In this article I talk about a Driving Force Logitech racing wheel G29, compatible with Playstation 4, Playstation 3 and PCs. Is the wheel of best value in the market, with force feedback and accelerator pedals, brake and clutch.
My first wheel: Dynacom Power Wheel
I always wanted to have a steering wheel for games. In one of the latest editions of the late Fenasoft, There are a few 15 years, I even bought a wheel of Dynacom for PCs. It uses the too late Game Port with the DA15 connector.
But Dynacom Power Wheel already off to a bad start. Came with defect, tree, the. I had to disassemble to fix. I played a bit with him, but don't fit very well. Maybe the games of the time still not given proper support to steering wheels, Maybe the wheel doesn't help. As I only had 4 buttons, that were the same as the 4 directions of Exchange, He also was limited in most of the games, you've asked for more. I ended up using little, then came the USB standard, as Game Port disappeared and he became useless, except for enthusiasts of ancient micros. Laying back to today.
The newest motivation: F1 2017
The desire to have a good wheel for games never happened in fact. Since he was a teenager I always thought the most arcades with steering wheels and force feedback like Daytona USA.
I knew something of dubious tag, as Leadership of life, It would be another disappointment, so I've always resisted the temptation to buy cheaper steering wheels. You didn't have to be a ThrustMaster, but Logitech It was the least. Is a brand I know and trust. But high prices, even more considering that is a control for a single game type, IAM always postponing the purchase.
It is true that the ThrustMaster has the top models Logitech, but they are much more expensive. Whereas the same price range, the Logitech G29 take advantage.
And this year hit a longing to play racing games. The last one I had acquired was the Need for Speed Rivals, in the already distant year 2014. As the launch of F1 2017 for or Playstation 4 was already close, I decided to wait for him. I bought a few days after the launch.
The purchase of the Driving Force Logitech racing wheel G29
I started to keep an eye on promotions for the Driving Force Logitech racing wheel G29. The regular price is around R$ 1500,00. But one day he appeared in Submarino in a promotion by R$ 1024,82, in sight with coupon and store card. For those who've been waiting for a promotion, This was not to be missed!
It is worth noting that the Driving Force Logitech racing wheel G29 usually bring with it other expenses. First is support. Unless you have a table in which he snaps, the support becomes indispensable. You can't use it out of account force feedback. I even tried just to test while my support not enough, but you can't…
The support that I bought was the Cockpit Extreme Racing EXR-S XT, it cost R$ 473,00 and R $ 59,01 de frete. I'm going to do an article about it soon, even going to let the photos Logitech G29 for his article, because he was only actually used after getting support. There are cheaper holders, but it's good to be careful. A friend of mine bought a cheaper support the free market and regretted. It has a bar that is between your legs and disrupts hitting the brakes.
Another spent the Driving Force Logitech racing wheel G29 ends up causing the Logitech Driving Force Exchange Shifter To G29/G920. I Spent R$ 291,59 it, also in promotion of Submarino, because the regular price is in the range of R$ 500,00. Also I will do a separate article on it.
Some people criticise the decision of Logitech to sell the Exchange as optional. I think valid if it was to reduce the cost of Logitech G29. Of course everyone wants to have the foreign currencies to keep the complete kit, but deep down he's expendable. It's nice to drive with him in Gran Turismo of life, When we're having fun with a car that has manual transmission in the real world. But in the races for real, where every millisecond matter, the butterflies are much more practical. And in games like F1 2017 or make any sense to use the stick, that is no longer used in the category for more than 20 years.
So, the separate sale end up making more sense. You can get without the Exchange rate, or at least postponing the purchase for some time and relieve the budget.
If I didn't find Logitech slutty sell Logitech G29 without the Exchange, on the other I found such a messed up let him only compatible with Playstation 4, Playstation 3 and PCs. That's because there is another model, quite similar, called Logitech G920, that is compatible with XBox One and PCs. I imagine it wouldn't be too hard to make a single product, compatible with Playstation 4, Playstation 3, PCs and XBox One, facilitating the life of someone who has both the Sony's console as of Microsoft. But I do not have the Microsoft console, so my choice by Logitech G29 was easy.
I have a friend who bought the Logitech G920, because at the time of purchase it was cheaper. He plays only on PC, but it also has a Playstation 4 and does not have a XBox One. I found a bad business, I would have expected a promotion of Logitech G29. If I want to play Forza, can I still upgrade video card (my GTX 760 I can't care, gives?) and play it on the PC. If he wants to play Gran Turismo, you won't be able to. Not that the Gran Turismo Sport It is a great loss, but anyway…
The Driving Force Logitech racing wheel G29 arrived in a Brown cardboard box, Logitech's own. Underneath it was the same shelf box, showing the product. As I like to keep boxes, I like this arrangement, that left the inner box intact. The inner box highlights some of the most interesting features, I also highlight and comment here:
- RPM LEDs / shift gear. They are a good support with the stick, being an additional to the information screen and engine roar on cue to the ideal time to change the March.
- The D-pad and buttons that allow the entire control to be done by the steering wheel, including in the menus of the game and the console, eliminating the use of the Dualshock 4. Quite liked this. Is bad need to stay with another control on the side just to navigate in the menus. There is one exception here, on the Gran Turismo Sport There is a feature to place cars in scenarios for photos that uses analog directional, There the Dualshock 4 ends up being necessary.
- The dual-motor force feedback, that is force feedback, with helical gearing smoothly and silently. In fact this is a high point of the wheel. It is true that the business is not super strong and you can feel and hear the engine “jumping” When the resistance is high, as a driver when the screw is fully tightened already. But found it quite suitable, because if it were much stronger driving with him would become exhausting rather than fun.
- The metal components and real leather, to ensure more comfort, more durability and more grip. I would add that they also give a greater appearance of wheel of truth. These materials are also a highlight of the wheel. In cheaper models is everything plastic.
- The selector of 24 points, that can be used to give more control to car setups. This had no use in games that tested. It is worth noting that this selector does not exist in the Logitech G920.
- The integrated mounting clamps and fastening points. The fixing holes allowed fixed it perfectly in the cradle. Just can't tell how tight he would be in a table.
- Compatibility with the stick of 6 speed, which is sold separately.
- The non-linear brake pedal, high sensitivity, simulating pressure brake systems. This is also a highlight of the set. The brake pedal is realistic.
Dentro da caixa há um folheto com instruções básicas de montagem. Nada muito complicado. Também há um folheto com cockpits da marca Playseat, que acredito não terem distribuição no Brasil e certamente custam um absurdo para importar, dado o peso e os impostos.
E o volante é realmente muito bonito e realista. Meu amigo que comprou o Logitech G920 achou pequeno (é o mesmo tamanho do Logitech G29). Eu achei o tamanho bom. Acho que tudo depende do que você está simulando. Um volante de F1 é mais ou menos do mesmo tamanho que o volante do Logitech G29. Mas se o seu jogo preferido é o Truck Simulator, aí o volante realmente vai parecer pequeno. 🙂
At switch na parte superior permite selecionar entre Playstation 4 and Playstation 3. Fiz um teste rápido no Playstation 3 to Gran Turismo 5 e ele foi reconhecido corretamente, sem precisar de configurações.
On Playstation 4 ele também foi reconhecido corretamente em três jogos que testei: F1 2017, Gran Turismo Sport, and Project Cars 2. Todos os ajustes de botões, sensibilidade, área morta, force feedback, etc. vem prontos e não senti qualquer necessidade de mexer neles.
On the other hand, os jogos Need for Speed Rivals, Table Top Racing: World Tour e o novo Need For Speed Payback, não dão suporte ao Logitech G29 e não há nada que possa ser feito a não ser esperar por um patch dos fabricantes, que provavelmente nunca virá. Eu sei que Need For Speed é um jogo totalmente arcade com física bastante surreal, mas não custava suportar volantes né?
Também não entendo muito bem a dificuldade de Logitech e Sony entrarem num acordo para que o volante seja suportado em qualquer jogo em que o desenvolvedor opte por não dar suporte diretamente. Maps-if steering wheel and pedals for the analog stick and ready, for any game would be a common control. Why not?
On PCs apparently no matter what position the switch is. But I never use the Logitech G29 no PC. Just plugged in my MSI Cubes 2 and installed the Logitech software once to see if there was any firmware update, because my friend from Logitech G920 said it had pro. But for the G29 There was no.
The USB cable from the Logitech G29 It is fairly long, but I preferred to use a extensor so it wouldn't be stretched, reducing the risk of someone screw it and send the console down, Since it is lighter than the steering wheel support.
The back of the Logitech G29 remember the front of a car. I found beautiful and neat.
Checking the box also came from the power supply and three cables: one of them with plug type A (standard of USA and Canada) and other two type C, compatible with most of Europe and also with the Brazilian standard. I don't get why two cables with plug type C. Possibly a mistake.
At the bottom we have connectors for the pedals, to the Exchange and to the power supply, In addition to the output of the USB cable, that is fixed. The connectors, both the pedals and the exchange rate are of type-9. There are four furrows where can pass each of these cables, para que eles saiam atrás do volante e não atrapalhem a fixação do mesmo em um suporte. Na parte de baixo também é possível visualizar os dois furos com rosca para parafusar o suporte.
Os pedais são metálicos e parecem muito bem construídos. O retorno tátil ao pressioná-los é excelente. O acelerador é o mais fácil de pressionar, a embreagem é um pouco mais resistente e o freio simula um sistema de freio de pressão, como já mencionado. É muito parecido com um carro de verdade.
A base dos pedais é de plástico, com metal na rosca dos parafusos para fixa-lo em suporte. Ele também tem uma parte com cravos, probably to lock in rugs and carpets, without slide forward when you press the pedals. There are also rubber feet, to lock in smooth floor. Unfortunately I forgot to take a picture of the underside of the base before rides it in the holder. I owe you.
I was quite pleased with the Driving Force Logitech racing wheel G29. Fully answered my expectations. And they were great, given all the years that I waited to finally have one of these.
I can't see negatives in it, except for the price, the need for support and the space that they occupy when they are not being used. For those who aren't a fan of racing games, These factors tend to be more relevant and I would not recommend buying. After all, He's not going to be used in any other style.
For those who like racing games like me, It's worth getting a little corner for him. 🙂 . I'm not the guy who in the future will invest in more expensive or fly-in cockpits with seat and all, because I don't have room for it. Just put the steering wheel in front of the TV when I'm playing, Because game in the living room and he'd be messing up the passage and disturbing when I'm watching TV. So for me the Driving Force Logitech racing wheel G29 is already of great size.
Wait for my next articles, addressing the Logitech Driving Force Exchange Shifter To G29/G920 and the Cockpit Extreme Racing EXR-S XT.
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