Last year I dropped a load of cash on what was for me, a serious PC upgrade. The major driver was to achieve a decent experience in my favourite simracing games using the Rift CV1, and rFactor 2 was at the top of the list. I now have a Ryzen 3600X, RTX 2020 with fast RAM, decent PSU etc. Long story short, I've spent more time tweaking than I have racing and the performance has never really been acceptable to me in rFactor 2. Somewhere I read that some people had managed to solve some of the problems I was having by reinstalling Windows, so I decided to try the same. I thought it might be worth providing some feedback on the "vanilla" install that I have just finished. Everything installed on a fresh install of Windows 10 from Steam (over 100Gb of workshop content) onto a brand new Samsung 970 EVO nvme drive. I enabled the public beta soon after installing to enable the new UI, and after trying with SteamVR I installed the OpenOVR replacement, which does improve things greatly. Side Mirrors I was convinced that I had modified a file somewhere which causes all the wing mirrors to be pointing the wrong direction - turns out even the official GT3 DLC cars all have this problem out of the box both in VR and on flat screen, before any modifications were made. Fixing is a MASSIVE pain because you have to hold the keys for quite a while to adjust each mirror, and then it only saves it for that specific car and livery, so you have to do this a LOT. Really disappointed here. VR glitching in menus This was the big one I was reinstalling for. Various options in the menu cause each VR display to freeze at a different state, like half the screen gets cut off and it really is painful to look at. Sometimes it only lasts a few seconds, sometimes more. Taking off the headset or closing your eyes is far from practical and is incredibly frustrating. Online server loading When you want to customise a race it forces a refresh of your favourite online servers. One seems to be favourite by default so EVERY time you want to customize your offline race the aforementioned VR glitching occurs while you wait for it to refresh. Painful. Car showroom Amazingly the car showroom does not display on a fresh install, it just shows very dark and is hard to see. After some research I found that returning to the old UI, and selecting the showroom in the options, returning to the public beta, it works. HUD The default HUD in game is pretty nasty. In VR the depth of the hud is very awkward to focus on against the car dashboard, so I like to use a workshop HUD designed for VR. Wait. Where can I change it? Oh, like the showroom there is no way to do it without going to the old UI and changing it there. Heat haze circles I've been here before, magic circles at the rear of all the cars! Resolved with a simple INI file tweak. Seems to affect some of the official content too! Why is this a problem in a fresh install? Should be the most simple thing for S397 to sort but they haven't done it for some reason. The above are just some of the obvious things that I think should not be happening at this late stage in the day for S397. I really thought my hacked around install was to blame, but sadly I didn't really get much improvement from a fresh install. There are other annoyances like clicking on the favourite server (in an attempt to un-favourite it) starts downloading content with no way to cancel, which can take ages to complete. The exit button is placed where the "start race" button was / should be. Other "back" buttons seem to be placed in unintuitive locations, I could go on. Performance wise, I've got things to work almost acceptably in most racing scenarios, but there are always frames being dropped and it's something I feel I just have to live with. I've used the settings from a post in the VR thread which work better than anything I've managed to get myself, but still when I hit the Nordschleife in the Senna, it can become a bumpy ride! So finally my game started crashing, and right now I'm at a point where it doesn't seem to want to load, and I've no idea why, I'm sure I'll get it working again after some messing around. Reminds me of random failures with online racing I've had in the past. It has prompted me to submit this post and feedback my experience to S397 in a vain hope that they might solve some of the more basic, and in theory simpler things. BTW Steam says I have 744 hours logged in rFactor 2, and it's my most played game of all of them. I have loved the good times with it, but I fear I may not have many more what with the competition hotting up. Guys, I love what you're doing, but you really need to do more of it. I know all about technical debt and software development very well, being a mature dev myself, but something has to be done if this is going to shape up into the game that it's aiming to be.