rFactor 2 Build 906 Released

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Image Space Incorporated has just released their 28th(!) update for rFactor 2, bringing it up to Build 906. This new update marks the first step in their migration to a new user interface, which is a needed fix. You can get a taste of the new UI style once you open up the rFactor 2 launcher, which has some new functionality as well. One of the most exciting additions is the ability to download content from the launcher itself.

rFactor 2 Launcher

This update also gives a variety of graphics updates and fixes. rFactor 2 has been known to be lagging behind in the graphics department, so this update is a welcome addition. The fixes are largely focused on lighting, as well as the HDR post-processing system it utilizes. These fixes make the cars and tracks look a lot more “natural”, which I feel is key. If you’re still wanting to use “HDR Profiles”, you can by ticking the “Enable Legacy HDR Profiles” option in the sim’s settings.

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You can check out the full update log for the update below. While this does not seem like a significant update on the surface, this is laying down the groundwork for some great things to come soon for rFactor 2. I will be providing some video impressions for this build in the near future, so stay tuned to the Sim Racing Paddock YouTube channel for the video.

What are your thoughts on the latest update for rFactor 2? Let us know in the comments below!

BUILD 906 UPDATES

FEATURES:
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Added code to allow non-linear analog gauges.
Added some feedback to 3 AI parameters to dev mode AIW editor (corner caution:, understeer throttle cut:, understeer lat) so that you can watch in realtime as they have an effect.
New Launcher UI.
New remote content package manager integrated with Launcher UI.
Simplified activation process.
Sync Manager now restarts Launcher after update installation with original permissions.

BUG FIXES / OPTIMIZATIONS:
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Fixed intermittent crash on vehicle load.
Fixed rain volume which became too loud for some reason.
FXAA fix for monitor.
Fix for extraneous window in ded server mode.
Possible fix to 1st time failure downing vmod install failure on game connect in cases where vmod and components already downloaded but not installed.
Set lower default spotter volume.
Changed the small rfm, veh, and track main page display buttons to not load an image if their image size is set to 0 in either dimension. This is to prevent crash if a UI should have them on the same page as one of another gizmo that uses those assets (and destroys them).
Fixed bug with options not always remembering rfm/vehicle/track list/menu preference.
Fix for replays not loading some *.mas skins. (skins shared over multiplayer may still not load)
Potentially fixed names running over the HUD menus with a new HUD parameter & a fixed algorithm.
Fixed 64 bit Dev Mode inablity to save AIW files.
Fixed a potential crash upon starting AIW editor.
Fixed pit menu selected box from being too small in some cases.
Fixed HUD message center messages from extending beyond the box in some cases.
Fixed bug where virtual vehicles created with a *.mas loose skin file instead of a *.dds skin file wouldn’t show the correct skin in the spinner or on track.
Fixed a rare buffer overrun error in track name text display.
Changed replay letterbox to extend the entire width of the screen instead of just inside the options extent.
Attempted fix for occasional vehicle load/unload loop that appeared to cause network lag.
Fixed some multiplayer “Get Mod” issues with downloading/installing components and cleaned up the UI to be more readable.

UI / HUD / OPTIONS:
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Added APP_TextValue_GarageTireLoad_FrontLeft, APP_TextValue_GarageTireLoad_FrontRight, APP_TextValue_GarageTireLoad_RearLeft, APP_TextValue_GarageTireLoad_RearRight Gizmos back. (not yet used in default options)
Created gizmos for replay mode, length and current position. (not yet used in default options)
Renamed “binkanimations” to “genericanimations” since they not longer use bink
Added HUD parameter for pit menu maximum length.
Added an “instant update” parameter to vehicle and track lists for options that forgo the “accept”/”cancel” mechanism.

MULTIPLAYER:
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Broke up installing of downloaded components on multiplayer join so that the options have a chance to update and get a little bit of ui feedback to the user about what the game is doing

GRAPHICS:
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Modified scene post-gamma value to improve color balance.
Ambient boost removed, no longer needed with improved scene gamma.
Improved some HDR automation parameters.
HDP files now deprecated and are disabled by default. HDP files can still be enabled via the plr file option ‘Enable Legacy HDR Profiles’.
Removed specular floor value, which was causing incorrect highlights at night.

CONTROLLERS / FFB:
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Added a Controller.JSON value “Steering Torque Capability” in order to specify the strength of strong FFB wheels (like direct drive). If this is set properly, and it exceeds the NominalMaxSteeringTorque for a given vehicle, it allows a 1:1 correlation between the calculated torque and the actual FFB torque. (However, note that we still don’t model power steering, so the calculated torque is stronger than it should be for some vehicles.)
Increased the number of buttons per controller supported.

MODDING / PUBLIC DEV:
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Updated the component mas file loading (for tracks only) to remove irrelevant layout mas files.
Dev Mode: When editing AI driver parameters we now change the driver to match selected car in the editor window automatically when bouncing between cars

PLUGINS:
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Set the mLastImpact* variables in the telemetry plugin interface.
Made plugin interface to add chat messages work on dedicated servers.
Fixed a few things with the Internals Plugin weather interface, and added a new option to apply cloudiness instantly.