Logitech’s new G923 racing wheel comes with a complicated pressure suggestions system
Logitech is saying its first new racing wheel in 5 years: the G923 for the PlayStation 4, Xbox, and PC. The G923 succeeds the G29 and G920 and will likely be out there in August for $399.99.
Although the G923 seems similar to the G29 and G920, it options an all-new pressure suggestions system the corporate is looking “TrueForce.” The system is designed to offer extra lifelike suggestions by means of the wheel, because of integration with a recreation’s physics and audio engines. The wheel can then take these inputs, equivalent to the extent of noise coming from a automobile’s engine or the floor the wheels are touring over, and translate them into vibrations that may be felt by means of the wheel. The corporate says the electronics contained in the wheel are capable of pattern these inputs 4,000 occasions per second and regulate its pressure suggestions motors accordingly.
In comparison with different pressure suggestions programs, TrueForce is ready to present a greater variety of inputs to the motive force. In apply, which means the wheel is principally buzzing or vibrating your complete time you might be racing. You possibly can really feel the engine rev as you hit the accelerator or delicate modifications within the street as you might be driving. It’s all meant to make the expertise nearer to actual life, or a minimum of extra immersive than earlier than.
Recreation builders must combine Logitech’s SDK to assist TrueForce, in any other case the wheel could have the identical pressure suggestions system because the prior variations. Logitech says GRID, Assetto Corsa Competizione, and Gran Turismo Sport could have assist for the system instantly, whereas iRacing, F1 2020, and Filth Rally 2.0 plan so as to add the characteristic in September.
Apart from the TrueForce expertise, the G923 just isn’t vastly completely different from the prior fashions. Logitech says it has refined the stitching on the leather-based wrapping, the inner electronics have been upgraded to deal with the enter from the TrueForce system, and there’s a brand new progressive spring within the brake pedal. The precise motors and kit mechanisms are the identical because the G29 and G920, as are the metal paddle shifters, aluminum spokes, and glass-filled nylon clamps.
In contrast to the G29 and G920, which had completely different button layouts and capabilities, the G923 is identical whether or not you might be shopping for the PlayStation Four mannequin or the one for Xbox. (Each variations work precisely the identical when hooked as much as a PC.) That features the extra full button format and shift indicator lights that had been unique to the G29 final time round.
I had a possibility to check the G923 and its TrueForce system in a pre-release model of GRID forward of immediately’s announcement. I’m not a racing skilled, however even I might inform the distinction between the essential pressure suggestions programs out there in different wheels and the brand new TrueForce engine. (Video games which have assist for TrueForce will let you disable it or tweak the extent of its suggestions.) I might really feel the engine vibrating by means of the wheel, very like you possibly can with an actual racecar, and I knew precisely once I was driving astray and the wheels misplaced their grip, even when I couldn’t see it occurring by means of the automobile’s cockpit view. After just a few races with TrueForce enabled, I turned it off, and the expertise felt numb, like one thing was lacking.
Logitech is launching the G923 at an attention-grabbing time, when racing simulators have by no means been extra standard. The entire main skilled racing sequence held digital races this yr, the place professional drivers used comparable wheels and pedals to Logitech’s and others, and video games like iRacing have exploded in recognition with amateurs and professionals alike. Logitech says it hasn’t been capable of hold its wheels in inventory for the previous 4 months, and it expects demand for the G923 to be excessive as effectively. Because of this, it’s maintaining the G29 and G920 in its lineup and can supply them at a lower cost than the G923.
At $400, the G923 is on the decrease finish of what’s out there within the racing wheel market now, however it’s nonetheless suitable with all kinds of racing seats and equipment (together with Logitech’s current six-speed handbook shifter). Many lovers and professionals have constructed their total racing simulation rigs across the G29 and G920, and it’s possible that the G923 will likely be simply as standard.
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