Here’s the deal, we didn’t get to actually play Forza 5. Instead, we were shown a guided demo that talked about Forza Vista, Cloud Compute, and the game’s dynamic score. I normally wouldn’t write about this, as I think hands-on time is more important, but this is some really impressive stuff that deserves to be spoken about at every possible opportunity.
Let’s start with Forza Vista. I know, I know; walking around cars isn’t the most exciting thing to the layman, but for a car buff, it’s truly unique. Never before has the average person been given this kind of access to cars of this caliber. With Forza 4, this was available on 24 cars. Forza 5, it’s all of them, which is hundreds (no official number was given).
In Forza Vista, you can do a walk around of every car. That’s not just you rotating a camera and seeing how pretty the car is in this controlled environment. You can open the doors and hop in the cockpit, you can hear the engine sounds as they were recorded from the actual vehicle. On top of this, Top Gear is back for Forza 5, so it’s likely that we’ll get to hear the sultry voices of James May, Jeremy Clarkson, and Richard Hammond speaking about the cars again. Trust me, that’s a step up from just Clarkson.
Forza 5 also takes advantage of Xbox One’s Cloud Compute, which uses the ‘cloud’ to process additional information, allowing for a higher fidelity of information to be used at one time. In Forza’s case, this means that it’s constantly learning from your play style. If you like coating all your cars in 24K Gold, it’ll suggest that automatically when you purchase a car.
Edited On 28 Jun, 2013