For most people, sim racing is the closest they’ll ever get to hopping inside the cockpit of a race car. But thanks to virtual reality, they might soon get even closer.
Thanks to the processing capabilities of modern computers and next-gen gaming consoles, racing sims are more realistic than ever before. Most sims are laser-scanned, which not only allows for more accurate physics engines, but more life-like graphics as well. It’s no wonder, then, that some of the top racing sims on the market, such as iRacing, DiRT Rally, Assetto Corsa and Project CARS, have begun supporting VR devices.
As far as iRacing was concerned, the decision to integrate VR capability was a no-brainer.
“We definitely heard it from a small group of members (who wanted VR support), but based on everything we understood about it, it seemed like a racing game would be the perfect application for VR,” iRacing president Tony Gardner told NESN Fuel. “Everything in iRacing is already to scale. Since we laser-scan everything, we build the exact environment, so (when) using virtual reality nothing would look strange or funny — it looks right.”
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