Assetto Corsa Vs Competizione: Which is Better in 2022?

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So I guess you’ve probably just got into sim racing and wanted to know the main differences between the Assetto Corsa and ACC.

Which one should you purchase to get the best racing experience in 2022?

Don’t worry, we’ll break it all down for you in this quick comparison guide.

Assetto Corsa game

There’s quite a lot of similarities between the games given that Assetto Corsa Competizione was built on top of the original Assetto Corsa game, but there are some key differences that we’ll outline in just a second.

Both the games were developed by Kunos Simulazioni and released in 2014 and 2018 respectively.

The first big difference between the two games is that Assetto Corsa Competizione is an officially licensed game by the Blancpain GT Series, while Assetto Corsa isn’t.

This gives ACC an edge over the standard Assetto Corsa game.

Similar to iRacing, ACC has detailed weather conditions e.g fog and rain, however, Assetto Corsa has dynamic weather which can change during a race.

Moreover, given that ACC is the official game from the GT world championship, its GT3 car model is just insane and it’s probably the best GT3 car package you can get in any sim racing game out there, including iRacing.

Alright so having said that, let’s now go in-depth with our game comparison review.

Which is the most realistic to drive??

When it comes to how realistic racing software is to drive, it involves more aspects than what you might think of. Most people indeed tend to focus on just the graphics when judging the quality and realism of racing software.

In reality, aspects such as car handling, AI, force feedback, and even the car variety and details play a huge part in making racing software realistic to drive.

Assetto Corsa and Assetto Corsa Competizione are 2 different softwares developed by the same developer, Kunos Simulazioni.

While both racing games are not built in the exact same way, it is safe to say that Kunos Simulazioni has done a fantastic job in maintaining the standard in both Assetto Corsa and Assetto Corsa Competizione.

We will go through more details on each aspect that adds up to the overall realism of both software (graphic quality, car handling, FOV, etc) further in the article. Regardless, both Assetto Corsa and Assetto Corsa Competizione are still very immersive and realistic to drive as they managed to establish themselves as one of the favorite racing software for professional racers to hone their real-life racing skills.

Different Types of cars and tracks

One of the main reasons why Assetto Corsa managed to stay as one of the best racing software is due to Kunos Simulazioni’s ability to provide a wide variety of cars and race tracks options for us sim racers.

Not only did they do a good job in offering an abundance of options, but most of their cars are also officially licensed from the manufacturer, meaning that the cars are portrayed with fine details and tunings.

assetto car mods how to install

There are over 200 cars that you can choose from in Assetto Corsa covering numerous racing car types from elite manufacturers such as Lamborghini, Ferrari, Alfa Romeo, Mercedes, Audi, and much more. With those cars, you will be able to race in 11 different venues that are available with multiple configurations.

If you want to explore more cars and tracks, you can always download free mods that are made available by the Assetto Corsa sim racing community.

As a racing software that is developed by the same developers, the car and track details in ACC are simply on par with the ones you will find in Assetto Corsa.

The main differences lays in the type of cars available in Assetto Corsa Competizione which is made mostly of GT3 and Gt4 cars. As for the race tracks, Assetto Corsa Competizione also has 11 real-life venues including Barcelona, Monza, Zolder, Silverstone, and many more.

Gt3 and Gt4 ACC

Assetto Corsa and Assetto Corsa Competizione are two different racing games that rely on their unique game engine with other minor differences.

However, most people still question why Kunos Simulazioni has to release another racing software in Assetto Corsa Competizione when Assetto Corsa itself is doing very well.  

Unlike Assetto Corsa which has become very popular due to the wide variety of car options that racing enthusiasts can choose from, Assetto Corsa Competizione emphasizes more on GT class racing, particularly on GT3 and GT4 cars.

All in all, there are at least more than 40 GT3 and GT4 cars that you can race within Assetto Corsa Competizione. 

However, the number and options are always evolving as the developer always releases a new DLC series of cars and tracks every season.

Which has the best graphics?

One thing that stands out in both Assetto Corsa and Assetto Corsa Competizione is that both games are developed by Kunos Simulazioni, meaning that the same standards are applied by the developers on all aspects of the racing simulation, including the graphic quality and details.

Starting with Assetto Corsa, it is always known as one of the best racing simulation software not just in terms of popularity but the overall graphic quality.

You can check on numerous videos displaying a side-by-side comparison of Assetto Corsa and any other racing simulation, including iRacing. 

At first glance, you will always notice that Assetto Corsa never seems like the inferior software when it comes to graphic quality.

Assetto Corsa always looks much better with finer details even when it comes down to minor details such as the weather.

The reason why the graphic quality in Assetto Corsa is that good is because of the engine that the software runs on.

Assetto Corsa relies on a custom game engine that is specially developed by Kunos Simulazioni themself. Thus, it does offer a unique quality in terms of graphics.

On the other hand, Assetto Corsa Competizione was created by Epic Games using Unreal Engine 4 as the backbone of the software. When you do a side-by-side comparison between Assetto Corsa and Assetto Corsa Competizione, both software does look uniquely different from each other.

However, it is quite hard to say which of the two has a better overall graphic quality.

Some people feel Assetto Corsa still wins in terms of the overall car movement during the race while the other prefers Assetto Corsa Competizione graphics because of the Unreal Engine 4 capability to provide much more complex graphical details.

What’s the best in-car handling?

After racing in both Assetto Corsa and Assetto Corsa Competizione with a complete sim racing setup, it is safe to say that Kunos Simulazioni has done a fantastic job in keeping the standards extremely high, especially when it comes to car handling.

For starters, the car handling in both simulations feels very familiar to each other.

Thus, you will not have a hard time adapting between both Assetto Corsa and Assetto Corsa Competizione.

Most importantly Kunos Simulazioni made sure that the handling in both simulations is adaptable for racers of all levels while still keeping it realistic to ensure that racers will be able to get the most immersive experience in either simulation.

Compatibility (PC, Xbox, Playstation)

It is no secret that simulation racing software is often very complex and requires devices with the best specs to run on the most optimal performance.

Thus, there are plenty of racing games that are only exclusive for PC to ensure that the races are performed optimally.

Fortunately, Kunos Simulazioni managed to come up with versatile racing software that is equally enjoyable when played on both PC and console (Xbox and Playstation).

Yes, both Assetto Corsa and Assetto Corsa Competizione are compatible for PC, Xbox, and Playstation!

FOV (Field of view)

FOV is an important aspect of racing simulation software that plays an important role to determine the software’s overall realism.

After all, FOV represents the driver’s point of view which will be crucial to your experience especially when you are racing with VR (Virtual Reality).

Nowadays, most racing software has done a great job in maintaining a certain standard when it comes to the FOV.

The same goes for Assetto Corsa and Assetto Corsa Competizione, both software has a brilliant default FOV where you will practically be viewing what a real-life racer is going to see when sitting in a racing car.

If you ever want to adjust your FOV, you can do it by simply adjusting in the settings menu or by using our new FOV calculator tool which is totally free!

Are tracks laser-scanned?

Laser scanning is a unique technology where it does not affect your racing experience directly but is often searched for by sim racers from around the world.

Laser scanning is not always needed when the races are held in fictional or historical racing venues, but in the case of Assetto Corsa and Assetto Corsa Competizione, it is quite crucial considering that the tracks are replicated from real-life race tracks.

Kunos Simulazioni is aware of the importance of laser scanning as the race tracks that you can find in both racing softwares have been thoroughly laser scanned to provide you with the most realistic race possible.

Online multiplayer

Online multiplayer is one of the most exciting modes you can race in both Assetto Corsa and Assetto Corsa Competizione.

In Assetto Corsa, the most popular online multiplayer mode has to be the Assetto Corsa Online Racing League where you can test yourself with the best sim racers from around the world.

With Assetto Corsa Competizione, you will be able to race in a versatile online platform where you can find a variety of modes including quick races, hot lap, Superpole, etc.

Force Feedback (FFB)

The force feedback is another thing that we find quite similar in both Assetto Corsa and Assetto Corsa Competizione.

Most sim racers, especially beginners will not have any problem racing with the default force feedback in either simulation, though you can always adjust it if you feel like changing the settings.

Just make sure to use a high-quality steering wheel that supports the force feedback system accurately.

Prices and Downloads

Assetto Corsa

Device

Price

Link

Playstation

$39.99

Playstation Download

Xbox

$24.00

Xbox Download

PC (Steam)

$19.99

PC (Steam) Download

Assetto Corsa Competizione

Device

Price

Link

Playstation

$39.99

Playstation Download

Xbox

$13.99

Xbox Download

PC (Steam)

$39.99

PC (Steam) Download

Which is better AC or ACC?

Alright so hopefully you’ve now got a clear idea of what each game offers.

Both Assetto Corsa and Assetto Corsa Competizione will give you a professional immersive experience as well as hours of enjoyment, whether you’re a beginner or a seasoned racer.

We would definitely recommend Assetto Corsa Competizione for those who are looking for a more realistic GT3 racing experience as it offers a great variety of cars as well as an accurate replication of real-life race tracks.

As both games are great in their own way, it means that Assetto Corsa cannot be considered as a simple imitation of Assetto Corsa Competizione.

On the contrary, both games are quite different in terms of game modes and simulation levels while staying unique regarding graphics, physics, and realism.

We hope this article helped you to get a clear understanding of what both racing simulations have to offer!

As always, happy racing! 🙂

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