Forza Horizon 3 is plagued by issues on Xbox One

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Forza Horizon 3 has been available for the general public for a few days now, but playing this game has proved to be a bumpy ride for many gamers. It appears that Forza Horizon 3 issues are prevalent for Windows 10 PC, but unfortunately Xbox One gamers are also affected.

Xbox One owners didn’t at all expect to encounter issues, as they were sure the Xbox version of the game would be very stable. They were in for a big surprise as various issues appeared from day one.

The list of bugs includes install issues, freezes, crashes, graphics issues, lack of access to particular car models and the list can go on.

Forza Horizon 3 issues on Xbox One

1. The game stutters in free roam. The good news is that this strange behavior doesn’t occur during races.

2. The DLC code is unavailable. When gamers type in the code, they are informed it has already been redeemed. According to Microsoft, the code is in gamers’ accounts, and should become available on October 3rd.

[…] i spoke to Microsoft and long story short at the end he had said that the code which i told him has been received in my account and that i have to wait to see what happens. after seen a comment saying we have to wait until Monday i am a bit relieved; but i am disappointed as to how Microsoft went about this. they should of given more clear information.

3. Bonnet camera on the Sandman is inside the car, obstructing the view.

4. The multiplayer mode is unavailable. When users try to join online game groups, they are quickly sent back to the single player mode.

I was able to play online , but suddenly i can only find online adventures, but cannot join them anymore.
it just stops joining and goes back to single player

5. The pause button crashes the game. This is one of most severe bugs, forcing gamers to give up using the pause button in order to avoid crashes.

6. Certain achievements are locked when they should be available.

7. The Warthog code is not available, although it has been redeemed. The code isn’t visible in the game or in the downloads.

8. Gamers can’t import vinyls.

When trying to import vinyls from FH2, FM5 and FM6… I keep getting a message saying: “Too many saves of this file type. Please delete some from the file manger before saving any more.” […] Another issue that I am having is, when RB’ing between tabs in the vinyl group menu, it will sometimes want to give me the option to press A to “select” a vinyl, and other times, it will give me the option to press A to, “import” a vinyl (which then prompts it to give me the, “Too many saves” nonsense.). Neither does anything at all, nothing whatsoever…

9. Forza Horizon 3 won’t launch. The Xbox support engineers are collecting information about this issue from multiple users and escalating it. At least they acknowledged the issue.

I’m trying to play the game and whenever I try and launch the game all it brings up is a screen that says “No updates found” and whenever I try and click A on my controller it doesn’t do anything, the only way to get out of this screen is from pressing the Xbox home button.

10. In the ANNA tutorial, the game is not responding to any control inputs from keyboard, mouse or controller.

11.  Brake failure. With Race Brakes installed, the game sets brake pressure to 10% at a random moment. This can be fixed temporarily by going to Tuning and fixing the pressure, but the issue occurs again after a few minutes.

12. Cars seem to hit an invisible wall in free roam, and then the game itself freezes.

When I’m driving in free roam and especially when I’m in any kind of race, the car comes to a sudden stop, like it has hit an invisible wall. All cars next to/behind me also hit the wall and the game freezes until it corrects itself.
When doing challenges like racing the train, it will do the same thing but the train carries on, meaning I have to use rewind to even try and correct it or I won’t catch up. […] This game is unplayable.

13. Gamers can’t upgrade their cars. The Auction House won’t load or cars don’t reach the garage following update issues.

whenever I try to upgrade or paint a car its just endlessly saving I waited 10/15 for it to save and in the end I had to just go to the dashboard and quit it. This really needs to be fixed otherwise most people are just going to be able to have only stock cars because it stays on saving screen.

As you can see, these Forza Horizon 3 issues are really ruining the gaming experience for many Xbox One owners. Our 13-issue list covers only the most common issues reported by gamers, and isn’t an exhaustive list.

Unfortunately, as far we know, there are no workarounds available for the issues listed in this article. If you’ve come across a fix, you can list the troubleshooting steps in the comment section below.

How has your Forza Horizon 3 experience been so far?


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I have xb1 and only have an issue with 1 car. Every time I select it the game buzzes and console turns off. I can’t even delete the darn thing as not accessible. Have problems on pc too (win 10) and no my pc is not under power , it is a gaming rig. I hate to poop on the haters but it’s happening across xb1 and pc. Wind your necks in m$ and sort this out

I have just started to play forza horizon 3 first day was perfect run smooth as anything no glitches lag stutering or crashes or graphics issues but second night all off these issues started seemed to be after i upgraded byron bay to level 3 soon after the lag and stutering started then it crashed on me that was fine so restarted the game then the graphics started to bug with bits off black flashes what are ms doing to sort this out like obly played 3 days been put off by all off this totaly gutted am playing it on xbox one forza blue console

I can’t even play the game for 10 minuets Whenever im in a race I hit in invisible wall or the game freezes, when im in free roam just driving around the whole entire sky is glitching and same with the ground. Whenever i pause the game it crashes instantly and im not getting my credits from the wheel spin in total I got over 700K of wheel spin points and i Haven’t received any of them some reason. The whole game is unplayable I tried doing a hard set on the xbox that didn’t work and I tried deleting the game and reinstalling it that also didn’t work. Im done playing this game until this is fixied, Not getting credits,Cant pause the game or it’ll crash,Can’t even race,Keep hitting invisible walls,Sky is glitching and flashing black with big walls floating out of nowhere.

Huge issues with long endurance races and rewind. Cars behind you in rewind are now WAY out front and car order had changed.

I haven’t had any problems on my Xbox One until today tried to by the Car Pass and it’s not going into my password page. It says wait with the line loading and flashes for less than a Milisecond then I have to reclick on the car pass same thing tried to by just I car same thing. Will try to turn off my router and see if that fixes the problem but if I click to another game it gives me the password page.

The Goliath Circuit is broken. I’ve ran the race 9 times in 3 different cars (it’s a 10 minute lap) and have YET to complete it. Every time, I get to the last 3 check points on the beach, and the car turns itself off. The exact same point (going down the hill from pavement to beach) causes the car to die. It Doesn’t move. Engine doesn’t rev up. Brakes work but not the gas. I’ve ran with the car in automatic. I’ve turned off damage. NOTHING works. Pretty awesome waste of time.

I should note: playing on an Xbox One. Never have I had an issue with an Xbox one game. Well done T4 ????????

The Train race is hardly playable for me. I am getting 22fps… I appreciate the “cinematic feel”, but I can’t progress. Fix this stutter issue MS! Please!

this is why u should buy ur self an xbox one and get it on xbox its always better on consoles since the console version doesnt have so many issues unlike the pc version lol

I won’t buy an Xbox one on the principle that it is an under-powered hunk of junk. I will probably pick up a Scorpio, but I’ll wait on that until full specs become available. UWP is the future of gaming, you better buy a PC because “consoles” as they are now, are on their way out.

@VolkNasty, not exactly. There is still big business in the console industry and still large amounts of people who enjoy the simplicity, social and casual elements of console gaming. Having a PC is still important if you require daily productivity apps however I still prefer a console for gaming.

I will call it right now. After Scorpio Slim, that will be the last of it for MS. They will sell controller bundles with a HDMI Xbox stick and just stream from there. If people want an actual console MS will contract it out to Asus or others to take care of the hardware. Microsoft’s end game is to make money on the software as they always have. They already have PCs on USB sticks, so in 5 years, if you want to play an xbox game that is how you will play it. If you want a console, they will leave that up to their partners. We are moving to a “X as a service” model everywhere. Invest in cloud.

Xbox one is not underpowered it’s powered just enough to play these games they way they need to be played. For comparison, my brother needed to buy a new computer for €700. And stil it doesn’t look as good as it does on my xbox one(already 3 years old). If the graphics are pushed al little bit more the game crashes…

Xbox one is not underpowered it’s powered just enough to play these games they way they need to be played. For comparison, my brother needed to buy a new computer for €700. And stil it doesn’t look as good as it does on my xbox one(already 3 years old). If the graphics are pushed al little bit more the game crashes.

It’s under powered for me. I own a 4k television and want to play my games at 4k. What might be fine for you isn’t necessarily fine more me. Different strokes for different folks! I’ve got nothing but love for ya! Enjoy your day.

Thanks for your reply, im not advertising for xbox or anything hahaha but did you know the new model supports 4K. Have a Nice day also!

not even remotely close lol. never will be out bcuz genral population doesn’t have $2000 to buy a real gaming rig and putting games on low settings is depriving yourself. if you can’t play on the highest settings don’t play at all period

If you can’t see the potential in UWP then you are no techpro. I’m not even going to get in the “price of high fidelity pc gaming ” argument with you. Selling hardware is out, selling software as a service (SaaS) is in and Microsoft is a pro at it. UWP is the first step in that paradigm shift. Have a lovely day, Tootles!

sorry but have issues with xbox one it just keeps spinning and music plays but screen won’t change to anything on the game itself !

Mine will load and go straight into free roam but if I selected a menu it loads for eternity. Currently waited 30 mins and still waiting.

Not had any of these and I’ve had 80+ hours gametime since I got early release 23rd Sep. Only problem I was getting was lagging in online adventure. Everyone was lagging (ghosting all over the place) it was unplayable. Thankfully it’s better now still get the odd one though.

Actually, it depends on what currency mr.nobody is talking about. For me (Australia) it actually does cost $80, so really you are the dumbass. Secondly to use online features of the PC version a Xbox Live Gold subscription is still required.

ok didnt know but i cant tell the difference between certain games like forza i cant tell the difference on the frame rate and i mostly keep vsync on in all of my games anyways

also tell me why i should pay about $80 a year to play online when i can play for free on pc. and as for problems it takes me most of the time it takes me 10 min to fix them

its 60 dollars a year dumbass and also i do hate having to pay to play but i hate how u pc gamers are getting our games that are supposed to be console exclusives

I’ve had the game since realease, been playing since then, even playing now (it’s on pause ATM,) and I’m not having any major issues at all, as far as I can tell it plays very smoothly, shocking actually seeing how most releases are messy overall. BTW I’m playing the XB1 version, and outside of a couple of minor graphical issues, it’s been a pleasure playing thus far.

I’m having a ton of problems with fh3 stutters, dropping to 20fps ran into a bug were you can’t get the jeep at the first festival and after the festival I’m just getting constant crashes running on an i7 4790k gtx 780 and 16gb ram the game shouldnt be this badly optimised its a mess unplayable.

I have none of these issues I’m playing on xbox one and had game on day of release. Was this article written by a jelous playstation fan ???.

Definitely not. I have an Xbox One and while the game was great during pre-release, it went to garbage for me after general release. I have various issues, such as not being able to access cars that I own, the game taking 10-15 minutes to change from one car to another, and then having to actually quit the game from the home screen after finishing Freight Expectations as it spent almost 30 minutes just showing me the outside of the car after giving me my XP.

So I figure let me uninstall and redownload. Same issues, and now it won’t even let me redownload the Car Pack, tells me to check to make sure Xbox Live is up and running.

Glad my PC can run the game smooth, as now I’m playing on that.

My experience with FH3 – Faultless. This article is both poorly written and reported and there is no other suggestions of major Xbox One issues, PC however is the platform which seems to be plagued with issues. As this article is on a Windows focused website I have also come to believe this is purely in spite of Xbox One gamers and you are only trying to justify your own experience.

Not trying to come across as hating on PC, I have a PC myself and also use it to play Forza Horizon 3. All I’m trying to state is my opinion and my experiences.

Your right by the way. Just look at forums on most pc releases. I suppose it’s the nature of multiple configurations and bad development. They usually get there in the end but there are usually issues at launch and ongoing hacking issues. It’s a shame but for busy people who can’t be bothered researching how to overcome this Issues they are better off with a plug and play experience like Xbox or PlayStation.

FH3 is faultless for me also and none of my friends even mentioned any issues.

Definitely, bugs and glitches on any multi-platform game are to be expected. It’s just a pity here that Microsoft seems to have quite a few ‘bugs’ on the PC side of things. Still, probably about 200 hours into the game on Xbox One and about 70% through with absolutely zero major problems aside from occasional frame drops.

Playground Games/Microsoft may fix this eventually but a company so heavily focused on Windows should at least have a playable game at launch. Such a dismal beginning to their ‘Play Anywhere’ initiative, not exactly displaying the ‘universal operating system/apps’.

Jack, I’m running into half the issues that were mentioned on this site with my Xbox One. I have spoken to other people that are also running into these issues, so don’t assume this article was just one person’s experience.

The game runs better on my Windows 10 PC than it does on my Xbox One. I have a bugless experience on the PC and a very buggy one on the Xbox One. It shouldn’t be that way, and FH3 is the only game on the XB1 that is giving me an issue.

I didn’t realise people were experiencing major issues on the Xbox One. As far as I have seen the vast majority of XBO players have had smooth, seamless experiences while I’m also seeing many, many PC players having numerous issues, myself included. It’s a pity there are issues at all and it sucks you seem to have drawn the short straw with this release.

its the worst Experience On Pc , The stutter after paradise festival its Unbelievable , tried everything from lowering the settings to increasing the Ram switching to ssd it just wont stop HELP

Reinstall or upgrade your PC. You need a very powerful computer to run this game above 30fps. My GTX 1070 can run it at about 70fps 1440p ultra on average, but my card is the third most powerful GPU available…

Yeaaaa I too have an i7/1070 configuration and on ultra preset you dont always stay above 60fps even. The game has some major stuttering and hitching issues 2 out of 3 times running the game, with surfers paradise being almost unplayable because of the stutters. The first patch will release today and i guarantee older hardware configs will run better and hopefully our newer cards too.

Fact of the matter is that dx12 is not helping nvidia by any means at this point and actually hendering the experience. Hence the reason why Quantum Break’s dx11 release on steam last week ran on avg 10-15fps more than the UWP DX12 versiom straight out of the gate….also clearing up the stuttering that game was plagued with and still is to this day.