Discord screen sharing causes Forza Horizon 5 to crash instantly for some
Forza Horizon 5 players experience the worst types of crashes. Discord screen sharing causes both the Steam version (which connects to the Windows Xbox app) and the Microsoft Store version to break, according to multiple reports on Reddit.
Interestingly, Discord is listed on a Forza Horizon 5 Support Page as software known to cause the game to crash, but it does not specify what specifically causes it. Many gamers say that as soon as they start Screen Sharing on Discord, the game quits and they need to restart it. Some suggest trying Discord’s desktop screenshot setting instead of trying to stream the game itself, but that won’t share the game audio. Others say try running Discord’s “Canary” Beta to prevent the game from crashing.
A yousuh detailed how to stream the game using the desktop capture method with audio over a series of steps that involve fine-tuning your PC’s audio settings. It’s elaborate, but several people have reported that it works, if you’re up to it.
In the list of known issues on the game’s support page, programs such as MSI Afterburner, OBS, and Xsplit are included. All of them are commonly used programs that inject into games to display in-game overlays or to produce video streams. Discord’s Go Live feature probably has the same issues as other software. Some people have pointed out that Forza Horizon 4 from 2018 specifically suffers from the same issues with Discord.
Microsoft has yet to recognize reports of Discord screen sharing crashing the game. Hopefully a future patch will fix the issues.
Phil praised Forza Horizon 5 for its commitment to being the best Forza game possible in our review. It’s a shame that, for now, you have to keep the game to yourself.