Euro Truck Sim 2 Scandinavia Map Released

The release of the much-anticipated Scandinavia map expansion DLC for Euro Truck Simulator 2 is finally here. The DLC is available on Steam to download and on other major retailers.

Scs Software, the creators of the wonderful game published the following:

This Euro Truck Simulator 2 Scandinavia add-on is the most exciting expansion pack for the incomparable Euro Truck Simulator 2 so far. Featuring Sweden, Norway and Denmark, you’ll have access to mile upon mile across these three beautiful Nordic countries. Fifteen new ports and ferry locations also allow you to board ferries directly and to discover 25 Scandinavian cities like Stockholm, Gothenburg, Malmo, Oslo, Stavanger, Bergen, Copenhagen, Aalborg and Esbjerg. 

Reflecting how ferries are an integral part of Scandinavian transportation, SCS Software has painstakingly simulated the ships and Nordic ferry locations you’d see in real life today.  Many of the ports in this pack are the same size as entire cities depicted in mainland Europe elsewhere within the game. The sea transportation network also allows the player to use alternate connections between locations in Scandinavia and other territories of the map with direct routes to the United Kingdom and Poland. 

Features:

·         New trailer models including semi-trailers for transporting livestock

·         Introducing the Mercedes Benz Actro 2014 cab

·         New industries to service with 80 new cargo types which include foodstuffs, machinery, construction plus deliveries to Volvo and Scania dealerships across Europe

·         Updates to the core Euro Truck Simulator 2 game

·         Brand new rims and tyres upgrades

Sounds pretty good! let us know what you think in the comments below

Thank you to Scs Software for providing us with this information

Images courtesy of Scs Software

Oculus Rift Configuration Guide – Simulation Gaming

Introduction


The Oculus Rift is one of the hottest gadgets on the tech market right now. Sure the hardware isn’t ready for consumers just yet, but we’ve been lucky enough to get our hands on the Oculus Rift DK2 (Development Kit 2). We already reviewed the basic hardware and features of the Oculus Rift, but also I want to take a more in-depth look into some of the experiences available on the rift; starting with Simulation style games.

Many of you will have an image of plug and play features that allow you to strap an Oculus Rift to your face then start gaming, unfortunately that’s currently not the reality. Setting up games for the Oculus Rift can be a hit and miss experience, hopefully I can help smooth out a few of these issues for you. This article is as much a review for those thinking about investing in the technology, as it is an Oculus Rift configuration guide for those who already own it.

Simulation-style games are a big market for PC gaming, so I’ve picked out a few of my favourites (that also have VR support). Of course, Star Conflict isn’t exactly a common sim-game, but there aren’t exactly rules excluding it.

  • Star Conflict
  • Assetto Corsa
  • Life for Speed (LFS)
  • Euro Truck Simulator 2

Helping me in my gaming adventures, I will be using the follow extra hardware.

Essential Oculus Rift Setup Advice

If you experience judder or low fps, drop your games graphics settings down to low. If the game runs smoothly at this point, you know it’s your graphics settings and not the DK2 hardware. If you have judder at low settings you know the problem is with a different part of your setup. It’s often also good to start games with AA and AF disabled, enable them later if the game is running smooth. I can’t stress enough how much easier it is to just get the basics working first then build from there.

Go into your GPU configuration software, this will typically be Catalyst Control Centre or Nvidia Control Panel. Set all major graphics options to “let the application decide”. This is especially important for AA and AF settings. For most games you will need V-SYNC as “let the application decide”, but some games don’t detect this properly. If your game is experiencing judder, force VSYNC on and try again, else force off and try again. Some games have their own ways of handing VSYNC and conflicts can and will occur.

If your game is still not running smoothly, go to the GPU control panel, switch your desktop display to 75Hz (if it supports it). If you can’t do this at your current resolution, this will likely drop your monitors resolution lower to one that will support 75Hz (my monitor drops to 1280 x 1024). This will prevent VSYNC from confusing the DK2 as both the DK2 and your desktop will now be running at the same refresh rate (75Hz).

Multi GPU configurations have also been known to cause stutter, albeit in very rare circumstances. If nothing else works, try running the game on a single GPU.

Be sure to adjust your IPD, lens distance and lens type accordingly prior to use. These can make a vast improvement to the overall visual quality, but they will not have any effect on the frame rate of your game, just the overall visual quality.

I find that it is worth disabling GeForce Experience and AMD Gaming Evolved software. These programs are tailored to adjust your graphics settings to get the best performance and quality, which may overwrite the settings you’ve used to configure your games for the DK2.

All testing was done with the Oculus 0.4.3 SDK. Please make sure you have the latest graphics drivers and all updates installed for your games prior to trying to replicate any settings in this article.