Setting up a sim racing rig on a budget

Gaming

I’ve just started off on my journey of setting up a sim racing rig. It’s something that’s been on the bucket list for a while but when I saw some discounts on Amazon I finally jumped in.

I’m a big GT Sport and F1 2018 PlayStation fan and the first thing for me to do was look for a wheel and pedal combo that would work with a PlayStation. I ended up getting the Logitech G29 set for £179.

Now this image isn’t the full setup but even with this temp one I’m very impressed with the quality of the Logitech. The wheel is stitched leather and very comfortable to use. It took me a while to map the buttons to how I want them in F1 but it’s amazing being able to quickly change fuel setting or enable DRS straight with one adjustment on the wheel.

The pedals are also well built and heavy but without the full rig they do slide around a bit.

Next up is the GT OMEGA steering wheel stand. This is yet to ship but the plan is to setup and then I can fold away when I’m not using it.

I’ll update this post once I have it done and setup.

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Using the Nintendo Switch to watch YouTube

Gaming

As I’ve already shared my iPad is going on a repair trip so I went over to my Switch as my consumption device. What I’ve found is that it makes a pretty good little TV.

First off I can only use YouTube and you can get it from the Nintendo store on the Switch itself.

The screen is good enough to enjoy your subscription but where it fell down was audio. The speakers are really quiet and I’m often on full blast to hear it. The speakers are on the back, not an ideal placement.

First thing I’d like to see on Switch V2 is front facing bigger speakers.

Navigation is fine using a mixture of the buttons and taps. If you tap the video it brings up the controls available, such as B to go back to the video list. I found in scrolling with my finger I was accidentally tapping and loading videos. You need to use the left stick to navigate the app really then A to load your video.

So overall you can use the Switch to watch YouTube pretty easily and it’ll do me fine until the iPad comes back.

Nintendo Switch durability after 2 years

Gaming, Tech

It’s been a couple of years since I’ve had a Switch and thought I’d share how its holding up.

Overall it’s still in great shape, it’s been taken with me on holiday and work trips and when at home lives in the dock under the TV most of the time. The screen has had a protector on it given its plastic not glass and after recently taking it off is scratch free.

From this image you can see some signs of wear, which is what I have in various places on it.

The kick stand is still intact although has fallen off a couple of times. You can also see the wear around the screw hole.

The back shows some wear exactly where your fingers sit when holding.

I’d read stories about the top plastic components breaking off or cracking, mine are completely fine.

So overall it’s in great shape, in fact it’s held up better than my Apple gear has over the last couple of years.

I love this device and hoping Nintendo are bringing us a Mark II with a glass screen and some more performance to allow for more high end ports, such as Star Wars Battlefront II and maybe bigger joy con options but I’ll keep these thoughts for another day.

The best screen protector for Nintendo Switch

Gaming

I’ve tested a few different screen protectors for the Switch but after recently needing to change it I found my favourite.

Why use a screen protector on the Switch?

I really don’t like screen protectors on my iOS devices but on the Switch I thought it was necessary. The screen itself is plastic so it’ll pick up scratches easily. This added to the fact you could scratch it just getting it into and out of the dock forced me to make the decision to get one.

The screen protectors

So I started off with a cheap plastic screen protector which lasted me about 6 months before changing it. I was clear for the most part but picked up scratches really easily.

Second was still plastic but a little more expensive and it held up until a week ago.

None of this matters now I’ve found my favourite. The Orzly Premium Tempered Glass Screen Protector.

I found it easy to apply, it comes with two in case you mess it up and looks good.

In the pack you get a cleaning cloth and also a sticker to get the dust off your screen before applying.

I did have to lift it off once to get rid of a little dust but thankfully it went back down ok so only used one protector.

Here’s the Amazon link.

Ace Combat 7 review

Gaming

I’ve not long finished the campaign mode in Ace Combat 7 and wanted to write up some thoughts on how I feel about the game now that’s I’ve finished it.

First off if you know my writing you’ll know this’ll be a shorter review than you might be used to.

In a nutshell Ace Combat 7 is an enjoyable experience if you’re familiar with the franchise or into planes and want to have some fun. There is a point system and you don’t have access to all of the planes straight away. Prepare to grind it out in multiplayer to get the points quickly.

I’d recommend playing through the first couple of missions then go straight into multiplayer. This is the quickest way to get points (called MRP in game). You can then get all the places you need to make the game a little more doable.

This is a very difficult game and at times I almost put it away. I persevered though and by getting MRP and picking up the F-22 raptor I managed to get through it.

No spoilers but the very last bit of game takes a bit of time and a lot of precision (and patience!).

In terms of looks it’s one of the best I’ve seen on PS4. Planes are detailed and the after mission replays are just stunning. Think Gran Turismo level replays but with planes!

A quick word on the multiplayer. It’s online dogfighting, which I enjoyed for the most part but gets a little repetitive after a while. The matching and room managing also has some way to go and you can find yourself waiting too long on one player whose spending ages customising their plane for the game.

Oh, lastly there’s a free flight mode if you want to just well fly around. There’s no replays here though.

So would I recommend picking it up, yes and no. This is definitely a game that once I finished the campaign I was so shattered from the experience I needed a break. For me I won’t be doing a replay through it. I’ve played multiplayer a lot and done with that too. If you’re into planes or if you’re a fan of Ace Combat I recommend, if you’re not then I would avoid.

Relaxing Nintendo Switch game recommendations

Gaming

I’ve noticed I’m playing more and more PlayStation games lately and after getting very frustrated playing Ace Combat 7 (it’s a great game but very hard) I’ve unplugged my PS4. I want to swap over to my Nintendo Switch and start to relax a bit more with my gaming.

I’ve got a few games but need some recommendations from the community.

What do you recommend I play to relax a bit?