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The MS Precison Wheel is one of the best wheels you can buy for the PC. It may not the the cheapest wheel but it is very sturdy and it can take a lot on punishment for any aggressive driving gamer.
The Precision is very easy to set up just adjust the bolt to your desk and then set the clamp which makes it very sturdy on desks and tables. The pedals for the precision are one of the best designed i've seen on a gaming wheel which has a large accelerator pedal about the size as a real car's pedal and has the same non slip pips real car pedals have. The brake pedal is slightly smaller and has the same feeling as the accelerator.
The wheel is a standard 3 spoke design and is very ergonomic and hands rest well on the wheel, behind the left and right spokes the is a F1 style gear shift button system most gaming wheels have and on front of the wheel there are 6 buttons which can be programmed to any game. My criticism is that the gear shift buttons are a bit small for my taste and if you have small hands the buttons can be a bit of a reach.
I play Grand Prix Legends a lot and its one of those driving games that a wheel is essential to play well on it, when i got the wheel I found driving a 60's F1 car a lot easier with the wheel and had reduced my lap times as well as well as NFS, CM2 and GP4. Try playing a driving game without the wheel and then the same with a wheel and see the difference.
In a whole the MS Precision is a great sturdy wheel if you are looking for a non Force Feedback wheel and i'd recommend it to anyone as their 1st PC wheel.
Great Racing wheel at cheaper price! and great fun with EA Sport`s F1 2002 and it so real and really great racing with racing wheel and pedal --- you wont reget to buy one, go and get one and enjoy yerself. it quite easy to put on the desk but only from 1.6cm - 3.5cm to put the console on the desk and get any grand prix or any racing, try F1 2002 and see what you think. Cheaper one is from Dabs.com for the wheel at £41.12 and the F1 2002 software from play.com
Yesterday I thought I would treat myself, so off I wondered down to 'Game' and purchased myself a Microsoft Sidewinder Precision Pro Racing Wheel. Here is my review of it, please note that I will update this review next week and occasionally thereafter to reflect how it is working with other games. Included in the package is: Instruction manual (very brief dealing with the bare essentials) Driver CD Wheel & Pedals Setting up the wheel ******************** Setting up the wheel was simplicity in itself. First of all you attach the pedals to the wheel via a small cable. Then you attach the Wheel to a suitable desktop - attaching it to the desktop is done via a vice like device. Though you don't have to tighten it up all the way; once it's nearly fully tightened up, you simply press the clamp at the front of the wheel down. It will then not move an inch during game play. Microsoft should be applauded for the design of this mechanism. When you are finished playing the game you simply just pull the clamp back and remove it without having to un-tighten the wheel. As long as you continue to use the same desktop to play on, you should never have to re-tighten the wheel again. Installation of drivers *********************** Simply plug in the wheel - using the attached connector, which can either, be USB (which I own) or Game port. Once the wheel is plugged in, you need to install the drivers off the CD. Worthy of note is the first time I tried to install the drivers it wouldn't read a certain file of the CD. I am certain this was due to the CD rather than my drive. Anyways, when I rebooted my computer I was prompted for my Windows CD to reinstall a file that was needed for the controller. After I installed it and pointed the installation at the correct file all was well. My issues may have been rare, so I will not down mark the Wheel due
to this minor niggle. After installing the wheel, you then install the game controller software this worked first time and didn't require a reboot in order to work. From within this software you can calibrate the wheel to your personal preference, how much dead zone you would like on the wheel and how sensitive it is. You can make profiles for different games; you can also program multiple key commands onto one of the Sidewinders 8 buttons. The wheel itself **************** Solid and sturdy construction, the wheel is not overly heavy but there is a good weighty feeling behind the steering. If you want to put full-lock on the wheel it will get a little harder to steer, this is nice and realistic and endears the wheel to me even more. There are 6 buttons on the main facia of the wheel all of which can be programmed to do, as you desire in game via using either the game controller software or the controller's option within many games. There are also 2 buttons on the back of the wheel easily accessible whilst you are driving. The 2 buttons on the back are also slightly more elongated than the other buttons so these 2 buttons act as gear shifters. Though of course these can also be assigned to do other tasks - if you are like me, and always use automatic gearshifts. Pedals ****** The base on which the pedals sit are very nicely weighted and doesn't seem to slide about at all; playing on a carpeted surface of course helps. There are two pedals, which are normally configured as Accelerate and Break. What is unusual is that when both are pressed simultaneously they do not cancel each other out, as is the norm with these type of pedals. They both send a separate signal to the computer; this means that you can break and rev the engine at the same time. This allows you to break late into corners then keep the revs high enough to accelerate out; vital seconds are saved using this.
There is an option however to configure the pedals to operate as normal ones do, this is there mainly for compatibility reasons - some games get confused with the new type of pedals. One thing which needs mentioning is that, little more than a few hours after starting to use the pedals the accelerator started squeaking quite loudly. It is very annoying and very off putting. I have looked around and found this problem not to be very rare, though it is far from common. I am giving the pedals a few days to wear in and hopefully stop squeaking, however if they don't I will return the wheel and ask for a replacement. Games I have tested with this wheel *********************************** First and foremost - F1 2001 **************************** At first I hated this game with a vengeance, reasons why will be in my review of this game to come later in this week. One of the reasons was that the controls were virtually impossible to use. However with this wheel the game comes alive and suddenly goes from a 2 star game to a 5 star one. Every little nuance of F1 seems to be faithfully recreated, whilst the steering is an absolute delight - very natural and un-game like. Colin McRae Rally 2 ******************* Playing this with an analogue controller was perfectly playable, however with the wheel this game again takes on a new lease of life. Perhaps the force feedback version of this wheel would be the more ideal peripheral to use; however the model, which I use, is excellent still. This game does take a bit of time in order to get used to it though. I will update this op, as and when I test out new games with it. I will also keep you all up to progress with the squeaky pedal situation. Kev
I don't know if I this happened only to me, but this looks to me as another example of how Microsoft’s politics always tend to rub the people (see for instance the rumors on "tricks " to slow down the PCUs inducing people to buy new PCs and newer and “more powerful” operating systems). My brother has given me the Sidewinder Precision Racing Wheel a few months ago. Noticing that the recommended operating system was Windows 98 (I have MS2000) he called Microsoft to verify the compatibility. The answer was ".. as per the included instructions, MS2000 was not on the market yet when the steering wheel was released, but we tested it and, with the possible exception of some minor features, it works well." Of course, I’ve had problems: following the instructions, I don't even succeed in installing the software, while with some workaround I can install the software but then the PC doesn't even recognize the peripheral. I have written tons of mail and spent hours on the phone with the customer care, but it seems that nobody understands why it shouldn't work. Result: if I want to use the steering wheel, I will be forced to load Windows 98 setting two parti-tions differently formatted and a double startup, hoping this affect all the rest, or else I’d own a very good product (reading the other opinions) but definetely unusable. It goes without saying, I cannot give any judgment as I’ve never used it.
This all started when my friend introduced me to Need for Speed V. Playing on his keyboard, which was pretty unresponsive, this was still a pretty good game. So I nabbed his disc and loaded it on my computer as I have some Gravis gamepads. The game came to life, it was awesome, but after a while it was a little annoying, as the gamepads were digital and you really need an analogue device so you can take some corners gradually some hard, as opposed to the all or nothing nature of digital. Well, feeling a bit extravagant and feeling I definitely deserved a present of some sort, after some quick research I went out and got one. My research lead me to this model as I has heard that the force feedback ones weren’t as accurate and my conclusion was it certainly wasn’t worth the extra £70. Other models in the £70 range were good whilst those at £30 were a bit rubbish. However, the Microsoft Precision was at £45 (though I have currently seen this for £40 and some places like buy.com offer £20 vouchers on £40 spent!) and reviews have said it was the most accurate and responsive. That was enough for me so I went out and bought it. I haven’t regretted it since! It transformed the game from superb to god-like status, you really think you are there - it is the ultimate boy’s toy! The wheel is so precise you can judge corners down to the millimetre and the little flipper gearshifts all add to the experience. The pedals are particularly robust – I was put off a lot of other model due to the rather flimsy looking pedals and the wheel itself is also sturdy. I must have had so many of my friends, some rather more aggressive drivers than others pull and yank at it quite hard. But at the end of the day, the wheel after all it has endured now does wobble very, very slightly, but still has pinpoint accuracy. It really is great. Bottom line if you like racing games why haven’t you got this? And if you don&
#8217;t like racing games just try them with the steering wheel and may very well find yourself hooked.
Microsoft are probably the biggest company in the world in PC terms. They consistently produce excellent software but as I've discovered they make rather good peripherals too.. This wheel is superb from the design and build quality to the software that comes with it. If you've bought a wheel for your pc before then you'll probably agree that this Microsoft wheel is superb. The wheel responds precisely with well positioned buttons (all eight of them) including paddles for formula 1 style gear changes. The pedals are re-assuringly solid and the pedal base unit is large enough even for my size 11 feet! The software which comes with the wheel is magnificent. With it you can calibrate the wheel to exact requirements (sensitivity, dead area etc.) and you can also program the wheel buttons to replace buttons that you would normally have to press on the keyboard (Grand Prix 3 is a prime example for this as by default you aren't able to use the gear paddles - thanks to this you can program the wheel!) Don't even hesitate, you can buy this wheel with confidence although I believe it is mainly (possibly only) available with a USB connection so make sure you've got one.
Wheels and such like are quite expensive and hard to justify. I fancied a wheel as I like playing games like Rally Championship, but, I just don't get the sort of control needed to win on a consistent basis, so, I looked at buying a wheel. Force feedback really wasn't an option as they are much more expensive than a normal wheel but I was worried that a normal wheel won't have the realism. I was wrong. I bought a Sidewinder Precision Wheel and found that it is brilliant. It's just like having power assisted steering. The game play is much better now, and my times on Rally Championship are tumbling. Ok, so this wheel may not have force feedback but it is fantastic, giving real control, the biggest benefit being the amazing pedal control with 6 programmable buttons. It retails for about £50 but QXL often auction these for £35, that's how I got mine.