Forza Horizon 'SmartGlass Experience' app now available on Windows 8

If you've ever been playing Forza Horizon and thought "Man, I wish I could look at a tablet to see the map instead of having to hit the pause button like some kind of cave man," Microsoft has solution for your oddly specific wish.

Available now on Windows 8 and other platforms "soon," the Forza Horizon "SmartGlass Experience" moves Horizon's map from the game's pause menu to the screen of a Windows 8 tablet. There, the map continues to perform all of the same duties as it does in-game, allowing the player to set GPS destinations, get information on events, etc.

Now, however, instead of having to pause the game to look at the map, all the player has to do is put down the controller and pick up a second device to perform the same functions. Whether they pause the game first, or go careening into the side of a mountain, is entirely up to them.
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"Forza Horizon" SmartGlass Experience Available Now
Extended Windows 8 experience gives "Forza Horizon" players instant access to open roads of Colorado
Microsoft and Turn 10 Studios today announced the release of the official "Forza Horizon" SmartGlass Experience, a free download for Windows 8 PCs that allows players to extend their racing fun in this year's biggest racing game, "Forza Horizon."

The "Forza Horizon" SmartGlass Experience works as an interactive map of Colorado--the vast open-world environment where fans will drive, explore, and race against other players. Via the "Forza Horizon" SmartGlass Experience, "Forza Horizon" players can instantly access the entire map of Colorado. Using familiar navigation gestures like pinch to zoom, players can explore the interactive map and set waypoints simply by tapping the desired location on the screen. Once a destination is chosen, that waypoint is automatically set in the game and new route directions are presented to the player.

The interactive SmartGlass Experience for "Forza Horizon" lets players explore the open roads of Colorado with ease. In addition, as with the in-game map, the "Forza Horizon" SmartGlass Experience includes locations of special items such as smashable upgrade discount signs, new race events, and more. Through a robust set of filters, players will be able to quickly find exactly the event or item they are looking for with just a few swipes of their fingers.

With no need to pause the game in order to access the in-game map, the "Forza Horizon" SmartGlass Experience offers new players a chance to familiarise themselves with the open world of Colorado, and offers experienced drivers an edge over the competition.

The "Forza Horizon" SmartGlass Experience is available now for Windows 8 PCs, with support for additional platforms coming soon.

For those who missed out on winning tickets to the Forza Horizon Music Festival, featuring performances by DJ Fresh, Ms. Dynamite and Skepta, all of the ear-thumping action will be hosted exclusively on Last.fm at http://originals.last.fm and via the Last.fm app on Xbox LIVE.

#EscapeTheGrid, the four day roadtrip which saw 10 supercars competing in a series of challenges en route from France to the UK, raced to a climactic finish last Friday. To watch daily recaps of the trip – and find out who won – visit the Xbox UK YouTube page.

Where Cars Belong: "Forza Horizon" is now available in the UK in a Limited Collector's Edition (£59.99 ERP) and a Standard Edition (£49.99 ERP). The game is rated PEGI 12.
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For more information on Forza Horizon:
Web site: www.forzamotorsport.net
Twitter: Twitter.com/Turn10Studios #ForzaHorizon

This article was originally published on Joystiq.