Search for CWMAX's thread that has his video and tell me his cockpit view is unrealistic
I try to simulate what the view would look like if I was looking out the windshield of my car. I use the desk and wheel controller in my simulated view. My monitor sits directly behind my wheel. I use 50-60 FOV so that I can just see the gauges on screen since I don't have external gauges to connect to outgage (or whatever it's called). The area between the wheel and monitor is my dash area, disregarding the fact that my gauges are on screen. My screen is the windshield and at 50-60 FOV, simulates what you would see looking directly ahead through the windshield IRL. Thus, I indeed have no simulated peripheral vision because I do not have a 3 display setup to give me peripheral vision. I use the look to apex option, so I can see quite clearly when I'm cornering. I use the look left/right setup on my paddles quite often, thus no need for the useless side mirrors or peripheral vision.
This topic has been beaten to death in the past, and is really beaten to death currently with the addition of forced cockpit now. There is no argument of what is realistic and what is not. Of course it isn't realistic looking at a 17 inch display and saying that is exactly like real life. But what we are trying to do is simulate driving a race car within the confinements of computer equipment, thus the argument is indeed that the cockpit view simulates realism much greater than the chase cam, or any other stock view within racing sims. Your yelling that there is no realistic view because you are looking at a 19' screen is just ridiculous, because it assumes that folks here believe that sim racing completely replaces the real thing. It simulates and tries to recreate the most realistic feeling of driving that you can with a computer. Of course we don't think it is ultimate realism. You would only get close to that with a complete cockpit and a 360 degree display. We aren't imbeciles, but with a post like one quoted, it certainly displays that some folks can be.