Slick Fallout 4 Sports Car Added to Forza 6

When you play Fallout games and you walk past the countless charred husks of the pre-apocalypse cars, you can’t help but wish you could drive them. While it may not include being able to drift between the rubble of the wasteland, now you can, as the Chryslus Rocket ’69 is being added to Forza 6 as a playable vehicle.

The Rocket ’69 is one of the most strikingly beautiful vehicles from the Fallout series and a great example of the retro-futuristic style of the series world before it was bathed in nuclear fire. The addition of the fictional car has been a long time in the works too, with a collaboration between the Fallout and Forza series being announced all the way back in November, around the time Fallout 4 was released. The first result of the crossover was far less exciting, a rusted 1956 Ford F100 bearing a Vault Boy paint job, with the true prize of the collab, the Rocket, being stated as simply coming “soon”.

This car won’t be available for sale in-game, unfortunately, with only those who have logged time playing both Forza 6 and Fallout 4 while connected to Xbox Live being eligible to receive this fine vehicle. There may be a little longer to wait for those lucky players too, with Microsoft stating that “due to the millions of codes being sent, it can take up to seven days for codes to arrive.”

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Future Forza Titles Will Ship for Windows 10 and Xbox

After releasing a slew of Xbox exclusives on Windows 10 earlier this year, Microsoft has demonstrated their commitment to the PC gaming platform. More important than a singular event are continuous actions and Microsoft has taken steps towards this today. Turn 10, a Microsoft studio, has announced that all future Forza Motorsport titles, previously Xbox exclusives, will now also ship on Windows 10 as well.

“Moving forward, all of our games are going to be shipping on Windows 10 (PC) and Xbox”

Of course, Microsoft is doing this partially to push Windows 10 and their Unified Windows Platform. Future Forza titles for Windows will all be based on the Unified Windows Platform to enable easy porting from the Xbox to the PC. This also means that the games will only be available on the Windows Store and likely won’t be available through Steam.

While this ongoing commitment is nice, it’s still unlikely Microsoft will consider allowing their more lucrative titles like the Halo series be released on PC anytime soon. Furthermore, UWP apps are still limited in their functionality, with no support for FreeSync/GSync, modding or overlays just yet. Hopefully, Microsoft will let loose more of their Xbox exclusives for the PC in the near future.

Microsoft Confirms Forza 6 Apex Coming to Windows 10

If we take Microsoft’s words at face value, the day of console exclusives galore may soon be behind us. But as we all know, actions speak louder than words and Microsoft has done so with the Forza 6 Apex. Being a Forza title, many would expect the game to be a Xbox exclusive, but the title will be coming to the Windows Store for Windows 10 shortly. What’s more, it will even be free to play.

Apex will be a curated title on the Windows Store that while being cut down, will still offer much of the Forza 6 experience. Only 1/3 of cars are unlocked but the rest can be grinded out by playing or bought with real money. From the demo, it looks like the game is decently optimized, with 4K 60FPS being possible with an i7 6700K and GTX 980Ti. This is due to DirectX 12 as well which likely is a big help. It’s unknown which settings those figures are based on but those with more GPU grunt can probably turn up the settings even higher if they want.

The biggest downside however will be the UWP or Windows Univeral App platform the game is written on. As we are now learning, games based off of UWP take more work to implement some features like vysnc or uncapped framerate. It remains to be seen how Apex and Turn 10 will deal with these restrictions. It will be interesting to see how the lowliest of the low Windows 10 PCs and tablets handle the title.

This Ford Designed Xbox One Controller is Seriously Cool!

A Ford designed Xbox One controller you say? What kind of madness is this! OK, first things first, this isn’t a real controller, it’s a marketing stunt, but I’m already twitching at my wallet hoping that it becomes a reality, because this may be the coolest Xbox One controller yet!

The mock-up of the new controller is based around the new Elite controller, which features the flappy paddles on the back. However, this controller has been tweaked even further to make it the ultimate racing controller, short of investing in a full set of wheel and pedals, of course.

The left analog stick has been tweaked with a curved head, giving it wings on the left and right edges to mimic the Ford GT wheel shape, making is more suitable for left and right adjustments, since up and down bare little relevance in steering a car; this should give your thumb excellent grip for those tight corners. If that wasn’t enough, the rear triggers have been replaced with racing pedals, which in themselves look freaking awesome. The housing of the controller is made from carbon fiber, making it super strong and lightweight, and the rear panel has been made transparent like the engine cover on the new Ford GT.

  • Xbox Elite Wireless Controller is a one-off design exercise from the Xbox Hardware team inspired by the Ford GT and the release of Forza Motorsport 6 which features the Ford GT on the cover.
  • Carbon Fiber case parts create rigidity and lightness in the controller, the same way it is used on the GT chassis.
  • Custom metallic paint job matched to Ford’s specifications.
  • Left thumbstick shape inspired by the GT steering wheel and angled towards the player for a more ergonomic experience. A horizontal movement limiter also ensures efficiency and accuracy in steering.
  • Custom paddles inspired by the steering column paddles shifters on the GT. Program them on your Xbox One to shift up, down and even to engage the clutch.
  • See through battery door and custom battery pack inspired by the engine compartment and EcoBoost V6 engine.
  • Cutaway brake and accelerator triggers reveal the impulse motors that give Forza Motorsport 6 its realistic feel.

Now all we need is for them to actually make it, although given the Elite controller is already pretty darn expensive, I would expect this carbon fiber equipped beast to be a bit of a wallet buster.

Forza Motorsport 6 Trailer & Demo Released!

Forza Motorsport 6 is the latest addition to the highly-respected racing series from Turn 10 Studios and looks extremely impressive in terms of its graphical fidelity and handling model. Unfortunately, Forza Motosport 5 was a huge disappointment and characterized by a lack of content, and in-game microtransactions. Perhaps, Turn 10 had to work on a very tight schedule to release the game alongside the Xbox One. I’m fairly confident they now have the required resources and development period to create a proper sequel to Forza Motorsport 4.

After an arduous wait, Forza Motorsport 6 is just round the corner and you can now access the official demo today. As previously reported, the demo revolves around the iconic Ford GT and lets you store it in your garage for free! Forza Motorsport 6 contains 460 cars, dynamic weather system, a wealth of challenging circuits and comprehensive career mode. In the sim-simcade market, there is a lot of competition from Gran Turismo and Project Cars. However, Forza 6 from the launch trailer alone, impresses me a great deal. It’s a shame that Microsoft has no current plans to port the game onto PC.

From a technical perspective, Forza Motorsport 6 runs at a native resolution of 1920×1080 and fluid 60fps. As a huge racing fan, I find it difficult to resist buying an Xbox One just for Forza. It will be interesting to see if Microsoft ever releases the game on PC because I believe it could accumulate a professional scene.

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Forza Motorsport 6 Has Gone Gold! Demo Coming September 1st

Forza Motorsport 6 is speeding into the homes of Xbox One racing enthusiasts extremely soon and heralded as the “best racing game” during Gamescom 2015. In two weeks, Forza Motosport 6 will be available to download for owners of the Ultimate Edition and consumers opting for the standard version will gain access 5 days later. Turn 10 Studios has scheduled a demo for September 1st to whet your appetite and revolves around the iconic Ford GT. Rather surprisingly, downloading the demo allows you to keep this vehicle and use it in the full game for free.

As an authentic racing simulator, it’s imperative to hone the physics system, and create a smooth, realistic experience. Forza Motorsport 6 runs at a native resolution of 1920×1080 and 60fps. As a result, the driving is extremely fluid whilst emphasizing the Xbox One’s visual capabilities. In total, there are 460 cars to choose from and the latest additions include:

2015 Mercedes-AMG GT S
1979 BMW #6 BMW Motorsport M1 Procar
2015 Volvo S60 Polestar
2014 Audi #45 Flying Lizard Motorsports R8 LMS ultra
2014 BMW #5 Ebay Motors 125i M Sport
2014 Chevrolet #3 Corvette Racing Corvette C7.R
2015 Jaguar XKR-S GT
1976 Lotus #5 Team Lotus 77
1969 Lola #10 Simoniz Special T163
2014 Ferrari California T

The full 460 car list is available via Forzamotorsport.net and there’s bound to be something to suit even the most die-hard motorsport aficionados. Personally, I was fairly disappointed with the complete lack of content in Forza Motorsport 5 and hope this was due to time constraints surrounding the Xbox One’s launch. Over the years, Forza has established itself as a superb racing game and not just a clone of Gran Turismo. In fact, Forza’s physics model, interior renders and engine noises are vastly superior to Gran Turismo’s latest efforts.

Forza Motorsport 6 Coming September 15th

It’s day one of E3, one of the most popular gaming events that takes place during the year. The event is a week-long and we hope it brings some amazing news!

Today, at the E3 event, Forza Motorsport 6 was announced. We’ve know it has been coming for a while now but they revealed it officially and in the flesh today.

Above is the release trailer that was shown at E3, the game will include a 24 car multiplayer so you can race against your friends and family.There will be a destructible environment that looks to use dynamic physics to throw items such as tires across the track. There will be 26 destinations in the game and a whopping 450 cars too. Forza 6 follows the great Forza Horizon 2, which was made by Playground Games. Turn 10 are going to take responsibility for this release.

ArsTechnica said “Turn 10 doesn’t bother programing in “zero to sixty” times for the cars in its games, because the right number almost always emerges from the physics and the simulation. Greenawalt said the same is true for racing in the wet. “Any one track might have tens and tens of surfaces, so instead of looking at what a lap time should look like in the rain, we just make sure that the coefficient of friction is correct for all the surface types and the lap time comes,” he said. “Dark and wet [simulation] came out of Turn 10 living in the woods,” Hartman added with a touch of humor.”

Above are some pictures of the new, stunning game. What do you think of the graphics? let us know in the comments!

Thank you to The Verge for providing us with this information

Images courtesy of Ars Technica

Fans Can Start Playing Fast & Furious Forza Expansion for Free Right Now

The standalone Fast & Furious expansion for Forza Horizon 2 is out and available for free on Xbox One and Xbox 360, but if you want to play it without paying, you should hurry and download it now!

Similar to the Horizon 2 title, the Fast & Furious expansion is an open-world racing game. It is said that Tej Parker will task you with tracking down the rides required for the team’s next big mission and make you drive around the south of France.

The expansion will put you behind the wheel of 11 classic cars from the series, including a ’98 Supra, ’70 Road Runner and ’70 Cuda from the Fast & Furious 7 movie.

The title of the game, Forza Horizon 2 Presents Fast & Furious, seems to accurately describe what users are to expect from it. The Verge apparently tested it and confirm that the expansion gives a clear demo of the Horizon 2 game while promoting the Fast & Furious 7 movie.

Those of you who want to take the expansion out for a spin should keep in mind that the free price tag will not last forever. The Fast & Furious expansion is said to be free until the 10th of April, after which it will be sold for $10.

Thank you The Verge for providing us with this information

Forze Horizon 2 Trailer Shows Cars Found in the Upcoming Fast and Furious Expansion

The upcoming Fast and Furious movie is said to have a link with a new upcoming standalone DLC for the Forza Horizon 2 title released last year on the Xbox One and Xbox 360. This is really interesting since we can get the story spanned between the game and movie, an attempt which might be interesting to see and play at the same time.

Forza or even Fast and Furious fans who have been curious about the game can watch the trailer for some juicy cars you will expect to find in the expansion. It feature Dennis McCarthy, the car coordinator for the movies, explaining what exactly is shown in the trailer at hand. Aside from the latter, a few cars from Fast and Furious 7 are introduced as well, having them included in the expansion.

The DLC named Forza Horizon 2 Presents Fast & Furious is said to be available to download on Xbox 360 and Xbox One starting from March 27th. A little side note to keep in mind is that the DLC will be free for the first week, so people who want to try it out can download it in the first week after its launch.

Thank you Gamingbolt for providing us with this information

Microsoft E3 2014 Media Briefing

 

E3 has always been the staple for developers to showoff all their exciting games they have in the pipeline for consumers who are constantly hungry for the next big game they need to get their hands on. Whether it be graphical fidelity, intuitive game-play, or even dynamic social capabilities. This year’s expo is giving everyone a taste of what’s to come in big ways.

Before I move forward I have to mention that Microsoft did nothing but impress me this year compared to most of Sony’s offering later in the day. The biggest reason why was the show of force in their game lineup. In fact, the briefing was entirely about the games which for a hardware manufacturer is pretty hard to do as we’ve seen in past conventions. I’m not saying that all of the game were as high caliber as Assassin’s Creed Unity. But you can see that Microsoft still knows what it takes to please their continuously growing fan base.

Call of Duty Advanced Warfare

It was no surprise that the game of choice to start the show with was Call of Duty Advanced Warfare. While the game did have some impressive graphics, it’s the same old game-play and pacing that we’ve seen in every release for the franchise. Most of what was shown at the briefing was pretty much covered in the most recent leaks along with a full length article by Game Informer a couple months ago.

Call of Duty has been known to take pages out of Michael Bay’s playbook to create an intensified experience that was once again apparent in Advanced Warfare. Flying drones, exoskeletons, smart grenades are a few new items at the players disposal, but again, a one trick pony. We’ve all seen this before. No multiplayer footage was shown and it won’t be till around August time frame till we see more, so let’s just hope that Sledgehammer will take this franchise to new heights in the game mode that matters most and is the driving force behind their bread and butter.

Continuing the tradition with all previous Call of Duty releases, Xbox head Phil Spencer announced that the Xbox One will have exclusive access to all add-on content first.

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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.

Xbox One: More Forza 5 Details Release At E3

Xbox One is just months away and while there may be some (ok, A LOT) of debate about online connections, used game sales and more, one cannot deny that there are some great games coming out later this year and I for one can’t wait to play them, even if I wish Microsoft would clean up their act in the hardware department!

“Forza Motorsport 5” is a cinematic automotive journey starring the world’s greatest cars and tracks. Built from the ground up to take advantage of Xbox One and the vast power of the cloud, no game better delivers the wide-eyed thrill of racing. – Turn10

Features:

  • Never race alone. By learning how you and your friends drive, the power of the cloud delivers real human behavior. Drivatar technology creates an ever-evolving network of opponents who are always ready to race. Real tendencies, real mistakes, real victories.
  • Rivals everywhere. Every corner a new challenge, every event a new chance to win. Compete against your friends’ top times in rotating challenges for in-game credits and bragging rights.
  • Fast and fair multiplayer. With Smart Match matchmaking and Xbox Live dedicated servers, experience epic, fast and competitive multiplayer perfectly suited to your skill and style.
  • Curated customization. The power of the cloud means the best custom content now finds you. With a system that learns your preferred cars and paint schemes, seamlessly experience the most compelling user-generated content available.
  • Your ever-growing garage. Your automotive journey continues long after launch.
  • Download, drive and explore the most anticipated new cars in the world, months before they hit the showrooms, then challenge your friends in continuously updated online race events.

As real as it gets

  • Unprecedented visual realism. The definitive next-generation graphics engine delivers stunningly realistic visuals in 1080p resolution at 60 frames per second.
  • Leading simulation. Racing’s leading simulation engine, developed for Xbox One in
  • conjunction with Calspan and the world’s top automotive manufacturers, makes driving easy to learn and rewarding to master.
  • Dynamic damage. High-resolution damage modeling shows every bump and scrape. Roads accumulate tire rubber and debris. Racing has consequences; damage can stop you in your tracks.
  • Astonishing detail. A new graphics engine created exclusively for Xbox One delivers physically based material rendering that re-creates the real-life characteristics of thousands of unique materials. Surfaces such as metal, glass, leather, rubber and concrete look real enough to touch.
  • Living busy worlds. Racing comes alive with fans crowding the walls, helicopters circling overhead and the vibrant hum and spectacle of race day. Your ultimate car fantasy
  • Forzavista. Truly feel what it’s like to own the world’s most exclusive cars in an experience that brings you closer than ever to the history, craftsmanship and potential of every car in the game.
  • Hundreds of next-generation cars. The most diverse lineup of vehicles ever seen in a “Forza Motorsport” game: from classic sports cars to modern tuners, purpose-built racers to extreme exotics and, for the first time in “Forza Motorsport,” open-wheel race cars.
  • Unique careers. Take your favorite cars through unique careers highlighting their greatest strengths, their most notorious rivals and their place in motorsport history.
  • Laser-scanned tracks. Drive the world’s most legendary race circuits and exotic road courses, captured with millimeter accuracy.
  • “Top Gear” exclusives. The world’s biggest automotive TV show teams up with the most innovative racing game yet. Take on Stig’s Digital Cousin in unique car challenges, turn a Power Lap on the Top Gear Test Track, and hear show hosts Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May share their distinctive automotive insights throughout the game.

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Forza 5 is due for release in November and is expected to be priced at $59.99.

Thank you Turn 10 Studios for providing us with this information.

New Trailer For Drive Club On PlayStation 4 Looks Incredible

If you watched the PlayStation 4 reveal presentation a couple of months back you might remember the incredible looking Drive Club, the first next-gen racer to be announced for the new Sony console and one that shows great promise as a leading first party racer for the PS4.

Not only is this game coming to the PS4 before a next-gen Gran Turismo, it was even tipped to “be” a Western Gran Turismo, a spin-off of sorts, a plan that was later abandoned, most likely for fear of confusing the market with the launch of GT6 on the PlayStation 3.

Now we have a new trailer for the game and while it’s not exactly new it does give us a great teaser for what is already one of the best looking games for the new PlayStation. With both Forza and Project CARS set to blow us away, we can officially say that this is going to be a three car race, but who will win this next-gen racer race is still any ones guess.

There hasn’t been an official launch date for this game yet, but that will no doubt be resolved at this years E3 when Sony finally set the release date for their new console, either way, if you weren’t excited about Drive Club before, you really should be now.

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