rFactor 2 – Q1 2023 Update And New Content Available

rFactor 2 - Q1 2023 Update And New Content Available

Motorsport Games and Studio 397 have deployed the 2023 Q1 Update and Content drop for rFactor 2, including a new BTCC car, a laser-scanned popular Nord American street circuit, new exciting features, and the regular list of fixes and improvements.

Update and Content Highlights:


Official Webpage – www.studio-397.com – The rFactor 2 Racing Simulator is available via Steam for €29,99.


Changelog:

  • Client: 10601581
  • Dedicated Server: 10601594

General

  •  Track Limits: reduced sensitivity to switching paths, such as near the pit lane entrance, and reduced strict penalty points for an invalid pit lane to main path change from Drive Through to 1 point.
  •  Vehicle option for brake repair in a pitstop
  • Added “+VR” command line option to launch the game using VR. Added new steam option when starting game.
  • Added “Steam Matchmaking Broadcast” option to Multiplayer.json. This will allow the server to be hidden from matchmaking. Current matchmaking status will be shown on the Dedicated Server UI.
  • Reworked controller and keyboard controls to default to a new, improved steering sensitivity filter that simulates vehicle forces
  • Replaced inaccessible steering rate configuration with steering aggression slider to control how aggressively the new controller filter allows turn-in
  • Reworked steering configuration page to replace wheel-only settings with non-wheel relevant settings when a non-wheel device is in use
  • Reintroduced adjustable steering rates
  • Added selection for gamepad steering filters
  • Made both steering filters adjustable independently
  • Added snappiness slider to steering rates configuration – 0% is original behaviour, higher % is more snappy without having to increase steering rates
  • Made new steering sensitivity filter more direct
  • Server keys are now machine independent and can be shared between any machines

Track Limits

  • Scale certain factors of scoring down when we go less than a third of the track width off track.
  • Fixed a rare possibility of cuts not being scored.
  • Added extra data to logging & ModDev Debug mode

Cinematics

  • Added soft blend when changing selected vehicle
  • Added ability to hold current camera
  • Added ability to pause car tracking. Pressing the SHIFT key whilst this is enabled will reset tracking to the closest point the tracking is paused at.
  • Added camera group tracking for cars traveling close together, by default in race sessions only.
  • Allow the previous laps S/F line camera to remain valid when using cycle method. This allows for different cameras over the start finish line.
  • Reduced strength of shake effect on cameras with this enabled.
  • Allowed zooming in / out / reset on TV Cameras with out any extra modes being enabled. Optionally allowed this to persist after changing cameras.
  • Added acceleration and deceleration to Freelook for smoother movement.
  • Added the ability to load custom cameras from Userdata\Cameras
  • Added auto calculation of spectator camera directions to the nearest waypoint to the first activation location.

Photo Mode

  • Split out from Freelook camera adjustments (aperture, exposure, focus) options to a separate Photo Mode.
  • Photo Mode allows configuration of visual settings, in addition to the usual Freelook options. However is not available when driving.
  • UI accessible from replay screen, with full configuration options and key hints.
  • Renamed all controls to FreeMove/FreeLook/FreeLens as these are not accessible in the full Photo Mode.

Physics

  • New electric motor implementation (used for btcc cars) including
  • Electric Motor map
  • Added to onboard controls (not in gui yet)
  • Regeneration map
  • Added to onboard controls (not in gui yet)
  • Push to Pass map
  • Added to onboard controls (not in gui yet)
  • Plugin API updated to include physics output (also see plugin example):
    • Battery charge
    • torque
    • rpm
    • motor temperature
    • water temperature (if applicable)
    • motor state (inactive, propulsion, regenerate)
  • Updated p2p system with new options to accommodate btcc:
    • time limit per lap
    • minimum gear activation requirement
    • minimum time between activations
    • turn off when crossing start/finish
  • Fixed bug where SteeringInnerTable wasn’t always properly applied
  • Fixed bug with reading brake maps from hdv/engine files. It now reads definitions with less than 11 entries again.
  • Fixed visual steering lock mismatch at low speeds when using non-standard steering lock in the vehicle setup
  • Fixed temporary boost not taking into account session boost limit

Graphics

  • Improved visual progression of wet road with a more linear progression.
  • Added new IBL Water Shader which uses SSR for more accurate reflections.
  • Added motion blur.
  • Fixed various stutters with cloud movement in replays and online
  • Live TV Screens: Added option to disable, Fixed aspect ratio when running non 16:9 resolutions, Improved shader visually.
  • Forced use of high power GPU on devices with multiple GPUs (i.e. Laptops).
  • Tweaked PostFX profiles for more realistic depth of field on broadcast cameras

AI

  • Improved management of Driver fuel calculations, making sure that we only update when a fully valid lap has been completed.
  • Fixed error in default calculations which would mean with fuel scalars, AI would not add extra fuel to tank
  • Improved logic for cars leaving pits in practice and qualifying sessions. Encouraging AI to use up all laps, and making sure they attempt to set a lap time in short sessions.
  • Fix for AI being prevented from passing when pitting in on a race lap
  • Fix for AI running into the back of other vehicles

HUD

  • Cockpit Display now shows Brake Bias correctly as the bias to the front in whole percent.

UI

  • Fixed being able to set race laps to below 2 in single player session settings.
  • Fixed the singleplayer quick event page layout being broken sometimes on page load.
  • Added new “Cinematic cameras” tab in Settings → Assign controls
  • This tab holds new cinematic settings along with previously existing assignable controls
  • Renamed “Cameras & seat” tab to “Driving cameras & seat” and re-organized the assignable controls
  • Made the hitbox for checkboxes in the content screen table slightly bigger
  • Fixed the ‘Default’ FOV setting showing as ‘9’ instead of ‘Default’
  • Corrected various camera control help tips

Package Management

  • New system to allow store items to be unsubscribed / resub scribed through the UI
  • Packages can be download in the background without blocking the UI
  • Packages in the content management are grouped by workshop or store item
  • The install UI can be minimized when downloading content
  • Package states now show as orange when an operation is in progress
  • Content you don’t own can now be installed from the content management page
  • On the cars and tracks lists, greyed out cars and tracks that you do not own and added a button to access the store page for that item
  • You can spectate on any race even if you don’t own anything assuming the content is installed
  • You can only race in cars that you own on tracks that you own
  • When joining a server cars you do not own will be grayed out
  • When passenger swapping you can only ride as a passenger in vehicles you own you should only be able to select those vehicles you own
  • Added information about required content to join the server on the join error page
  • Greyed out entries with cars you do not own in the spectate popup
  • Disabled “Resume” replay button for entries with car you do not own

Modding

  • Added PBR Debug Tool for Mod Dev and Scene Viewer. This allows artists to debug the component outputs of the PBR pipeline.
  • Added IBL Water Shader which uses SSR for reflections
  • Fixed occasional glitchy car tracking in camera editor
  • Updated ModDev to load RCD files from Vehicle folders
  • AI Editor Improvements:
  • Allow the removal of multiple paths in one go
  • More consistent AIW path adjustments
  • Fixed editing of pit paths wp positions
  • Fixed updating of path positions when editing waypoint positions
  • Added fuel to various ModDev debug screens (Driver and Vehicle screens)
  • Added new cockpit elements:
    • BoostMotorTempDigit
    • BatteryLevelDigit
    • P2PActivationsThisLap
    • P2PActiveTimeThisLap
    • P2PACTIVE_LED
    • P2PAVAILABLE_LED
  • Improved ttool perfomance significantly. It’s now more than twice as fast. The checksum will differ, but results are the virtually the same.

Known issues

  • Cancel updates button is unresponsive
  • Driver labels are sometimes out of position on screen or sort incorrectly with certain transparent objects
  • Motion blur is disabled for cockpit cameras
  • Booting in offline mode can cause premium content to display as pending uninstall in the content management screen, returning to online mode restores the correct display
  • It is not possible to take a pit stop when pitlanes without a boundary do not have a clear break in the cut corridors between the pitlane and the main track.

Car Updates:

All GT3 v3.55

  • New default setup
  • Now in GT3 folder in UI
  • BOP Updates

GT3 BOP

Aston Martin: 0
Audi 18: -5 kg
Audi 19: -3 kg
Bentley 2017: -5 kg
Bentley 2020: +8 kg
BMW M6: -5 kg
BMW M4: +15 kg
Callaway: +5 kg
Ferrari: -5 kg
Mercedes AMG: -30 kg
McLaren 720: 0
McLaren 650: -5 kg
Porsche 911: -5 kg
Radical: None, awaiting fix

Dallara IR-18 v1.71

  • Slightly increased damping on suspension components for stability purposes
  • More differences between primary and alternate tires at road and street courses
  • Adjust grip on road course tires to improve overall balance
  • Added slightly more grip to short oval tires
  • Tweaked cooling properties on oval tires
  • Made display lit at night
  • Added P2P active LEDS to steering wheel
  • Fixed bump stop travels
  • Adjusted default oval setups
  • Corrected Indy 500 race boost
  • Corrected gear ratios for other ovals
  • Slight tweak to Short Track setups
  • Added AI specific setup for Gateway
  • Short track tyres run slightly cooler
  • Limited amount of wing that can be used on short ovals

Stock Car 2018 v2.31

  • Rear Windows Offset adjusted so they don’t disappear in cockpit view
  • 8500 cockpit sound fix to prevent cutting out on long straights
  • Added new drivers to RCD
  • Added tires for North Wilkesboro Speedway

Stock Car 2018x v1.19

  • Updated 3D models
  • Updated liveries
  • Updated brake torque and aero package
  • Updated all default setups
  • Updated all tires
  • Adjusted horse power at rear wheels
  • Added new sounds for new sound engine
  • Added wiper for wet road course races
  • Added RCD talent file
  • Added new shaders to all objects
  • Improved AI

Porsche 911 GT3 Cup (992) v1.05

  • Made AI faster
  • Made rims brighter at night
  • Slightly improved brake light glow
  • Added steering wheel to showroom
  • Fixed interior shadowcaster in showroom
  • Optimized textures
  • New gravel sounds
  • Fixed tire normal maps

BMW 330 BTCC v1.19

  • Added hybrid system to 2022 car
  • Added hybrid HUD for 2022 car
  • Small update on the exterior sounds, adding some more volume
  • Updated AO maps
  • Updated metal material

Ford Focus BTCC v1.33

  • Added hybrid system to 2022 car
  • Added hybrid HUD for 2022 car
  • Updated AO maps
  • Updated metal material

Hyundai i30 BTCC v1.37

  • Added hybrid system to 2022 car
  • Added hybrid HUD for 2022 car
  • Updated AO maps
  • Updated metal material

Infiniti Q50 v1.39

  • Added hybrid system to 2022 car
  • Added hybrid HUD for 2022 car
  • Updated AO maps
  • Updated metal material

Toyota Corolla BTCC V1.49

  • Added hybrid system to 2022 car
  • Added hybrid HUD for 2022 car
  • Updated AO maps
  • Updated metal material

Vauxhall Astra BTCC 1.03

  • Added hybrid system to 2022 car
  • Added hybrid HUD for 2022 car
  • Updated AO maps
  • Updated metal material

Vanwall Vandervell v1.17

  • Optimized shadow mesh
  • Updated car name in menu
  • New team name for 2023 liveries
  • Two additional settings for gearbox
  • Separated radiators and brake coolers
  • Updated logos texture near rear wheels
  • New AO map for car body
  • WEC and team sponsors for all liveries

Track Updates

Circuit d’Azure v1.23

  • Added SSR Water Shader
  • Updated Wet Weather Road Materials

Zandvoort v2.62

  • SSR Water Shader Update
  • Updated advertisements
  • Minor LOD Optimization

Portland v1.10

  • Track Limits review including fix for issues on last turn.
  • Fixed minor terrain gap
  • Fixed minor sound error
  • Fixed AI Clipping pit box when exiting rear paddock
  • SSR Water Shader Update
  • Minor LOD Optimization

World Wide Technology Raceway v1.11

  • Minor AIW fixes
  • Fixed pit out markers placement

Daytona v1.21

  • Reviewed Track Limits on Oval & RC
  • SSR Water Shader Update
  • Updated background mapper for water reflections
  • Fixed collision issues

Thruxton v1.07

  • Fixed overly spectator material resolution
  • Fixed an issue with a broadcast camera clip plane
  • Minor foliage fixes
  • Minor No Rain Zone Fix

Indianapolis v1.23

  • Fixed Safety Car Speeds

Monte Carlo 66 v2.12

  • Reviewed track limits
  • SSR Water Shader update
  • Minor tweaks to specular/ambient mapper configuration
  • Fixed various SCN/Visgroup warnings

Electric Docks v2.35

  • Fixed pit entry track limits issue which would make it cause problems with pit stops.

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