A jaunt on Sweclockers this morning discovered this gem of a gaming setup, named the SIMPIT. I’m not so sure of the name (Sim-pit or Simp-it?), But it’s still a badass battle station for the Sim devotees among us. And the modder has even more up his sleeve.
Naicro’s SIMPIT is actually an older design, but such an amalgamation of high-end equipment deserves some recognition. With Virpil flight controls, a ClubSport ride setup with hot-swappable wheels, and a selection of VR headsets to top it off, this setup came straight out of our wildest simulation-based dreams and has come true. It even has a curved 49-inch Samsung Ultra HD monitor, nice peripherals, and a Gamer Buttkicker 2 for those intensely immersive vibes.
There’s even a series of Logitech flight panels and a few iPads arranged right around the keyboard. These are held in place, as Naicro explains in the comments, with the “iPad back covers attached to an aluminum profile that slides into the rail for the expandable keyboard.”
And they lament, “It certainly could have been made prettier but was made from what I had slept in the garage.” It’s quite ingenious and it gives it that extra flair. Still, I think if I had had the money to buy all of this gear, maybe I would have left out two of the VR headsets and hired someone to put everything together for me.
I was a bit disappointed to find that the Alienware PC shell only contained an RTX 2080 Ti, especially with a greedy 4K monitor and 8K Pimax VR headset to power. But we quickly found out that there was an updated version of the setup: the “Sim-Lab P1-X SFX-100 DIY Motion Sim Rig for Space, Flight and Racing”.
Completed just a month ago, this new version has many of the same features as the old one, but now has an Nvidia RTX 3090 and Intel i7-10700K combo, and involves a motion system that is “100% DIY, made. with 3D printed parts and industrial grade components ordered from obscure sites around the world. “
As a motion platform, this new setup “uses the in-game telemetry input that motors on each corner translate into motion up to 2G.” That’s the main difference between this and the old setup, aside from the hardware inside the rig, plus a few more monitors and a new handful of VR headsets for good measure.
The trickiest thing to do was set up the movement, explains Naicro, “One parameter set incorrectly and you’re thrown into the ceiling.” But they are quite happy with the last thing, noting that they “would not change a thing, it is a throne fit for the gods.”
When we asked Naicro about the total cost of setups, they said “I’ll have to get back to you on the cost, I intentionally lost count a long time ago.” I think I would have done it too, to save my sanity. Going forward, they plan to “further expand the motion system to include sway” (side to side) and thrust (forward and backward) “as it does that up, down, pitch and roll at the moment.