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It is the Logitech Driving Force GT PlayStation 2/PlayStation 3 and PC steering wheel set - the official Gran Turismo 5 Prologue racing wheel. It was released in 2007.
Logitech Driving Force GT - layout and functionality.
The very first impression you will get after taking the Logitech Driving Force GT out of its box, is that it is heavier and stronger than it looks on the pictures. Actually, it probably is that even the box looks surprisingly stylish, but that's not that important. The wheel is nice to touch, as the plastic is sleek and the black 28-centimetres in diameter hard rubber-textured wheel circle is quite comfortable to grasp. Its elegantly curved form embodies both the sports car looks and the convenient grip a class-D or higher cruising sedan provides. The buttons layout seems a bit complicated at first glance, but you are to find it irreplaceably handy after a week's use. You have all the PS3 specialized gamepad buttons: the round L3 and R3, the elliptical L2 and R2, the D-pad, the PS and Select buttons and in addition a 24-position red dial. All these are fully-programmable, and luckily, usable on a PC as well! The dial, also known as 'real-time adjustment dial' can be used for any suspension and braking settings, exclusively in the GT 6 Prologue game title while on the run. Such as: ABS, torque distribution and brake bias. In other game titles it is also usable depending on your preferences how to set it. Once again - because of the extensive PC-software, all the buttons are usable on both the platforms. The gear stick is responsive, yet fixed on the right hand-side and a bit small. Then, there are two tiny sequential shifting: L1, R1 gear changing paddles. When playing Colin McRae DiRT 2 or any other rally racing title, you can use them for gear shifting and assign the gear stick a handbrake function. Thus, you will save precious seconds. The pedals are plastic, but robust and functional. Even before plugging the set, you will notice that the brake pedal is tangibly more difficult to press. It is the same in real cars, so there is some added realism. Finally, the cool-looking glowing GT logo in the middle of the wheel (also a horn) pleasantly finishes the steering wheel set's forever young design.
Hooking up the DFGT.
900 Degrees of Wheel Rotation! Connecting the Logitech Driving Force GT video game racing wheel is intuitive and quick - the shortest way to tell of it. The wheel auto-calibrates every time you turn on your computer or PlayStation 3 console. Probably the only sticky part is the mounting of the wheel set. The force feedback is very strong and mounting it on a table is to cause you unwanted distractions every time you need to make rapid steering angle changes. The pedals unit bottom-positioned plastic teeth cause the whole unit slide and slip even on a fabric surface. I purchased a steering wheel stand for £40 online.
DFGT in-game performance.
The Driving Force GT performs perfectly in present-day games. I have tried it in Gran Turismo 6 and F1 2013. The force feedback is immediate and very powerful, though a bit noisy. You will definitely feel the difference between different track surfaces, especially in rallies. Just like in the real world you will also sense any curb-interaction and you will be pleasantly shaken any time you leave the boundaries of the track. Like I mentioned above you can set the gear shifter as a handbrake and use the gear changing paddles instead. The pedals are precise and, summing up, the set felt comfortable with all the famous sim racing, arcade and rally games. Because of the many easily-reachable buttons it will surely do great in a number of other games.
In conclusion, I am over the moon with this product. It completely changes driving games. The quality of the product is high class and unlike some, with the fact that the steering can be more heavy/lighter depending on the car that you drive (Gran Turismo 6). Whilst its not the best in class, what you pay, you cannot beat. If you want something better, then you will pay more.
Current price is £109 at Amazon.
I bought this steering wheel for my PlayStation 3 to play Gran Turismo 5 at the beginning of 2011. It cost me £80 from Game which is more expensive than other competitiors, but it won me over with its force feedback and 900 degree rotation. It is cheaper than the G27 and G25 steering wheel, but it doesn't have a clutch or 6 gears.
~What's in the box/Setting up~
The box itself if relatively large, and the only problem I found with it is storing it somewhere. Inside the box, it comes with the steering wheel, pedals, and a plug to plug it into the mains. Something I dislike about this steering wheel is the fact that you have so many wires. The steering wheel plugs into the PlayStation, the pedals plug into the steering wheel, and the plug plugs into the mains and the steering wheel. On the steering wheel, it has two parts that come out of the bottom and clip onto a table. You the twist the top and it tightens up the clips so the wheel doesn't come off of the table. Sometimes the clips are hard to tighten up because the bit you twist is quite small.
Once you've finally managed to set it up, it is pretty good. It has all the buttons on the steering wheel that you would have on a controller. It also has sequential gears and flappy paddles when driving in manual mode on a game. I love the fact that the steering wheel rotates 900 degrees because it gives you lots of control over the car you are driving. The pedals consist of a brake and accelerator, and like I said, doesn't have a clutch. It isn't the most professional steering wheel, but for only £80, what would you expect?
The force feedback is a great feature and it works really well. You can feel if the car is sliding or if you are off road by how the steering wheel responds. I find this quite realistic, but sometimes the force feedback can be very strong and occasionally gets annoying. The pedals are very precise and the sequential gears and paddles are very quick to respond. The only slight problem with the pedals is that when you first plug them in, I often find I have to kind of pump the brake and accelerator to make them work properly, but it only takes a couple of seconds. When you turn on the PlayStation, the steering wheel automatically does its 900 degree cycle to calibrate itself. This is very handy as my previous steering wheel got more and more uncalibrated over the years.
Within about 4 months of having this steering wheel, it started pressing buttons all by itself, so much so that I had no control over anything. I was very annoyed that I had looked after it well, and after only 4 months it packed up. I took it back to Game and they replaced it about a week after. Since then, I don't use the steering wheel quite as much, but it seems to work fine now. I am still worried that it may break again though.
Overall, I would recommend this steering wheel, but I will say again that I feel it is a bit unreliable due to the problems I have encountered.
I bought this to play pc racing games such as rFactor and Test Drive unlimited and whilst it is a fantastic wheel for the money, it does have some flaws. I'll start with the pros, its much cheaper than a g25 or g27, has a lot of programmable buttons and has a sequential stick shifter which is a nice feature. The fact that it has 900 degrees rotation is a bonus as it allows you to steer with a realistic amount of rotation if you desire. The pedals included (gas/brake) aren't the best quality set around but have a reasonably good feel to them. There are some cons however. I was not impressed with the force feedback which didn't make you feel like you were actually connected to the car and I was also slightly disappointed with the button shifters on the back of the wheel as I would have much preferred to see some f1 style paddles.
Overall, a decent wheel, probably the best in it's price range, so if your a casual gamer after a racing wheel, this is ideal. If your a bit more serious, stick to the g25 or g27.