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General Discussion / Ebay 18th Birthday Sale
« on: September 21, 2017, 06:47:46 PM »
Ebay have 18% off everything but only until 10PM tonight using the code PARTY18

Decent saving if you need some new sim gear or maybe a beasty new graphics card!

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Mod Tracks / Longford '67
« on: August 30, 2017, 09:57:47 PM »
Hadn't seen this historic track before until I saw it on a video today. Just did a few laps in the Cobra and was a lot of fun.

http://www.racedepartment.com/downloads/longford-1967.2741/

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Racing general / Project Cars 2
« on: June 19, 2017, 11:36:53 AM »
I wasn't holding my breath for PC2, but ISRTV put out this video yesterday on their first impressions:



Quick summary: The reviewer didn't think much at all of the PC1 physics which seems a view shared with a lot of XGNers, but he says PC2 is totally different and feels very much improved, and that if all the cars are as good as the two he drove then it's going to be a popular sim. Fingers crossed....

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Hardware & Reviews / Poor man's VR
« on: June 11, 2017, 08:02:19 PM »
So I had a quick go on a Vive the other day in Harvey Norman which was my first time trying a VR headset, then that afternoon spent some time looking up VR related stuff on the interwebs.

I came across this app called vridge by riftcat (https://riftcat.com/vridge) which promised to bring PC quality VR to your smartphone. There are plenty of headsets that allow you to use your smartphone in them, but I found Samsung have just released the 2017 model Gear VR which comes with a controller. These are being given away with new S8 phones at the moment so I hopped on Gumtree and plenty of people selling them, so I went and got one today for $100 (RRP is $199).

My expectations were low, it's cheap, it's a phone... well... I have no idea what AC is like to play on a Rift or Vive, but I got Riftcat set up, launched AC, chose open VR and I'm seriously impressed. I was sat in the Lotus and did some laps of Spa. The immersion was awesome and it looked far better than I expected it to.

I've only had a quick play with it so far, so not sure how it would go using it in an actual race and have read the phone can get hot and start to throttle when using it for longer sessions. I wanted to experience what AC could be like in VR though and it's definitely given me that and it's pretty awesome.

Gear VR has some pros and cons. It has it's own sensors for head position that are more accurate than ones in your phone but that means you can't USB teather so the stream for Riftcat is over WIFI. I put it up to the very high preset on my 5ghz WIFI and didn't notice any problems but without 5ghz there could be. Any other headset is going to allow you to teather but you'll use phones sensors. The other plus was that the Gear VR is powered by Oculus technology and has its own Oculus app with a store full of apps and games.

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Assetto Corsa / F1 2017 Server
« on: April 07, 2017, 09:16:49 PM »
As Marty is hosting the practice server again I thought I'd turn my server into an F1 server and run the tracks along with the season. You'll find it searching XGN.

stracker is found at http://ac.yeahyou.com

The cars are the two kunos Ferraris along with three from VRC Modding Team:

(1988) McLaren Honda MP4/4 (http://www.vrc-modding-team.net/download/9)
(2009) Williams FW31 (http://www.vrc-modding-team.net/download/7)
(2015) Williams FW37 (http://www.vrc-modding-team.net/download/12)

It's currently up running Shanghai International from here: http://assettocorsa.club/mods/tracks/shanghai-international-circuit.html

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General Discussion / Foxtel Play free month
« on: April 06, 2017, 05:55:12 PM »
Just found this code on ozbargain to get a month of free Foxtel Play, so that will get you a couple of F1 races!

https://www.ozbargain.com.au/node/296422

Make sure you click on the go to deal button to go to the page where you enter the code to get a month rather than the regular two weeks. I initially just went to the Foxtel play website and signed up directly expecting the discount code to be at the end  :o

As soon as you sign in you can deactivate the account so you don't have to remember to do it at the end of the free month; it will stay active until for the month.

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Mod Cars / Ariel Atom
« on: April 01, 2017, 05:59:19 PM »
Haven't tried this yet but looks fun!

http://www.acmodded.com/ariel-atom-v8/


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Mod Tracks / Assetto Flight Simulator
« on: March 11, 2017, 01:25:13 PM »
I found out about this as a dude on facebook posted a video on him flying above Paul Ricard, but basically this guy wanted to test if the AC physics were capable of having a flying airplane, and yes, they were  ;D

http://www.racedepartment.com/downloads/test-plane.14299/

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Mod Tracks / Highlands Traffic Mod
« on: March 11, 2017, 01:24:02 PM »
Somebody has done a mod to put regular traffic on the Highlands track. Looks like some fun!

http://www.racedepartment.com/downloads/highlands-traffic-ai.13954/

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Hardware & Reviews / CSW V2.5
« on: March 03, 2017, 08:48:04 PM »
I feel for anyone that bought a v2 recently  ;D

http://www.isrtv.com/fanatec/clubsport-wheelbase-v2-5-surprise-release/

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General Discussion / Babyproof rig?
« on: February 27, 2017, 07:02:54 PM »
Nothing is babyproof, but I wonder how long this will keep him off. On the right side one gate is cable tied to the keyboard stand so it can still fold out. I was blocking it off with his travel cot but he's strong enough to move that around now.






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Hardware & Reviews / Fanatec direct drive in the making?
« on: February 09, 2017, 07:41:17 AM »
http://simracingpaddock.com/fanatec/fanatec-direct-drive-wheel-confirmed/

Sounds like it would work with the exisiting rims. Noice!

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Hardware & Reviews / CSW V2 vs CSL Elite vs TS-PC Racer
« on: February 08, 2017, 04:36:51 PM »
This is the review I really wanted before I spent all my money but couldn't wait that long.



Basically comes down to the CSL and TS-PC being pretty much the same, but IMO the fanatec rim is heaps nicer. CSW V2 clearly better than the other two, which you'd hope with the higher price. CSW V2 has also just had a $100 price drop.

Interestingly the dude was around 1 sec quicker with the CSW V2 than the other two bases so I guess that explains how Phil is so fast  ;D

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Hardware & Reviews / Bargain Fanatec V2 Pedals
« on: January 23, 2017, 11:04:28 AM »
Was just doing my daily Gumtree 'Fanatec' search and these Fanatec V2s came up for a bargain price of $160! If anyone is around the Newcastle area and needs some pedals get on this shit yo!

http://www.gumtree.com.au/s-ad/new-lambton/console-accessories/fanatec-clubsport-v2-pedals/1136722566

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Racing general / Sim racer in the making
« on: January 21, 2017, 07:30:44 PM »
Could hear a clicking sound so walked in and found this!! He'd managed to move one of the barriers that are supposed to keep him off... :o

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