How to Fix the Crackling Sound Issue in Forza Horizon 4

How to Fix the Crackling Sound Issue in Forza Horizon 4

"What's that clicking noise?"

Forza Horizon 4 is now available to all players, but the launch came with at least one noticeable bug, a strange crackling noise for PC players. A Microsoft spokesperson told USgamer that they are "actively working" on a fix.

On PC some players have complained about a crackling noise that occurrs during the game when the sound levels got too high. Reports of the issue have come in as early as September before the game was widely available.

"We're aware some users are experiencing audio issues while playing 'Forza Horizon 4' and are actively working on a resolution," a Microsoft spokesperson says.

Currently there's a settings change solution on the internet that seems to fix the issue for some players. The reported fix involves going into the Forza Horizon 4 settings menu, then to sound, then device properties, and finally the advanced tab. There they can change the default audio format to 16bit, 48000 Hz (DVD Quality).

If that doesn't work, you can check to make sure your drivers are all up-to-date including for onboard sound cards. Then try selecting 24-bit 96000Hz as the output format, or setting speakers to 7.1 output and toggling spatial audio in the advanced tab.

You can read our review of Forza Horizon 4 here where we awarded the game a 4.5/5. We didn't encounter any audio issues during our review but some on staff have encountered the issue independently. If your game's audio runs right as rain then also check out our Forza Horizon 4 guide for even more info.

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Matt Kim

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Matt Kim is a former freelance writer who's covered video games and digital media. He likes video games as spectacle and is easily distracted by bright lights or clever bits of dialogue. He also once wrote about personal finance, but that's neither here nor there.

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