Ok, so I’ve been looking around at Racing Simulators, so I can get back in to racing again. Today I played for an hour or so in a Obutto frame, with 3x 24″ monitors and a Fanatec Porsche 911 GT3 wheel, with clubsport pedals.
I liked it, but was disappointed as the chap used a PC to game on. He had iRacing.. which is excellent, but rFactor was poor, and F2011 was great with the exception of the some issues with the monitors and setting up controls.
Being used to a iMac/Samsung LCD, the screen was disappointing, and even though the Frame Rate was over 200fps, I still didn’t like it. iMac’s and 40″ Samsung are by far superior to his HP screen setup. I don’t think his screen was HD, so.. this explains part of the difference.
I noticed I wasn’t used to the 3 screen set up, and still focussed on the main one. As I was on testing tracks, and not used to the Sim, when I did race other cars, they disappeared off so I had little reason to use the wing mirrors, or the side windows :)
I did start to get used to the fact I could see the corners coming some distance off on the extra monitors, but I didn’t care enough about it to convince me I needed 3x screens.
Fanatec Porsche 911 GT3
The wheel experience felt contrived and not realistic. I didn’t feel the car, so much as feel a lot of vibration here and there.
The Obutto frame however was pretty good, and you can double it as a work station. For the money, it’s a good purchase.
It doesn’t have a mental strut between your knees, so you can use left foot braking, or whatever you like.
My Current Thoughts
I’m thinking of getting a PS3 with a 3D monitor, and the Obutto frame. I’m not sure about the wheel yet, I may get a Logitech G27 for the time being until the Fanatec CSW comes out. Then get the Formula rim with it.
I could get a CSR Elite Wheel, but there are none in NZ atm for sale :)
I think, I would really like to wait until the Fanatec CSW comes out. If you’ve not seen it, check it out on Youtube. It’s a different league.
Over to you
Anyone else have racing simulator setup? Any thoughts?