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Drivers, start your engines (and maybe pop to Amazon for a new graphics card).

A strange thing happens, when a game comes out that’s set in your home. Sure, you could go out and spend time in Manhattan, but there’s also Marvel’s Spider-Man. You could brave the smog on Los Angeles, or just play GTA V (or GTA: San Andreas, or LA Noire, for that matter).

While I could go out and drive around country roads in the UK, I’ll probably just do it in Forza Horizon 4, instead. Not for the races, or the Horizon festival, or any of that other nonsense, though. For the sightseeing. For the familiarity. For the feels. There’s something magical about seeing places you know lovingly recreated by talented art teams. And the speeding. Being able to speed without consequences is great (but you should really only do that in video games).

But what sort of PC are you going to need to play Forza Horizon 4?

Minimum Forza Horizon 4 system requirements

  • OS: Windows 10 x64 (version 15063.0 or higher)
  • CPU: Intel i3-4170 @ 3.7GHz, Intel i5 750 @ 2.67GHz, or better
  • RAM: 8GB
  • Graphics card: Nvidia GTX 650 Ti, AMD R7 250x, or better
  • Video RAM: 2GB
  • DirectX: DX12
  • Storage: 28GB

Recommended Forza Horizon 4 system requirements

  • OS: Windows 10 x64 (version 15063.0 or higher)
  • CPU: Intel i7-3820 @ 3.6GHz or better
  • RAM: 12GB
  • Graphics card: Nvidia GTX 970, GTX 1060, AMD R9 290x, RX 470, or better
  • Video RAM: 4GB
  • DirectX: DX12
  • Storage: 28GB

There’s currently a Forza Horizon 4 demo available – that features a chunk of the Lake District, with several different types of cars and events – for both PC and Xbox One. You can download it to see if the game’s for you, but helpfully, to see how your PC stacks up against the system requirements.

Make sure you grab the latest drivers, too. The game hitched and stuttered a little on the review laptop we tried (after it warned us that our drivers were out of date and we cracked on anyway, like the mavericks we are) but being able to try before you buy is good is the key takeaway, here.

With just four weeks until release it’s unlikely the Forza Horizon 4 system requirements will change too significantly, but it’s not unheard of.

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