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Is Forza Horizon 5 cross-platform? Crossplay guide for Xbox & PC

Published: 16/Nov/2021 4:50 Updated: 16/Nov/2021 4:58

by Alec Mullins

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Forza Horizon 5 arrives on Xbox & PC on November 5, but can you play cross-platform with your friends? Here’s everything we know about Forza crossplay.

The Forza Horizon series is well-renowned for its signature open-world racing experience and fans will no doubt be excited to jump back into the franchise on release day.

Whether you’re looking to prove your mettle as a racer, hunt down Barn Finds, or simply kill some time in the new Horizon Arcade, there are plenty of online play options available to those who are looking for such an experience.

Since the game is going to be available on Xbox consoles & PC, there is still the lingering question of whether or not your friends will be able to join you in cross-platform play races across Forza Horizon 5’s Mexico map.

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A screenshot of two cars driving through a street in the FH5 map.
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Racing with friends is part of what makes the Forza Horizon series a special experience.

Does Forza Horizon 5 have crossplay?

Yes, Forza Horizon 5 will support full cross-platform capabilities between the Xbox family of consoles and the PC version.

This means that every player who owns the game will be able to connect to their friends, provided they have reached the in-game requirements to do so. In Forza Horizon 4, this meant completing one full seasonal rotation before being able to squad up.

Will Forza Horizon 5 support cross-platform play?

While there’s no limit to who you can play with, Horizon 5 does have some limits on retaining your progress across platforms.

According to the Forza Motorsport FAQ page, it says it will allow players to keep their progress regardless of which platform they’re playing on, with the exception of Steam users.

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While they’ll still be able to connect to anyone else in the game, there is no way to transfer a save from the Steam platform to any of the Xbox consoles.

A screenshot of the Bronco Badlands in Forza Horizon 5
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If you’re concerned about the performance difference between PC & Xbox, you can always turn off crossplay in your Xbox settings.

How to turn crossplay off on Xbox

If you’re concerned about the PC competition having a one-up on you, there is a way to prevent meeting them in matchmaking.

To turn off cross-play in FH5, all you need to do is simply follow these steps:

  1. Go to your Xbox settings
  2. Scroll to ‘Account‘ and head to ‘Privacy and Online Safety
  3. Select ‘Xbox Live Privacy
  4. Click on ‘View Details and Customize
  5. Next, choose ‘Communications and Multiplayer
  6. Change ‘You can play with people outside Xbox Live‘ to block

That’s it! You’ll now be prevented from matching up with PC players. However, restricting this will likely increase your queue times, so keep this in mind when turning crossplay off.

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Does Forza Horizon 5 have cross-progression?

While Forza Horizon 5 supports crossplay between Xbox consoles and PC, cross-progression isn’t supported. That means, if you’ve played Forza either on Xbox or PC, that saved data cannot transfer to the other platform and you’ll have to start from scratch.

So, while you can still enjoy Forza Horizon 5 with friends on different platforms, be sure to choose the platform you want to play on wisely.


So, there you have it – everything you need to know about crossplay and cross-platform features in Forza Horizon 5.

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