Thankfully, the Xbox One version of the game doesn't seem to be suffering when it comes to pre-downloading Forza Motorsport 7. The game clocks in at around 65GB on consoles, but the PC version which is upwards of 100GB (due to its 4K assets) is struggling to unpack properly for lots of people. Thankfully, Microsoft is working to repair the issues.
If you take a quick glance at the Forza subreddit or the official Forza forums, there are several threads complaining about issues with downloading the game. The problems seem to stem from the Windows 10 Store's continued inability to handle larger file sizes properly.
I spoke to a Microsoft spokesperson regarding this issue, and they acknowledged the problem, stating that there are "many" people working to fix it.
An official statement on the Forza forums states that it's only a "small" subset of customers suffering from issues, but that won't be much comfort to those struggling to download the game. Microsoft also goes on to claim that the issues are caused by "intermittent" internet connections.
The Windows 10 Store seems to have been suffering from various other problems recently, with even smaller apps like my own Mail & Calendar returning an "Error" message when attempting a download. But those are only smaller files. There are some horror stories out there about Forza 7's repeated download failures obliterating people's data caps.
The fact is, other game delivery services like Steam, Battle.net, and EA's Origin never suffer from these sorts of problems. While it has improved over time, if Microsoft ever wants the Windows 10 Store to be regarded as anything other than a frustrating hoop to jump through for PC gamers accustomed to Steam, the Windows 10 Store still needs boatloads of polish.
We'll keep you posted on any further updates.
Jez Corden is a Senior Editor for Windows Central, focusing primarily on all things Xbox and gaming. Jez is known for breaking exclusive news and analysis as relates to the Microsoft ecosystem while being powered by caffeine. Follow on Twitter @JezCorden and listen to his Xbox Two podcast, all about, you guessed it, Xbox!
Microsoft, always with a fix... COMING SOON
I installed the demo from the store One bad point : before laucnhing any track I had to wait for a few minutes while the UI had small freezes until the start button was activated. I guess it was unpacking data, or downloading more, but that's not a good experience... One very good point : while on steam I download games at 10Mo/s, on the MS Store I downloaded the demo at 50Mo/s ! A pleasure for such a big game ! Not everything is bad with the MS store...
I had the demo at one point installed it worked fine. I removed it. I picked up Forza 7 standard for $35 a digital copy, It's installed on my Xbox one S with no problems. I tried to install it on Windows 10 (it is play anywhere), and as soon as I select "install" the store closes (it just completely closes, if I try again, it does the same thing). I can download other apps fine. Any idea or is this the bug you speak of ?
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