Top critical review
Ok for an entry level force feedback wheel
23 March 2019
The wheel arrived on time and came with a thick manual. You get a pedal set with brake and accelerator and the steering wheel itself. The pedals are plugged into the steering wheel and the steering wheel is plugged into the mains power, then the steering wheel is plugged into the Xbox one spare USB port. The USB lead is not very long so I already purchased an 5 metre USB extension cable. My XBOX One is quite some distance away. The wheel has a spare port on the back to connect a shifter if you own one.
I also purchased a wheel stand to hold the wheel on. The wheel fits to the stand via a clamp mechanism under the wheel. I found this a little clumsy and not very strong. Some holes would have been better to secure it to an wheel stand more firmly via M6 bolts just like the pedals are attached to the stand. Not sure why the pedals have bolts and the wheel doesn’t?
Now for the disappointment. I turned everything on and the wheel turns fully left, fully right, then centres itself and is calibrated. Great I thought, let’s play Forza 7. Erm NOPE! Steering wheel won’t work. I know F1, erm NOPE again, nothing.
Now I was very puzzled, I rechecked everything, unplugged, replugged, switched off, switched on nothing at all. My games play well on the controller but nothing on the steering wheel.
So I decided to try the Xbox one controller settings and realised the steering wheel was not recognised by Xbox one? Then I reread the manual and no help from that as to why Xbox can’t recognise an Xbox one steering wheel. So I gave up played the game on the controller instead.
I emailed the seller eking if they could help and waited. The next day still no response from the seller so I watched you tube videos on what to do. People said try a new breakaway cable, yes the wheel has a breakaway cable like the Xbox 360 used to have on its wired controllers. So I ordered one and no it was not that either?
Still no response from the seller so I tried the wheel again but no luck, so I got ready to repack the wheel and stand and send them back. My first wheel ever and I was very disappointed. I then watched more you tube videos but still no luck. Reread the manual but still no luck, then tried Thrustmaster support page and read through every page I could find on the steering wheel issues and then there it was!
If your steering wheel is not recognised by XBOX One it is because the USB ports on the XBOX need resetting! To do this you must plug the wheel into the power supply, plug the wheel into the Xbox one USB port, then turn off the XBOX and unplug it from the wall mains power. Then wait a few minutes and then plug the Xbox back in. Now power up the Xbox and straight away the steering wheel calibrates itself. I waited for the Xbox to turn on and put in F1 and started the game and the wheel still would not work!!!
So I opened the box up and just before I was about to repack the wheel, I thought no let’s try that routine again. I tried the exact routine again and this time when I started F1 game and enter3d a race the wheel actually worked! Hooray!
I quickly checked the Xbox device settings and found that the wheel is now recognised by the Xbox one at last.
Now time for Forza 7 after all that’s why I purchased this wheel to play Forza 7. Erm NOPE? Ahhhh!
Ok back to Thrustmaster support page to see why Forza 7 is not working and F1 is. Ok it turns out that Forza 7 is the only game listed that must be started using the steering wheel otherwise it will not work!
So I tried this and it actually worked! 36 hours after setting up the wheel and no help from anyone else (still no help from the seller), I actually self solved this huge issue and finally got to play Forza 7. Good job I was not 10 years old and it was Xmas day or there would be tears.
Now as for the wheel well, the clamping system does not hold well, it came off the stand, so I tightened it more and it came off again. It is now even tighter and just about holds at the moment.
The feedback is not too strong either but this is just an entry level force feedback wheel. I turned the settings up in Forza 7 and it is much better but still not really strong or resistant.
There was a lot of oversteer so I went back to Thrustmaster support to read everything again and found the best settings for each game. Once I set up the wheel for Forza 7 settings and made more in game adjustments, I found that the wheel steered much better.
Now for trying to play a game with a wheel and not a controller, at first it was fairly hard, then things started to feel natural like a car. Soon I was winning race after race and started to notice that I could feel when other cars hit me through the wheel feedback, I could feel the curbs and bumps.
I would not be without a feedback wheel now as it adds to the experience of the game but this one really is entry level. It is a lot of money for what it is. The grip feels ok but the pedals are very basic and a bit slippy as they are plastic. With all the time it takes to set it up I will let you decide whether it is worth buying or not.