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A Review of the Logitech PS3 Driving Force GT Racing Wheel with Clutch and Pedals
The wheel made for Gran Turismo 5
Video game racers and car enthusiasts waited patiently for the release of Gran Turismo 5 at the end of 2010. The game did not disappoint. It's the most realistic car racing game of all time, and it just doesn't seem right to play it using a little controller. The Logitech Driving Force GT is the official steering wheel and pedals for Gran Turismo 5. It's the little brother of the Logitech G27, which is much more expensive.
In addition to being compatible with Gran Turismo 5, the Driving Force GT will also work with other Playstation 3 and Playstation 2 games, and it can also be used with a PC as long as it runs the Windows XP, Windows VIsta, or Windows 7 operating system. If you've got a Windows PC and it isn't running one of those operating systems, perhaps it's time for you to think about entering the 21st century. XP came out a decade ago.
In addition to force feedback, the Driving Force GT offers an adjustable dial so you can fine tune your steering and braking.The wheel rotates 900 degrees, giving a more realistic experience than earlier driving wheels where you could only turn it a 30 or so degrees in each direction. The pedals have decent response and are good practice for anyone learning how to drive a real car. Unfortunately, there isn't a clutch pedal, with the G27 does have. The thing is, most video games (Gran Turismo 5 included) are not compatible with the clutch pedal, so it's kind of a waste anyway. I would like to see a driving wheel someday have a clutch pedal with a realistic feel that can be played with games like the Gran Turismo series.
So, does the Driving Force GT lower my lap times in Gran Turismo 5? The answer is actually yes. I use the paddle shifters on the wheel and not the stick shift, and by adjusting what gear my car is in when entering a corner I can get much faster times than someone who is driving an automatic transmission with the Dual Shock 2 controller. You can do manual transmission with just the controller, but the controls always seemed awkward to me.
Overall, I really enjoy the Driving Force GT wheel and I would recommend it to any video game racing enthusiasts. I found it relatively easy to set-up (the G27 is a pain in the a$$), and I've used it for PS3, PS2, and computer games. Although the stick shift rarely gets used, I do occasionally get the chance to use it with more casual driving games on the PC.