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
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
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
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
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
Frankfurt High Speed
Portsmouth Direct Line
Salt Lake City & Soldier Summit
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:
Our recommended requirements for 32-bit Train Simulator 2019 are:
Our recommended requirements for 64-bit Train Simulator 2019 are:
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:
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
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):
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.
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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