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2 generic questions from a noob

Discussion in 'Automobilista - General Discussion' started by Diego Balzarini, Mar 16, 2016.

  1. Diego Balzarini

    Diego Balzarini Member

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    Ciao everyone, could you please spare 2 minutes to explain to a noob like me a couple things?

    1- Why not all the resolutions in config have the option wide UI?

    2- I can't really see the difference between sweetshaders fx on or off, i have no idea what to look for and my old eyes can't spot any difference.

    Cheers
     
  2. Tommi

    Tommi Member

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    Hi, Diego.

    * About Question 1, it is because we don't have to use "Widescreen UI" with "Non-Wide resolution" in Automobilista, I think.
    As it is known, "Wide" or "Non-wide" is distinguished by the "Aspect Ratio" of the resolution.
    I uploaded several pics for explanation.

    <Pic 1: Wide (16:9) + Widescreen UI Off>
    AspectRatio_01.jpg

    <Pic 2: Wide (16:9) + Widescreen UI On>

    AspectRatio_02.jpg

    "Widescreen UI" makes sense in this case.
    On the other hand,

    <Pic 3: Non-Wide (4:3) + Widescreen UI Off>
    AspectRatio_03.jpg

    You can see that we don't have to use "Widescreen UI" with "Non-Wide resolution" in Automobilista.
    It might be the reason the dev disabled "Widescreen UI" for "Non-Wide resolution", I think. :)


    * About Question 2, it is because the dev added "very mild" SweetFX effects.
    Sometimes. both (On & Off) look almost the same. But the SweetFX effects are working for sure.
    Please compare the following two pics.

    <SweetFX Off>
    SFX_OFF.jpg

    <SweetFX On>
    SFX_ON.jpg

    We can see the mild HDR effect with "SweetFX On".

    By the way, Heroflex shared his custom SweetFX Preset on Steam Community Forum here.
    (Thanks to Heroflex! :) )

    Alternate SweetFX preset :: Automobilista General Discussions

    Here is a screenshot with his SweetFX Preset On.

    <Heroflex' SweetFX Preset On>
    SFX_Heroflex.jpg

    We can see the noticeable difference from the default presets.
    The installation of Heroflex's SweetFX Preset is as follows.

    *** Installation ***
    1. Please go to the following directory, and make a backup of the original "SFXOn.txt" file.
    (e.g. Renaming the file to "SFXOn_Backup.txt" is easy and simple.)

    C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\common\Automobilista\SFXOn.txt (Default)

    2. Go to the Heroflex's web-page on SweetFX Settings DB website (linked in his post on Steam Forum).

    Automobilista: Alternate shaders V1 - Automobilista

    Click on "Download preset" button below, and download "SweetFX_Settings_Automobilista_ Automobilista- Alternate shaders V1.txt".

    4. Rename the downloaded "SweetFX_Settings_Automobilista_ Automobilista- Alternate shaders V1.txt" to "SFXOn.txt".

    SweetFX_Settings_Automobilista_ Automobilista- Alternate shaders V1.txt => SFXOn.txt

    5. Then put the renamed "SFXOn.txt" into the original directory.

    C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\common\Automobilista\SFXOn.txt (Heroflex' SweetFX Preset)

    6. Launch Automobilista and enjoy!

    That's it. ;)

    If you don't like it, please restore the original "SFXOn.txt" from the backup.
    Hope this helps. :)
     
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  3. MarcG

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    @Tommi thanks for the SweetFX explanation (and additional settings), I have looked very closely with screenshots between the two but cannot see any difference whatsoever with the standard SweetFX on/off, it's been this way since the very first build.
    I'll try the Heroflex one and see if that helps :)
     
  4. Diego Balzarini

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    Thank you @Tommi for the explanation. I took 2 screenshots in game with fx on and off and looked at the difference. Cant spot much of it, probably because my eyes got used to overdone hdr pics. I'll a look at the steam forum.
    Thank you for sharing your knowledge:)
     
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  5. Tommi

    Tommi Member

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    Thanks for your reply, MarcG.
    Yes, I agree. The original SweetFX effects are very mild. And by switching both pics, we can see the difference between SFX On & Off. It slightly increases the contrast and make the graphics look sharp.
    And I have an impression that Heroflex's SweetFX preset enhances the contrast and adds less saturation. I think Reiza's base graphics improvements made Heroflex's SweetFX preset possible. I'm glad if you like it, too. :)
     
  6. Tommi

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    Thanks for your reply, Diego.
    You are not alone. Both look almost the same to me, too. ;)
    Reiza added several graphics improvements, and SweeFX is a part of them. Not significant, but the graphics was improved from SCE.
    As already announced, we have to wait for the next Reiza17 for further improvements. I look foward to the new graphics in the next title. :)
     
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  7. P*Funk

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    My taste is that Hero's are a bit too washed out. :p

    Sadly there's no substitute for proper HDR lighting.
     
  8. Tommi

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    Thanks for your reply, P*Funk.
    Yes, I have the same impression. The lighting and the contrast can be displayed very nicely on my monitor. But I need a little more saturation.
    It might depend on the monitor in most cases. I'm going to edit the preset to my taste.
    About HDR lightings, sadly yes atm, but I/we have a big hope for the future! :)
     

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