| Thursday, November 1, 2012
If you don’t have a Kinect, but do have a Windows 8 PC, on the fly map access in Forza Horizon just got a bit easier. With the launch of Windows 8 and Xbox SmartGlass this week, Microsoft and Turn 10 were able to introduce one of the first games to have the cross-platform functionality that the combination provides, with the release of the Forza Horizon SmartGlass Experience just a couple of days ago. Providing an experience superior to Bing Maps (because it actually knows where everything is), you can now explore the interactive map as you would any other map software on a touch-capable device, pinch-to-zoom gestures and all.
The Forza Horizon SmartGlass Experience allows you to explore the game’s version of the open roads of Colorado with what is likely to be greater ease than you would with the controller in-game, as you can interact with specific points simply by touching them, rather than having to move a cursor over using a control stick. It also includes all of the locations of special items, like smashable upgrade discount signs, new race events and others, plus event filtering and other useful tools. Oh, and did I mention that it’s free?