For the players who want direct-drive wheel at a reasonable price, the default wheel of choice is the Fanatec CSL DD. So how should it be calibrated for F1 22?
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With F1 22 now out, players are now trying to find the sweet spot with whichever wheel they use. In the last year, the rise of the more affordable direct-drive wheels in the mainstream has caused an undeniable shift as to what the more dedicated racing gamer would go with.
Fanatec’s direct drive wheelbase, called the CSL DD, is the wheelbase that many PC and console gamers have opted for. So with F1 22 now out, let’s run through the ideal settings for the CSL DD.
F1 22 Fanatec CSL DD – Turning Off Effects
There are two kinds of players. The ones who want to go fast and the ones who want to get as realistic a feeling as possible. For the latter, the default setting does just fine but for those who want to go as quick as possible, it’s advisable to turn the following settings down to 0.
The settings are: On Track Effects, Rumble Strip Effects, Off Track Effects and Wheel Damper. The first three are only there to slow you down when you go even slightly over the line, vibrating the wheel as a result.
Wheel Damper, however, in our experience just made the steering very vague and heavy. There was no feel in the wheel whatsoever. Maybe we missed something but to play it safe, we recommend you to set that to 0.
Strength and Rotation
Of course, it’s essential to keep the Vibration & Force Feedback setting on. Without them, you will have no feel for the car and track whatsoever. The question then becomes, how strong should these effects be? It’s dependent on the wheelbase of course, a Logitech G29 should be set to 150, no doubt, but what about a direct drive wheel?
When we tested it, we found a really good feeling in the F1 cars at 150. But, we then did a test in one of the supercars and it was ripping the wheel out of our grip. So we tried 75 in the supercar. This was ideal for the supercars, and it also worked nicely for the F1 cars.
Speaking of the difference between supercars and F1, there are different Maximum Wheel Rotation settings for both types of car. The default rotation for supercars is 900 for some reason, so if you have been driving the supercars thinking they handle like trucks, that’s probably why.
If you set it to 360 like the F1/F2 cars the input of your wheel will match your in-game output. You could also get away with taking a few degrees off the rotation if you’d like faster steering, just not too much.
Feel Free to Experiment
On that last note, there are always elements that are player dependent. Take the Understeer Enhance option for example. When enabled this setting means the grip starts to fade when understeering, which may be beneficial when trying to find the limit. So it’s worth experimenting with and without in order to see if it’s better for you.
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