Horizon 5 is enjoyable, as you might have gathered from our hands-on, but it also helps that the game had one of Microsoft’s widest releases yet. The new Forza launched simultaneously on Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One, the Microsoft Store on Windows and through Steam. It’s much easier to pick up the game this time around, and it’s a major showcase for both Microsoft’s latest consoles as well as PCs with high-end video cards.
All the same, it’s a significant moment for Microsoft after years of buying and fostering developers to make Xbox Game Studios a well-known brand. There’s a real chance the company will eclipse itself, too, with Halo Infinite poised to launch in less than a month. It’s just a question of whether or not these standout launches will translate to better Xbox sales.
We’ve invested for years in Xbox so more people can play. With 4.5+ million players so far across PC, cloud & console, Forza Horizon 5 shows that promise coming to life. Largest launch day for XGS game, peak concurrent 3x FH4 high. Thank you players & congrats to @WeArePlayground
— Phil Spencer (@XboxP3) November 10, 2021
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