So you might be getting started with sim racing and are wondering what is the better between Assetto Corsa and Project Cars 2.
Our goal is to help you decide between these two racing softwares by looking at few different factors including:
- Driving realism
- Variety of cars and tracks
- Graphics quality
- Car handling
- Compatibility (PC, Xbox, Playstation)
- Laser scanned tracks
- Online multiplayer
- Prices and Download
So let’s now get started with our in depth comparison guide.
How realistic is it to drive?
Assetto corsa managed to maintain its place as one of the best sim racing software in the world by providing an ultra realistic driving experience to their users.
Assetto Corsa is widely available in numerous devices, and the realism really depends on the setup and specs of the device you are using.
Assuming that you are driving with a complete sim racing setup (wheels, brakes, switches, etc), you will practically be driving a real racing car from your setup.
If you have been racing with Assetto Corsa, you will find it much easier to adapt with Project Cars 2.
Excluding other factors such as graphic quality and sound details, driving in Project Cars 2 will not feel much of a difference.
It involves the similar skill set and technicalities that you will also find when driving a real racing car.
Both Assetto Corsa and Project Cars 2 are excellent in keeping each detail on point when it comes to the driving itself.
In the end, your experience will also be affected by the setup and device that you are using!
Variety of cars and tracks
It is crucial for a sim racing game to have a wide variety of cars and tracks options for their users.
After all, these simulations are created for racing enthusiasts who care deeply about each and every detail including what car they are using and where they are racing.
Take Assetto Corsa as an example, they offer up to 200 different cars ranging from a variety of manufacturers such as Audi, Ferrari, BMW, Nissa, Lamborghini, Ford, Alfa Romeo, and more.
To make it even more legit for their users, Assetto Corsa took the extra miles to make sure that their cars are officially licensed from their official manufacturer.
Thus, you can expect specific details on each of their cars.
Assetto Corsa offers you 11 tracks to race on, but do not worry because you can explore hundreds of free mods that you can download online.
New users are often surprised with the car selection in Project Cars 2.
With up to 180 cars from some of the world’s most elite manufacturers such as Lamborghini, Porsche, Ferrari, Jaguar, Nissan, Acura, and more, Project Cars 2 is up there with some of the best racing simulation in terms of car selection.
Impressively, all of their cars are made with high attention to details according to the original version.
Project Cars 2 is backed with a strong community where you can find endless options of mods for both cars and tracks.
However, you do not really need them when you can choose from 60 different venues and 140 layouts.
As you can see, Project Cars 2 may have more options (excluding mods) especially when it comes to the tracks.
However, keep in mind that as you are getting used to whichever sim racing game you are using, you will probably race with just a few cars that suits you the most.
Instead, we recommend you to look at other factors including the overall quality of each simulation.
Just like in the world of gaming, graphic quality is one of the key indicators of a good sim racing software.
In fact, it is very common for people to fall over a sim racing solely because of its excellent graphic quality.
Looking at Assetto Corsa’s graphic quality, you will see why this particular simulation is able to hang with the best sim racing in the business.
Overall, they pay high attention to details such as how your car looks, the environment, and the accurate projection of the shadows.
For us, one of the most amusing details is how the raindrops in Assetto Corsa adjust itself with the angle and positioning of your car.
If you are one of those people who never tried Project Cars 2 due to the lacking graphic quality of the previous Project Cars, we highly recommend you give it another chance.
Just like Assetto Corsa, Project Cars managed to deliver high quality graphics into every detail of your simulation, including the crowd and the environment.
Another factor that sets Project Cars 2 graphics apart from the rest is the quality when it comes to racing under different weathers (rain, snow, etc).
It is extremely hard to say which sim software is better in terms of graphic quality.
For some, it is a matter of preference, but we can say that Project Cars graphic quality is a bit ahead when it comes to the racing environment and racing under different weathers.
Though I’d probably pick Assetto Corsa for graphics.
Finally, remember that your device and internet connection (in case of online race) plays a huge part in your graphic experience.
You will not have much problem when using both sim racing games on console, but we recommend at least using a PC with 4 GB performance memory to enjoy your race with decent graphics.
Car handling is one factor that often causes dilemmas, especially for people who are just getting started with sim racing.
If you have not known already, driving a real life racing car requires high skill and finesse, it is not even comparable to driving a regular car on the road.
Thus, plenty of beginner sim racers were surprised with how hard it is to handle their car in sim racing.
On the other hand, people still want their simulation expereince to be as real as possible.
That is why we can see different types of sim racers, people who simply do laps for fun, and those who are willing to spend time and effort to hone their racing skills.
Project Cars has always been brilliant in providing a realistic car handling experience.
However, some people were left frustrated with how the first version of Project Cars is extremely hard to control in terms of grip/ traction while not being realistic enough.
With Project Cars 2, they managed to take car handling to the next level.
The grip is now much easier and more realistic to control, especially when you are doing sharp rallies and turns.
You will also notice that there are significantly less errors and you will find yourself in a much more immersive handling experience.
In our opinion, Project Cars 2 has successfully provided a sophisticated and detailed car handling system that will not be intimidating even for beginner racers.
As for Assetto Corsa, car handling is actually one of their strongest features.
For one, they are not overly hard to control and are friendly for beginners.
Second, they are still realistic and detailed in every aspect of car handling. In fact, they provide one of the most detailed experiences when it comes to drifting.
Regardless of which sim racing game you are planning to race on, you will need to spend some time to adapt and refine your car handling skills.
Compatibility (PC, Xbox, Playstation)
What we like from both Assetto Corsa and Project Cars 2 is that they are a simulation that can be played by absolutely everyone.
We have mentioned how both simulations can be extremely friendly for first-timers and beginners. Additionally, both softwares are compatible for PC, Xbox, and Playstation.
Most sim racers prefer using PCs especially when they are using a complete racing setup.
Conveniently, you do not have to use a full racing setup to have fun with these sim racing games. You can always download it on your Playstation/Xbox and have a quick race using just a joystick.
It will not be as realistic as using a complete PC setup but you can expect fine details from both simulations.
FOV (Field of view)
In terms of FOV, both simulations are good enough to the point that it is almost impossible to say which simulation has done a better job.
Oftentimes, it is a case of personal preference for each sim racers.
Fortunately, both Assetto Corsa and Project Cars 2 allows users to adjust their FOV to their own liking, so make sure to tweak with the setting and find your own preference!
Are tracks laser scanned?
Assetto Corsa has established themself as one of the best racing simulations by paying attention to every detail, including laser scanning almost each and every one of their tracks.
In fact, the only tracks that are not laser scanned are historical venues and fictional tracks, which is of course not possible for laser scanning.
One of Project Cars 2 strong features is their wide variety of track options
However, only 20 out of the total 60 venues are fully laser scanned by the developers of Project Cars 2. W
hile some racers may view this as the downside of Project Cars 2, we do not think that it will affect your racing experience at all, especially when there are still 20 laser scanned tracks to choose from.
Online multiplayer is one of the most exciting ways to test out your skills with racers from around the world.
In both Assetto Corsa and Project Cars 2, online multiplayer is highly accessible for racers of all levels.
If you are looking for a casual race with other racers, both softwares allow you to participate in quick online races, where you will be matched with racers of your skill level.
The main differences between both games are the events and leagues that you can participate in.
Assetto Corsa is known for their ultra competitive online racing league, where you can race with some of the best sim racers in the world.
While not as big as Assetto Corsa online racing league, Project Cars also run their own online league.
Again Assetto Corsa wins against Project Cars 2 in my opinion.
Force Feedback (FFB)
Force feedback is a key detail that both Assetto Corsa and Project Cars have nailed to provide their users with an ultra realistic racing experience.
Aside from their default setting which obviously differs from each other, there are no major concerns in terms of the quality of their force feedback.
In the end, the quality of force feedback highly depends on the quality of the steering wheels you are using.
Prices and Download
Both Assetto Corsa and Project Cars are available on PCs, Playstation, and Xbox. Check out the following tables for more details.
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