Forza Horizon 5 Xbox history just made. It has grown to become the biggest Xbox game and Xbox Game Pass game of all time in its opening week with a whopping 10 million players.
Microsoft announced the good news on Thursday on Twitter:
Forza Horizon 5 takes place in Mexico and players can play the open world racing game online or alone – although I’ve heard that online racing load times can be this long the deeply slow matchmaking times in Halo infinite.
So how did a racing game soar to the top of the Xbox charts? Is that really the Well? What’s happening?
The simple answer is Xbox Game Pass, but a better answer is:
Xbox Game Pass + Cross Platform / Crossplay (on Xbox One, Xbox Series X, and PC) + Xbox Cloud Gaming + yes it’s darn good = great success.
This is Microsoft’s strategy, and it is a very good one. Xbox is no longer just an Xbox console. Xbox is a platform that includes PC and any device you use to stream an Xbox game through Xbox Cloud Gaming thanks to Game Pass Forza Horizon 5 supports.
This combination of accessibility, game streaming, cross-platform and cross-play is the secret weapon currently used by Xbox and. drives Forza Horizon 5 Success, and while Sony has lots of great games, PlayStation just doesn’t have anything like it.
Forza Horizon 5 proves that Microsoft is on the right track, and definitely on the right track, as the Xbox transforms from a console to something less hardware-focused and ubiquitous. That doesn’t mean the box itself is going away, just that Microsoft’s gaming platform is finally starting to see its potential as something more.
Just rewind a few years and play a game like Force Horizont wasn’t available on that many devices, wasn’t available as part of your Xbox Game Pass subscription, and you certainly couldn’t buy and get it on Xbox on Xbox. All of that has changed as Xbox and Xbox Game Pass and Xbox Cloud Gaming began to grow together on one platform.
And that, along with the game’s great races, is why Forza Horizon 5 is such a huge success.