iRacing Oculus Rift Review and Setup

iRacing Oculus Rift Review and Setup
Disappointed with the VR menus in Assetto Corsa? On second thoughts there are no VR menus in Assetto Corsa. Assetto Corsa may be a great VR racing experience but a great overall VR gaming experience it is not.

How about iRacing? iRacing is a subscription based racing service where you pay a monthly fee to participate in online racing. iRacing offers pretty much any type of racing you can wish for with NASCAR, to IndyCar, GRAND-AM, Aussie V-8 Supercars to sports cars and Grand Prix racing.

iRacing is intended for those gamers passionate about their online racing experience and the Oculus rift can certainly improve on the experience with added realism.

When I first reviewed iRacing they didn’t yet support camera based positional head tracking. Now they do and I have to say the VR experience is much improved.

There are downsides of course. In iRacing you work your way up and start off on crappy cars that are not as much fun (but still easy to crash) with many of the courses and additional tracks tacking on extra fees.

As a newbie player there were 38 available races; 15 were unlocked and available to me. Out of the 15 I could join only 1 came at no extra charge. Other races required additional fees with the cheapest at $11.95 to purchase a Chevrolet Monte Carlo SS.

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iRacing the cheapest option 

The most expensive race on the list was going to cost me a whopping $74.70.

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$75 to race?    

Presumably if I had purchased the Monte Carlo from the first race the price would be reduced by $11.95. I suspect many of the other races would then be open to me too.

Related: Try Assetto Corsa on the Oculus Rift

iRacing Oculus Rift Pros:

  • Great VR menus
  • Improved VR experience with full head tracking
  • Great for passionate racers who wish to build a racing career and move up the ladder
  • Closest you can get to a racing career whilst sitting at your desk
  • Much cheaper than real life racing

iRacing Oculus Rift Cons:

  • Need to wait for a race to start just as in real life. Racing is also scheduled just like real life
  • Physics seemed off when compared to the real world and a little too aggressive (Yes I have raced on real tracks in real life)
    I am going to play with the control settings for my G27 Racing Wheel to see if I can improve upon this
  • Costs to play add up very quick
  • Not for those seeking a quick Oculus Racing fix. Joining a race is time consuming and I mentioned expensive right?

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iRacing Oculus Rift Set Up

Starting up the game in Rift mode is pretty straight forward:

  1. Set the Rift in extended mode in the Oculus configuration tool
  2. Ensure the rift is on and start iRacing.
  3. Adjust graphic settings to make sure you stay above the 75 FPS golden target.
    I find it works best by setting the frame rate cap to unlimited and disabling v-sync. Although some people I know say it works better with v-sync enabled. This seems very dependent on your machine specification so your mileage may vary.
  4. iRacing will ask you on start-up if you want to enable Rift mode
Cost: Depends on your deal. Currently starting at $6 a month (Plus in game fees)
Barf Factor: 10/10
Performance: 10/10
Test Machine Specifications
*10 is no barf, 0 instant barf

If you search around online you can find 3 month free discount coupons.

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