Would like to start a thread for discussing racing sims, specifically.
What do you play/recommend?
What do you use for driving?
I use a logitech GT force feedback wheel and pedals. Not the latest tech or top of the line, but it's decent quality, has good feedback force and works well. Only thing I wish it had is a proper gate shifter and clutch. The paddle shifters are ok for now. Added extra springs to the brake pedal for more realistic pressure feedback. Seriously looking into getting a setup from Fanatec though. They make some pretty serious equipment.
I have several years of real racing experience so I can honestly tell you that while Forza is fun and has improved over the years, it is still no hard-core sim. It's as close as you can get on the console, but PC sims are much more "real" in terms of physics.
Played iRacing at a friends house. It was very good, but it's pricey and the graphics leave a lot to be desired. Recently been playing a lot of Race Room Racing Experience on steam. It's free to play and try out and doesn't cost too much to grab extra tracks and cars. The game looks very nice, the cars look real and are well-seated in the environments. Physics are excellent, not necessarily the best, but I would say among the best I've sampled.
I heard about a new game that has recently showed up on steam called Assetto Corsa. Supposedly it boasts life-like graphics with life-like physics. It's $35 for early access but I'm not sure I want to drop that kind of coin only to find out it's not all it claims to be. There aren't too many cars or tracks available just yet either. Has anyone here tried Assetto Corsa yet? If so, how is it?