I started playing RoF about a month ago.(As you might have noticed from my various forum posts).
And I've seen a lot of people talking about all the essential hardware needed to play the game. I've got a joystick of course, but I have no gaming PC, no pedal, and no head-tracking device. In fact, my joystick is a Thrustmaster T. Flight Hotas X(which is not a high-end one) and my PC is below average even for a household PC(The CPU is an AMD A8-6500T APU I think. If you look it up on the CPU charts, you'll know what I'm talking about). I'm surprised that I can even run the game smoothly(on very low graphic settings of course). And I'll bet there's more essential hardware that I don't know about(please tell me below).
I'm a kid, so I don't have the money to buy all this hardware. I'll list the questions below.
1. Is all this equipment really necessary?(I mean, in order to play the game on even footing with other players)
2. Changing my PC is not an option, at least in the short-term. What are the consequences of running the game on a low-end PC and what can I do to compensate for it?(I know about "bullet lag")
3. How much do you think all this(a high-end CPU, decent set of rudder pedals, webcam+IR LEDs for FreeTrack, etc.) would cost?