Is Microsoft Gearing Up To Announce Forza for PC at GDC?

Would Microsoft and Turn 10 really do that?

Posted By | On 03rd, Mar. 2015 Under News | Follow This Author @Pramath1605


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Of all the big Microsoft franchises for the Xbox, Forza is the only one that has truly been exclusive- Halo’s first two games and Spartan Assault all showed up on PC, as did the original Gears of War games, and Fable, Fable III, and Fable Legends are all going to be on PC too. But Forza has, so far, been available only on Xbox hardware and nowhere else.

Well, that may be about to change soon, as it appears that there are rumblings that Microsoft will announce Forza for PC at GDC this year. At least, Worlds Factory seems to believe so, and while the article is mostly speculation, it does manage to make a compelling case for itself.

Put simply, their reasoning is based on multiple factors: Turn 10’s Software Architect Chris Tector being the opening speaker for Microsoft’s DirectX 12 keynote last year, and hinting at console style games coming to PC thanks to DX12 some time soon; Tector being one of two speakers for a Microsoft panel session titled ‘Developing Games for Windows 10’ (and really, he has never developed a game for the PC so far, why would he be one of the speakers? Unless he did have some insight into Windows 10 development); and finally, because of something Microsoft themselves said about bringing more of their franchises over to PC once they announced Fable Legends for PC back at their Windows 10 event in January.

Put simply, it appears to be a lot of things pointing towards a PC debut for Microsoft’s racing sim series; will it actually happen, though, or is this all just flimsy, circumstantial evidence?

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  • ProjektGX

    If Microsoft was to announce Forza or any of their other big console exclusives for PC. I think that would be a good indication that they have probably given up on the console market… So I really hope they don’t do that, and that this is nothing more then a tech demo showcasing the advantaments in DX12.

    • Psionicinversion

      It doesn’t mean they’ve given up s consoles will still be bought because there cheap casual gaming devices with no hassle so they will still be wanted

    • ProjektGX

      Well of course there will always be a need for consoles, but what consumer is gonna buy a console that main franchise isn’t truly exclusive to that console. Right now, Microsoft needs these main games stay just on Xbox unless they want the Xbox public image to be seen as a “dying” brand. Then consumers are differently not gonna invest money in the console.

    • Psionicinversion

      i think they will alot of people will still want ease of use and tbh the vast majority of console gamers wont care in the slightest. out of the 30+million that have bought the consoles less than 0.1% are the hardcore fanboys that care. The average consumer dont know or care tbh

    • ProjektGX

      Well I wouldn’t say that the average consumer won’t know or care cause if they didn’t care Xbox wouldn’t be losing to playstation in sales. That’s where Microsoft really messed up… They underestimated the average consumer and now they’re paying for it.

    • Mark

      Projekt, they’re only losing in sales because of the 100 dollar price advantage Sony had for 7 months, and the PS4 was in many more regions. The average consumer does not keep up the way ur thinking man.

    • ProjektGX

      Well now it cheaper and it still losing in sales, and it seems that you highly underestimating the average consumer.

    • Mark

      1) MS upped the price back to $400, but dropped it back down to $350 2 weeks afterward. A dumb move. This was in January.

      2) PS4 has 2 exclusives in Feb and March (The Order and BloodBorne), where Xbox has no AAA games until May or later, a Microsoft yearly strategy, good or bad

      3) Sony has now packed in The Last of Us for all PS4s, to compete with X1 Unity bundle.

      The PS4 will probably outsell Xbox till either MS drops price again or get an exclusive. The difference here than last year is the PS4 won’t destroy X1 sales anymore at all. They’re selling pretty close to each other, till one makes another move. The aveage consumer sees this clearly…….they don’t care about PC.

    • Psionicinversion

      Playstation is doing way better than xbox because of the perceived notion that the PS4 is massively more powerful than the xbox when it isnt… whether its only on Xbox or PS4 most of the 3rd party games goto PC anyway and PC kills the consoles in graphics.

      The average consumer will just see 1080p or better graphics or something and pick the PS4, or if someone not in the know like a parent asks someone most people will say get a PS4 or if there in store and asking which is the better one they may push the ps4.

      But initially the price difference was a big factor to for why the PS4 did so well against the xbox, they shouldnt of included kinect and would of been priced far more competitively. If they had done that it would be a different story. Also because alot more people will be on PS4 now peoples friends will most likely be using PS4 so theyll get it just because of that.

      Personally i wish id of bought an xbox instead of a playstation because PS4 exclusives so far are just all graphics and pretty boring. I have a decent PC and will be moving into high end when the 390 releases so graphics will always be much better.

      If Forza is going to PC it wont really matter as there tapping into the PC market and seeing as MS funds it they get a piece of pie so they are making more money back through PC users.

      If people were really that bothered about PC gaming alot more console users would be skipping it and coming PC but they arent so consoles will always have a place

    • ProjektGX

      Freaky, I don’t think price would been a big deal if the Xbox had same or more powerful hardware. Before the price drop, we was basically having people pay more for a less powerful system and I think that what made it worst.

      I will agree that PS4 games have been nothing but graphics… Although, knack was fun and Second Son was Interesting for a while.

      But the thing about bring Forza to PC is what happens to console gamers… The ones who stand by Microsoft and their console are basically getting shifted. People rushed out to get PS4 because of it supposed better graphics. The Xbox one won’t be able to out do the PS4 in multi-platform titles and now the Xbox will be out done on it own exclusive titles.

    • Psionicinversion

      Tbh i honestly dont think it will matter that much to alot of people. The only people that will get a bit mad are PC gamers that bought an X1 for exclusives BUT it depends on how far they take the cross platform play. FPS’s no way mouse and keyboard gives a sizeable advantage in those but other games like fable, driving games like Forza or FH2 if they allow cross platform play with those then maybe some may get mad. If not then still a good reason to get Xbox to play with your friends on it.

      I think MS may use Fable to gauge peoples opinions on the matter but in all honesty if MS want to outdo the PS4 with there games graphically then they need it on PC plain and simple. Forza 6 is supposed to use raytracing (photo real lighting) X1 may put in a good showing for a console but you will need a PC to show that stuff off properly.

      Also because it will be DX12 only (only DX12 supports raytracing in its API or can at least handle it whereas DX11 and below doesnt i think) its a very good reason to push gamers onto windows 10 to use DX12 so tbh i honestly dont think it will matter that much. Of course the vocal minority will shout the loudest about it but MS should just ignore them

    • ProjektGX

      I don’t think only PC gamers will be mad. The console gamers would basically lose any bragging rights they have left against the ps4. This could also cause any PC gamer that was on fence between Xbox one and ps4, will go ps4. The sale gap will continue to widen with the PS4 graining more exclusive deals for third party titles. The Xbox one is all ready stuck in a runt cause of resolution, and losing exclusives to PC cause Microsoft wanna combined Xbox with windows 10 isn’t gonna help.

    • Psionicinversion

      any bragging rights against the PS4…. they can say the MS exclusive Forza 6 looks 10x better on PC 😀 note i said MS exclusive not xbox exclusive 😛

      The PC gamer not getting xbox i think misinformed really because MS have been doing some insane deals to the point they will be losing alot of money on every xbox 1 sold anyway so its in there best interest to not sell alot of X1’s as they will make alot more money selling games to PC than they will making massive losses on the x1 hardware.

      Porting a game from X1 to PC and vice versa is apparently really easy with DX12 so there less development time between ports and will entice developers to code in DX12 making life easier for themselves. Youve got Unreal 4, Unity and cryengine that does DX12 in the engine and it automatically handles the eSRAM and everything so less downtime for devs.

      DX12 NEEDS windows 10 because of WDDM 2 which is kernel level, its a really big change and apparently some people using the win 10 preview on PCs have noticed a 10-15fps gain on dx11 titles just form using win10.

      Its a big game changer and i hope MS keep support for it properly as they will end up destroying playstation one way or another… its going get to thepoint where youll be buying playstation for its exclusives and everything will run better on PC :d

    • ProjektGX

      Haha… Well of course it looks 10x better on PC. This whole thing could really end badly for the Xbox one and Xbox as a console brand.

    • Psionicinversion

      thing is you have to be open to change and basically MS knows its lost the generation and if this gen is lasting for 10 years its best to back the PC… PS4 is stronger than X1 this is basically PS4’s raw stats

      1152 SP’s
      1.84TFLOP
      32 ROPs
      179GB/s BW (althoug many think its only 140GB)

      Then PC with 390x will most likely be releasing

      4,096SPs
      8.2TFLOPs
      96ROPs
      640GB/s bandwdith
      Delta colour compression and SM6

      thats 2015, what will it be like in 2019

      Next year Pascal and 4xx series will have FULL DX12 hardware compatiblty, PS4 is going to look liek a 1960’s film by then

      Better to back the winning platform

    • ProjektGX

      Okay.

    • Mark

      Projekt, u think all these scores of millions of console gamers r gonna start moving to PC then? Doubt it buddy. They choose console for a reason. None of my friends, including me, ever had a PC games rig, and we won’t in the future (slight chance I would). Xbox isn’t losing exclusives, this happened all the last 2 generations.

    • Mark

      Nah they’re not throwing in the towel on Xbox man. Phil already said there’d be some Xbox games comin to PC, but some would stay locked on console. They’re already looking to bring Hololens to the platform in the future, investing in big IPs and sequels such as Gears IP, gonna be teaching development studios how to program using DX12 on Xbox 1 at GDC and throughout this year, leveraging Azure for console games (Crackdown from CloudGine using Cloud Compute), and more. Ultimately they’ve a big investment in Xbox One. If people think Halo 5, Quantum Break, Tomb Raider and all X1 exclusives r goin to PC this year, they’re dreaming.

    • ProjektGX

      Well I can see both Tomb Raider and Quantum Break being released for PC… Probably not this year, but down the road.

    • Mark

      Right, just like Fable 1 and 3, Halo CE and some others did, but down the road, a year or years from Xbox launch…….at which time we’ll be playing some other big and new CONSOLE exclusive on Xbox. Funny how people don’t bring this up when it comes to Playstation, yet half or most of their CONSOLE exclusives go to PC, even at release sometimes…….Sony and MS knows who they’re fighting for.

    • ProjektGX

      Well the reason people don’t bring up playstation is cause none of their big named IP leave that platform… You can only play Uncharted and God of war on playstation, but with Xbox people can play fable 3 and gears of war on PC.

    • Mark

      Man that’s only for argument reasons people say this. Nobody cares if, say Halo 5, or Gears 4 releases on PC, 5 years from now! That’s hardly a selling point for someone to build a rig, wait 2-6 years for an Xbox exclusive, and say I don’t need an X1 lol. What % of people think like that Projekt? Like I said, PC gamers r predominantly different than console gamers period. If u play console, u either choose PS4, Xbox 1 or Wii for exclusives. These companies are not fighting for PC players man. So any PC gamers saying “I can play X1 exclusives” is moot. They’re either gonna get a few here n there, or wait years for a Halo or something. Moot

      If Uncharted dropped on PC, years after release on PS4 nobody would care man. But they’d use it as a dumb argument.

    • ProjektGX

      But there are a lot of PC gamers that do enjoy playing consoles that will look at this as a reason not to buy a Xbox and get a playstation. I personally play on wiiu, playstation, Xbox as well as PC… I personally have no problem with waiting for halo to come to PC. I brought the console knowing that I will only be able to play it on that, but finding out that I could just sale my Xbox and wait for it release on PC isn’t a very nice feeling.

    • Mark

      Projekt, if any PC player is willing hope n wait that Halo 5 and Gears 4 will actually drop on PC, and be willing to wait years, years, for it, then cool lol. My point is that people will buy what is exclusive right NOW, generally speaking……that is where the sales come from. And no disrespect to u but ur in the minority because u have all platforms. Most people do not. So they buy their platform according to the exclusives coming to it, period.

      I’m telling u, Phil already talked about this, some Xbox exclusives will drop on PC, some won’t. If u feel ur gonna get all Xbox games on PC, then u should trade in ur Xbox and wait to see what happens. Either way happy gaming bro peace

    • ProjektGX

      I know Phil said that some exclusives could make a jump to PC and I really don’t have a problem with that, but this could end up potentially hurting the Xbox one and whatever the next Xbox is called.

    • Mark

      U know why this won’t hurt anything? This same thing happened last generation. Guess what? The average buyer didn’t care. They bought 80+ million Xbox360s.

    • ProjektGX

      Well, the Xbox 360 come out first by a year, it was cheaper and all/most game ran better on it. I’m also sure half of those sales are from user having to multiple console due to the red ring. They had a clear advantage against the PS3 and it showed in how they treated their exclusives and consumers. This generation is different, they don’t have that advantage anymore..

    • Mark

      1) HALF of those sales were due to Red Rings? That would assume that; 1) 50% of x360s suffered rrod. Last I checked it was 20-30% ish. 2) Did Microsoft consider the replacement Xbox’s they gave out, as sold? Last I saw they spent 1 billion bucks replacing those faulty systems. Replacement.

      2) “How they treated their exclusives” ur words. They treated their exclusives the same way as now……..some went to PC some didn’t.

      No console gamer cares about PC man. They don’t. U do. And I respect that. Like I said, trade in ur Xbox and wait n see what happens.

    • Psionicinversion

      dont think he gets putting exclusives from xbox on PC will only help MS and the developer

    • ProjektGX

      I know it would help easy help them.

    • Psionicinversion

      although tbh IF MS was thinking about dropping the xbox hardware at least then this is the way to do it… put your games on PC as well and show them that PC can do way better visuals. It better to extend/migrate the xbox brand than to drop it completely.

      It wouldnt suprise me if the xbox app in win10 will gain party chat in the future…. if it does the xbox hardware is finished :d

    • Psionicinversion

      well see what forza 5 l.ooked like and the forza 5 dx12 demo where they used more powerful hardware… thatss what F5 should of looked like

    • ProjektGX

      I just using half to get my point across… It probably not close to half, but it was a good amount consoles. Not everyone personally got their console replaced by Microsoft. Some just want out and brought another one. And why do you think that console gamers don’t care about PC? I guess that console gamers you know may not, but everyone I personally know cares and knows that PC games better than console.

    • Psionicinversion

      Alot of console users think of PC gaming as a hassle and are under the impression owning PC requires tons of maintenance but the OS looks after themselves these days. If you install geforce experience or raptr it downloads the latest GPU drivers for you to or at least notifies you so your not missing out and staying upto date.

      The stability updates on consoles are basically driver updates to the OS + games to make em run better, thats why there isnt any information along side it.

    • Psionicinversion

      they wouldnt count replacements as consoles sold tbh no one does, if anything its recorded as a loss

    • Mark

      Also, there very well may be a Steam like app coming to the Xbox where we get some PC only games. Microsoft’s def tryna bring both platforms together for gaming, where they can.

  • William Perdomo

    Microsoft is pathetic this shows how bad they are and no wonder Sony is destroying them so bad while Sony is creating games Microsoft is buying time exclusives like tomb raider and minecraft. Keep in mind people Microsoft was never a gaming company it a software company so yeah that pretty much it. And the winner is Sony duhh.

    • Psionicinversion

      Minecraft will make back its $2.5billion investment THIS YEAR after that all profit.. Sony hasnt got the foresight like MS has MS keeps on owning while sony keeps on crying

    • William Perdomo

      Keep wishing lol minecraft 2billion in a year seriously GTFO that the company overall worth is 2B and who buys minecraft wow. But that Blu-ray that Microsoft has ain’t cheap though lol stop worrying on Sony worry for Microsoft they are loosing the brand by getting squash by millions of PS4s. The end Goodnight

    • Psionicinversion

      i had an amazing thougt… xbox exclusives like Forza 6 are apparently coming to win10/PC so if ALL dx12 games come to PC they maybe not considered losing because China especially is a MASSIVE PC gaming market… if MS doesnt even have to sell consoles an get massive software sales thought its DX12 line of sofwatre games… that alone will annihilate PS4, seriously

    • bardock5151

      Are you one of the idiots who believe Sony owns and is responsible for bluray?


 

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