.VAO-PATCH File Extension
Assetto Corsa Custom Shading File
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What is a VAO-PATCH file?
A VAO-PATCH file is a player-created shading file used in Assetto Corsa, a racing simulator. It contains textures that are applied to a track or car to simulate real-world shadows and lighting effects. VAO-PATCH files are created and applied to in-game objects using player-created modding and management applications such as the Custom Shaders Patch, CustomTracksBakery, and Content Manager.
Assetto Corsa is an Italian racing simulator that supports VR accessories. Enthusiastic Assetto Corsa players have created several custom applications that allow them to modify and enhance the game, including applications that allow them to add additional shading and lighting effects to tracks and cars. These effects are saved in VAO-PATCH files.
VAO stands for vertex ambient occlusion, which is a technique that can be used to improve shading and lighting effects in games. Players can create VAO-PATCH files using CustomTracksBakery or optiXBakery, load the file into Assetto Corsa using the player-created Content Manager, and apply them to tracks and cars using the Custom Shaders Patch.
How to open a VAO-PATCH file
To apply a VAO-PATCH file to an Assetto Corsa track or car, you must have installed the player-created Content Manager and the Custom Shaders Patch. Then, you must place your VAO-PATCH file in Assetto Corsa's assettocorsa/extension/vao-patches directory. After you do, the VAO patches should be selectable from the Custom Shader Patch's TRACKS VAO menu. For more detailed instructions, refer to this player-created guide.