Play­ground Games has announced that Forza Hori­zon 3 will be receiv­ing free Xbox One X enhance­ments today. This is one more addi­tion to the over 100 titles for the Xbox One X.

The stu­dio stat­ed this game is now in “native 4K”, along with list of oth­er visu­al enhance­ments. The upgrade doesn’t just apply to the base game, both Bliz­zard Moun­tain and Hot Wheels expan­sions will also receive the update to 4K.

This patch includes improved car reflec­tions and shad­ow res­o­lu­tions, improved tex­ture detail for road and ter­rain sur­faces, increased LOD and draw dis­tances, among oth­ers. Ralph Ful­ton, direc­tor at Play­ground Games, stat­ed:

On top of the obvi­ous enhance­ment to native 4K, there are a num­ber of oth­er improve­ments we’ve made which real­ly take advan­tage of the added def­i­n­i­tion 4K brings. Reflec­tions are sharp­er and clear­er, envi­ron­ment shad­ows are crisper and bet­ter defined, the qual­i­ty of motion blur has been increased to make the dri­ving expe­ri­ence sig­nif­i­cant­ly smoother, and bet­ter anisotrop­ic fil­ter­ing improves the detail vis­i­ble in envi­ron­ment tex­tures, par­tic­u­lar­ly on the roads them­selves.”

For me, the biggest improve­ment is in the com­bi­na­tion of 4K and HDR though, espe­cial­ly in Forza Hori­zon 3‘s dynam­ic time-lapse skies. The sky is such a huge part of near­ly every scene in the game that it affects the feel of the game a great deal, and the improve­ments we’ve made to reflec­tions and shad­ows real­ly com­ple­ment it.”

Ful­ton had plen­ty more to say regard­ing Forza Hori­zon 3 and all the work and changes the devel­ope­ment team made. You can see his full inter­view, here.

Source: Xbox