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Anybody using a PC steering wheel?

Postby ConversusVans » Wed Dec 06, 2017 9:35 am

Hey, I'm sure some of you on the boards play racers on Supermodel, Demul and M2 Emulator with a steering wheel to emulate the arcade experience. Thing is: I had a little bit of interest in buying one this Christmas for a fair price, with a shifter and comfortable pedals. Steering response is also important to me, as deadzones make racing games less enjoyable.

I've seen these:
- Thrustmaster TMX
- Thrustmaster Ferrari F40 (JackOHedge has this and says it's good)
- Logitech G920 (it's $$$ though)
- Logitech Driving Force GT

I would mainly be using it to play Indy 500 on the M2 Emulator and Jambo Safari on Demul. The Jambo Safari machine at my local bowling alley has been removed, so I can't really beat my top score by using a control pad.
So I was wondering if any of you could give me some reasonably priced recommendations. :)
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Re: Anybody using a PC steering wheel?

Postby sonic32 » Wed Dec 06, 2017 11:40 am

Hello, I only play with the steering wheel, it's very similar to Arcade Simulation (Scud Race etc)
I never play with the gamepad
I have a steering wheel - the Logitech® MOMO® Racing Force Feedback Wheel
I bought a old for 40 Euro, I have a good Force Feedback
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Re: Anybody using a PC steering wheel?

Postby ConversusVans » Wed Dec 06, 2017 12:47 pm

sonic32 wrote:Hello, I only play with the steering wheel, it's very similar to Arcade Simulation (Scud Race etc)
I never play with the gamepad
I have a steering wheel - the Logitech® MOMO® Racing Force Feedback Wheel
I bought a old for 40 Euro, I have a good Force Feedback


That wouldn't be too bad for what I want to play. The shifter looks like a 2-way, but Indy and Jambo had 2-way shifters on the arcade cabinet, however I may want to branch out into mastering Daytona 2 again (that cabinet had a 4-way). I'll have to research more on it.
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Re: Anybody using a PC steering wheel?

Postby MrThunderwing » Wed Dec 06, 2017 3:15 pm

I use a Logitech Driving Force GT. I was lucky enough to inherit it off my brother-in-law when he sold his PS3 awhile back, so I can't really comment on the price, but I believe they are pretty budget friendly. I would highly recommend it though, the force feedback is ace and works brilliantly in Supermodel and Model 2 Emulator (it's a bit weak in Daytona, but Sega Rally fights back like a champ, I can't remember if Indy 500 does anything off the top of my head. The FFB in the PS3 version of Daytona is pretty bitchin', crank it up full power and it feels like it'll tear one of your arms off. It also works on F-Zero GX if you're using Dolphin emulator). It feels pretty robust and has no noticeable deadzone. There's a profiler thingy you can use to set-up individual settings for games, but I've never actually needed to use it. It doesn't have a proper shifter though. There's a simple up down 2 way gear stick and paddles under the wheel for sequential shifting. I normally get around this for games like Daytona by just assigning the buttons on the wheel itself to individual gears so I can still pull off drifts. I've never played Jambo Safari, so can't comment on that I'm afraid.
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Re: Anybody using a PC steering wheel?

Postby ConversusVans » Tue Dec 12, 2017 10:20 am

MrThunderwing wrote:I use a Logitech Driving Force GT. I was lucky enough to inherit it off my brother-in-law when he sold his PS3 awhile back, so I can't really comment on the price, but I believe they are pretty budget friendly. I would highly recommend it though, the force feedback is ace and works brilliantly in Supermodel and Model 2 Emulator (it's a bit weak in Daytona, but Sega Rally fights back like a champ, I can't remember if Indy 500 does anything off the top of my head. The FFB in the PS3 version of Daytona is pretty bitchin', crank it up full power and it feels like it'll tear one of your arms off. It also works on F-Zero GX if you're using Dolphin emulator). It feels pretty robust and has no noticeable deadzone. There's a profiler thingy you can use to set-up individual settings for games, but I've never actually needed to use it. It doesn't have a proper shifter though. There's a simple up down 2 way gear stick and paddles under the wheel for sequential shifting. I normally get around this for games like Daytona by just assigning the buttons on the wheel itself to individual gears so I can still pull off drifts. I've never played Jambo Safari, so can't comment on that I'm afraid.

You were pretty lucky to acquire that wheel, I'd say. I think Santa is bringing me the Logitech MOMO wheel though, as it's what I initially asked for.
With the paddle shifters and the up-down shifter, it should be pretty okay for Daytona and SEGA Rally.
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Re: Anybody using a PC steering wheel?

Postby MrThunderwing » Wed Dec 13, 2017 11:33 am

Indeed :D I have my sister to thank for that!
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Re: Anybody using a PC steering wheel?

Postby ConversusVans » Tue Dec 26, 2017 9:41 am

For Christmas I got a Logitech MOMO Racing Wheel. I like it so far. The only thing I'm trying to get used to is the wheel itself (it has a lot of pressure on it) but I'm sure I'll get used to it. For Demul, you'll have to combine the pedals together in the Logitech Profiler and remap the pedals as one key. If you don't, the brake stays on by itself.
But it works damn good with Daytona on the M2 Emulator; I just use the paddle shifters as the first two gears. :)
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Re: Anybody using a PC steering wheel?

Postby MrThunderwing » Wed Dec 27, 2017 3:17 am

ConversusVans wrote: If you don't, the brake stays on by itself.


You can get around this issue without having to change any of the profiler settings by just keeping the brake semi-depressed whilst your configuring your controls in DEMUL. If you set up Outrun 2K6 on PC you'll need to do the same. I would suggest as well using the option in Supermodel to make sure the emulator is using the full range of the accelerator and brake axis - it'll make your Daytona USA 2 and Scud Race games a lot better and make you less likely to spin out. You can find it by using the 'config-inputs' command in Supermodel. When you do that read through the list of options and choose the one that lets you configure the wheel and pedal axis (I just quickly fired up the emulator to remind myself which option it is - press 'b' on your keyboard) and then just follow the on-screen instructions.
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Re: Anybody using a PC steering wheel?

Postby ConversusVans » Wed Dec 27, 2017 11:56 am

MrThunderwing wrote:I would suggest as well using the option in Supermodel to make sure the emulator is using the full range of the accelerator and brake axis - it'll make your Daytona USA 2 and Scud Race games a lot better and make you less likely to spin out. You can find it by using the 'config-inputs' command in Supermodel. When you do that read through the list of options and choose the one that lets you configure the wheel and pedal axis (I just quickly fired up the emulator to remind myself which option it is - press 'b' on your keyboard) and then just follow the on-screen instructions.


Yeah. I believe I did adjust the settings on my wheel to have full range on Supermodel. I have profiles for Demul, M2 Emulator and Supermodel. I haven't tested it with Harley-Davidson & L.A. Riders (steering a bike with a wheel feels pretty strange lol) but I did run the Daytona USA 2 Power Edition with it and configured my buttons -- it handles fantastically.

I also tested it out in Demul with Jambo Safari and I initially had issues of spinning out constantly while I was trying to dash with the accelerator, but it's perfectly playable now after adjusting the controller settings and remapping the keys. I did a 1CC of the game with the White Lion but I still need to do an S-rank run of the game and catch Phorusrachos though (it's the giant bird who appears at the end of the game if you perform well enough).
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Re: Anybody using a PC steering wheel?

Postby MrThunderwing » Wed Dec 27, 2017 3:35 pm

Motorbike games with a wheel are OK once you get used to it. Manx TT and Motor Raid on Model 2 Emu both play pretty well.
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