Forza Motorsport 6: Apex Beta Available For Free On Microsoft Store
(Last Updated On: May 8, 2016)

Microsoft finally released the long awaited Forza Motorsport 6: Apex beta on PC. It’s a Windows 10 exclusive, so if you don’t want the privacy-prying OS on your system, you’re fresh out of luck for playing the racing game on PC.

The DirectX 12-enabled racer features 60 cars to access, support for resolutions up to 4K, the iconic Drivatar and Forzavista, along with fully functional cockpits and moderate damage. I’m not sure why on the store page they say “full damage” when we know full well the manufacturers do not allow for damage equivalent to what you would find in a game like BeamNG Drive.

Anyway, Windows Central did a quick minute and a half preview of the beta, showcasing how the game looks running on PC, along with taking a look at the different weather and time of day effects.

As for the 60 cars featured in the game, they range from production models to muscle cars, touring cars, exotic sports cars, super cars, GT racing, track toys, prototypes and… hypercars.

The free rendition of Forza Motorsport 6 comes with six different racing tracks with the aforementioned weather opions, along with with achievements that can be acquired to unlock up to 1,000 Gamerscore for your Xbox Live profile.

The system requirements are not kind at all. In fact, you’ll need at a bare minimum a 3.7ghz CPU, 8GB of RAM and 30GB of hard drive space, along with a DX12 capable GPU. Surprisingly, the GPU requirements are not quite as hefty as the CPU and RAM requirements, with an entry level GTX 740 or R7 250X being the base minimum on the GPU side to play the game.

The ideal specs are no laughing matter, though. Microsoft wants you to pony up a CPU with 4ghz on an i7-6700k with 16GB of RAM and 6GB of VRAM. Yeah… they aren’t joking. The ideal specs also require a Fury X or a GTX 980ti. Those are the sort of specs that make you sweat and go out and pre-order a GTX 1080.

You can get a free copy of Forza Motorsport 6: Apex right now by paying a kind visit to the Microsoft store page. I’m sure there are a few Xbox fanboys weeping at the idea of seeing another exclusive climb up over the fence of the walled Xbox garden and frolic in the playpen of the Glorious PC Master Race.


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  • e92m3

    Those ideal specs are for 2160p @ 60 fps. Not at all outlandish, actually pretty reasonable for that resolution. Many ‘modern’ titles require mgpu with ~2800 SPs per die to maintain 60 FPS as a minimum.
    pre-ordering a 1080 gtx would be a bad idea. Looking to be 10-15% real world (minimum fps, average is useless) uplift over non-OC 980ti with potentially very little OC headroom.
    The real problem is the lack of wheel support (for now). Kinda kills motivation for sim racers to even check it out.