The DiRT Roadbook – June 28, 2019
Hello everyone and welcome back to the DiRT Roadbook!
Porsche 911 SC RS & Lancia 037 Evo 2: Coming July 2
Let’s kick off the Roadbook this week with a look ahead to next week, since 2 fine pieces of machinery are on their way!
Producing 290hp, the Porsche 911 SC RS was and still is one of the most recognisable racing cars in the world. Modified for rally, this car featured tougher suspension, a wider body and event specific add-ons. The 911 was capable of taking the fight to its AWD rivals on a regular basis.
The last RWD car to win a World Championship, the Lancia 037 was a legend of Group B rallying. The mid-engined RWD monster made use of its supercharged powerplant, producing around 325hp, taking on the mighty Audi and winning in 1983. The Lancia 037 was succeeded by the 4WD Lancia Delta S4, another legendary car you can drive in DiRT Rally 2.0.
Both the Porsche 911 SC RS and the Lancia 037 Evo 2 are available as standalone DLC and as part of DiRT Rally 2.0 Season 2. If you’ve got the Deluxe Edition of the game these cars will be waiting for you, and if not you can upgrade to the Deluxe Content Pack below to get all content from Seasons 1 and 2:
- DiRT Rally 2.0 Deluxe Content Pack: Steam
- DiRT Rally 2.0 Deluxe Content Pack: PlayStation
- DiRT Rally 2.0 Deluxe Content Pack: Xbox
New Deluxe Liveries: Coming July 2
Also coming on July 2 are a new set of liveries for various cars. This time they’re themed around the 4th of July and Bastille Day, two big national holidays in the US and France. Deluxe Content owners can get their taste of red, white and blue on the following cars come July 2:
- Chevrolet Camaro GT4.R
- Ford Fiesta Rallycross (MK8)
- Ford Mustang GT4
- Renault 5 Turbo
- Peugeot 208 T16 R5
Recording the Lancia 037
Want to know how the car sounds are added to our games? Here’s a behind-the-scenes look at when the Lancia 037 was recorded for DiRT 4. As teased last week another classic rally car is getting an audio update in Verison 1.6 (which is coming in early July), we’ll share more about that soon!
The Steam Summer Sale is here!
Ready to rally? DiRT titles are currently discounted on the Steam Summer Sale!
Is this your first time off-road? DiRT titles can be challenging, but over time you’ll gain confidence and have a blast as you tackle the jumps at high speed. Head on over to the Community rally School thread on the forums if you’re in need of tips and advice:
VR: Yes, it’s still coming!
Summer is here and the DiRT community’s been lighting up our Twitter page with one question in particular, “where is VR”? While we don’t have a release date or extra info to share right now I do want to point out that yes, the DiRT team is working hard on making the virtual a reality in DiRT Rally 2.0. We’re excited to share the news just as much as you are to read it, and once everything is in place we’ll provide another update.
DiRT Rally 2.0 is a great-looking game, and one that aims to deliver a high performance across all platforms. Sadly however not all platforms have the same capabilities and sometimes compromises have to be made. A common point of feedback is the performance of the game on base-level Xbox One and PlayStation 4, where the resolution is lower than that’s achievable on Xbox One X, PS4 Pro and Steam. There’s been a bit of discussion about this on the forums but I felt it best to give the “lay of the land” and help clarify some things:
- DiRT Rally 2.0 is designed to run at 60fps on console when driving (replays are 30fps).
The driving experience is the most important part of the game and ensuring that is as smooth as possible is the game’s priority.
- In order to achieve this the base consoles use dynamic resolution scaling (other games do this too), as they cannot always reliably hit 1080p/60fps while running DiRT Rally 2.0.
This is especially notable on base Xbox One.
- Sometimes in more complicated scenarios (like when there are lots of effects or complicated objects on the screen) this means the resolution will decrease in order to retain the framerate.
- A 1080p/30fps option is not available as the performance of some physics elements are tied to the framerate, and locking that to 30 would cause additional issues.
- As this is a core part of how the game functions, an update in the future is unlikely.
On a related note some PS4 Pro users have reported seeing an improvement in visual quality after recent updates. The team has been in touch and it turns out there was a PS4 Pro performance update in Version 1.3 which wasn’t mentioned in the patch notes. In short, the PS4 Pro version of DiRT Rally 2.0 now runs at 1440p, instead of the 1080p of earlier versions. The Xbox One X version has been capable of running at 2160p (4K) since launch.
Codies Racing Line
While times are busy for DiRT things are extra-busy for the rest of Codemasters as F1® 2019 geared up for launch this week. Chris has done the usual roundup of all things Codies in the Racing line blog, while also dropping some new GRID info. have a read below:
F1® 2019: Available Now!
That’s it for another DiRT Roadbook but before we head off I just want to say congratulations to our friends on the F1® team on the release of F1® 2019, which is available now!
As a long-time fan of the sport and the series I’m looking forward to throwing down some laps this weekend; I’ve only been at Codemasters a few weeks but it’s clear that behind the scenes everybody has been pushing extra-hard to make this year’s game the definitive F1® experience, well done all!
See you all next week!