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New config options

New camera options

Here is another update to RBRvr which should fix the latency issues with rendering introduced in v1.4. It took a long time to find a way to get it working properly, but now it should be a lot more pleasant to look at.

In addition it comes with options to disable the default camera shake in the in-car view and and to lock the camera to the horizon in either roll axis only or roll + pitch.

I did not have time to test it thoroughly so its possible there are some bugs as the RBR camera override is now done in a totally different manner.

Download from here (v1.5). See the readme.txt for instructions and some troubleshooting hints. In-game you can also find a quick help sheet from the desk.

Here is an update to RBRvr that fixes the random crashing issue with the Oculus Rift, the steering wheel rotation setting not working properly and the virtual VR goggles sometimes appearing when pausing/unpausing the game.

Plugin compatibility has not improved with this version since fixing the Rift issue took quite a lot of time.

Download from here (v1.4). Edit: Get updated version from here.

See the readme.txt for instructions and some troubleshooting hints. In-game you can also find a quick help sheet from the desk.

Here’s an update to RBRift, now called RBRvr, that brings support for OpenVR. It should work at least with the HTC Vive, hopefully also with Oculus Rift although as I only have the Vive I haven’t been able to test it on the Rift.

This version also brings other improvements, including ability to drive with the Vive controllers. See the video below.

Download from here (v1.3). Edit: Get the updated version from here.

See the readme.txt for instructions and some troubleshooting hints. In-game you can also find a quick help sheet from the desk.

The default configuration has a render scale of 200%, if you are also using the SteamVR setting to increase the pixel density further you may see some performance problems. The render scale can be changed from the in-game menu or by editing the rbrvr.cfg file.

If you like it you can donate from the button on the right :)

Known issues:

  • Default camera isn’t always the correct in-car driver one, you may manually need to select the correct camera with the change camera key (default ’1′) and then save your RBR profile.
  • Codriver mode is a bit buggy (wrong cameras seen).
  • If you have TrackIR, disable it when using RBRvr (head tracking conflicts).

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Mclaren F1 GTR from the DLC

A new update for Assetto Corsa broke Joux Plane, so here is a quick update to get it working again. It also has working timing now thanks to AC supporting it in open config tracks now. The lighting is slightly tweaked as well as AC lighting changed quite a bit at some point making the track too bright. It still appears quite flat but at least in the morning it looks ok.

Full changelog:

  • Fixed compatibility with AC v1.1 (track was invisible)
  • Lighting modified to better suit recent AC versions
  • Implemented working start and finish line available in AC v1.1
  • Reverse version is now implemented as track configuration (reduced size)
  • Hotlap start position moved further back and barriers added to disallow reversing at start

Download from here. If you have the old version installed, remove the assettocorsa\content\tracks\joux-plane-rev directory as the reverse config now uses the new track configurations feature.

edit: Quick update to version v1.51 which fixes the reverse config finish line, download from the link above.

Here is another update to RBRift for Richard Burns Rally. Version 1.2 changelog:

  • Significantly improved performance, especially with longer mod tracks
  • Reducend render latency & corrected oculus tracking timing
  • Added config setting for reducing the vignette effect around the eyes
  • Added alt codriver mode where driver is wearing the rift (codriverMode=2)
  • Added gamma controls to cfg with defaults for slightly increased contrast
  • Added windshield hider feature (numpad *)
  • Added debug information display (numpad /)
  • Tweaked clip planes
  • Changed seat adjustment speedup key to left ctrl
  • In-car replay views are now in vr mode
  • Changed correct executable detection method
RBRift v1.2 with reduced vignette and hidden windshield

RBRift v1.2 with reduced vignette and hidden windshield

This version has pretty significant changes, like completely re-done stereo rendering implementation, corrected Oculus timing and new vignette reduction feature. It should now work very smoothly and latency free with vsync on, which is also default now.

Windshield hider is a new feature as well, it allows hiding parts of the car windshield which is just a mapped flat texture on the cars and does not appear right with stereo rendering. Also on many mod cars the windshield is too dark. The feature can be toggled with numpad asterisk key.

Clip plane tweaks should fix issues on some tracks where distant terrain got clipped away and improve in-car clipping. In-car views in replays now appear in “VR mode”. The 3D monitor effect from old versions is unavailable unfortunately, its no longer practical due to the different stereo rendering implementation.

Download from here. See the readme for install instructions as usual and some troubleshooting hints.

 

Here’s an update v1.1 to RBRift for Richard Burns Rally with fixes to some compatibility issues and few improvements. Changelog:

  •  Reduced number of backbuffers used by RBR (reduced latency)
  •  Fixed D3D error from Oculus runtime
  •  Fixed rift resolution issue in device initialization
  •  Fixed compatibility with rbr_rx.dll plugin (only cockpit was visible in-car)
  •  Added left shift + left ctrl as alternate shortcut key to recentering rift
  •  Added codriver mode

The latency fix should make it useable with vsync enabled, though by default its still disabled in the config. The compatibility fixes hopefully fix the random startup problems and make BTB tracks work that use the rbr_rx plugin.

The new codriver mode allows you to drive from the drivers seat using your standard monitor while a codriver rides with you on the codriver seat wearing the rift. So with it you can take a friend on a virtual rally car ride :) See the readme for instructions how to use it.

Download from here.Update: Go here for version 1.2.

See the readme for install instructions as usual and some troubleshooting hints.

Protip: for better immersion you can change the steering wheel rotation degrees the following way:

  1. Open misc.rbz file with a tool that can extract zip archives like 7-Zip File Manager.
  2. Extract the ‘LM_Driver.ini’ from it under ‘Misc’ directory in RBR.
  3. Modify the ‘Max Steeringwheel degrees’ from the ini file. Note the value is rotation in one direction so its half of what you usually have on your wheel.

I recently got a hold of the Oculus Rift DK2, and decided to try to make Richard Burns Rally work with it using a Direct3D “proxy” DLL. I had actually done it before already when I had access to the DK1 for a few days, but that was very rudimentary and did not really work too well. After some rewriting I got it working quite nicely so its here for anyone to try. It supports:

  • Oculus Rift DK1 and DK2 (DK2 preferred)
  • Full headtracking support, including positional tracking
  • Stereo rendering with correct IPD
  • Virtual 3D HUD
  • Virtual menus

It does not work with direct-to-rift mode for some reason so even the DK2 needs to be in extended mode. Also by default vsync is disabled since I experience some latency issue with vsync on – you can change the behaviour from the config file.

Download from here. Update: Grab version 1.1 from this post!

You need RBR version 1.02 with SSE executable. See the readme file for instructions how to use it and also some troubleshooting hints.

I updated Freejoin with better compatibility for newer AC versions and also some improvements and new features. On the server side race now ends correctly a set time after the first player is finished, track+car config cycle is configurable and the server has administration commands.

Get the updated version from here. The client and server are compatible with the old version as well. For running a server check the server setup guide on that page, the process is somewhat different now.

edit: I did a quick update to version 1.22, on client it fixes all servers being displayed as password protected and on server sessions are automatically added/enabled/disabled depending on cycle setting.

 

freejoinAnnoyed by the clumbersome booking system in recently released multiplayer for Assetto Corsa, I wanted to see if something could be done to improve it. I came up with a system that uses prebooked slots and a specially prepared client to join those slots at any time.

Experimental version for AC early access v0.9.10 is available here. It requires the client to install a modified online interface module and a server to be running a special version. See the readme there for additional information.

While it allows joining a server at any time it has some limitations. Mainly you can only select from cars that the server has prebooked and annoyingly when a race is over the session will never end until all clients have disconnected.

edit: Freejoin updated to version 1.20 with better compatibility and various fixes. See the Freejoin page for more info.

A few people have asked for cpbo to be updated to work with Arma 3 PBOs and the possibility of releasing the source. I dont have the time to work on it and its a very old project anyway so here is the source code: download.

The source is licensed under LGPL v2.1 and should compile with Visual Studio 2005.

I recently got hold of the Oculus Rift DK1 but ran into a bit of a problem with the fact that my Nvidia card only has four display outputs which all were already in use. So to use the Rift I’d need to unplug one monitor, use a HDMI switch or a HDMI splitter. The splitter seemed like the best option but active splitters seemed very expensive and I read about EDID problems with passive splitters.

Cheap passive HDMI splitter

Cheap passive HDMI splitter

The EDID problem comes when you have two displays (a monitor and the Rift) at the end of the single HDMI output and Windows (or the video card) pretty much randomly uses the EDID from either one – and when it uses the one from the monitor the Oculus SDK will not detect the Rift as being attached and cannot read the information from it. A way to avoid this issue is to plug in the Rift first, let windows detect it and then plug in the monitor. But this is clumbersome and needs to be done on every reboot so it is not very practical.

Thinking about what to do about this the solution was simple: Make Windows not see the desktop monitor at all by cutting off the DDC pins from the HDMI cable that goes to the monitor. DDC is used for communicating the EDID and with those gone Windows will only be able to talk to the Rift. This of course means the Rift must be attached to have something visible in the monitor and the monitor will be limited to resolutions supported by the Rift, but in my case this is not a problem as the Rift reports it can support 1920×1200 which is the native resolution of the monitor I use.

In practice the easiest way to get rid of the DDC pins was to remove them from a HDMI to DVI adapter that goes to the monitor. In the DVI connector DDC data & clock are in pins 6 and 7:

ddc_pins

Female side of the DVI connector. Pins number 6 and 7 are the DDC clock and data pins used for reading EDID information.

These were easy to remove with a pair of pliers, you need to be a bit careful to not bend the other pins too much but these adapters are also very cheap so its not a huge loss for it to go wrong. My result:

hdmi_cut

This is the male DVI side of a HDMI to DVI adapter with the DDC pins cut off.

I use this with a cheap passive HDMI splitter that cost 10 euros and it works well. One problem I did notice is that if I turn off the Rift box I get some signal errors visible on the monitor image, possibly the signal gets too weak when the unpowered Rift box is attached in the cable. It can be avoided by just keeping the Rift powered at all times or by unplugging the power cable from the Rift box instead of just turning it off (Reading the EDID from the Rift still works even with the box unpowered). Some shorter cables might help as well.

edit: Also I noticed that when you unplug the USB cable the rift display turns off so it is an easy way to unpower the rift when its not in use, while keeping the control box on.

Rift and the Dell monitor displaying the same image, but Windows only sees the Rift EDID information.

Rift and the Dell monitor displaying the same image, but Windows only sees the Rift EDID information.

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Collidable objects just needed to have the string ‘wall’ in them.

I had a look at why the tree, forest, etc. collisions were not working since some Assetto Corsa patch and it turned out to be easy to fix so here is another update for Joux Plane. I improved the tree collision models as well, they no longer throw you around the track so much (rather you seem to now sometimes get stuck in them. Oh well).

Download v1.4 of Joux Plane from here.

Get version 1.41 from here.

A few of these things under the track were causing problems.

A few of these things under the track were causing problems.

Finally got around to fix the issues in Joux Plane with the recent Assetto Corsa early access versions causing collision problems in some parts of the track. There were some leftover triangles under the track in a few places from lower LOD level mesh used originally by RBR.

A few other improvements are included also, changelog for version 1.3:

  • Removed some remnants of low detail geometry under the track causing collision issues with newer AC versions
  • Broken track section no longer adds dirt to tyres
  • All grass is now valid track to avoid penalty from small cuts
  • Added more zoomed in external cameras

Download it hereThe tree collisions also meanwhile seem to have become almost nonexistant and you can fall off the track in many places as well. But just stay on the track and you’re fine ;) Edit: Get the second updated version here instead, it fixes the collisions with trees.

On the forums Justin (born2belyin) announced that he plans to continue SoftTH development:

After a year of “kicking the tires,” I’ve decided to finally put some effort behind bringing SoftTH into the DX10/11 era. I’ll be launching a Kickstarter project within the next month or so to get some initial donations for work on SoftTH. Money donated will go toward my time as developer and toward game purchases for testing (as needed). If enough money is gained, I may even be able to pay another talented developer for his/her time on the project. I plan to work on SoftTH whether the project gets much funding/donations or not, but I will be much more likely to dedicate significant amounts of time and effort if their is a show of community support. I want to bring SoftTH forward for my own gaming purposes, and I want other gamers like myself to enjoy the benefits of SoftTH not being limited to DX8/9 games.

Visit his site at www.softth.net to support the project!