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Just got it the other night, only  thing  is   that I havnt  found  it as of  yet  you cant  do  the  time  in real  time ie  the routes I  have  being  doing  are  around  the 240   m  range and   the time  I have  been  doing them  is  roughly  10  to 15  minutes   in real time  not  ats  time.  So unless there  is  a option   to do it  real time  I havnt  found  as  of  yet

 

The Truck Simulator world is downscaled so you are driving in real time but the drive distances are shortened and a mile is smaller. This is not adjustable. Reason is they do not have to model the entire USA at 1:1 so the map is condensed. Think of it kind of like a HO Scale Model Railway that you can fit in a much smaller space.

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I'm not sure what the scale is in ATS, but in ETS2 the scale outside cities and towns is 1:19, which is pretty compressed. The sole exception is Great Britain which is 1:15 scale.

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Apparently for the US it's 1:30 compared to Europe which is as Bill says.

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Apparently for the US it's 1:30 compared to Europe which is as Bill says.

 

That would make sense because USA is a lot of area to cover

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Can  ATS mods adversely affect the sim (i.e. like some addon airports consume vast amounts of VAS in FSX)?

 

While I'm at it, can you more experienced truckers recommend some mods that really enhance the sim?

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If you are asking about mods for ATS, I seriously doubt there is much if anything for it yet.

 

If you are asking about ETS2, there are TONS of mods available. Too many, to be honest...

 

And yes, poorly designed mods can bring either sim too their knees and even provoke CTDs, just like FSX, P3D, etc.

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I've been having a good time with ATS.  I picked up a wheel spinner for $8, mounted it on my old Driving Force Pro wheel, mounted the wheel itself at approx. 30 degrees backwards to make the angle 'flatter', and it's been awesome.  Not any more awesome than ETS2 mind you, but great just the same.

 

The one best thing that I've learned from this discussion, however, is the existence of Promods. I've owned ETS2 for quite awhile, never knew about Promods.  Which means that once I need a break from ATS, I know what I'll be installing next...

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Well if we're talking about ETS (ATS is too new at the moment), then yes, mods can/will kill performance. As much as I love Promods, RuMap, etc.., there are areas that either continually crash my computer or kill performance. Some mods are full of glitches, especially if you try and combine different mods together.

 

For mods, I use the following sites

 

http://etsmods.net/

http://promods.net/

 

There is also http://atsmods.net/, so keep an eye on it, there are already quite a few interesting mods appearing. Just give it time, the modding community for these sims actually puts our FS community to shame ;)

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The one best thing that I've learned from this discussion, however, is the existence of Promods. I've owned ETS2 for quite awhile, never knew about Promods.  Which means that once I need a break from ATS, I know what I'll be installing next...

You will like ProMods. I've been working with the team for the past 18 months both as a moderator for their forums but as a beta tester and very occasional contributor of scenery models. They are a terrific group of guys.

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You will like ProMods.

 

That's no lie.  It's great.   I look forward to their amazing work with ATS.  

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I'm thinking of picking up the big 'Heavy Equipment' wheel from Saitek, the one that's made for Farm Sim.  The old racing wheel I have is alright, but it just feels wrong to drive a big truck with it!

 

I think you're probably better off with a force feedback "racing" wheel. The mid-range/high-end ones from Logitech and Thrustmaster have 900 - 1080 degrees of rotation, excellent force feedback, lots of buttons to configure. That Saitek wheel hasn't gotten great reviews and it lacks force feedback.

 

I'm using the Thrustmaster T150, great mid-range wheel now that Logitech has increased prices and discontinued everything except the G29.

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I think you're probably better off with a force feedback "racing" wheel. The mid-range/high-end ones from Logitech and Thrustmaster have 900 - 1080 degrees of rotation, excellent force feedback, lots of buttons to configure. That Saitek wheel hasn't gotten great reviews and it lacks force feedback.

 

I'm using the Thrustmaster T150, great mid-range wheel now that Logitech has increased prices and discontinued everything except the G29.

 

I decided to stick with my old Logitech Driving Force GT.  However, the advantage of having a simpit made largely with 2x4's is that it's easily modifiable - I built a wood bracket that allows the wheel to be mounted tilted backwards somewhat, to remove the 'race car' feel of holding the wheel and give it a more realistic profile.  It's been 20 years since I've driven any semi's, but it seems nicer.

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If you are asking about mods for ATS, I seriously doubt there is much if anything for it yet.

 

If you are asking about ETS2, there are TONS of mods available. Too many, to be honest...

 

And yes, poorly designed mods can bring either sim too their knees and even provoke CTDs, just like FSX, P3D, etc.

 

Bill,

This fella

https://www.youtube.com/user/DaSquirrelsNuts

is closely involved with the devs and has already demonstrated some mods that he likes. It's a nice programme as is ETS. But I haven't got the time to use it plus other stuff.

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There is a demo out now for ATS. Visually, this game looks amazing. Best looking driving game on PC?

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There is a demo out now for ATS. Visually, this game looks amazing. Best looking driving game on PC?

 

As  I just got  ats  and  is very  good  visually  but  I think  f1 2013 is  right up there  for  rain effects  etc  and  driving   that's if  your into  racing  f1  that is,  but  you cant  go  past ats  though :)

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As I just got ats and is very good visually but I think f1 2013 is right up there for rain effects etc and driving that's if your into racing f1 that is, but you cant go past ats though :)

 

Yes both F1 and Driveclub are great for scenery and weather effects.  I'm still looking into ATS but thanks for the heads up.

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What is with the extra launch options (direct x or open gl)?

 

I see little point in this option for Windows users on DirectX. But OpenGL is what allows the game to work on Mac OS X (Although I'm still waiting for someone to port the multiplayer mod over).

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I got SLI working by using the European version SLI tag in Inspector. Really runs great at 4k now.

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Bill,

This fella

https://www.youtube.com/user/DaSquirrelsNuts

is closely involved with the devs and has already demonstrated some mods that he likes. It's a nice programme as is ETS. But I haven't got the time to use it plus other stuff.

I take Paul's commentary and advise with a huge grain of salt. His ATS videos do seem quite a bit better than his quirky and goofy performances vis-à-vis ETS2 though.

 

Keep in mind that Paul makes his living from his streaming videos and software/hardware endorsements, so that's another pinch of salt needed... :He He:

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If you are asking about mods for ATS, I seriously doubt there is much if anything for it yet.

 

be great if aircraft mods became availble for this sort of game. I mean not to fly in, just planes and helicopters whizzing about overhead.  Maybe thats already in the game though?

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be great if aircraft mods became availble for this sort of game. I mean not to fly in, just planes and helicopters whizzing about overhead.  Maybe thats already in the game though?

 

I've seen a few crop dusters whizzing by.  I think I've also seen a larger aircraft coming in for a landing somewhere, but I can't recall.  I'm also darn sure that I saw a UFO in Nevada whiz past at night, but I can't be sure on that, since it wasn't much more than a light quickly crossing overhead.

 

I'm usually quite focused on the road though - I find when my eyes stray, so does my truck...

 

I'm quite enjoying ATS.  Last night I pushed a longer run without resting. The first time my in-game self yawned, I nearly jumped.  I wasn't expecting that!

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Yes, as stated above ATS already has 'airliners' and 'GA' flying in fixed tracks. With the amount of compression used, the runways are ridiculously short. Don't look at them too closely though and it does provide some amusement. :He He:

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Yes, as stated above ATS already has 'airliners' and 'GA' flying in fixed tracks. With the amount of compression used, the runways are ridiculously short. Don't look at them too closely though and it does provide some amusement. :He He:

 

That's great and adds to the immersion factor I guess.

 

 

 

I'm also darn sure that I saw a UFO in Nevada whiz past at night

 

How many beers Jimmy?  :P

 

Hey check out this user getting his moneys worth from ATS

 

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