HISTORIC REVIEW – This article has been re-posted from our previous gaming website project in 2012.
The DFGT wheel has a look of high quality and durability. It’s a nice sized wheel and very comfortable to operate. Bigger paddle shifters behind the wheel would’ve been better than the one’s provided as they feel more like buttons than anything else. Buttons on the wheel are located in easy to access areas making it very pick up and play. Sequential gear shifter is mounted to the wheel base. It can’t be removed. I personally use it as a handbrake by assigning the relevant command to it in settings within games.
The Driving Force GT (DFGT) is one of the most customizable racing wheels on the market today. Included is:
• Directional Pad
• 4 game-pad style buttons on the front right hand side of the wheel
• 6 more buttons available on the front center of the wheel
• 2 extra buttons on the top like trigger buttons
• Pair of paddle shifters
• Sequential gear shifter
• Start & Select butons
• PS button to sync the wheel to a PS3 console
The DFGT has one motor which provides the Force Feedback effect in-games. More expensive wheels can include 2 motors giving a more complete feel while racing. The DFGT performs admirably and most games perform brilliantly, especially the newer titles such as F1 2011 and DiRT 3. One game that I have had a problem with in-terms of Force Feedback not working is Race 07. I wouldn’t put this down to the hardware though as I’ve raced many hours with the game and had the most complete Force Feedback feeling. In-fact to make sure it wasn’t the hardware I played GTR2 a game using the same engine as Race 07 and the performance was great. The problem is obviously driver or software related.
The wheel is responsive, solid, comfortable, and the perfect size. For me personally I think it’s a brilliant racing wheel.
There is one problem. It’s pretty big in-fact. Peddles are very cheaply made. They look and feel very plastic’y. There’s hardly any resistance when pressing them. Making it hard to feel totally engaged in races with peddles that don’t feel right. It becomes hard to judge how much force your applying, which in-turn makes cornering very scary. I tend to brake a little early just to make sure. I do feel with improved peddles my lap-times would improve greatly. I’ve had to personally modify the peddles to at least get some resistance while using them. The modification does go some way to making them feel more responsive.
Logitech driver software is available to download which is used to customize the wheel. Some features can simply be done in most games options menu but the Logitech software provides a lot more options from how many degrees of wheel rotation you want to use, assigning keys or key combinations to each button on the racing wheel. Settings can be saved for individual games or as the main settings for all unassigned games.
The wheel is spot on, but the peddles really let the brilliant racing wheel down. It’s understandable though considering the retail price is between £80-105. Going up a level to a G27 would cost around £200 so it’s easy to see why the peddles are on the cheaper side. The wheels great and this package is a great entry level into the world of sim racing.
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