Forza Horizon 3’s Hot Wheels Expansion Out Now Alongside Big PC Update

The cool-looking Hot Wheels expansion for Microsoft’s racing game Forza Horizon 3 is out now on Xbox One and PC. As announced previously, the add-on brings ten Hot Wheels cars to the game, including the 2012 Rip Rod and 2011 Bone Shaker, and new courses to drive on with corkscrews and loops on the trademark orange tracks.

This is Horizon 3’s second major expansion, following Blizzard Mountain. The open-world racing game has also received a number of additional vehicles through DLC.

The Hot Wheels expansion is included with Forza Horizon 3’s $35 Expansion Pass (which also comes with Blizzard Mountain) or it can be purchased on its own for $20.

Arriving alongside the Hot Wheels expansion today is a big new update for the PC version of Forza Horizon 3. It adds support for even more racing wheels (see the full list here) and also makes changes to the game’s architecture such that the game sees a “significant CPU performance gain” on high or ultra setts for PCs that meet at least the recommended spec.

Additionally, the “thread model” has been updated to “make better use of all available cores.” There is also a new option in the graphics tab to toggle this off; you can find the option in the Video Settings menu under a new tab for “Threaded Optimization.”

Even more graphics options come to Forza Horizon 3 on PC with today’s new update, aiming to help improve frame rate for people playing on lower-spec rigs. These options include:

  • Dynamic Geometry Quality now has a Very Low option
  • World Car Level of Detail now has a Very Low option

What’s more, every Forza Horizon 3 graphics option has had its description tweaked to explain how the individual setts impact CPU and GPU performance, as well as available VRAM. Finally, the game’s minimum spec has been lowered to the following:

Minimum Specification:

  • CPU: i3-4170 @ 3.7Ghz
  • GPU: Nvidia GT 740 | AMD R7 250x
  • VRAM: 2GB GDDR5
  • RAM: 8 GB
  • Hard drive type: HDD
  • Resolution: 1280 X 720
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