On November 24, Kunos Simulazioni will deploy Update v1.8 for Assetto Corsa Competizione adding a number of features that will improve the racing experience in a multitude of ways. Here’s a rundown of what you can expect, but stay tuned for the full changelog next week:
- BMW M4 GT3 2022 as free DLC
- Unreal Engine update (v 4.26)
- NVIDIA DLSS implementation
- AMD FSR implementation
- Physics engine and tyre model updates
Content-wise the update will add the highly anticipated 2022 BMW M4 GT3 to the simulation, free of charge for all ACC owners.
With the BMW M4 GT3, a new top-of-the-range model joins the Customer Racing range at BMW M Motorsport. The BMW M4 GT3 will succeed the BMW M6 GT3. As of the 2022 season, private drivers and teams from all over the world will have the opportunity to challenge for victories and titles in the top car in the Customer Racing range, which is based on the next generation of BMW M4.
The BMW M4 GT3 is being developed alongside the road car and is powered by a modified version of the S58 twin-turbo straight-six engine that delivers 500 bhp / 373 kW.
Furthermore, the Unreal Engine 4 that powers the core of the game, will be updated to v4.26. At the time of writing it was not clear if or how the ACC development team has used the new features of UE4. However, the update does allow further graphical improvements.
In Unreal Engine 4.26, the game author can render realistic or stylized skies, clouds, and other atmospheric effects with full artistic freedom, thanks to a new Volumetric Cloud component that is able to interact with Sky Atmosphere, Sky Light, and up to two directional lights. The atmosphere can receive volumetric shadows from meshes and clouds; lighting and shadowing updates in real-time to reflect time-of-day changes.
In addition, Unreal Engine v4.26 also sees the introduction of a new Water system, improvements to Chaos physics and to ray tracing, new GPU Lightmass, a completely new Virtual Camera system, enhanced DMX support, new Datasmith exporter plugins for Rhino and Naviworks…and the list goes on.
ACC Update 1.8 will also implement support for NVIDIA DLSS and AMD FidelityFX Super Resolution. Both upscaling technologies can massively increase the graphics performance of the game.
Nvidia DLSS stands for deep learning supersampling. It is a deep learning advanced video rendering technique that can significantly boost the performance of a game. In essence, framerates are boosted by rendering frames at a lower resolution, after which the output is upscaled to a higher resolution. For instance, the game can be rendered in 1080P and then upscaled to output a 4K resolution without any significant quality loss over native 4K.
In order to use DLSS, you will need an RTX graphics card and a game or application that supports the NVidia DLSS feature. The biggest difference between the two technologies is that AMD’s FidelityFX Super Resolution technology will work on just about any GPU.
Last but not least, the V1.8 update will also improve the ACC Physics engine and tyre model. Stay tuned for the full changelog next week.
Official Webpage – www.assettocorsa.net/competizione