How To Play Assetto Corsa In VR

Assetto Corsa is one of the most realistic racing simulation games on the market right now.

Using detailed physics and laser-scanning technology to create realistic tire simulation, allowing you to choose from an abundance of race and road cars to drive on 19 different tracks, many of which have more than one layout, it’s no wonder this game is a popular one among racing sim lovers. 

How To Play Assetto Corsa In VR

If you’ve decided to enhance your gameplay of Assetto Corsa by using VR, then the simulation aspect of the game will become a lot more immersive.

Reviewers that have played Assetto Corsa in VR rave about the way that you can feel the speed that the car is going and can look directly at the apex of the turn and know naturally when you need to apply the brake.

VR will give you the spatial awareness in-game that you would have in real life, adding whole new layers to your racing.

What Assetto Corsa Games Allow VR?

The good news is that you don’t have to worry about buying a new version of the game if you’ve already got it, as the steam version of the game already comes compatible with VR.

However, the bad news is that the Xbox One and Playstation 4 versions of the game are not compatible with VR meaning that you’ll have to buy the PC version off of steam to play Assetto Corsa in VR. 

How To Start Assetto Corsa In VR?

Now that you have the steam version of Assetto Corsa downloaded you need to launch it in VR mode. Simply clicking ‘play’ on the game will launch it in normal, desktop mode.

What you need to do is find Assetto Corsa in your Steam library, right-click on the game title (or alternatively click on the Settings icon when viewing the game in your Steam library).

Then you need to click ‘properties’, a window will come up titled ‘general’ at the bottom of this window is a subheading ‘launch options’ with a text box underneath it. Type -vr in that text box and close the properties window.

When you next launch the game, you’ll be given the option to play in VR. Choose this option, put on your VR headset and enjoy!

Which VR Headsets Can Run Assetto Corsa?

There are a variety of VR different headsets available that can run Assetto Corsa but to get the full immersion of the VR racing experience then there’s a couple of things you need to consider.

The first thing to consider is the resolution, different VR headsets have different resolutions but the higher the resolution the better the visual quality of the game is going to be and you’ll find yourself more immersed.

Another important feature to look out for in a VR headset with any game is the refresh rate. The refresh rate of a VR headset basically matches the amount of FPS (Frames per second) that you see through your VR headset panel.

For instance, if a VR headset has a refresh rate of 144hz it will try and run the game at 144fps. Below we’ve listed a couple of recommended VR headset options for running Assetto Corsa. 

HTC VIVE Pro 

The HTC VIVE Pro is a fantastic option for playing Assetto Corsa due to its high visual quality. It has a resolution of 2880 x 1600 pixels and 615 pixels per inch.

This is more than enough pixels to display realistic gameplay and fully support your immersion. The HTC VIVE Pro also has a refresh rate of 120hz leading to effortless gameplay and high fps.

Oculus Quest 2

The Oculus Quest 2 is another option that has an amazing visual quality that is sure to immerse you further into every race. It also runs at a minimum of 90hz refresh rate allowing no lag or jumps in your fps. 

Of course, other VR headsets that could run Assetto Corsa are on the market, just be sure to keep in mind the effect on gameplay that the headset you are looking to purchase will have.

How To Play Assetto Corsa In VR

What Controls Can I Use For Assetto Corsa VR?

While some VR games have specific controls that are suited to the VR controllers, Assetto Corsa VR doesn’t use the VR controllers and instead just uses the normal controls that you would use for Assetto Corsa without VR. This gives you three options for control.

Keyboard And Mouse

The keyboard and mouse is the most available option as if you have a PC you’ve likely already got them.

However, the keyboard and mouse are quite clunky when using it for racing games and if you’ve got a VR headset on, it can destroy the immersion if you’ve got to sit at a desk with a keyboard and mouse during your race.

Gamepad

Most console gamepads can be connected to PC and used on certain games such as Assetto Corsa, this is a much better option for racing games in VR than the keyboard and mouse.

It’s smoother as you can use the joysticks to control the car instead of keys, and a gamepad is more maneuverable allowing you to sit further back and not be pulled out of the immersion.

A gamepad is definitely recommended over a keyboard and mouse when playing VR racing games.

Gaming Steering Wheels and Pedals

If you want a truly immersive VR experience then using a gaming steering wheel and pedals for Assetto Corsa is a must. The VR headset will immerse your eyes and ears into the world of racing but controlling the car with an actual steering wheel in front of you will add to this experience tenfold.

The only downside to having a gaming steering wheel is the price, with some being a couple of hundred dollars. However, if you’re a lover of racing games, I assure you that it is worth it.

Final Thoughts

Assetto Corsa is one of the leading VR racing games and is designed to fully immerse you into a racing world. It has been noted that the VR version of Assetto Corsa allows you to feel the speed of the car and the turns of the track like never before.

And, if you have a PC with Assetto Corsa or a VR headset that is compatible with Assetto Corsa then Assetto Corsa VR is a must-try for racing game lovers.

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