Hard as it might be to believe, as of this week honest to goodness plug-and-play virtual reality has made it to your living room. Playstation VR connects straight to your existing PS4 console and, with the help of a tracking camera, transports you into the virtual world in a way that’s too convincing to be adequately described. And we literally get paid to describe things. ‘Presence’ is the buzzword for this feeling and it goes beyond just detailed graphics – it’s the sense that you really are in a different place entirely and genuinely has to be experienced to be believed. The really good news for us is that, with a fixed seating position and the option of steering wheel controllers, racing games and virtual reality are the most inspired combination since someone accidentally tipped a salt cellar into a bowl of caramel and launched a thousand desserts. Virtual reality can place you into the snug cockpit of the most desirable cars on the planet, … [Read more...] about Is DriveClub VR the future of racing games?
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Disclaimer: Although we’ve striven to ensure accuracy, using multiple sources, any data regarding sales in this article should be treated as our estimates only. It might not seem like it, but console sim-racing is having a bit of a hard time of it right now. While the breadth of choice is undoubtedly the strongest it has ever been, regardless of preferences, the sector’s popularity is waning. There’s more titles on the shelves than ever, but it seems that they’re not moving as consumers pass them by. In fact, according to our estimates, 2016 was one of the worst years on record for racing games across the major titles. Despite six major racing game franchises, by our estimates the combined titles sold fewer console copies than in any year this century. Discounting the more story-driven Need for Speed titles, there are only five slower years in the entire history of the PlayStation and Xbox console families. To put this in context, the first Gran Turismo title … [Read more...] about Will 2017’s Bumper Fall Sim Racing Harvest Bust the Console Slump?
It’s finally here, the weekend I’ve been looking forward to since the 24th of November last year, the 2015 Formula 1 season is upon us and I can only expect great things considering last season was nothing short of fantastic. How will Sebastian Vettel fair with Ferrari? Something tells me that Ferrari might be expecting the second coming of Michael Schumacher with the 4-time champion by their side. In response to this possibility, I’ll say now as I said then: if Fernando Alonso couldn’t pull it off then I don’t see Vettel being able to either. This has been a pretty exciting week for reasons I’ll disclose in full as this week’s Community Spotlight moves forward. Without further ado, let’s get this show on the road! GTPlanet Picture of the Week This week’s featured image, coming to us courtesy of Tomcat79, is all about getting ready for this weekend’s F1 festivities, and as such features the Ferrari 312T2 going around the … [Read more...] about GTPlanet Community Spotlight: The Gran Turismo Connection
Our first look at Evolution Studios’ first Virtual Reality offering comes courtesy of French gaming outlet ‘Jeux-Video’, who recently posted a 9-minute recap of the VR offerings from the Games Developer Conference held in San Francisco last week. At the 6:43 mark, off-screen gameplay footage of Driveclub VR is shown with the player experiencing Old Town in what appears to be a Ferrari 458 Italia (or perhaps the Speciale) played on the Thrustmaster T300 RS steering wheel. Whilst at first glance this looks to be pretty standard Driveclub gameplay, a closer look highlights a neat change made for the VR version of the game. The change in question is in regards to the heads-up display which has experienced a key alteration in this shift to VR. Firstly, the HUD is a lot more dynamic than it previous was and now seems more akin to a FPS rather than a racing game. Below, we can see the regular Driveclub display: Now, this is what Driveclub VR’s HUD looks like from the … [Read more...] about French Virtual Reality Preview Gives a Glimpse at Driveclub VR
What a week this has been, gathering the assorted contents of this week’s festivities and ensuring it lives up to the expectational hype that’s been in play since last week has been a lot easier than one might imagine, especially considering I’ve had this planned out since last week. I can tell you right now that if you’re expecting free vouchers for your local fast-food or clothing stores you might be disappointed, but even if I had those I’d probably keep them for myself and post pictures of me ea—look, the point being this is going to be a fantastic read this week so you’d be strap in because you’ll be here for a while. If you’re looking at the picture above, and i suspect that you are, that is not a real photo, however, it is a photo-realistic shot of the McLaren 12C GT3 for Project CARS, a game many of you are still waiting in joyous anticipation and I promise it’ll be worth the wait. There’s a lot to get through … [Read more...] about GTPlanet Community Spotlight: Gran Turismo’s Rebirth Begins With Audio
2015 has proven to be a year of expansion, for both Gran Turismo and GTPlanet. Gran Turismo 6 is largely complete after a little over two years on the market, and the series is set to land on Sony’s current PS4 in 2016, with an approach that will mark numerous firsts for series creator Polyphony Digital. This year also saw a bumper crop of racing titles land, and as they were warmly received by our community, so to did we start providing blog coverage for these titles. There’s no such thing as too much racing, right? Right. As per tradition, we’re here on the final day of the year to reflect on these changes, and look forward to the next 366, where even more are set to take place! January 2015 started off with a bang for GTPlanet, when Slightly Mad Studios announced an official GTP livery for the Ruf CTR3 would be included in the game. Nissan’s unconventional LMP1 competitor was first earmarked for gaming at the beginning of the new year. To … [Read more...] about GTPlanet’s Year In Review: 2015
The more things change, the more they stay the same. As if to drive that point home, Jean-Baptiste Alphonse Karr first coined the term (“plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose”, in his native French), over 160 years ago. When we look back at 2015’s Year In Review, we can’t help but feel — with the required date changes — the opening paragraph is just as appropriate when wrapping up this year. Of course, that does the past 12 months a great disservice. 2016 was, it’s safe to say, unlike any other year that had come before. Yes, we’re once again looking forward to GT Sport‘s release in the upcoming calendar year … but we know a great deal more about it. We’ve seen the arrival of a new, more powerful version of an existing console (and the tease of another). Relatively affordable VR headsets are now available for console players. Not one, but two dedicated rally games landed! It’s been … [Read more...] about GTPlanet’s Year In Review: 2016
courtesy of GameOver77. Update 1.24 is now available to download for Driveclub. Weighing in at 400MB, the update introduces the long-awaited private multiplayer lobbies that were talked about earlier this year. The new feature has a variety of adjustable options and modifiers for the likes of grid position, gear changes, and camera perspective to name a few. Other features introduced in the newest update include a new multiplayer accolade, new ‘Elite’ driver levels, two new sprint tracks, and more based on the continuous feedback from the community. Private Lobbies have been introduced to Multiplayer, to play custom games with your friends online competitively or for fun. Private Lobbies include a wide range of customisable options and modifiers for things like; Grid Position, Penalties, Vehicle Collisions, Drafting, Gear Changes, Camera Perspective, and more. Introduces a new Multiplayer Accolade. Earn fame rewards for playing online via the event browser or with your … [Read more...] about Private Multiplayer Lobbies Added with Driveclub Update 1.24
It’s been a year and Codemasters is back with another installment in its long running F1 franchise with F1 2017. The return of classic cars is the headline this year, as well as a revamped career mode. How will the game stack up against past F1 games? Will it be able to hold its own against the other big hitters releasing this fall? We hopped behind the wheel to find out. Codemasters provided us with F1 2017 review codes for all three major platforms. This review largely focuses on the PC and PlayStation 4 versions unless otherwise stated. Content and Value For Money – From the beginning, F1 2017 seems like a big game compared to what’s come before in the franchise. There’s so much to distract yourself with that describing the content as generous would almost be an understatement. What is evident right from the start is the amount of modes on offer: Career, Grand Prix, Multiplayer, Time Trial, Event and Championships. Championships mode is new … [Read more...] about F1 2017 Review
Being car enthusiasts, we here at Autoblog have lots of automotive-related stuff to be happy about – writing about cars is a pretty sweet gig, and we're thankful every day for the daily opportunity to share our experiences with motorized machines with all of you. And while we all share a common love for the automotive industry, each of us at Autoblog are thankful for different aspects about the industry as a whole.Thus, in the spirit of the holiday, we've compiled a list of the automotive stuff we're most thankful for. Give it a read, and tell us about the car-related things that cause you to give thanks, in comments.From all of us here at Autoblog, have a safe, happy and healthy Thanksgiving. Scroll down to read about the automotive things we're thankful for this year. The Democratization of PremiumMy wife and I have been shopping for a new car, and the process has made me realize how spoiled I've become reviewing automobiles for a living. Almost every vehicle I review for … [Read more...] about Happy Thanksgiving! Autoblog is thankful for…