Forza Horizon 3, a new entry to the Forza series officially released today across the world for two platforms, whereas those who pre-ordered the game were reportedly playing the game since September 23rd and we some gameplay footages as well.
As usual, the game is running smoothly at 30 frames per second on the Xbox One, while for many PC gamers, they are having a hard time while trying to run the game at 60 frames with Ultra settings (MSAA turned off) and many others reported frame rate drop and stuttering issues on PC. Forza Horizon 3 is no doubt a hardware hog and requires a demanding system specification to run the game with Ultra settings and higher resolution.
Forza Horizon 3 Stuttering Issue on PC Possible Due to DRM
According to a report published by DSOGaming, Forza Horizon 3 and Halo 5 Forge use Windows’ Encrypting File System (EFS) to encrypt and decrypt the game’s files “on-the-fly” when both the games are installed on any system. Recently, Microsoft decided to go with a new encryption system for the appx formats and according to the report, that may be the reason causing stuttering issues.
Whereas another Reddit user named ‘dkhavilo’ claims that he performed some testing on his system to find the issue causing stuttering and concluded that there isn’t a concrete evidence to blame the issue on the new format encryption, however there is a relation between more CPU usage during decryption of the appx files and stuttering. Furthermore, performance overlay programs such as MSI Afterburner are also not supported with the Windows Universal Platform (WUP), making it more difficult to confirm the cause behind it.
However, the issue could be a part of game optimization as well, since the game is released today and both the graphics cards manufacturers will be releasing Forza Horizon 3 updated drivers and the developer might release a patch very soon. The developer Playground Games is expected to address the reported issue soon. Stay tuned for more updates!