Forza Horizon 5 has arrived to set Xbox records.
According to Phil Spencer, leader of the Xbox division, Playground Games’ new game became the biggest release in Xbox Game Studios history, recording a record number of players at launch.
After early access, Forza Horizon 5 became available to all players, including Xbox Game Pass subscribers, allowing it to register 3x more players simultaneously than the previous game.
In the first few hours after launch, the Xbox Game Studios game, developed by Playground Games, saw a peak of nearly 71,000 players simultaneously on Steam, Valve’s digital PC platform.
This almost 71,000 players simultaneously was the maximum peak reached on launch day and is already almost double what was registered by Forza Horizon 4, enough to appear among the ten most played on Steam.
Spencer says that more than 4.5 million people have played on PC, cloud, and consoles, which values Xbox’s efforts to make more people play its games on as many devices as possible.