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Turn 10 announces Forza beta for PC, details what your PC needs to hit the apex

More than a decade into the franchise’s lineage, Forza Motorsport makes its PC debut this year in the form of Apex, a free-to-play version of the sixth mainline instalment that launched on Xbox One in 2015. Now, Turn 10 Studios has announced an open beta for the release, which is set to begin next month.

Community manager Brian Ekberg describes the team at Turn 10 as “obsessed with performance” in a blog post that was published yesterday on the official Xbox news wire. To that end, the studio is using the open beta as a method of fine-tuning the game to perform well over a “diverse selection of hardware setups.”

Ekberg offered up a few morsels of information for fans looking forward to Apex, including the promise of wheel support. Unfortunately, the post also confirms that the livery editor from the Xbox One version of the game will not be making the jump, although a selection of curated designs will be made available.

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System requirements for the game are also being publicized. Turn 10 is advising players that an Intel Core i3-4170 CPU, 8GB of RAM and 30GB of storage space are the minimum requirements, alongside either an Nvidia GeForce GT 740 or a Radeon R7 250X GPU, according to a report from Tech Spot.

However, to experience the game in 4K resolution at 60 frames per second, you’re going to need an even more potent rig. Anything less than an Intel Core i7-6700K, 16GB of RAM and 30GB of solid state drive storage, accompanied by either an Nvidia GeForce GTX 980 Ti or a Radeon Fury X, isn’t going to make the grade.

The Forza Motorsport 6: Apex open beta is scheduled to begin on May 5, and will run throughout the summer. The game is expected to release on the PC before the end of 2016.