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What is your setup for your virtual racing environment?
Tagged: F1 games
21st September 2011, 2:52 at 2:52 am #130104
Keen to know what sort of hardware setup people have for their virtual racing environment and what they think of it.
I have invested in a Hyper Stimulator – http://www.hyperstimulator.com/personal/features.html
I bought the Challenge Racer model with black fibreglass seat and mountings for after-market controller and pedals.
For the wheel & pedal set I have the Logitec GT Pro – http://www.logitech.com/gaming/wheels/devices/4172
All of this is connected to my PS3.
The Hyper is initially comfortable and certainly looks the goods, but for prolonged periods of play it’s far from comfortable. During winter the chassis is very cold to sit in initially until you start working up a sweat. Being made of MDF some of the joints creak when under pressure. I also painted the chassis myself using automotive spray paint – in matte black and orange – looks a bit like the old Arrows F1 car. The chassis weighs over 60kgs and is difficult to move around the house – hence I have a permanent place for it in my study/home office.
The Logitech GT Pro is a decent wheel & pedal set up for $99 AUD (it was on special at Dick Smiths). The wheel could be a little thicker and at times does creak a little under pressure. Although I have the force feed on 100%. The pedals could do with more resistance; I’ve tried a friend’s G27 with a brake pedal mod which was unbelievable in resistance and feel – it made heal-toeing so much better.
PS3 is fairly low maintenance – only the occasional software update. It has frozen on me a few times but less than what I can count with one hand. I have noticed from time to time in F1 2010 that the frame rate slowed a little – in particularly at Monaco while exiting the pool complex (has anyone else experienced this problem too?)
Short from having hydraulics and active suspension, I think my set up is pretty reasonable and all under $1500 AUD. It gives me a seating position close to an F1 car and certainly requires a level of fitness and stamina to do a full race distance. On some weekends I have known to spend about 5 hours in the cockpit – then regretfully having to see the chiropractor later.21st September 2011, 12:26 at 12:26 pm #178647
I have a G27 with playseat, specifically this A1GP one;
Cost about Ł600 (900 Aussie bucks) and it’s on a mat on my wooden floor which I can just slide back into a large wardrobe for storage when I want to use my PC for something else.
When I want to race I just slide it out and plug it in. As for software I play Simbins Race 07 and it’s expansions (The one Barrichello’s doing these days) or Richard Burns Rally. Anyone with a half decent PC and a wheel should download the free RACE 07 Demo off Steam and try it.
I have used it on Gran Turismo 5 and F1 2010 on the PS3, but they don’t feel as good as Race or RBR and the lack of feedback makes spoils it a bit, so I haven’t touched either of those games all year.
That hyper simulator thing looks pretty hardcore, does the whole thing move and shake as you drive?21st September 2011, 12:33 at 12:33 pm #178648
No the seat doesn’t move but you can install a shaker subwoofer under the seat.21st September 2011, 13:01 at 1:01 pm #178649
I have a laptop and a USB controller.21st September 2011, 13:17 at 1:17 pm #178650
I have the DT-11 adjustable motion gaming chair http://bit.ly/q4rNKF for use with my PS3 and Xbox 360. I usually use a DualShock 3 controller with X and Square for accelerate and brake and the D-Pad to steer.
I also have a Logitech DFGT, but I don’t use it very often as I don’t have a lot of room.21st September 2011, 13:41 at 1:41 pm #178651
I have a bean bag and an xbox controller21st September 2011, 14:00 at 2:00 pm #178652
I have a hard floor and a controller… or a steering wheel which is a bit delayed (by about a second!).21st September 2011, 14:16 at 2:16 pm #178653
Chair, PS3 controller pad and Youtube on the pc with music playing usually rock,
oh yes im that hardcore to my gaming :P21st September 2011, 14:32 at 2:32 pm #178654
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I have a big red basic chair I got from a catalogue store in 2006, a keyboard and a PC. I’ve tried a number of other set-ups including more complex chairs, gamepads and wheels, but simple seems to be best for me.21st September 2011, 14:35 at 2:35 pm #178655
Interesting to see how hardcore some people are! I only use a pad lol. I’ve considered getting a wheel for my PS3, but I’m a bit of a cheapscape & I’m not sure if it’s worth it :p Plus, I play in my living room, so I’d need to get a desk or table out to put the wheel on :S
@vho Yeah I get slow frame rate out of the swimming pool complex sometimes. I wondered if it was my PS3, or disc, but now I assume it’s a common problem then :)21st September 2011, 15:43 at 3:43 pm #178656
F1 2011 is definitely worth getting a wheel – got it tonight from JH and there is so much more feedback from the wheel – especially from undulations and hitting the chicanes. With undulations you can feel the wheel go loose as the road drops beneath you.
When I really do go hard core it’s with the helmet and gloves on… the MRS has a chuckle. Key is to ensure the helmet doesn’t fog up and it’s worse for me as I wear specs. I’ve considered mounting ear phones in my helmet too… but a bit of a hassle to put in and out whenever I need to use it for a track day or go karting.22nd September 2011, 12:00 at 12:00 pm #178657
My sofa’s footrest
a wireless Xbox360 controller that I plug in anyway just in case
a hunched forward position
a 37 inch Panasonic TV23rd September 2011, 12:04 at 12:04 pm #178658
I have the “Thrustmaster Force Feedback Racing Wheel” that only has drivers available for Vista SP1. So I have to dual boot my PC just to play any games with the wheel. :)23rd September 2011, 14:23 at 2:23 pm #178659
Almost the same as ajokay’s:
A green, leather sofa footrest
A DualShock 3
A hunched forward position
A 32″ Toshiba TV25th September 2011, 0:08 at 12:08 am #178660
I use the end of my bed as a seat and a 360 controller.
I have a wheel but cant find anywhere to set it up in my room properly and the gear shift paddle fell off. Microsoft build qaulity right there.
The pad does me fine though.
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