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Train Simulator 2019 Frequently Asked Questions
Posted by DTG Support DM on 11 October 2018 09:30 PM

What is 64-bit? / What is the benefit over 32-bit?

Essentially, a 64-bit processor can store more computational values, including memory addresses, which means it's able to access over four billion times the physical memory of a 32-bit processor. 64-bit processors are to 32-bit processors what modern high-speed trains are to steam engines. For all intents and purposes, they do exactly the same thing, but one does it more efficiently and with less limitations than the other.

So, this means that Train Simulator will have access to all the available memory your computer has to offer. If you have lots of memory, 16 GB or more, then the software may be more stable overall as it will be less limited by the hard 4 GB limit (2 GB on a 32-bit computer) that all 32-bit applications are limited by. This means, for Train Simulator, you can get more AI trains in a scenario or have a longer route with more detailed scenery throughout and even more advanced trains that have more complicated functionality.

Overall, it will help Train Simulator be more efficient with how it manages and uses data.

Will it improve performance? / Will it improve frame rate?

There are many myths about the benefits of 64-bit over 32-bit and there is one that everyone thinks of when they think about 64-bit – and that is that it will magically improve graphics and frame rates. The reality is that 64-bit won’t do anything to improve your graphics in Train Simulator. There may be a very slight improvement in frame rate that is simply due to the unrestricted efficiency of how data is being managed but it won’t give you any improvements that you’ll notice visually. The graphics will look exactly the same (it still uses DirectX 9.0c), and it will work in exactly the same way, if not a little smoother than before.

 

Will my DLC need to be updated to work in 64-bit?

Most of your content should be fine in 64-bit but there may be the odd add-on that needs to be updated to become compatible with the way some numbers are being used in 64-bit. For the most part, there should be very little impact and, we are working with all the developers who have released content on Steam through us to ensure this content is updated quickly and with minimal fuss. If you happen to find a loco or route that works fine in 32-bit but doesn’t in 64-bit, please get in touch to let us know so we can work to get it updated quickly.

 

Will unofficial 3rd party content still work?

For the most part, you may find this all works perfectly in 64-bit but there may be exceptions. We recommend you discuss your concerns with the developer directly to understand whether any content you own will be affected.

 

Do I have to pay for 64-bit if I already own Train Simulator 2018 (or any previous version)?

In the same way as we always have, upgrades to the core software will be provided as a free update for everyone regardless of which version of Train Simulator you already own. Note that this update will not include any of the routes included in the TS2019 package.

 

What's included in the TS2019 base package?

Train Simulator 2019 will include five routes including The Rhine Railway: Mannheim - Karlsruhe, Frankfurt High-Speed Extension, Portsmouth Direct Line, Soldier Summit and the Salt Lake City Route Extension.

 

I’m interested in buying TS2019 when it releases, can you tell me the release date and how much it will cost?

TS2019 will release on Steam on Thursday, 11th October at around 6pm UK Time – the price will be £24.99 / $29.99 / €29.99 (refer to the Steam Store to find the price in your country).

 

Is 64-bit opening up a possibility for future graphical upgrades? / Multi-Threading / new DirectX versions?

We currently have no further plans beyond TS2019, but we do have a list of the things that you all want to see further developed.

 

Is there any quality of life updates in TS2019?

There have been lots of fixes and improvements for TS2019, such as we’ve updated how the software uses the installed content database and, if you have a lot of content, you’ll find it will feel faster and smoother – and we’ve improved the search function too. We’ve also added a new feature that allows you to grab and move the clock hands in Quick Drive, so you’ll finally be able to run that 06:04 London Waterloo – Guildford Quick Drive service without having to set up a scenario.

For a more detailed list of all the updates and improvements, please refer to the Patch Notes below:

TS2019 Patch Notes

Core Software

  • Added 64-bit executable and supporting libraries
  • Fixed the Terrain Generation system to remove the black line on the 32nd Parallel
  • Made a small change to the TrackIR integration so that it should now be compatible with FaceTrackNoIR
  • Improved the loading time when clicking the Drive button on the main menu
  • Updated the SilverLining configuration so it doesn't produce overly blue scenes
  • Added new Splash Screen on initial start-up to show which version of TS you're running
  • Added the same content filters on Quick Drive tab so it's consistent with the Career and Standard Modes of play
  • Added the ability to move the clock hands on Quick Drive tab
  • Fixed Quick Drive Random Feature
  • Fixed Settings and Credits Menu
  • Updated Community Button link so that it now points to the Dovetail Live Forums
  • Added new LogMate Application
  • Added new Error feedback messages
  • Added Core Localisation Support for Russian, Polish, Italian and Spanish
  • Improved the in-game Search functionality (more to be done on this)

 

Frankfurt High Speed

  • Fixed an issue with routing trains to/from Frankfurt Airport Station in Quick Drive
  • Fixed an issue with a missing tunnel on the Eastern side of Frankfurt Airport
  • Fixed an issue with the station building at Walldorf (Hess)
  • Fixed a number of issues with AI trains colliding in Quick Drive
  • Fixed LZB Functionality across the full route
  • Added Localisation for Spanish, Italian, Polish, Russian and Simplified Chinese

 

Portsmouth Direct Line

  • Fixed a variety of floating, clipping scenery and z-fighting throughout the route
  • Trimmed a number of trees and bushes that had grown onto the railway
  • Fixed an instance where a footbridge clipped through trains
  • Fixed an issue with a duplicate Platform 21 sign at Waterloo
  • Fixed an issue with a duplicate sign at Byfleet
  • Fixed the misspelling of Surbiton on the side of a building
  • Added a canopy for Platform 2 at Clapham Junction
  • Fixed an issue that prevented signals from showing on the 2D map
  • Fixed a number of issues relating to AWS and TPWS ramps floating or incorrectly positioned
  • Fixed an issue that would prevent players from routing trains via Byfleet & New Haw
  • Fixed an issue with routing trains to Platform 4b at Portsmouth & Southsea in Quick Drive
  • Fixed an issue with the destination display on the Class 455 that incorrectly showed “Via Surbiton” instead of “Via Brentford”
  • Fixed all issues relating to incorrect formations of the Class 444
  • Fixed an issue where an AI Class 444 in Scenario 4 had no numbering
  • Fixed an issue with keyboard controls for the Class 455 and Class 444
  • Removed the annoying forklift and digger sounds
  • Added Localisation for Spanish, Italian, Polish, Russian and Simplified Chinese

 

Salt Lake City & Soldier Summit

  • Added Whistle Boards to the Provo – Salt Lake City section of the route so that it’s consistent across the entire route
  • Fixed the “always on” headlights on the GP9 when used as a dead loco or a static consist
  • Added Localisation for Spanish, Italian, Polish, Russian and Simplified Chinese

 

Anyone who has purchased any of the above routes before TS2019 will receive this update regardless of whether they own TS2019 or not.

 

What are the minimum and recommended system specifications for Train Simulator 2019?

Our minimum requirements for 32-bit Train Simulator 2019 are:

Operating System: 32-bit Windows 7 Service Pack 1, 8.1 or 10 Required (Other OS versions and types are not supported)
Processor: Intel Core-i3 4330 3.50 GHz Dual Core or AMD A8 6600K 3.90 GHz Quad Core or Better
Memory: 4 GB RAM
Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 750 Ti or AMD Radeon R9 Graphics with 1 GB Dedicated VRAM or Better
DirectX: 9.0c
Network: Broadband Connection (May incur additional costs for use)
Storage: 40 GB or more available space (Additional Add-Ons will require more)
Sound Card: DirectX Compatible Audio Device
Additional Notes: Requires mouse and keyboard or Xbox Controller. Laptop, Notebook, Mobile or Low Power versions of the above specifications (including Intel or Integrated Graphics) may work but are not supported. Updates to Chipset, Graphics and Audio Device Drivers may be required. For information relating to minimum specifications for Train Simulator 32-bit, please refer to the Train Simulator 2019 User Guide.

Our recommended requirements for 32-bit Train Simulator 2019 are:

Operating System: 32- or 64-bit Windows 7 Service Pack 1, 8.1 or 10 Required (Other OS versions and types are not supported)
Processor: Intel Core-i5 4690 3.50 GHz Quad Core or AMD Ryzen 7 1700 3.80 GHz Octa Core or Better
Memory: 4 GB RAM (maximum possible under 32-bit Windows)/16 GB or Better (For 64-bit Windows)
Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970 or AMD Radeon RX 480 with 4 GB Dedicated VRAM or Better
DirectX: 9.0c
Network: Broadband Connection (May incur additional costs for use)
Storage: High-Performance SSD Recommended with 40 GB or more available space (Additional Add-Ons will require more)
Sound Card: DirectX Compatible Audio Device
Additional Notes: Requires mouse and keyboard or Xbox Controller. Laptop, Notebook, Mobile or Low Power versions of the above specifications (including Intel or Integrated Graphics) may work but are not supported. Updates to Chipset, Graphics and Audio Device Drivers may be required. For information relating to recommended specifications for Train Simulator 32-bit, please refer to the Train Simulator 2019 User Guide.

Our recommended requirements for 64-bit Train Simulator 2019 are:

Operating System: 64-bit Edition of Windows 7 Service Pack 1, 8.1 or 10 Required (Other OS versions and types are not supported)
Processor: Intel Core-i5 4690 3.50 GHz Quad Core or AMD Ryzen 7 1700 3.80 GHz Octa Core or Better
Memory: 16 GB RAM or Better
Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970 or AMD Radeon RX 480 with 4 GB Dedicated VRAM or Better
DirectX: 9.0c
Network: Broadband Connection (May incur additional costs for use)
Storage: High-Performance SSD Recommended with 40 GB or more available space (Additional Add-Ons will require more)
Sound Card: DirectX Compatible Audio Device
Additional Notes: Requires mouse and keyboard or Xbox Controller. Laptop, Notebook, Mobile or Low Power versions of the above specifications (including Intel or Integrated Graphics) may work but are not supported. Updates to Chipset, Graphics and Audio Device Drivers may be required. For information relating to recommended specifications for Train Simulator 64-bit, please refer to the Train Simulator 2019 User Guide.


Will there be any changes to the editor in TS2019?

We’ve not changed how the editor works, you’ll still be able to create all the things you’re used to, and 64-bit brings a level of stability to the editor that we’re sure you’ll love.

 

Is there anything I can do to prepare for TS2019 64-bit?

TS2019 64-bit needs access to some third-party applications (we call them dependencies, but they’re also called redistributables) that are specific to the 64-bit Edition of TS2019. Some of these applications you may already have installed but it’s worth running the installer just to be sure. You can install these at any time and Steam will also prompt you to install them once TS2019 launches, just click the links below, then the Download button and follow the instructions to install:

https://www.microsoft.com/en-gb/download/details.aspx?id=8109

https://www.microsoft.com/en-gb/download/details.aspx?id=14632

https://www.nvidia.com/object/physx-9.12.1031-legacy-driver.html

 

Where can I get further help on TS2019 64-bit?

We’ve created several new pages on our Customer Support website to help you get to grips with loading, launching and playing Train Simulator 64-bit. If you can’t immediately find the answer to your question, please get in touch by submitting a ticket at https:\\dovetailgames.kayako.com

Important Note

If you’re looking to get straight into Train Simulator 64-bit as soon as it launches, there’s a step you must complete prior to loading. There is still some work ongoing with the core code and we hope to finalise this in the next week or so. So as a temporary measure, you’ll need to follow these instructions before you load into 64-bit (note if you’re sticking with 32-bit, you can safely ignore these instructions):

  1. Load Steam and navigate to your Game Library.
  2. Right-click on Train Simulator and select Properties.
  3. Click the Local Files tab and then Browse Local Files.
  4. Double-click on the file called Setup_Audio.bat (we're receiving early reports this hasn't been included - you can download it from here. Just drop it into the folder above)
  5. A window will open, and you should select Option 2 to set up the audio for 64-bit. (If you plan on going back to 32-bit, you will need to repeat these steps but choose Option 1)
  6. Follow the instructions presented until you’re back at the main menu – choose Option 3 to exit.
  7. You can now safely launch Train Simulator 64-bit by clicking Play from the Steam Games Library.

 

Note that you will only be presented with the option to select 64-bit by clicking Play in the Steam Game Library. You can easily create a desktop icon to point straight at the ‘Railwork64.exe’ by following the instructions in our Knowledgebase article at https://dovetailgames.kayako.com/Knowledgebase/Article/View/304/0/how-do-i-choose-which-version-of-train-simulator-2019-to-use.

 

Special Thanks

We would like to thank all of our valued Partners and Beta Testers for their kind assistance in helping us test Train Simulator 2019 64-bit.

 

We're so excited to hear what you, our community, feel about Train Simulator 2019. The 64-bit conversion is a long-awaited step and we're just as eager as all of you are to see all the benefits it will bring. If you have any questions or feedback not covered in this FAQ, please feel free to share all your experiences with us - whether you've got something to say, a screenshot to share or a new Workshop route we'd love to take a look - you can find us as always on our social channels (below) and our Forums.

Whether you're a new player just getting started with Train Simulator or have been with us for years, we hope you have a great time in Train Simulator 2019.

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