Forza Horizon 5 releases hotfix update to resolve saving issue on Xbox Series X|S

Forza Horizon 5 Gamescom Screenshot
Forza Horizon 5 Gamescom Screenshot (Image credit: Xbox Game Studios)

What you need to know

  • Forza Horizon 5 is an ambitious, critically acclaimed open-world racing game from Playground Games and Xbox Game Studios.
  • A recent patch update for the title fixed plenty of bugs, but also introduced brand-new issues, including a nasty saving issue on Xbox Series X|S consoles.
  • The issue saw players encounter an infinite saving screen when attempting to apply custom tunes, upgrades, or paints to cars, or when saving anything to FH5's servers.
  • On Tuesday, Playground Games released a hotfix update just to fix this saving issue, which is rolling out now to Xbox Series X and S owners.

Forza Horizon 5 players, especially on Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S consoles, have been left partially in limbo after a major FH5 patch update introduced as many new issues as it fixed last week. The most concerning of the issues for many players was a saving problem on Xbox Series X|S consoles, which made it nearly impossible to engage with many parts of the game without frequent freezes and restarts.

On Tuesday, Playground Games released the Dec. 7, 2021 hotfix update for Forza Horizon 5, which aims to fix this problem and nothing more. Hopefully, Xbox Series X|S players will be able to return to FH5 and play like normal after installing the update. Additional fixes and improvements are undoubtedly heading to Forza Horizon 5 in the future, but Playground focused on fixing the biggest issue first.

The hotfix update is now available to install on Xbox Series X and Series S consoles, and comes out at around ~2GB. It's always recommended to install FH5 updates as soon as possible so you can connect to online features, but it's especially important in this case if you've been encountering the dreaded save issue bug.

In case you missed it, Playground recently detailed new features and content coming to Forza Horizon 5 with its Series 2 and 3 updates, which kicks off with a new Festival Playlist on Thursday, Dec. 9, 2021. The Series 2 and 3 updates will add 24 new cars, a ton of new events and challenges, new decorations to the world, and much more.

In our Forza Horizon 5 review, we concluded that FH5 is an obvious choice on our list of best Xbox racing games, even with the online growing pains it has experienced since launch. Playground has been transparent and communicative about its efforts to improve the experience, which sits on top of a mountain of single-player content. If you want to learn more about this open-world racing gem, be sure to check out our ultimate guide to Forza Horizon 5.

The full changelog for Forza Horizon 5's Dec. 7, 2021 hotfix update includes:

Bug fixes

  • Fixed an issue that would cause some players to become stuck when attempting to save on Xbox Series consoles
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