OpenBVE is an open source railway/train simulator designed to be backwards compatible with existing ‘BVE Trainsim’ routes and cab interiors.
The driving simulation is restricted to following a pre-determined loaded route, with the focus being on the realism of the train driving experience. OpenBVE also has an arcade mode where driving style and timetable-keeping affect a running score.
The simulator is backwards compatible with existing ‘BVE Trainsim’ route and train datafiles, which are readily available for no cost.
- Fully animated 3D cab environment with driver’s body/head model and motion simulation, and track inaccuracy suitable for continuous welded and jointed rails.
- External camera views.
- Exterior car objects for the player’s train, and visible preceding train (with suitably equipped openBVE add-ons).
- 3D object animation and texture shifting, via mathematical functions (on suitably equipped routes and trains).
- 3D positional surround sound.
- Enhanced graphics quality, filtering, transparent texture handling, and customisable settings.
- Ability to set any arbitrary display resolution, windowed or fullscreen.
- Three driving modes to provide differing levels of challenge and driving assistance.
- Optional motion blur effects.
- Superelevation with interpolated cant.
- Derailments and toppling due to excessive speed through curves.
- Simulation of certain atmospheric properties including air resistance and barometric pressure.
- Detailed braking system modelling.
- Power, braking and forces simulated per car.
- Support for animated objects.
- Variety of trains that can be operated either from a third-person external view or a first-person perspective, with the latter positioning the user at the controls of the cab.
- Support for BVE Trainsim.
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