Forza Horizon 5 brings back seasonal weather changes, but with one key tweak

Forza Horizon 5’s weather system takes inspiration from the diversity of Mexico.
Forza Horizon 5‘s E3 2021 reveal brought us a first look at gameplay. In particular, the game’s weather system was much more pronounced, with 3D particles, god rays, and a varied range of effects new to the series.
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But the reveal didn’t touch on one, somewhat controversial aspect of Forza Horizon 4. That being seasonal weather. In the 2018 game, Playground was able to dictate the weather for all players server-side. The game automatically rotated through the four seasons every month, but that also meant that certain activities become unavailable/harder under certain conditions.
As impressive as it was, many felt having a set season every week was too limiting and a little artificial. While Playground didn’t say if this weekly structure will return in Forza Horizon 5, the developer outlined how it’s approaching seasons in the upcoming game.
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Microsoft Flight Simulator is 30fps on Xbox Series X/S

Asobo has clarified a few details about Microsoft Flight Simulator on Xbox.
Microsoft Flight Simulator was only just announced for Xbox Series X/S, but developer Asobo is already talking about a few specifics.
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The studio confirmed, via the game’s official Twitter account, that Microsoft Flight Simulator is a 30fps game on Xbox Series X/S. This isn’t particularly surprising, either, as it’s one of the most demanding games on PC, where many setups struggle to maintain 60fps.
What’s interesting, however, is that the Tweet also confirms that players whose TVs support VRR (Variable Refresh Rate), will be able to enjoy a smoother experience. When connected to a supported TV, Microsoft Flight Simulator will run at framerates above 30fps.
The Tweet doesn’t clarify what this means, but it appears the game is going to offer an unlocked framerate option, where the framerate is going to vary depending on the scene. In those cases, VRR can smooth out these fluctuations, which is wh..

DICE will be talking Battlefield 2042’s reveal today in a livestream

DICE developers are going to sit down for a chat about Battlefield 2042 today.
EA and DICE have announced an impromptu Battlefield 2042 livestream, where members of the development team are going to talk about the game’s first week of reveals.
The show airs today on Battlefield’s Twitch channel, at 8am PT, 11am ET, 4pm UK. It’s mainly going to be a discussion between DICE general manager, Oskar Gabrielson, and senior design director, Daniel Berlin. But you should also expect some of the game’s other developers to show up.
We’ve embedded the stream below:
You should probably keep your expectations in check. We’re not likely to get any new gameplay footage after Sunday’s gameplay reveal. This is mostly looking like a chat with team members, though we do hope they mention some new details.
Our next stop is EA Play Live in July, where we’re going to learn about DICE LA’s secret new experience, one of three in Battlefield 2042.
Battlefield 2042 is out October 22 on PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, a..