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Forza Horizon 5 editions: How to buy, prices, demo, and more

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One of the top releases of 2021 was undoubtedly Forza Horizon 5, the latest open-world racing game from Playground Games, and the number one choice among the best Xbox racing games you can play. Like previous Forza Horizon games, buying and playing Forza Horizon 5 comes with multiple options for players to choose from, with three different editions and various add-ons. Because of this, choosing what to buy can be slightly daunting. In our Forza Horizon 5 buying guide, we'll cover it all.

Here's everything you need to know about buying Forza Horizon 5 or its DLC.

How can I buy Forza Horizon 5?

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When it comes to buying Forza Horizon 5, players are actually met with a decent amount of choice and questions. Do you desire the convenience of digital or the familiarity of physical? Which edition is best for you, and what are the bonuses for buying certain editions?

There's also plenty of DLC to consider with Forza Horizon 5, which may give you rare or exclusive cars, Player Houses, help with finding Bonus Boards and Barn Finds, and much more.

One thing to keep in mind: Forza Horizon 5 fully supports Xbox Play Anywhere. If you purchase a digital copy of Forza Horizon 5 (any edition or its DLC) for Xbox or Windows through the Microsoft Store, you immediately own the game on both of those platforms. FH5 also supports cloud saves, so your progress won't be lost even if you play on both platforms (cross-save is not supported by Forza Horizon 5 on Steam).

Here are all the editions and DLC for Forza Horizon 5.

Forza Horizon 5 Standard Edition

Forza Horizon 5 editions have to start somewhere, which brings us to the Standard Edition. This is the base version of the game, and doesn't include any other DLC content or expansions.

Forza Horizon 5 Deluxe Edition

Forza Horizon 5 Deluxe Edition is the middle child in the FH5 family, and as such includes the base game and exactly one other piece of DLC to justify the added cost. This is the edition for the car collectors.

  • Includes Forza Horizon 5 Car Pass. Forza Horizon 5 Deluxe Edition includes the Forza Horizon 5 Car Pass, a DLC that introduces an additional 42 cars to the game.
    • Eight cars gifted immediately with the Forza Horizon 5 Formula Drift Cars Pack
    • One car added to Forza Horizon 5 every week, for a total of 34 additional cars
    • The Forza Horizon 5 Car Pass is available through Forza Horizon 5 Deluxe Edition, Premium Edition, the Premium Edition Add-Ons Bundle, and as a standalone purchase
    • You can check out the cars included in the Car Pass in our Forza Horizon 5 car list

Forza Horizon 5 Premium Edition

The quintessential edition for Forza Horizon fans and lovers, Forza Horizon 5 Premium Edition ramps up the cost again but includes a compelling number of DLC additions and perks over previous editions.

  • Includes Forza Horizon 5 Car Pass. Forza Horizon 5 Deluxe Edition includes the Forza Horizon 5 Car Pass, a DLC that introduces an additional 42 cars to the game.
    • Eight cars gifted immediately with the Forza Horizon 5 Formula Drift Cars Pack
    • One car added to Forza Horizon 5 every week, for a total of 34 additional cars
    • The Forza Horizon 5 Car Pass is available through Forza Horizon 5 Deluxe Edition, Premium Edition, the Premium Edition Add-Ons Bundle, and as a standalone purchase
    • You can check out the cars included in the Car Pass in our Forza Horizon 5 car list
  • Includes Forza Horizon 5 Welcome Pack. Forza Horizon 5 Premium Edition includes the Forza Horizon 5 Welcome Pack, a DLC that adds several in-game perks and bonuses when first playing the game.
    • Five specially pre-tuned cars gifted immediately
    • One Player House gifted immediately
    • An included one-time voucher that lets you purchase any car from the Autoshow
    • Three included one-time vouchers that let you purchase any Common or Rare clothing items
    • The Forza Horizon 5 Welcome Pack is available through Forza Horizon 5 Premium Edition, the Premium Add-Ons Bundle, and as a standalone purchase
    • You can check out the cars included in the Welcome Pack in our Forza Horizon 5 car list, and the included house in our Forza Horizon 5 Player Houses guide
  • Includes Forza Horizon 5 VIP Membership. Forza Horizon 5 Premium Edition includes the Forza Horizon 5 VIP Membership, a DLC that adds several in-game perks and bonuses throughout playing the game.
    • Three exclusive Forza Edition cars gifted immediately
    • One Player House gifted immediately
    • A Crown Flair, Vanity Items, Emote, and Car Horn gifted immediately
    • Races provide double the Credit rewards
    • Players gain extra Super Wheelspins every week
    • Additional bonuses and perks
    • The Forza Horizon 5 VIP Membership is available through Forza Horizon 5 Premium Edition, the Premium Add-Ons Bundle, and as a standalone purchase
    • You can check out the cars included in the VIP Membership in our Forza Horizon 5 car list, and the included house in our Forza Horizon 5 Player Houses guide
  • Includes Forza Horizon 5 Expansion One. Forza Horizon 5 Premium Edition includes Forza Horizon 5 Expansion One, which is one of two unannounced DLC expansions coming to Forza Horizon 5 in the future.
    • Forza Horizon 5 Expansion One has not been revealed yet, but will be included in Forza Horizon 5 Premium Edition when it does eventually launch
    • Forza Horizon 5 Expansion One is available through Forza Horizon 5 Premium Edition, the Premium Add-Ons Bundle, and the Forza Horizon 5 Expansions Bundle
  • Includes Forza Horizon 5 Expansion Two. Forza Horizon 5 Premium Edition includes Forza Horizon 5 Expansion Two, which is one of two unannounced DLC expansions coming to Forza Horizon 5 in the future.
    • Forza Horizon 5 Expansion Two has not been revealed yet, but will be included in Forza Horizon 5 Premium Edition when it does eventually launch
    • Forza Horizon 5 Expansion Two is available through Forza Horizon 5 Premium Edition, the Premium Add-Ons Bundle, and the Expansions Bundle

Forza Horizon 5 DLC & add-ons

Forza Horizon 5 features a ton of optional DLC content that players can opt for if they want the full experience. Most of this DLC is included in some form or another with Forza Horizon 5 editions, but a lot of the DLC is also available to purchase separately, for those who wish to personalize their FH5 experience.

Forza Horizon 5 Premium Add-Ons Bundle

The best way to get Forza Horizon 5 and all of its DLC is undoubtedly through Forza Horizon 5 Premium Edition, but players going through Xbox Game Pass, buying a physical copy of FH5, or planning to upgrade after release should consider the Forza Horizon 5 Premium Add-Ons Bundle. You get everything offered in the Premium Edition, minus the base game.

Forza Horizon 5 Expansions Bundle

The Forza Horizon 5 Expansions Bundle is for those who desire Forza Horizon 5 and all of its expansions, but have no need for the extra tidbits that come attached to the Premium Edition. This DLC includes two Forza Horizon 5 game expansions, each of which will add tons of new content and cars, when they become available.

Forza Horizon 5 Treasure Map

The Forza Horizon 5 Treasure Map is one of the more interesting DLC in this list, if only because it's not included in any other bundles or editions. This standalone DLC is very straightforward: Pay a small sum to see the locations of every bonus board and Barn Find on the FH5 map.

Forza Horizon 5 VIP Membership

The Forza Horizon 5 VIP Membership is for those who desire every advantage when playing, as it provides a whole host of exclusive perks and bonuses in FH5, including extra reward credits, Wheelspins, unique cars, cosmetic items, and more.

Forza Horizon 5 Welcome Pack

While not as long-lasting as the VIP Membership DLC, the Forza Horizon 5 Welcome Pack is a cost-effective way for new or returning players to get a boost at the beginning of the game. This DLC includes five pre-tuned cars, vouchers for cars and cosmetic items, and more.

Forza Horizon 5 Car Pass

For those who just want a boost to their garage in FH5, the Forza Horizon 5 Car Pass can be purchased as a standalone DLC. This DLC includes the Formula Drift Cars Pack right off the bat with eight cars, and introduces an additional car every week until you get a total of 42 new vehicles.

Forza Horizon 5 Formula Drift Cars Pack

The Forza Horizon 5 Formula Drift Cars Pack includes eight fantastic vehicles and adds them to your garage immediately, without having to wait for the weekly add of the Car Pass. While you're not getting nearly as many cars as the Car Pass or Premium Add-Ons Bundle, this is a more affordable alternative.

Forza Horizon 5 physical edition

Digital games have effectively taken over the video game industry, but there remains a large number of players who still prefer physical copies of all their games. Forza Horizon 5 is absolutely available as a physical disc, but players will be more limited in their options.

Here's what you need to know about Forza Horizon 5's physical edition.

  • Forza Horizon 5 Standard Edition only. If you want to buy Forza Horizon 5 as a physical disc, you'll be limited to Forza Horizon 5 Standard Edition, which only offers the base game.
  • Can be upgraded. If you want the additional DLC and content included in Forza Horizon 5 Premium Edition, you are able to purchase the Forza Horizon 5 Premium Add-Ons Bundle and pair it with your physical copy of Forza Horizon 5, or purchase other DLC individually.
  • Xbox Series X and Xbox One compatible. Physical editions of Forza Horizon 5 support Smart Delivery, and are compatible with Xbox Series X and Xbox One consoles. Xbox Series S and Xbox One S All-Digital are not supported since they don't have disc drives.
  • No PC support. At the moment, there is no option to purchase a physical copy of Forza Horizon 5 for PC.

What are the accessories and hardware for Forza Horizon 5?

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It's obvious that Forza Horizon 5 has a mind-boggling amount of DLC and additional content available already, but FH5 is also delivering when it comes to hardware and accessories. As Playground Games and Xbox Game Studios announce new partnerships or developments, you'll find them here.

Forza Horizon 5 Limited Edition Xbox Wireless Controller

Forza Horizon 5 Xbox Wireless Controller Image

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The Forza Horizon 5 Limited Edition Xbox Wireless Controller may be a mouthful, but it's an incredible-looking piece of hardware that captures the best of both worlds: high-speed action in Forza Horizon 5 and the high-tech comfort of the Xbox Wireless Controller. This is the new design for Xbox Series X|S, including the new Share button. This Limited Edition controller features design elements like a semi-translucent yellow body and custom racing-like grips.

On top of that, this controller actually features exclusive in-game DLC for Forza Horizon 5, including:

  • 1932 Ford De Luxe Five-Window Coupé Forza Edition with custom FH5-themed livery
  • Cosmetic Vanity Item
  • Cosmetic Emote

The Forza Horizon 5 Limited Edition Xbox Wireless Controller is now available. However, you might want to act fast, as this controller likely has limited stock and has been in high demand.

Is there a demo for Forza Horizon 5?

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Previous Forza Horizon games have historically featured a demo that lets players experience a slice of the full game before purchasing, often with in-game rewards for doing so. However, Forza Horizon 5 does not feature a demo, and likely will not moving into the future.

Playground Games' reasoning is that the constant influx of new information and gameplay for Forza Horizon 5 ahead of launch negated the need for a demo. FH5 is also available through Xbox Game Pass from day one on Xbox, PC, and the cloud. While this will inevitably disappoint players looking forward to playing a little bit of Forza Horizon 5 before buying (or players looking for those demo rewards), it just didn't make sense for Playground to divert resources to build a demo this time around.

What is Forza Horizon 5?

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Forza Horizon 5 is the latest entry in the long-running Forza Horizon franchise, which features open-world racing games centered around the fabled Horizon Festival. Playground Games, situated comfortably under the Xbox Game Studios banner, is renowned for delivering vast, detailed, and generally excellent semi-simulation arcade racing games, and Forza Horizon 5 improves upon its predecessor in nearly every way.

Playground incorporated a ton of community feedback, with Forza Horizon 5 including improvements like the Forza Horizon 5 map, set in Mexico, which is significantly larger and more varied. There's also a more involved and deeper singleplayer story, superior and more integrated online features, improved customization, and more. The Forza Horizon 5 car list at launch is the biggest of any game in the franchise, so players have no shortage of impeccably recreated vehicles from which to choose.

Our Forza Horizon 5 review concluded that Playground has successfully delivered the "unchallenged champion of open-world racers," with every moment of the game an absolute joy. It's not just a great racing game, Forza Horizon 5 is also one of the best Xbox games in general. For more information, be sure to check out our Forza Horizon 5 ultimate guide.

Forza Horizon 5 is now available for Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S, Xbox One, PC, and Xbox Cloud Gaming. Forza Horizon 5 is even available through Xbox Game Pass.

Zachary Boddy
Zachary Boddy

Zachary Boddy is the Minecraft Expert and a News Writer for Windows Central, Android Central, and iMore. They have been gaming and writing for most of their life, and have been freelancing for Windows Central and its sister sites since 2019, with a focus on Xbox and PC gaming. You can find Zachary on Twitter @BoddyZachary.

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  • Can't I buy the DLC and extras with my existing Game Pass game (as included with the subscription? Is there an edition upgrade to buy?