Driving manually in Forza Horizon 4 isn’t going to be for everyone, but for those who want a more realistic experience will want to change into manual shifting. For manual shifting in Forza Horizon 4 you’re going to want to head into the difficulty settings menu. Simply press start and then head to the settings option, then to difficulty settings. Once in the difficulty settings you can choose to use automatic shifting, manual shifting, or manual shifting with clutch.
When doing manual shifting, the default buttons for changing gears are going to be the B Button and X Button. To shift gears up you will press the B Button and to downshift you will press the X button. These default controls can be changed with different controller layouts.
Choosing manual shifting with clutch requires a little bit more skill as it’s not as simple as pressing one button to shift. Using the Manual with clutch option you will need press another button to get a smooth shift. This is the Left Bumper (LB) by default. To shift with clutch you will quickly press the LB Button and then either the up or down shift button.
It’s important to remember that when using manual shift you will also need to shift manually into reverse which is done by downshifting all the way to reverse.
Shifting manually does take a little while to get used to but the benefits are many once you’ve got it down.