For many of us, the most important part of any drive is the music you choose to accompany you along the way. Microsoft apparently understands this need to choose your own road trip music. The company has announced that you'll be able to play almost any song that you want on your in-game stereo as you're driving along the roads of Forza Horizon 3. However, this feature will only work if you have a subscription to Microsoft's Groove music service.
If you've got an Xbox One, or Windows 10, or really any of the multitude of devices that run Microsoft's OS, you're probably familiar with Groove by name at the very least. It's the company's subscription music service which competes with Spotify, Pandora, and Apple Music. If you subscribe to Groove, you'll be able to play any of your existing playlists through the game, so that instead of the Forza Horizon 3 soundtrack, you'll be able to play your own selections as a radio station within the game.
If you don't subscribe to Groove, there's little need to worry. Xbox News released the game's actual soundtrack, which covers almost 150 different songs across eight in-game radio stations. One would think that should be enough to keep anybody busy cruising down the road as fast as your vehicle of choice can take you.
The ability to play your favorite songs through Groove is certainly a nice added benefit. The Xbox One recently added the ability to play music in the background of games as a feature. However, depending on the type of game you're playing, it might not necessarily fit well with whatever you're doing so it may not be something you always take advantage of. In a driving sim, turning on the stereo is the first thing many of us do, often before actually putting the car in gear.
Of course, for many players, the fact that this feature is limited to Groove is a potential issue. Services like Spotify and Pandora are far and away more popular choices than Groove, and most of us probably only have a subscription to one of the various music services, as their catalogs are all usually very similar. Pandora even offers an app for the Xbox One, so it would not be asking too much for it to also be compatible.
At the end of the day, entertainment is a business and Microsoft wants as much of your entertainment dollar as they can get. If you're a big enough Forza Horizon fan, maybe you'll be willing to consider changing your music service of choice. Certainly, Microsoft would be ok with that.
As somebody who actually does use Groove Music (hey, all my stuff says Microsoft on it already, why not?) this actually makes me a bit more excited to check out Forza Horizon 3. Now the game will be just like driving in real life. Except in a much nicer car. And also on with much prettier scenery. Also, faster than I'm usually allowed to go.
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