Forza Horizon 5 Best Controller Settings for New Players

Two Horizon 5 cars at the finish line

With every new Horizon game that comes out, players need to spend some time in the “Settings” menu figuring out what are the best controller settings. Since Forza Horizon 5 brings many improvements to the driving system such as next-gen grip for roads, it’s essential for Horizon fans to use the best controller settings if they want to win all the races!

The most significant change that Forza Horizon 5 brings to the driving system is enhancing the braking system. It’s now more difficult to reach “dead zones” when pulling the left controller trigger and therefore, changing the settings will help players control their vehicles much better when deaccelerating. Here are my favorite settings for braking: Deceleration Axis Deadzone Inside: 5 and Deceleration Axis Deadzone Outside: 100.

Now that we went over the best controller settings for braking in Horizon 5, let’s take a look at all the best settings that players can make to achieve maximum torque and control.

Forza Horizon 5 Best Controller Settings

Even though Horizon 5 is available both on Xbox and PC, almost everyone plays the game with an Xbox controller. The reason behind this is quite simple. The Xbox controller gives players the ability to make subtle changes to their direction, acceleration, or deacceleration when driving. No matter how much driving assistance a keyboard might receive, it’s always going to be worse than a controller that is using the best Horizon 5 settings.

Sidenote: The Horizon 5 controller settings that I am presenting today are subjective. This means that while they are great at helping players drive faster and better, not everyone will feel comfortable using them. Without any further ado, let’s jump straight into it.

Open Forza Horizon 5 – Access the Settings menu – Head over to Advanced Controls and make the following changes:

  • Steering Axis Deadzone Inside – 5;
  • Steering Axis Deadzone Outside – 100;
  • Steering Linearity – 5;
  • Acceleration Axis Deadzone Inside – 5;
  • Acceleration Axis Deadzone Outside – 100;
  • Deacceleration Axis Deazone Inside – 5
  • Deacceleration Axis Deazone Outside – 100;

The settings below are only for players that are using a driving wheel. Controller users don’t need to worry about them

  • Clutch Axis Deadzone Inside – 0;
  • Clutch Axis Deadzone Outside – 100;
  • E-Brake Axis Deadzone Inside – 0;
  • E-Brake Azis Deadzone Outside – 100;
  • Vibration Scale – this one is up to the player. I personally enjoy setting it at 0.3

Final Words

After playing the game for around 80-100 hours, I think it’s safe to say that Forza Horizon 5 is a good installment in the series. The cars look and feel great, but what’s more important is that Mexico (the map) feels alive and immersive. There is always something fun and exciting to do in Forza Horizon 5 as long as you are willing to take on challenges.