Forza Horizon 3 PC Performance Issues Could Be Due to DRM

Microsoft Studios’ Forza Horizon 3 officially launched earlier today for all platforms. The PC version, though, has come into the spotlight for all the wrong reasons.

According to reports from users, including early adopters who have been playing it since September 23, Forza Horizon 3 is stuttering on PC. The constant frame-buffering is random and not isolated to certain scenarios, say to a specific map or location.

The initial assumption that users are asking too much from their systems has already been chalked out. Forza Horizon 3 requires heavy-duty hardware to run on Ultra settings at 1080p, such as an Nvidia GTX 970 or AMD R9 290X with at least 12GB of RAM. Players facing stuttering on PC are already boasting rigs that should be able to run the game with ease.

It’s uncertain as to what exactly is causing the performance issues. Some players are claiming that the game’s DRM is at fault. Forza Horizon 3 uses Windows’ Encryption File System on PC. The feature encrypts and decrypts game files on-the-fly as they are installed on a system.

Preliminary tests conducted by individuals do not bring evidence to back the DRM theory. However, they do prove that the stuttering is connected to heavy CPU usage. The game is apparently causing CPUs to bottleneck which shouldn’t be the case in most scenarios.

Halo 5 Forge uses the same encryption process on PC and there were no similar issues reported. Hence, it’s unlikely that the DRM is at fault here in the case of Forza Horizon 3. We’ll have to wait for Playground Games to discover the cause for what could be a minor optimization problem.

A hotfix should remedy the issue. Either that or the developer will wait for the game’s first patch to address multiple problems that could arise in the coming days. That’s not saying the game is riddled with issues. No release is perfect and players are sooner or later going to discover bugs or various other issues that need to be addressed.

Source PC Invasion

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