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Assetto Corsa Competizione running on a Stormforce Prism Gaming System

Stormforce Gaming Sim Racing Systems

Simulation computer systems and peripherals are a great training tool for drivers wanting to race at home…

Racing Simulators have been a staple in any PC Gaming library for years. Advances in high performance desktop gaming systems have allowed Sim developers to create realistic simulations that move away from being ‘just a game’ and into the realm of experiencing realistic physics and force feedback in any type of car imaginable.

In 2020, the popularity of racing simulators exploded with real drivers needing practice and seat time and gamers wanting to expand the capabilities of their gaming setups with a steering wheel and pedal set.

Real world racing teams are even adopting Sim Racing as a proving ground for recruiting talented virtual drivers into their real world racing programs.

The popularity of professional drivers turning to esports events to showcase their driving talent has helped to grow awareness of Sim Racing in the gaming community. In addition to this, motorsports and driving fans have now realised that the thrill of driving any car from the comfort of their homes is a realistic and affordable proposition after seeing F1 stars like Lando Norris and Max Verstappen driving online against eachother.

This popularity and momentum has continued for the last couple of years with Sim racing becoming more popular than ever.

Race GT4 Cars to the limit in Assetto Corsa Competizione

Assetto Corsa Competizione uses Laser Scanned track data to replicate detailed surfaces to maximise feedback and immersion

Sim Racing Covers All Bases

From Rally and Offroad to Karting, Formula and GT racing, there is a Sim Racing title to suit every taste.

Serious drivers looking to utilise the realism of simulation titles to practice their track knowledge and gain valuable seat time have flocked to Sim Racing to keep their skills sharp when real life driving isn’t possible.

In addition, gamers have taken to Sim Racing as an affordable alternative to real life racing as it offers much of the same experience without the cost of fuel, tyres, track time and repair bills! A properly set up simulator is a valuable driver training tool and lets you get seat time and extra practice at a much lower cost than track days and race car maintenance.

Many of the most popular simulators on the market today are often heavily discounted or available in discount bundles. Keep an eye on your favourite game service & store for deals on these titles.

 

Assetto Corsa is the go to simulation software for all types of car enthusiast. With a comprehensive list of vehicles in the base title as well as never ending mod support, Assetto Corsa provides an all encompassing platform for Sim Racers to experience any type of driving they wish. Drifting, Rallying, Road Car racing and track days are all catered for by this vast Sim Racing staple that is less demanding on modern hardware and will run well on most gaming systems.
Most Stormforce Gaming systems will play Assetto Corsa fairly well. A higher end system can also take advantage of the custom shader pack which is a mod for the game that enhances the visuals far in excess of how the game launched. Assetto Corsa is the ideal simulator for virtual reality users also with full VR support and a wealth of mods available that enhance a VR experience.

Toyota TS040 Hybrid Prototypes thunder along the Kemmel Straight in a mixed class race with GT3 cars in Assetto Corsa

Assetto Corsa Competizione has taken the online racing world by storm with competitive GT3 and GT4 racing. ACC is widely regarded as one of the pinnacle simulation titles available today and provides detailed visuals and immersive force feedback even on entry level racing peripherals.
Featuring official tracks and cars from the official Fanatec GT World Challenge, ACC brings GT3, GT4 and single-make series championships with close racing at the focus. For gamers looking for a competitive simulator with a huge player base and plenty of immersion, ACC is a competitive focused challenge for any virtual driver.
ACC is really well optimised and performs well on mid range to high end systems. This title is demanding and does require more powerful systems to run well.

Assetto Corsa Competizione Car Selection

Choose from the full official car roster of the GT World Challenge with stunning visuals that immerse you in the world of GT racing

Dirt Rally is a series of rally simulation titles from Codemasters and is seen as the ultimate off road simulator title. You will need quick reflexes and nerves of steel to blast a wide range of legendary Rally machinery around treacherous stages or test your wits in head to head Rally Cross events. Dirt Rally games give you the opportunity to take part in daily, weekly and mothly time trial challenges with worldwide leader boards to compare your abilities against other drivers. Dirt Rally runs really well on even entry level hardware and doesn’t need a mammoth system to get strong visuals.
Rally fans will love the detailed force feedback even on lower cost steering wheels and the constant evolving weekly challenges provide a new project every week!

Dirt Rally - Jumping Subaru in Finland

Go full send through the forest in Dirt Rally 2.0, one of the most exciting Sim Racing experiences available!

Automobilista 2 (AMS2) provides a real showcase with lifelike physics, handling, visuals and weather elements. Powered by the stunning Madness Engine, AMS2 has a huge range of historic and modern circuits, some of which you wont find on any other Sim Racing title. Visually stunning and scaling well on mid range or higher end hardware, AMS2 gives gamers a platform to drive karts, historic touring cars, stock cars, racing prototypes, formula cars and even racing trucks!

Battle for grip in harsh conditions at Donington Park with realistic weather in Automobilista 2

Formula One (F1) Whilst closer to a game than a full blown simulation, the F1 games from Codemasters still provide an enjoyable and challenging ‘sim like’ experience that is about making Formula One driving accessible. Every game is fully licensed each year to provide the latest tracks and liveries as well as having some interesting career features you typically don’t see in more hardcore simulation titles. F1 has full wheel support and really responsive force feedback that allows Sim drivers to get a lot out of the game. In addition, F1 runs really well on most modern hardware.


iRacing is a subscription based racing simulator with all races hosted on official servers. The title simulates real world cars and tracks with great levels of detail and accuracy. Many serious Sim Racing veterans hold the opinion that iRacing is the pinnacle of online racing due to the enforced code of conduct and rules modelled on real world events. iRacing is a more advanced option for people who have tried out other simulators before. Whilst it is entirely possible to play iRacing with no other Sim experience, it is a service that can be costly to participate in as each car and track is costed separately. If you are serious about racing and want to take the next step into competitive racing then iRacing is definitely worth a try.

Project Cars 1&2 offer a user friendly and visually impressive introduction into Sim Racing. These titles are ageing a little now so don’t need a high performance system to run well either.
Project Cars recently released a 3rd game in their series which saw the title take a more arcade approach to their game and moved away from realism in favour of making Project Cars more accessible. These games are worth a try if you have never tried a simulator before and Project Cars 3 is worth checking out if you are looking for a more casual racing game.

rFactor2, Raceroom, KartKraft are all recommended driving simulators with a host of unique features to offer Sim Racers who are looking for more racing action outside of the usual titles.
All of these games run really well on modern hardware and have excellent compatibility with racing wheels.

 

Stormforce Gaming -Spec Suggestions

1080p Entry Level System – Stormforce Gaming recommends systems from our GTX 1650, GTX 1660 and GTX 1660Ti ranges.

1080p HD – Stormforce Gaming recommends Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060/AMD Radeon RX 6600XT or higher

1440p QHD – Stormforce Gaming recommends Nvidia GeForce RTX 3060Ti/AMD Radeon RX 6700XT or higher

4k UHD – Stormforce Gaming recommends Nvidia GeForce RTX 3070/AMD Radeon RX 6800 or higher

Triple Monitor/Ultrawide/Virtual Reality – Stormforce Gaming recommends Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080/AMD Radeon RX 6800XT or higher

If you have a specific simulator in mind or need a high performance system customising to fit the requirements of your simulator then please contact us for more assistance

 

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Microsoft Flight Simulator

Microsoft Flight Simulator is a true innovation in PC Gaming providing newcomers and enthusiasts a rich and vibrant world to explore…

Throughout the history of the PC, Microsoft’s Flight Simulator series has been a mainstay in software innovation and graphical achievement. Since the 1980’s every iteration of the popular program has been met with huge fanfare, pushing the boundaries software capabilities and utilising hardware of every generation to maximise visual impact.

Releasing in August 2020, the latest version of Microsoft Flight Simulator attempts to provide the most immersive, realistic ‘in game world’ ever created. Leveraging the power of Microsoft’s Bing satellite map data, Flight Simulator provides a 1:1 scale replica of the entire planet for you to explore however you like.

Microsoft Flight Simulator: Standard Edition is available to play on Xbox Game Pass for PC. With over a million people taking to the skies on the first few weeks of launch, players have been exploring the world in all sorts of aircraft.

For Sim fans looking for even more, Deluxe and Premium editions of the simulator are available with additional features through the XBOX app on PC.

Incredibly detailed satellite map data is used to produce stunning real world scenery, cities and airports for you to explore

 

Loaded with an ever expanding variety of aircraft for you to master, Flight Simulator includes a wide scope of planes to suit all ability levels and interests. From the mighty Boeing 747-8 ‘Jumbo Jet’ to the Cessna Citation CJ4 ‘private jet’, you can take to the skies easily in planes of all shapes and sizes.
The larger jets and passenger airliners have higher maximum altitudes which allow you to take in breath-taking scenery from above the clouds, climbing up through realistic cloud cover and cruising with a relaxing view of the horizon.
A comprehensive array of propeller driven planes are also available, some of them providing huge levels of maneuverability and control in the air. Pick a stunt plane and perform loops and tight turns through your local city or take a thrill ride through the Swiss Alps.

The real beauty of this game is the escapism on offer and the ability to fly anywhere you can think of. As a tool for exploring the world, there really isn’t anything more comprehensive than Microsoft Flight Simulator

Wide Variety of Controls

Flight Simulator will Scale with your skill level, set the game controls to ‘easy’ and use a Microsoft XBOX controller with your PC to get going quickly using intuitive controls that let you pilot your aircraft and take a relaxing flight somewhere. Playing on a controller also lets you precisely control the agile planes too, resulting in some really impressive twists and turns.

Keyboard & Mouse gamers can get into flight simulator quickly. Whilst the harder difficulty settings are not ideal for a KB&M control setup, the game is still very playable like this and will allow you to get started without any additional gaming peripherals.

Joystick and flight yoke controls are all supported by Flight Simulator and offer the most realistic and immersive experience in the simulator. With limitless options of customisation, a joystick will give you precision control in any situation.
Simulator veterans and real life pilots will appreciate the incredible level of granular detail in the sim that allow you to recreate the complexities of flying a real aircraft.

Take off from the Hudson River in New York City in an Icon A5 Amphibian aircraft. The scenery in large cities is impressively detailed for maximum immersion.

 

Real World Weather – Real World Air Traffic

Flight Simulator allows you complete control of the time and weather of your flight. You can decide to fly at any time of day and make adjustments to the time, date and weather circumstances whist in the air. This allows you to take in incredible sunrises or put yourself in the middle of a storm to test your flight skills. By default, the weather circumstances use realtime weather data so wherever you are flying in the world, the time of day and weather scenario will be presented as it is in that location. Many Flight Simulator users have been using this revolutionary feature to explore weather events like hurricanes and storms all over the planet.

In addition to complete control of the weather and time, Flight Simulator uses data from real life aircraft to populate airports and the skies with real life aircraft. If you see another plane cruising by on your flight, that plane will be on its flight path in real life too. There isn’t another simulator available with this level of detail and immersion.

Constant development on the title means that the world and presentation of Flight Simulator is always progressing. The developers have announced that Virtual Reality support is coming soon. Putting you in the cockpit of your favourite aircraft so that you can fly around landmarks and points of interest with ease.

System Suggestions & Resolutions

All of the ground breaking features that Flight Simulator offers means that in order to run the game at Ultra Settings, you will need a hefty Gaming System. Stormforce Gaming has a wide range of systems that will offer a Flight Simulator experience for most budgets. The simulator has been labelled as one of the most demanding PC Gaming titles in recent memory so your experience will vary depending on your resolution and the Stormforce Gaming system you use.

The game has a very scalable graphics engine and will work well on lower end hardware but you will be forced to drop your video quality settings to maintain smooth frame rates.

One thing to keep in mind is that Microsoft Flight Simulator is a fairly slow paced game. Usually we suggest that gamers aim for a system that will run a title at 60 frames per second or higher but after many hours of testing, we have found that 35 frames per second or higher in this title offers a very playable and smooth experience. If you can achieve higher than 35FPS on your system then your experience of the simulator will be even better.

  • At 1080p, an RTX 2060 Super would be a baseline for Ultra settings. Lower tier video cards will still run the game but you will need to scale back graphics settings for a smooth experience.
  • Higher resolutions like 1440p can be achieved with higher tier cards like NVIDIA RTX 2070 Super or the new NVIDIA RTX 3070 or AMD Radeon RX 6800 for a smooth experience on Ultra settings.
  • 4k and ultrawide monitor users will require a card like the NVIDIA RTX 2080 Super. The new NVIDIA RTX 3080 or AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT would be the best option for the highest settings at large resolutions.

We recommend a system with at least an AMD Ryzen 5 or Intel i5 processor, 16GB of system memory and an SSD for optimal performance in this title too.

If you need a second opinion or more advice on the best system for you, please reach out to us for more information on how to optimise your Microsoft Flight Simulator experience – Contact Us Here

 

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