Forza Horizon 5 preload now live, starting at 103GB on Xbox and PC

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

What you need to know

  • Forza Horizon 5 preloads are now live on Xbox consoles and PC via the Microsoft Store ahead of its Nov. 9, 2021 release date.
  • Download sizes start at 103GB on Xbox Series X|S consoles and PC, while the Xbox One download clocks in at a larger 116GB.
  • Forza Horizon 5 preloads will go live for PC preorders via Steam at a later date.

Forza Horizon 5 developer Playground Games recently announced the project had "gone gold," an industry milestone denoting the end of development. While work on the title remains underway, with Forza Horizon 5 slated to receive updates for months to come, the title appears to be locked in for its Nov. 9, 2021, release date.

Crossing the finish line has seen Forza Horizon 5 preloads follow on Xbox consoles and Windows PCs, providing an opportunity to download the title before release. Forza Horizon 5 clocks in at 103GB on the latest Xbox Series X|S consoles and Windows PCs, while the Xbox One version climbs to 116GB. Preloads will also follow for Forza Horizon 5 on Steam at a later date.

The preload is available to anyone with a Forza Horizon 5 preorder, plus those with an active Xbox Game Pass subscription, granting access from launch day. The Xbox app on iOS and Android also boasts similar functionality for Xbox console users. The game will be playable from Nov. 9, although early Nov. 5 access is available via the $100 Premium Edition.

The title is also among the first latest-generation experiences leveraging the new hardware to shrink installation sizes, thanks to considerations for new solid-state drive (SSD) storage.

"We've reduced the install footprint of Forza Horizon 5 on those systems by optimizing our assets for higher bandwidth streaming," stated Turn 10 Studios communications specialist Alan Walsh in a blog post. Forza Horizon 5 also pledges shorter load times Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S, a common benefit to playing on these systems.

Forza Horizon 5 launches on Nov. 9, 2021, on Xbox consoles and PC. The title is now available to preorder starting from $60, with access also granted to all tiers of Microsoft's Xbox Game Pass subscription service, alongside many of the other best Xbox Game Pass games.

Matt Brown

Matt Brown was formerly a Windows Central's Senior Editor, Xbox & PC, at Future. Following over seven years of professional consumer technology and gaming coverage, he’s focused on the world of Microsoft's gaming efforts. You can follow him on Twitter @mattjbrown.