth.” added Tanner.

Forza & Top Gear could have made this promo using CGI and a cut of green cloth, but they chose to do it the hard was and the end result does look fantastic. If they were trying to get people talking about Forza 5, it worked.

Thank you TopGear for providing us with this information.

Image courtesy of TopGear.