Forza Horizon 5, the exclusive racing video game from Microsoft, is being a great success due to the large amount of content and game modes it offers.

However, the game is not without technical glitches that need to be fixed soon, as they are reportedly affecting the experience of many players on PC.

Forza Horizon 5 potential memory leak issue on PC

A potential memory leak is one of the most reported problems by many Forza Horizon 5 players on PC. This would cause performance issues such as large fps drops and graphics degradation (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7).

I swear after playing the game for an hour or two it gets really laggy and like slows down, almost like the matrix or slow motion during races. Progressively after that starts happening frames and overall performance tanks and I have to restart the game in order to be able to play regularly again.

If it matter I am playing on a 3080Ti, i9 1100k and 32gbs of RAM. I’m not sure if it’s just me or if there really is a memory leak causing this to happen but the game becomes unplayable, wondering if anyone else is experiencing these issues on PC.

Some potential workarounds for memory leak

For now, there is no official statement from the Forza Horizon 5 team on this potential issue. However, players report some workarounds that have help them while waiting for an official fix.

One potential workaround is to set Forza Horizon 5 on high priority in the system task manager:


For fps drops, a player reports that increasing the paging file might work:


Users with Nvidia GPUs can try disabling ‘GeForce Experience’ as a workaround:


Another player reports that antivirus like BitDefender could cause crashes in Forza Horizon 5. So, a potential workaround could be to disable the antivirus:


A reported potential workaround to mitigate the memory leak is to disable Xbox Game Bar:


You can also try Going into Solo in Forza Horizon 5:


Crashes, connectivity, and steering wheels issues also reported

In addition to the memory leak, Forza Horizon 5 players are reporting other issues such as crashes, connectivity errors, and bugs with physical steering wheels.

According to reports, crashes can occur during races or when customizing a car. On the other hand, connectivity and steering wheel bugs cause sudden disconnections in both.

I would love to enjoy playing the game if it didn’t crash after every race or when I’m in the middle of upgrading a car

Fortunately, the Forza Horizon team is aware of crashes, wheel, and connection issues. In addition, they confirm that they are working to resolve it.

We are expecting a Hotfix to drop later this week that will address multiple crash, wheel and connection issues for #ForzaHorizon5 We will update as soon as its live!

At the moment, affected players can only hope that the fix doesn’t take long to arrive. The company must also comment on the reported potential memory leak issue.

In the coming days, if there is any new development in this regard, we will update this article, so stay tuned with us.

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