Forza Horizon, the open world racing game from Turn 10 Studios, will now boast Xbox SmartGlass Experience support for the Windows 8 platform. The SmartGlass app will allow you to control your Xbox 360 features through your mobile device.
So that means if you have a Windows 8 device, tablet or PC, it will serve as a second screen giving you access to game’s additional game play features, such as leaderboards, inventory selection, in-game map overview, social interaction, and so forth.
In the context of Forza Horizon, the app extension will let you open the hugeColoradomap on your Windows 8 device so that you need not pause the game while in the midst of a session.
Forza Horizon is a great open world game and since it is open world, players will need frequent visit to their maps for checking racing events, collectibles (like the upgrade discount signs) and mostly setting GPS destinations for exploration.
Though gameplay pausing has never been a major frustration, it will be more fun if you have a SmartGlass compatible device to get instant access to the game map.
Navigation with your touchscreen device will be a lot more fluid where players have the option to zoom or set way points with a simple tap. Microsoft will make the free app available for other platforms in the near future.
If you want to jump into Forza Horizon, you can purchase it for $59.99 and it’s an Xbox 360 exclusive title so no luck for the PC and PlayStation 3 gamers.