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Question about steering wheel controllers for PC?

Asked by XOIIO (16706 points ) February 20th, 2013

Alright so I’ve played racing games for a hell of a long time, but I’ve never gotten a steering wheel controller, it’s always keyboard for me.

However one thing that does bother me is that you can’t easily keep a steady speed, if you are trying to match traffic you have to constantly adjust, and are always a bit slower or faster.

I was wondering, do steering wheel controllers (with the foot pedals) fix this? Are you able to keep a steady speed like when you are actually driving? Also is that with most games you use them on or do they need to be programmed to do that?

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Yes, you can, though you have to maintain a certain pressure on the pedal to maintain the speed.
Also, with certain games, a steering wheel is a must.
In NFS Shift and Shift 2 the cars are virtually uncontrollable with a keyboard as they spin out of control incredibly fast. The same is true with the GTR series.

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@ragingloli Awesome, I definitely want one then, I’ve gotten back into driver san francisco and its fun being a cop goin with the traffic until you spot a car to chase, but keeping that speed is annoying.

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@XOIIO
Just make sure that the angle of the wheel is nicely flat. I made the mistake of buying one that has a near 45° angle, and it is terrible.

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@ragingloli Well there’s an add on kijiji for a microsoft sidewinder one for only 20 bucks, I’m really hoping it’s still available, I can’t afford a totally new one right now lol – of course I say that using my razer ouroboros and azer mealodon headphones lol

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A steering wheel with pedals is also essential to do proper cornering, you know, braking before the corner, maintaining a constant speed through it, hitting the apex perfectly and then accelerating out of the corner.

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@XOIIO
make sure it it is compatible with your OS. because according to wiki, it does not have driver support under vista and 7

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@ragingloli Darn, i was going through threads and apparently it works, but I just saw that the feedback doesn’t work :/ I gues I’ll post a want add.

And yeah, corners are bound to be much better.

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Btw, Grid 2 comes out this year, so you might want to check it out.

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oooh, pretty.

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