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Saturday, July 19, 2014

GRID Autosport extras for PC

I just came across this info and felt to slapping it up.  Huge huge huge fan of the first game.  Second game I do not like at all.  Started out liking but after a while realized they were just trying to do something more like Forza when they really should have stuck to what they did the first time.  So I outright ignored this game and everything about it since I expected the same thing.  I tried it out at a friends place since he put it on and found out its pretty much exactly the same as the first one.  The whole structure of it is the same, the team mate that you can command during races is the same, its just glorious again.  I was hoping it would be on sale for a little less then a full priced game since its not exactly Grid 3, but sadly its full priced.  So I'm going to wait a while till its discounted as right now I really cant afford to get it.  But anyway, heres the cool extras the PC version just recently was added in via a large patch.

Codemasters tell me that the development of Grid Autosport is PC-lead. “Everything's just a bit bigger and higher res detail on PC,” says Kettlewell. “Better shadows, higher res car reflections – that's something else we've put a lot of work into on Autosport, getting the car paint effect to look as authentic as we possibly can.”
“We're locked to 30fps on console, we're clear on PC,” Moody adds. “60fps is really nice, it gives you a great experience. And, it can be played on a three displays. It has full peripheral support – wheels, controllers...”.
“We've got it running on 4K in the next room,” says Adrian Lawton, Codemasters communications manager.
“The thing about being PC-lead is that in the past we'd think 'Oh we can't do that on console' so we wouldn't do it,” says Kettlewell. “Whereas now the reaction now is 'Oh we can't do it on console but let's do it on PC.'
“We have little dashboard reflections. In head cam you can see reflections on the windscreen, something we'd never be able to afford to do on consoles without breaking our fps performance limit. In the past we wouldn't have done features like that but now we're thinking we can do it on PC. Better lighting and things like that. Little bits in lots of places.”

Delicious!  The free HD texture pack with the extra oomf is a separate download in steam.  You can enable or disable it at will through the options.  It's a shame they didnt focus on the cockpit view too.  That area is blurry and blah as hell.  Not sure why they bothered making it.

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