As racing simulation fans know, Gran Turismo 5 launched November 24th. The long awaited PlayStation 3 title is the latest installment of Polyphony’s popular racing games, and based on my racing experience so far, every racing fan should own it.
What you might not know is that Logitech worked closely with Polyphony to create the Driving Force GT Wheel. The result is a wheel that not only delivers a realistic racing experience, it includes special controls to access features in the game that can’t be accessed otherwise.
First, the Logitech Driving Force GT is directly supported in Gran Turismo 5 (GT5). Plug it in, and start the game. GT5 already has its controls fully mapped to the wheel. If you want to personalize them, they can be reassigned in the Options menu. You can also adjust the forces in Options. Tip: The wheel likes to be set to controller 1, so start the PS3 from the console, not a controller, and the wheel will be detected properly. Your GT5 needs to be updated to version 1.02, but this happens automatically the first time you start the game connected to the internet.
So, what are the special features? The wheel has two additional controls – a Plus/Minus toggle and Realtime Adjustment Dial. Together, these let you access car adjustments on the fly. No pauses, no exits from the race track. just select, make changes and keep racing.
Imagine you’re 3 laps into a 20 lap race and the car just isn’t rotating through the apex, and understeering badly on exit of the turns. A quick adjustment of the torque bias to the rear wheels, and you’re turning fast laps. Or conditions change from dry to wet. Turn up the traction control and avoid sliding off the track until the rain stops. You can only do this with a Driving Force GT wheel.
Here’s how it works. At any time on the race track, press the button in the center of the Realtime Adjustment Dial. Its the red ring to the right of the center of the wheel. An on-screen menu will appear. Use the Plus/Minus toggle to the left of the wheel center to select the control you want to change. Your choices are:
• TCS (Traction Control System)
• 4WD Tq Bias (front/rear drive torque bias – four wheel drive vehicles only)
• ASM (Automatic Stability Management)
• ABS (Anti-lock Brake System)
• Brk F (Front brake force)
• Brk R (Rear brake force)
Once you’ve selected the control you want to adjust, rotate the Realtime Adjustment Dial to modify the setting. Then get back to racing. The on-screen menu will disappear automatically. This is great for tuning and tweaking your car during practice, because you never leave the track. And if conditions change during a race, you can adjust on the fly. Tip: Not all adjustments can be made to every car. Those choices will be greyed out.
Of course, the Logitech Driving Force GT also has force feedback, 900 degree rotation, sequential shifter, gas and brake pedals for a realistic racing experience. It works on most PS3 racing games, and PC racing games as well.
So if you’ve got GT5, you can get a lot more out of it with a Driving Force GT wheel.