Dirt Rally Settings 5k+



Thank you so much,

I just finished installing Dirt Rally and it works smoothly, real fun.
I still think that flight sim is better in VR but no complain either. I just wonder: does anyone have time to watch the scenery while driving :thinking::grinning:



Yep. As in real life, my movement inside a rally car isn’t 3dof.


Thank You so much @AndrewUK1990 !

I just spent the last few hours in Dirt Rally… :sunglasses:

With Your settings as a baseline and a few tweaks here and there it really shines. Wow! :+1:


I’m thinking about that resolution. Is it only for desktop window? Or it’s for HMD? Because changing resolution I can’t see any or big difference. Also FFR is working in this game or not? And how to know if it works or not? Sad thing that even 2080ti can’t give large fov @72 fps. Large looks much more imersive than normal.


Many thanks for this Andrew, this is some really helpful settings and recommendations. Gonna give this a go :slight_smile:


Have you tried applying the “DEFAULT button” trick i showed in a previous video using any Overclocking software? It boost the GPU utilization to 95% or so, and got me a nice boost in framerate in many games and sims!


I saw those videos, but didn’t tried it. Don’t know why. Maybe because it runs without steam vr. Will try tomorow.


This “tweak” works for non-steamvr titles as well, such as DCS World. As long as you have a “low” GPU utilization like 70-80% there is a lot of performance to be gained :slight_smile:


No Problem - glad to be of help. Let us know how you get on with your setup as it will be interesting to see what FPS you manage compared to my older system. I tried your tweak method (excellent find by the way!) of utilising the GPU further (it usually sits around 70-80% in Dirt Rally) but unfortunately couldn’t get it to make any difference on this game. It does work for me in other games including DCS, but the end result for me does not really help much as I cant maintain the refresh rate in DCS regardless, so then I end up with double imagery etc when the GPU runs at 99%. I dont get this problem when the GPU runs without the tweak at ~70-80%, all be it with a lower but smoother framerate. I think if you can maintain the framerate at refresh rate it is an excellent tweak, unfortunately I just dont have enough power in games like DCS. I only play sims in VR and these are the ones that need the most power too - hopefully it will be something Nvidia can improve in future drivers.


Thanks for the guide, but still no good for me. Something is throwing it off as it did run fine once!

I’ll keep hunting.


What does throwing it off mean?


Sorry, it means stopping it from working correctly.

launching the standard Steam Shortcut works fine, with the PiTool shortcut, it crashes with this error in the Windows Application Logs:

Log Name: Application
Source: Application Error
Date: 9/06/2019 5:41:47 PM
Event ID: 1000
Task Category: (100)
Level: Error
Keywords: Classic
User: N/A
Computer: Gamer
Faulting application name: drt.exe, version:, time stamp: 0x57fcbba7
Faulting module name: drt.exe, version:, time stamp: 0x57fcbba7
Exception code: 0xc0000005
Fault offset: 0x00307127
Faulting process id: 0x1330
Faulting application start time: 0x01d51e96c9b54e02
Faulting application path: D:\Steam\steamapps\common\DiRT Rally\drt.exe
Faulting module path: D:\Steam\steamapps\common\DiRT Rally\drt.exe
Report Id: 9dd2c8fb-0e2a-4b57-970f-9d55bc3b0c19
Faulting package full name:
Faulting package-relative application ID:


Strange, Have you followed Park’s setup guide https://forum.pimaxvr.com/t/how-to-play-dirt-rally-vr-on-pimax-8k-5k-without-revive-and-steamvr/1857
including adding the (steam_appid.txt) ( and LibOVRRT32_1.dll and LibOVRRT64_1.dll if you don’t have Oculus Home). I added the 2 oculus files anyway as I run Oculus Home manually.
Also launch from Pitool with SteamVR NOT running but Steam opened if your game is a Steam installation.


Yeah, followed it to the letter, and that’s what’s really odd. It ran perfectly the first time, I was in it, everything working exactly as it should except that it was nearly mid-night, and there would have been no such thing as one quick race, so I shut the computer down. Next day, this crash occurs.

Since then I’ve verified the game files, reverted back to PiTool 129 beta, re-installed PiTool 132, deleted and re-installed Dirt Rally, deleted and re-installed Oculus software and Steam VR and can not get it to run again.


Maybe someone else who has seen this error will chime in.

All I got left is to post what I have and that it runs great.

Dirt Rally on Steam
Steam VR latest non beta
SteamVR SS left on auto
SteamVR not started
Launching game from Pitool (don’t launch SVR)

While launching from PT doesn’t load SteamVR (at least not SVR console) it does use the SS setting in SVR which is why I leave it on auto).

Pitool 129 beta
Pitool sampling 1, no parallel projection, no Smoothing, normal view. 72Hz, mask on
Game setting I can’t recall but texture and track high and others adjusted to performance/taste.
Oculus Home not running (files above moved to DR folder).

My rig
Windows 10 Home
I5 6600K @4.5, Gigabyte GA-Z170XP mobo, Corsair H80i Liquid Cooler, MSI GTX 1080 ti Gaming X gpu, SoundBlaster X-F1 sound card, 16 gig Corsair Vengeance ddr4 ram @ 3200 , 3 ssd hds, EVGA 650 Gold Power supply,


Ohhhhh, is that why that happens!

I used to have a WMR headset and loved the way I could look around the car by leaning. I had no idea that the lack of a lighthouse was why I could never look around and get closer to things in the interior.


Without a lighthouse, you only have 3 DoF “degrees of freedom” (movement) all angular: pitch, roll, and yaw. The lighthouse adds translation along the x, y, and z axes. Here’s a nice VR introduction which explains it…


…and here’s the obligatory Wikipedia link:


Thank you for the info Neal.

As an aside, what are people most successfully using in the way of a single lighthouse for seated racing? I’m looking around but the info is all over the place and solid info is hard to nail down.


I’m using a single lighthouse, which I bought new, from Amazon. It’s ~2.5m from my chair, near the corner of the room. Lately, I’ve been experiencing drift, so it might be better to mount it straight ahead of your chair.