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.
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.
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!
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
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