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Thinking about getting a wheel controller

Posted: Mon Sep 14, 2020 2:08 am
by Kasey Chang
I like driving games, but I also don't have room in my budget for $300 or so (which is what G29/G920 goes for nowadays).

I saw someone selling Driving Force GT for $55. It's obviously not dual-motor like the new ones, but it seems to be a VERY good value for $55... I don't need 3 pedals, and it even has a sequential shifter on the right, not just paddles. What do you guys think?

Re: Thinking about getting a wheel controller

Posted: Thu Sep 17, 2020 6:36 am
by Paradroid
I did a fair bit of research on this topic earlier this year when I was flirting heavily with Assetto Corsa and Project Cars 2. What I found was that when a wheel advertises itself as having force feedback, it could mean either basically a bungee cord inside it, or actual force feedback that responds to the game. Even the least sweaty players insist on the latter, apparently.

I eventually concluded, however, that even the most basic wheel has got to be better than a gamepad. So I almost went for something very similar to what you're looking at. So for what it's worth, my advice is grab it if it's within budget and your only other option is a gamepad.

Re: Thinking about getting a wheel controller

Posted: Sun Sep 20, 2020 12:09 pm
by Lassr
My son recently bought one for his PC because a lot of his friends are heavily into racing sims, and compete online, and they told him the cheapest good one was this one: 1Thrustmaster TMX. It's still $199, but cheaper than many of the really good ones, and he likes it so far. Many of the cheaper ones have issues that can affect the game. But if you are just a leisurely gamer like me the cheaper ones may be ok.

Re: Thinking about getting a wheel controller

Posted: Sun Sep 20, 2020 6:20 pm
by Kasey Chang
DFGT actually came out just slightly before the TMX, so they are the same generation of product. I don't think I have much to lose if I can find that deal again. But I didn't buy it... I really have no place to put it at the moment.