A little over a month ago I had the opportunity to visit Specular Interactive’s offices in Irvine, CA and I got some hands-on time with their follow-up to H2Overdrive, Dirty Drivin’. Now Raw Thrills has added the game to their website (Specular developed it, Raw Thrills is publishing it with some touches of their own) and as you can see from the graphic above, they have made a couple of changes to that cabinet that I didn’t see there.
The most obvious change is the crank. In previous versions this had been a large crank connected to the right-side of the seat. It is now a dashboard crank, not too much unlike throttle controllers on some other racers but with the skull. I’m not sure how I feel about this change yet as I enjoyed how the crank was setup previously but I would have to try it out this way to see if it’s same/better/worse. At this point I am thinking it would nice if the side-crank was offered as an option for operators willing to pay more for that sort of thing.
The second difference is the screen. It’s the same size (42″) but the RT website says that it’s a 1080p monitor, which is higher rez than what I had seen at Specular, which was 1336×768 (same as H2Overdrive). I can’t complain about a higher resolution, especially where the game runs at 60fps. Aside from those two things it should be the same game I got some hands on time with.
Dirty Drivin’ will be at IAAPA next month and it is available now for venues to purchase although what the MSRP happens to be, I don’t know. I imagine it will be close to H2Overdrive which sold for between $7000-$8000 a unit.