Best Xbox One Racing Games Windows Central 2021

Start those engines, grab the wheel, and put the pedal to the metal. We've rounded up the very best racing games for Xbox One, and each option is well worth a look. Whether you're a hardcore racing game enthusiast or a more casual player, there's a game out there for you.

Forza Horizon 4

★ Featured favorite: Forza Horizon 4

Microsoft's latest, Forza Horizon 4, is an accessible arcade racer ideal for any gamer. Staged in the British countryside, it presents leading visuals and a vast open-world filled with activities.

Forza Motorsport 7

Full throttle: Forza Motorsport 7

Forza Motorsport 7 is one for track fanatics, framed as the most prominent, most ambitious racer Microsoft has attempted. It's the poster child for Xbox One X, packing 700 cars and stacks of circuits in 4K and 60 FPS.

DiRT Rally 2.0

White-knuckle rally: DiRT Rally 2.0

Doubling down on the series' strengths, DiRT Rally 2.0 is an unbeatable off-road simulation on Xbox One. Its gripping vehicular handling rewards the best, spanning a variety of rigorous stages, with more to come. And it's tons of fun.

F1 2020

Supersonic racing: F1 2020

The latest official Formula 1 game encapsulates every aspect of the lightning-fast single-seater series. You can now further tune the experience to your liking, without losing immersion in its glitz and glamor.

DiRT 4

Muddy mayhem: DiRT 4

Taking racing beyond the roads, DiRT 4 is the premier Xbox One rally experience in 2018. There are different vehicles, locations, and conditions on offer, coming as close to (or as far from) reality as desired.

Project Cars 2

Big leagues: Project Cars 2

If striving for a more in-depth simulation, Project Cars 2 could be for you. Fixing problems that plagued its predecessor, this realistic racer is looking better than ever on Microsoft's console.

The Crew 2

Open-world wonder: The Crew 2

The Crew 2 is a wild amalgamation of cars, bikes, boats, and planes set in a digital open-world take on the U.S. There are hours of activities and locations to explore, wrapped in sleek 4K visuals.

Burnout Paradise Remastered

Pure carnage: Burnout Paradise Remastered

Insane speed, wild jumps, and absurd accidents return in Burnout Paradise's revival for modern consoles. After a full makeover, everything about this classic arcade racer is hard not to love.

GRID Xbox One

Lead the pack: GRID

GRID returns one decade since its debut, featuring race-spec rides and a wealth of varied tracks. While aligning with today's racer standards, including leading AI and physics, it's full of what made the original so fun, and it's now built for modern consoles.


Join the pack: NASCAR Heat 5

Even without a substantial leap over its last entry, NASCAR Heat 5 emerges as the best for fans of the iconic stockcar racing series. It has all the official cars, drivers, and circuits for full authenticity while looking sharp on Xbox One X.

Full speed ahead

Microsoft's latest racing entry, Forza Horizon 4, is easily among the top games on Xbox One today – even for those who aren't fans of the genre. The game offers a sizeable and faithful recreation of the United Kingdom, housing hundreds of coveted cars and challenging races for all. And committed to regular new content, it's a racing package that can support countless hours of fun.

While titles like DiRT 4 and F1 2020 may have limited appeal, these deliver a perfected approach to their classes of motoring. DiRT doubles down on rallying with its responsive terrains and hefty handling, while the high-speed thrill of Formula 1 never fades away. Regardless, no matter which game you play, there's value to be found in all these Xbox One racers.

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