Image Space Incorporated has released a new build of their rFactor 2 simulation that is in open beta stage.
Build 101 adds lots of improvements as listed below, it does not come with any new content. The new version is available both as full version & update below, it can also be obtained by using the auto-updater in the rFactor 2 launcher.
UPDATE 8 (Build 118) Changelog (October 19, 2012):
Fixed a bug with inconsistent shadow detail between channels in multiview
Added 3 levels of shadow filtering speed vs quality
Enhanced autodetail framerate processing to better maintain minimum FPS
Added auto detection of multiGPU setups to improve some processing and support more than 2 GPU
Fixed a quadgrid culling bug
Fixed bug with pendulum texture animations
Bloom is now working properly with multiview
Different texture detail levels between player and opponents now (almost) works
FPS counter now shows yellow when frame rate is being regulated
Attempt to fix ‘left-behind-shadows’ problem
Separated auto detail processing from visible vehicles processing
Limit auto-detail FPS option to the current refresh rate
Selecting multiview now works; changed widescreen HUD to only stick if Apply button is pressed, just to be consistent with the rest of the settings on that page.
Sync shadow groups between views in multiview
Added code to visible vehicles calculation to maintain minimum framerate.
Improved multiGPU awareness of HDR processing
Corrected code to always use track GDB SettingsFolder override
Setting session starting times default to 9am
Changed default steering help from low to off because it confused a lot of people
Re-enabled transparent trainer and added some options for it.
Added code to allow RealRoad to be pre-conditioned in a number of ways
Moved some real road computations into road shader
Fixed typo that prevented the middle turbo dump sample from playing
Improved turbo dump
Added minor effect of turbo spool friction
Fixed a small problem with auto reverse
Attempts to get the fuel-less AI to slowly pull off the road.
UI / HUD:
Fixed bug on skin spinner where sometimes the skin listed wouldn’t match the skin displayed in showroom
Fixed statbar car position map to correctly scale with screen/hud resolution.
Now checking livery availability on vehicle change to make sure it’s valid….clearing out the playerfile value if it is not found.
Eliminated more conditions where the player vehicle gets incorrectly set to Pace car.
More UI stuff for RealRoad loading/saving
Minor fix to info display on Video Res page
Scaled text on mouseless spinners to correct value based on screen res and res of options.
Added ability to add boost gauges to cockpit and HUD.
Fixed crash in multiplayer
Fixed some memory/resource leaks
Fixed crash when changing tire compounds in pitstop
Small optimization with regards to buffering data between simulation & multimedia threads
Added dedi server RealRoad options
Fix occasional flash of opponent vehicles in wrong spot during heavy multiplayer races
Fixed a glitch that caused it to confirm you closing the dedicated server when clicking the window manager close button at the final window
Enabled and expanded Fanatec support. We can now set the steering wheel angle to match the vehicle, as long as the wheel isn’t using a preset. Note that these wheels must be connected and turned on before rF2 is started in order for specific features to be supported.
Removed double initialization of controllers. It’s still a mystery why force feedback is occasionally lost, and the lack of error codes returned by drivers doesn’t help much (this applies to all manufacturers … please return error codes if the force feedback isn’t working).
“Reset FFB” control now also resets steering wheel range, which also gets changed occasionally for no apparent reason.
Now automatically holding clutch and brakes on grid for people using a combined axis for throttle & brakes (this feature was already available for people using auto-shifting). This Feature activates *if* Auto Clutch is enabled as well as “Hold Clutch On Start” and “Hold Brake” in the controller.ini file.
Completed custom plugin control (this invalidates old Version05 plugins)
A little bit more robustness with respect to saving and restoring custom plugin control mappings
Fixed issue where transparent trainer would flicker in replay; note that this changes the replay format
MODDING / PUBLIC DEV
Fixed bug with render target selection for all 3DS Max plugin versions
Added a new default method for generating normal map tangent basis. original method (meshmender) is still available as an option.
Added _v25 to the names of all plugin dlls
First release of scene viewer, located in ModMgr directory
Fixed some problem with component Install/Uninstall in mas2 packaging tool
Updated modmaker doc to sync with latest tools
Added CG visualizer to Ctrl-U dev tool
Added support for RealRoad file reading in viewer
To get access to the the beta, a full retail purchase of rFactor 2 is required. rFactor 2 sells for $43.99, including 18 months of online account membership instead of the 12 months buyers of the final version will receive.[boxdownload]Download rFactor 2 Build 118 Full Installer Here[/boxdownload] [boxdownload]Download rFactor 2 Build 118 Update (Build 107 required) Here[/boxdownload]