Most Played Racing Titles on Steam in April 2023

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The popularity of racing games and simulations is hard to gauge, especially since they seem to vary considerably around the releases of new content, big updates or even influences of real-world events. What can be gauged, however, is cold, hard numbers - so we did just that for the most important racing titles on Steam in April 2023.

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It should come as no surprise that more casual titles have bigger player bases, which is reflected in the statistics for April as well. However, two titles which are popular among sim racers are not that far off from competitors with bigger names - or are even ahead of them.

Note: While iRacing is available on Steam as well, its numbers are not representative as most players acces the sim through its own UI. As a result, its statistics are not included in this article.

Surprise on the Podium​

The occupant of the top spot is up front by quite a margin: Forza Horizon 5 managed to grab the attention of the most players, both on average and at its peak. The open world racing game saw a 28,49% gain in player numbers compared to March - possibly in part due to the release of the High Performance update towards the end of the month, which saw the introduction of the Horizon Oval Circuit as well as four new performance cars.

Silver goes to BeamNG.drive, which is not far off Horizon 5. Having long evolved from simply being a "crash your car as ludicrously as possible" type of simulation, BeamNG.drive keeps making progress in its driving model. It also ties in with Automation, in which players can design and build their own cars down to the engine layout, then export their creations and get behind the wheel in BeamNG.drive.

Slotting in right behind in the final podium spot is Assetto Corsa. Thanks to the immeasurable amount of mods, the simulation has become a platform for almost anything on four wheels. Drifting and free roaming servers attract the attention of more casual players as well, and its low price - which often drops below 10€ during sales - certainly helps accessibility.

Interestingly, Forza Horizon 4 has found its way into the top four - the predecessor to the first-placed title of April is still popular. It even gained 15,32% more players compared to the previous month, narrowly denying F1 22 the final spot on the podium thanks to this increase. The official F1 game is nearing the end of its lifespan, with F1 23 having been announced for a June 16th release.

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Is this the official 'My sim is better than your sim' discussion thread then? The one place where I can show to the world how my favourite sim is superior to all other sims in all the aspects most important to me subjectively?
 
It may be that this list is affected by the ludicrous prices of a racing wheel+pedal+wheelstand setup. The price lowering would free up pockets to buy VR and triple screens, so we would get more games that support them, with a higher demand for those extras.
 
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It may be that this list is affected by the ludicrous prices of a racing wheel+pedal+wheelstand setup. The price lowering would free up pockets to buy VR and triple screens, so we would get more games that support them, with a higher demand for those extras.
Then they make a gamepad with a wheel, which I was going to buy for my laptop/travel and they price it at near $400 AUD.

I've always figured an RC controller would work damn well on racing games, I know there were adaptors back in the day for RC simulators but it doesn't seem to have taken off. You can get rc controllers for pocket change.
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Forza Horizon is complete crap. I remember many years ago wondering what it would be like to have the Forza franchise on the PC. I know that we're talking primarily about racing titles, but on a wider scope of Xbox on the PC I've gotta say that it's been a real letdown so far. It's is nice to have Xbox titles on the PC now but it isn't what I expected at all. Personally I'd like to have some of the Xbox One titles that never made it to the PC.
 
Then they make a gamepad with a wheel, which I was going to buy for my laptop/travel and they price it at near $400 AUD.

I've always figured an RC controller would work damn well on racing games, I know there were adaptors back in the day for RC simulators but it doesn't seem to have taken off. You can get rc controllers for pocket change.




These two controllers have been available for over 10yrs now on the Raceroom store and are dirt cheap.


Edit: I just realized while reading the details.....they are just as out dated as the Raceroom game... compatible only up to Windows 8 lol
 
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I have an Ultraracer. I wonder if it still works. I never used it too much. I enjoyed more using my old Mach I analog stick, for instance with Rally Masters.

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RC transmitters aren't always a cheap option.


However I have a Jeti receiver to USB adapter for my RC flight simulators and I believe I could map 16 full channels from my transmitter to a racing sim using that.

A few upgrades below including custom molded grips. Transmitters like this allow you to modify your switch gear, so you can put 2 way 3 way, momentary switches anywhere. It also has sliders and volume wheels and programmable outputs.

Maybe I should get a copy of Forza and see if I drive using my transmitter!

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Forza Horizon is complete crap. I remember many years ago wondering what it would be like to have the Forza franchise on the PC. I know that we're talking primarily about racing titles, but on a wider scope of Xbox on the PC I've gotta say that it's been a real letdown so far. It's is nice to have Xbox titles on the PC now but it isn't what I expected at all. Personally I'd like to have some of the Xbox One titles that never made it to the PC.
unfortunately must agree with you. Although I like some arcade racing titles (I was a huge fun of Need for Speed 5 Porsche Unleashed many years ago) but Forza Horizon is disappointing for me. I got almost zero enjoyment from playing it.... I wanna give a try to Forza Motorsport. Hope it's much better
 

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