When it comes to display output, there are 4 different type of setup to choose from. Let’s go through the pros and cons of each setup so you could decide what is best for your sim setup.
To start off, we have the most basic setup, a single monitor. We will based this on the best in class setup, which is using an Ultra wide 32:9 ratio screen. The advantages of this setup is easy to configure and offer a very wide viewing angle with no bezels in the between, another plus is that monitors in this size are generally flagship models with the best features. Some disadvantages of this setup is the vertical field of view and its entry price.
Triple Monitors could be used to setup the optimal viewing angle available on a flat screen, and with the extra monitors, you will be able to sense and view more of your surroundings. Disadvantages for triple includes it is difficult to setup correctly, requires more space, more GPU processing power, custom mounts will be needed for an ideal setup.
Projections are generally use on large scale simulators, such as those built with 1:1 chassis. With its large size, the projections allow a very wide field of view almost at 1:1 scale with little distortion. There are smaller scale projection setup aim for the consumer market, but after testing, it is difficult to configure a realistic field of view free of distortion at that size. This type of simulators are used for engineering scenarios and professional flight simulators.
Disadvantages for such setup is its massive size and of course the cost involved with building a 1:1 simulator. High input lag is also one major disadvantage in such setup which makes it not the ideal choice for driving simulators.
Virtual Reality is no doubt the best way to experience Sim Racing. Going from monitor to VR is as big of a leap as going from 2D Graphics to 3D Graphics. Full freedom of head movement and the ability to see the virtual world in three dimension with depth perception is mind-blowing. The ability to look where you are going and under stand the scale of your surrounding, it is so immersive that you would sometimes forget that you are in a virtual world. Modern VR headset with inside out tracking makes setup easy and you would not need to worry about your monitor position.
However, it’s not without its disadvantages, VR is not for everyone, those that could easily get motion sickness would have a difficult time using VR.
VR headsets technology are still in its infancy, headsets are heavy and with your eyes being so close to a screen, it strains them a lot. It is far more tiring driving in VR compared to a screen setup, so not ideal for long endurance races. VR also requires far higher graphic processing power, which even with today’s absolute high end graphics card, it could barely keep a stable optimum frame-rates. We still have long ways to go until to VR is in the high definition fidelity we have been familiar with over the past decade via monitors, graphic processors, screen technology and tracking advancement will continuously improve the VR experience in the coming future.
Let us know in the comment below on which is your ideal setup and why! We would love to hear and see your sim setup!
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