Have a look at our first thoughts from the upcoming Formula One 2017 videogame, due to release on Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC this August 25th. Thanks to having early access to the most highly anticipated Formula One game in the history of the series, RaceDepartment have taken the opportunity to get our hands dirty and give the game a thorough test prior to its public debut later this month. Taking the McLaren Honda McL32 through its paces in career mode, RaceDepartment's own @Joseph Wright gives us his thoughts on how the game has progressed since 2016 as he has a look at the Practice and R&D sessions, right the way through to the main feature race at the season opening Australian Grand Prix at Albert Park, Melbourne. Following our run in the modern Grand Prix offering from Woking, we enjoy a quick invitational 'Classics' race using the Renault R26 of Fernando Alonso fame, tempting this historic beast with some gung ho driving as we get under the skin of the fine nuances between these very different cars. Some technical stuff. For those of you who are interested, Joseph is using the following equipment and settings during the making of this video - Game Settings 25% Race Distance (15 Laps) Simulation Damage No Flashbacks Normal Cutting Full Qualifying Graphic Settings The Rig Graphics Card: GeForce GTX 1060 6GB Processor (CPU): Intel® Core™i5 Quad Core Processor i5-6400 (2.7GHz) 6MB Cache Motherboard: ASUS® Z170-E: ATX, LG1151, USB 3.1, SATA 6GBs Memory (RAM): 16GB HyperX FURY DDR4 2133MHz (2 x 8GB) Processor Cooling: Corsair H55 Hydro Cooler w/ PCS Liquid Series Ultra Quiet Fans Gaming Chair: GT Omega PRO Racing Office Chair - Black Leather Racing Wheel/Pedals/Gear Shifter: Logitech G29 Headset: Professional Gaming Headphone 7.1 Channel Surround Stereo Customized Noise Cancelling Extreme Base with microphone Formula One 2017 releases Friday August 25th on Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC. If you like your Formula One games then get yourself over to the Formula One 2017 sub forum and join in the discussion! We will be having Club and League racing once the game goes live, mods, car setups, news and chat, all for you to enjoy! Join in, have fun and go discuss! Did you enjoy our feature video? Looking forward to F1 2017? Want to see more of this type of content? Let us know in the comments section below!