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Forza Horizon 3 Problems and Details You Should Know About

For the third time since its inception, the Forza Motorsport franchise is taking a back seat to an arcade racer with a style of its own.  Microsoft’s streak of yearly racing game releases continues this year with the release of Forza Horizon 3, a less serious, open-world racing game that borrows some of the same cars and mechanics as Motorsport, but adds some new ideas and a focus on car culture.

Forza Horizon 3 takes players to the beautiful landscapes of Australia. They’re there for another Horizon racing festival. Instead of just racing in it, they’re in charge. Players are free to hire the Drivatars of their friends to build excitement for the festival’s events. They’re also to free-roam the game’s world with other players and experience the entire campaign in co-operative play mode.

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There are hundreds of new cars for the game, plus Blueprints that allow players can challenge their friends to events that they’ve created. The entire game world has activities and missions for players to complete.

Read: Forza Horizon 3 Demon, Editions & More

Forza Horizon 3 launched on Microsoft’s Xbox One consoles this morning. It’s also available on PCs, through the Windows Store. Early signs point to a bug and frustration-free experience for most gamers. Still there are some Forza Horizon 3 problems users are encountering. We’ve collected those Forza Horizon 3 problems here, along with any fixes that are currently available.

Forza Horizon 3 Problems: Where’s the Windows Version?

A small minority of users probably spent this morning scouring Valve’s Steam Store or GameStop’s website for a copy of Forza Horizon 3. Unfortunately, that’s not how Microsoft’s Xbox on Windows games work.

They’re released through the dedicated Windows Store. Meaning, you’ll need to have the operating system on your Windows 10 PC before you can purchase the game and play it.

Forza Horizon 3 Problems: Game Crashes

One very serious bug being reported by players is crashing. Specifically, Forza Horizon 3 will actually crash when a limited number of people pause the game. Despite reports of the issue surfacing online, Playground games, the title’s developer, hasn’t said if there’s a fix for this issue in the immediate future. If you’re experiencing game crashes, report them here.

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Forza Horizon 3 Problems: HDR Failure

Those that own an Xbox One S console can expect HDR support with Horizon 3. Short for high-dynamic range, the feature gets you a wider range of colors.

Owners of Vizio smart televisions report that their televisions, which were updated to support HDR 10, aren’t rendering the game correctly. More specifically, the game looks darker than it should after its been properly configured.

This isn’t a problem with the Xbox One, but the Vizio televisions in question, it seems. Vizio hasn’t said when it plans to have a fix for the issue though. There’s a post tracking Forza Horizon 3 problem in the Forza forums here. For now, the only solution is to disable HDR entirely on effected TVs.

Forza Horizon 3 Problems: Where to Get Play Anywhere? (Updated)

Because Forza Horizon 3 is an Xbox Play Anywhere title, you get a copy for Windows when you buy the Xbox version. The program works the other way around too, but only if you’ve invested in a digital copy of the game.

If you purchased a disc copy of Forza Horizon 3 for Xbox One, you won’t get a PC version of the game.

Look for your digital download of Forza Horizon 3 in the Windows Store if you purchased the right version. Simply search, Forza Horizon 3. 

Some users do report that the Windows Store fails to completely download the game. We’ve seen this with other large titles, but didn’t experience this with Forza Horizon 3 ourselves.

Forza Horizon 3 Problems: Groove Music Radio Playlists Won’t Work

You spend a lot of time in your car driving with Forza Horizon 3. It only makes sense that Playground would do something interesting with the game’s music. Horizon 3 connects directly to Microsoft’s Groove Music service so that users can stream music that they like and not get stuck with music they don’t.

Read: 12 Microsoft Groove Music Tips & Tricks

To get started with this feature, you need to have a Groove Music Pass, Microsoft recently confirmed. Second, you’ll need to add MP3s to your OneDrive music folder. OneDrive is the cloud storage utility that works in conjunction with Groove. 5GB of storage there is absolutely free.

Users that have gotten the feature up and running report skips and general playlist issues. At this time, there’s no fix in site. Once subscribed to Groove Music, you can simply play music in the background on your console with the dedicated Groove Music app. You’ll have to change songs from the Xbox Guide by tapping on your controller’s Xbox logo twice.

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Forza Horizon 3 October 4th Update (New)

Earlier this week Playground Games and Turn 10 let less a massive update for Forza Horizon 3 on Xbox One and Windows 10. It’s calling that update, the October 4th update in the Forza forums.

On Windows 10, the developers have disabled the mouse detection option and claim to have addressed overall stability. Users shouldn’t notice their game crashing or stuttering when they have hardware good enough to keep the game’s framerate high. The update address some of the huge issues users have reported with their racing wheels not working correctly too.

As for general improvements to both versions of the game, the Social and Rivals areas in the game’s menus are now open to everyone. Previously, they were only unlocked to those with an Xbox Live Gold subscription. Players can switch controllers now too.

If on a PC, this update will download automatically through the Windows Store, unless you have automatic updates turned off. On Xbox One, you’ll be prompted to download this update the next time you enter the game.

Gotta Be Mobile will keep this list of Forza Horizon 3 problems updated as we learn more about what’s not working in the game and how Playground Games plans to address any issues. A standard copy of Forza Horizon 3 sells for $59.99.

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17 Comments

  1. Pete

    09/27/2016 at 1:26 pm

    The biggest issue that you only half mentioned is that because it is on the cancer called the Microsoft store, it doesn’t work properly, doesn’t download and there are hundreds of people having 80 GB downloads completely reset. It is effectively a scam out of £50 to look at an error message.

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  2. Harley Teter

    09/27/2016 at 6:44 pm

    The game crashes constantly, for absolutely no reason, even in the middle of a race! Framerate issues persist even if I turn settings down to minimum and then lower the resolution to 720p. Yes that’s right, 720p minimum settings gives me below 60fps gameplay, and I’m running a Xeon E3 1231-v3, a Sapphire Nitro R9 390, and 16gb of 1600mhz ram. This is absolutely ridiculous and needs to be fixed asap.

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    • Mike

      10/03/2016 at 1:40 pm

      It’s not Microsoft’s fault that you have absolutely trash hardware for gaming. Your CPU is an old low-end virtualization sever grade CPU designed for low overhead servers, it wasn’t designed for gaming or physics, and your GPU isn’t even all that great either. Sure it might be one of AMD’s higher end GPUs, but AMD suck anyways, their high end GPUs are mid-high end in terms of power from what’s available on the market and Forza Horizons 3 is arguably the most power hungry game coming out right now. Stop blaming other people for your lack of understanding how technology and computers works.

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      • John Smith

        10/06/2016 at 10:10 am

        Dude his Xeon is the equivalent of an I7 4790K without the ability to be overclocked by multiplier or on board graphics they’re literally the same chip and that 390 he has is equivalent to a 970 so i don’t see a problem… inform yourself reform making dumb ass comments on something you know nothing about…

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        • Harley Teter

          10/08/2016 at 9:57 am

          Thank you sir, my Xeon cost as much as the i5-4690k I had in before, which I never overclocked. And my GPU gets better fps at the same settings than my friends’ GTX 970 Strix. I’m able to play the game at absolute max at 4k resolution and retain 30+ fps throughout. But my problem is THAT IT CRASHES CONSTANTLY TO THE POINT WHERE IT COMPLETELY RESTARTS MY COMPUTER.

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  3. Sarah

    09/27/2016 at 6:49 pm

    Game codes that came with the ultimate edition wont work even after you update the game

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  4. your name here

    09/28/2016 at 12:03 am

    Sorry but Windows Store has nothing to do with it.

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  5. Name

    09/29/2016 at 10:56 pm

    you keep telling yourself that….

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  6. Name

    09/30/2016 at 10:42 am

    WHERE IS THE DAMN GAME?? Everytime I search for it, the link simply opens up the website…this is TOTAL garbage.

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  7. Zach

    09/30/2016 at 3:44 pm

    using xbox prepaid card, can you buy points/cash to buy cars on this game?

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  8. Lloyd Sheen

    10/01/2016 at 2:04 pm

    where your article says I get the PC version free, well that doesn’t work.

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    • Mike

      10/03/2016 at 1:45 pm

      Did you get a physical copy, are you using the same account on your xbox as you are on windows? Microsoft’s play anywhere is only available for digital copies of the games purchased and played on the same Microsoft account. So even if you you did buy a digital version but your xbox uses your bother’s account or something, then you wouldn’t get it on your windows 10 account.

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      • Lloyd Sheen

        10/03/2016 at 4:21 pm

        Its my long time MS Account

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  9. Olly Lloyd

    10/17/2016 at 3:32 am

    Problems with disk not reading.. brand new disk other games work fine so it’s not the disk drive?
    Also problems with a blue screen appearing then going black? Changed HDMI but it still doesn’t fix it, also it appears in some races it becomes laggy on both the xbox1 and xbox1s?

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  10. Rusty Kuntz

    10/20/2016 at 3:34 pm

    Not that I’m complaining but I can’t figure out why FH3 will play on my X1 without needing the physical disc, it acts as if I own it digitally lol, I’m playing it right now with Mafia 3 in the disc drive.

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  11. luke

    10/22/2016 at 12:34 am

    I am finding that I cannot advance in rank, I have gone back to do rivals races to improve my global rank. I can knock alot of time off each of them, smashed my next rivals time by over 1 minute I one race. Yet I do not move up. It retains my original race time and rank.

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  12. Scarl3tPirat3

    11/01/2016 at 6:04 am

    Groove music doesn’t have to be played in the background with the app and can be used without one drive, once you have a free pass or subscribe to groove you can open the app, create a new playlist, search for the albums/songs you want, add them to your playlist (for individual sogs highlight the song from the list and press the share button to get the menu with the Add to option) then when you have played enough Horizon 3 to have chosen 6 radio stations Groove Radio will unlock, go to Settigs > Audio and at the top under custom select the playlist folder you want then change your radio station to groove and your playlist will play in game without groove music app being open, although one quick thing i must inform you of is that in settings the volume is controlled by radio volume, the groove volume is for the groove music app and won’t effect it while you listen to it on the radio station.

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