The next chapter in Microsoft's racing franchise is now official, announced alongside the world exclusive unveiling of the new Porsche 911 GT2 on stage in LA at E3 2017.

Forza and the motor industry are getting ever closer, but the headline news here is that Forza 7 will run at 4K and 60FPS on the Xbox One X. That's right, 4K60! It launches on October 3, so if you're getting the newest console, it'll be right there waiting on day one.

This is the most ambitious title in the series to date with over 700 cars included from the world's greatest brands, including Porsche, Lamborghini and many more. There'll also be the usual good selection of locations, with 30 circuits and a whole bunch of different track layouts to race on them. As with Forza Horizon 3, it'll support Xbox Play Anywhere so PC gamers aren't left out, and naturally, that version will also support 4K gaming.

The devil is in the detail, with dynamic weather included in the latest Forza Motorsport for the first time, including more realistic puddles when the going gets tough. It isn't limited to just rain, either, as heat will affect your car's performance, too.

As ever there will be more than one version to buy, and folks picking up the Ultimate Edition will get it a little earlier on September 29.

Now available for pre-order at your local Microsoft Store and microsoft.com, Forza Motorsport 7 arrives worldwide on October 3 exclusively on the Xbox One family of devices and Windows 10 PCs via Xbox Play Anywhere. Special editions include the Deluxe and Ultimate Editions, complete with exclusive, digital-only bonus content, VIP membership, and access to the Day One Car Pack. In addition, Ultimate Edition owners will receive early access to the game on September 29 and the Forza Motorsport 7 Car Pass that gives you access to upcoming car packs.

Of particular interest to PC gamers will be support for their favorite USB wheel controllers. Xbox has a selection, but the PC has had more, for longer, and there's good news for folks who keep clinging to their old favorite. Forza 7 on PC will support basically all of them, as announced on stage at the PC Gaming Show at E3.

All we've had right now is a sneak peek, but rest assured there'll be much more to come. Keep it locked to Windows Central for the best of this and Microsoft's other announcements from E3 2017.

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Updated: Added information on USB wheel support for the PC version of Forza 7