After all, the next Forza Motorsport game could be coming to Xbox One

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Microsoft introduced Forza Motorsport two years ago, but we’ve seen almost nothing since then. Initially thought to be a console-exclusive for Xbox Series X and S, with a PC release to follow, leaked photographs hint it may also be coming to Xbox One.

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Two pre-release photos of Forza Motorsport, believed to have been taken in July 2021, appeared on r/gamingleaksandrumors over the weekend. The photographs themselves aren’t particularly interesting; they merely show a garage and a team preparing to begin the race, but they’re said to be from an Xbox One build.

That has since been “proved” by a mod on this subreddit, though Microsoft and Turn 10 have yet to confirm it. Separate Forza Motorsport reports surfaced around the same time, courtesy of Windows Central’s Jez Corden, who stated in the weekly Xbox Two podcast that the game is in beta and that several influencers have already played it.

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Microsoft only released this description on the YouTube video – which you can see below – when it was first revealed in July 2020 “Forza Motorsport lets you experience the capabilities of the Xbox Series X. For a new age, automotive entertainment is redefined.”

There hasn’t been any word of an Xbox One version before, which would be surprising considering how it’s anticipated to take advantage of newer capabilities like 4K resolution and ray tracing.

We still don’t know when Forza Motorsport will be released, but there’s a decent chance we’ll find out next month. Even though E3 has been cancelled, Microsoft has announced the Xbox & Bethesda Showcase 2022 on June 12. If the game is already in beta testing, there’s a good chance we’ll discover more there.

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Xbox One support is dwindling

If this is accurate, Forza Motorsport may be the last major first-party Microsoft game to be released for the Xbox One. Last year, we saw significant cross-generation support, with Forza Horizon 5 and Halo Infinite arriving on Xbox One alongside Xbox Series X and S, with Smart Delivery allowing you to play on both platforms without paying twice.

However, 2022 appears to be a different story, and As Dusk Falls is now the only other future Xbox Game Studios project announced on both platforms. Given that the Xbox Series will be two years old this November, it’s not bad for a last-gen system.

Though we already have one new-gen exclusive in Microsoft Flight Simulator, Microsoft has been a great backer of cross-generation gaming. However, upcoming titles such as Starfield, Senua’s Saga: Hellblade 2, Fable, Perfect Dark, and Avowed have only been confirmed on Xbox Series X and S, indicating the end of an era.

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If you’re still on Xbox One and can’t afford to upgrade, there’s a solution in the form of Xbox Cloud Gaming. You’ll need a strong internet connection to play these exclusives through the older system via streaming, which is only available to Xbox Game Pass Ultimate users.

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